Science on Stage Europe The European platform for science teachers

Executive Board

The executive board of Science on Stage Europe ensures the maintenance and development of the European network. It develops agendas, guidelines and develops new activities. The board organises meetings of the international committee and is part of the Science on Stage festival programme committee and the national organising committee.

Members of the Executive Board

Stefanie Schlunk, Germany (Chair)

Stefanie Schlunk was appointed as the chair of the board of Science on Stage Europe in 2011. Her responsibilities include the establishment and the strengthening of the teachers’ network in 32 countries, the initiation and the coordination of cross-border activities for STEM teachers like the European Science on Stage festival, teacher exchange activities and international long-term joint projects between teachers. Furthermore Stefanie has been executive manager of Science on Stage Germany since 2003 with headquarters in Berlin. As such, she is responsible for the development of multilingual teaching materials based on current educational issues such as ICT and smartphones in science teaching. In addition, she is the contact person for partners and supporters in matters of CSR, acting as a supervisor in consultation and implementation of educational commitment in STEM. Stefanie has a degree in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), France and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Michalis Hadjimarcou, Cyprus (Vice Chair)

Michalis has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara (U.S.A), a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Alberta (Canada) and a second Master’s degree in Learning in the Physical Sciences from the University of Cyprus. He works as an Assistant Principal for biology and environmental science in general secondary schools in Cyprus. He is also the National Coordinator for Science on Stage Cyprus, a member of the Executive Board of Science on Stage Europe since 2011 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Cyprus Biological Society since 2009.

David Featonby, United Kingdom

David Featonby is an experienced teacher having taught physics at a UK comprehensive school for 35 years. Following retirement he has worked for the Institute of Physics supporting physics teachers and in outreach activities. He has several published articles in Science in School and Physics Education, and now writes a regular column in the latter, (What Happens Next?) He has attended all International Science on Stage Festivals since 2005, and presented workshops at many conferences in the UK and throughout Europe.

Anders Blomqvist, Sweden

Anders Blomqvist is responsible for the outreach activities in the area of chemistry and biotechnology at the House of Science, supported by Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Stockholm University. He earned a PhD Uppsala University and has career in both academic research and the pharmaceutical industry, working on neurological and infectious diseases. He has been involved in Science on Stage since 2010.

Jitka Houfkova, Czech Republic

Jitka Houfková, originally mathematics and physics teacher, earned her PhD for work focused on hypertext and multimedia support of physics education. She works at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague where she is involved in pre-service physics teacher training. She concentrates on performing physics experiments and showing physics to young children. Amongst other things Jitka Houfková collaborates with Science Cup Competition that is focusing on interesting children in natural sciences, develops special teaching materials for sciences in preschool and primary school and participates in PISA and TIMSS assessments. She joined the Science on Stage network at the first Physics on Stage in 2000 and co-coordinates the activities in Czech Republic since 2010.

Paul Nugent, Ireland

Paul has been involved in physics education for over 20 years.  In Ireland, he supports other science teachers through his work with the Institute of Physics in Ireland (IOPI) and the National Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). He is the Irish National Representative for GIREP-International Research Group on Physics Teaching. Paul is a founding member and leader of the science outreach group- Physics Busking ( .

He is co-chair of the Irish Science on Stage NSC and has delivered many workshops in Ireland, UK and in Europe.

Jean-Luc Richter, France

He is teacher of physics, chemistry and computer science in German and English at Euro-classes since 1993, works at the Lycée Jean-Baptiste Schwilgué, Sélestat in France. From 1993 to 2003 he supported the ‘Mission TICE’, which focused on establishing computer networks and programming at school in Alsace. From 2005 to 2008 Jean-Luc Richter was president of the ‘Union des Physiciens’ in Alsace. Since 2011 he supports Science on Stage, as coordinator of the teaching materials ‘iStage 1- Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Science Teaching’, ‘iStage 2 - Smartphones in Science Teaching’, ‘iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching’ and ‘Coding in STEM education’, as speaker at international teacher trainings as well as member of the BackStageTeam of Science on Stage Germany since 2017. Furthermore, he was member of the international jury at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen (Hungary) and 2019 in Cascais (Portugal).



The Board can augment itself with additional, non-voting members as it sees fit. Non-voting members are typically ‘experts’ and/or represent organisations and bodies of importance to Science on Stage. These experts support the Board, the office and the European festival programme committee:

  • Wolfgang Gollub (think ING.)
  • Monica Zanella (principal of the school district Ritten in Italy, expert for primary schools)