• Cyprus Science and Research Centre

    Cyprus Science and Research Centre

    A centre of excellence for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education research, science communication and innovation will be established in Cyprus.
  • Our aim is to create the first interactive science centre in Cyprus

    Our aim is to create the first interactive science centre in Cyprus

    Providing education and research resources to the people of Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean region.
  • Funded by the European Union

    Funded by the European Union

    The project (Phase I) has been funded by the European Union under the Horizon2020 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation-Teaming”
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Member Organizations of the Consortium

Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics
Kiel University



The Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) acts as a nationwide research centre for science and mathematics education. It belongs to the Leibniz Association but is also affiliated to the Kiel University. The institute’s mission is to develop and promote science, mathematics, and technology education (STM) through research. IPN does research, development work, communication, and teaching within the field of STM didactics (both formal and informal) and STM education. It concentrates on long-term and nationwide research projects. Its research covers a broad range of themes: aims, perspectives, and curricula of STM education, teaching-learning processes in STM, innovative concepts for science teaching like e.g. contextualized chemistry, physics, and biology instruction, computer-based diagnostic of competencies, research methodology, educational assessment and learning in and out of school across the lifespan, effective models for teacher professional development (TPD) like e.g. SINUS, a nationwide pilot program for collaborative teacher professionalization, and quality development for extracurricular activities in STM like learning in museums or out-of-school student laboratories. IPN has experience in leading work packages in a number of FP7-funded EU projects located in the fields of inquiry-based teaching and learning, summative and formative assessment, effective and sustainable TPD, and involvement of students and the public in the process of responsible research and innovation (e.g. ASSIST-ME, ESTABLISH, IRRESISTIBLE, mascil, Mind the Gap, Primas, and S-Team).

 Project Team

  • Kerstin Kremer
  • Olaf Köller
  • Jeff Nordine
  • Silke Rönnebeck

Relevant Publications

Lindner, M., Ihme, J. M., Saß, S., & Köller, O. (2016). How representational pictures enhance students' performance and test-taking. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000351
Nentwig, P., Roennebeck, S., Schoeps, K., Rumann, S., & Carstensen, C. (2009). Performance and levels of contextualization in a selection of OECD countries in PISA 2006. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46(8), 897-908. DOI: 10.1002/tea.20338
Rönnebeck, S., Bernholt, S. & Ropohl, M. (2016). Searching for a common ground – A literature review of empirical research on scientific inquiry activities. Studies in Science Education, 52(2), 161-197. DOI: 10.1080/03057267.2016.1206351
Schütte, K. & Köller, O. (2015). Discover, understand, implement, and transfer: Effectiveness of an intervention program to motivate students for science. International Journal of Science Education, 37, 2306-2325. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2015.1077537
Walpuski, M., Ropohl, M., & Sumfleth, E. (2011). Students’ knowledge about chemical reactions – development and analysis of standard-based test items. Chemistry Education: Research and Practice, 12, 174-183. DOI: 10.1039/C1RP90022F