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Slovenian Science on Stage festival 2018: Delegates for Portugal are chosen!

Under the motto 'Nature, Humans and Experiments' the 24th Slovenian Science festival with international participation was held from 25 to 27 September 2018 at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Ljubljana, Slovenia. On site eight teachers from elementary and secondary schools presented their projects to apply for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.

About 200 visitors watched the presentations with great interest, most of whom were pupils and their teachers from elementary schools, followed by students and their mentors from different secondary schools, and also students from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology.

Pictures © Science on Stage Slovenia

All projects presented were evaluated by a four-member jury composed of Howie Firth, PhD (Member), Edvard Kobal, PhD (Member), Chair of the jury, Vesna Ferk Savec, PhD, and the author of this article, Nika Cebin, MSc (Member). All the visitors were able to take part in the evaluation of each presented project with the use of smartphones by scanning the QR code or via a specific web application.

The following projects were chosen to represent Slovenia at the European Science on Stage festival in Portugal:

  • See, Think, Unlock - GimLit Fortress (Branko Koprivnikar)
  • Dinner for two (Ljudmila Vrhovnik and Alenka Perko Bašelj)
  • Tannin – tan for leather, ink or medicine (Renata Flander)
  • Soap bubbles on wood (Daša Sojer)


Latvian Science on Stage festival 2018

On 8 September the Latvian Science on Stage festival 2018 took place in Jelgava. Skaidrīte Bukbārde, Main NSC of Science on Stage Latvia reports:

"The national Science on Stage festival 2018 in Latvia took place on 8 September 2018 in Jelgava. It was organized within the Metal festival, an event that exists for already eight years and shares the same aims as Science on Stage, that is: to highlight the importance of science and technology in schools and among the public, to raise children’s and young people’s interest in engineering, science and research. The festival was supported by Jelgava City municipality and National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia.

The national steering committee received 11 applications from all over the country, representing different subjects and levels. Eight most innovative teaching ideas were presented by 13 teachers and their students during the festival. As the festival was an open event the ideas were presented to a very wide public.

Picture © Science on Stage Latvia

The jury was represented by Agra Bērziņa-the director of non-formal education department at National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia, Baiba Daģe - teacher of physics at Jelgava State Gymnasium, Ingvilda Ivanova- science teacher at Jelgava Primary school No 4, Reinis Rukmanis- IT teacher from Tukuma evening and part-time high school, Daiga Krieviņa and Māra Mikelsone techers from Marupe Elementary School, Science on stage - 2016 national winners and participants of the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Their  main task of the jury was to select the most innovative ideas to be presented at European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Portugal.

The jury admitted that all the presentations were really interesting, involving the students in an active learning process and explaining rather complicated science phenomena in an amusing, exciting way. We really hope the event proved that technical subjects are neither complicated nor boring.

At the Latvia Science on Stage festival the national STEM teacher delegation was chosen. Those teachers will represent the country at the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Portugal:

1 st prize- Inese Pickaine un Iveta Labunska (Skrunda Secondary school)
2 nd prize- Zintis Buls (Zemgales region human resource and comptences development centre)
3 rd prize - Liene Sabule un Liene Krieviņa (Jelgava State gymnasium)

The teachers participating in the Latvian Science on Stage festival had a possibility to show their innovative teaching ideas also at the regional invention and innovation exhibition 'MINOX Zemgale -2018' that is organized to promote the inventors’ activity in Latvia, as well as to promote the introduction of inventions into real life.

The teachers  Ērika Siliņa un Inese Kukaine from Cesis Secondary school were awarded with Silver diploma for their creative ideas how to use inexpensive or reused materials to create interesting equipment to demonstrate variuos phenomena."

Ljubljana:  Second seminar ‘From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and on Stages’

On 12 May 2018 the second part of the seminar 'From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and Stages' was organised by Science on Stage Slovenia and took place at the UL Pedagogical Faculty in Ljubljana. The focus was on workshops on practical experiments.

First Edvard Kobal, director of the Slovenian Science Foundation, welcomed the participants and invited them to apply for the 24th Slovenian Science Festival with international participation in September 2018. At this event also the Slovenian teacher delegates for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal, will be chosen.

A one-hour experimental presentation on 'Water over the head' by Maša and Miha Kukec followed. After that Maša Sojer presented interesting innovations with wood.

After the break, all participants split into two groups: one group examined biofuels and did further experimental research on fermentation (alcoholic fermentation). The second group investigated the 'act of murder' with experiments related to forensics (chemistry solves murder) and the identification of fingerprints. After an hour, the groups switched.

The participants were very satisfied with the content and organization of the second part of this seminar. They have gained a lot of experience and useful knowledge.

All pictures © Nika Cebin / Science on Stage Slovenia

#SonS2019: pre-selection process in Spain in full swing

Last March the Exporecerca Jove fair took place in Barcelona. A jury of four people from Ciencia en Acción awarded two teams with a participation at the national Science on Stage festival that will take place within the 19th edition of 'Ciencia an Acción' at the Cubic, Viladecans, Barcelona, from 5-7 October 2018. At the event in October the Spanish STEM teacher delegation for the European Science on Stage festival #SonS2019 in Cascais, Portugal, will be chosen. Joel Romero Hernàndez with his project "Seeking for the principles behind non-invasive Early Cancer Detection by the use of nanoparticle SERS and probabilistic analysis" as well as David Fernández Prieto, Jorge GarcíaVázquez and Bruno Barreiros Paredes with their project "Study of the efficiency of poto (Epipremnum aureum) and tape (Chlorophytum comosum) in the elimination of volatile organic compounds in homes" will take place in the national finale - maybe, we will also see them in Portugal. Good look!

For further information on the Spanish Science on Stage festival and the application process, visit


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