University of Innsbruck
The University of Innsbruck, Austria, covers a broad range of research and teaching areas and includes a Science Education Research group, which offers high-quality accreditation programmes for science teachers. This teaching activity is complemented by research in the fields of education theory, classroom practice, subject-specific teaching and teachers’ professional development. Additional focus is put on research into science learning outside the classroom and at the botanic garden in particular. As part of the BigPicnic project, botanic garden Partners will be developing and delivering a series of Science cafés, debates and discussions in local venues or at partner sites such as community centres, cafés, pubs or village halls, or any other site which is universally accessible and appropriate to audiences. The University of Innsbruck are leading on the development and evaluation of these events, as well as assisting in monitoring Partners’ institutional development.