Marie Skowtowska Curie’s birthday marks the start of a year of science activities in schools


“In celebrating Marie Skowdowska-Curie’s birthday we pay tribute to a remarkable scientist who contributed to the 20th century’s scientific revolution in new fields of physics and chemistry, said Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Maria Gabriel

Today marks the 155th anniversary of her birth Marie Skudowska Curie, the first man and the only woman to receive two Nobel Prizes. On this occasion, the Commission honors her scientific erudition and achievements through various initiatives to strengthen the links between science and education. Through the ‘Science is Awesome!’ and “Researchers in Schools”, which are funded by the Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) actions, teachers and students from all over Europe discover the wonders and value of science by coming into contact with innovators researchers.

THE Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mrs Marija Gabriel said: “Celebrating the birthday of Marie Skowdowska-Curie we pay tribute to a remarkable scientist who contributed to the 20th century scientific revolution in new branches of physics and chemistry. Her excellence is a source of inspiration for all of us, especially young female researchers. It shows the importance of our policies to attract more women to take up leading roles in European research.”

This year, the ‘Science is Great!’ will give educators a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading MSCA researchers across the EU to co-create new learning resources. Registration for MSCA schools and researchers has opened and will run until 1 December 2022. In March 2023, the Science is Great! will host a science fair in Brussels, inviting 100 researchers from across Europe to present their research through presentations, hands-on experiments, games and quizzes, giving students the opportunity to learn and ask questions. Over the next two years, thanks to the “Researchers in Schools” initiative, 2,400 primary and secondary schools and 225,000 students in many countries will discover the research work of scientists through practical and recreational activities such as laboratory visits, etc. Students, through their collaboration with researchers, realize the practical importance of research and have the opportunity to experience the wonder of science. More information on the ‘Science is Great!’ and “Researchers in Schools” are available here.

Athena Papakosta

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