The University of Bonn was founded almost 200 years ago and is considered to be one of Germany’s and indeed Europe’s most important institutes of higher education. As home of learning to over 32,500 students, the University of Bonn is one of the world’s leading research based Universities and operates on an international level. The University of Bonn’s research and teaching efforts concentrate on the following specific areas: Mathematics, Physics, Economics, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical research, Life- and Neurosciences, Philosophy and ethics. In developing its chosen specialisations, the University of Bonn works very closely in selected fields with research partners from the “ABC science region” – Aachen, Bonn, Cologne. These include Max Planck institutes, the research centre CAESAR, the Research Centre Jülich (FZJ), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Fraunhofer Society (FhG) institutes. In addition, the University of Bonn cooperates with international organisations, including the United Nations.
The Department of Biology Education collaborates very closely with the other Science Education Departments (physics, chemistry, maths and informatics) at Bonn University and is part of a well-established network with local schools (Primary and Secondary Schools). There has been a long tradition of University programs offered for pupils of different ages such as “Hands on particle physics – International Masterclasses”, “Bonn Maths club”, “Game programming” (Internship for secondary school students), “Junge Uni” (= “Young University”) and support programs for gifted secondary school students in Maths and Science such as the “Dr. Hans Riegel-Fachpreis” as well as active participation in nationwide programs like “Girl’s Day” (open day for girls) and (“Haus der kleinen Forscher” (=”House of little Scientists”). Being part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Bonn University, the Department of Biology education also works very closely together with science researchers from all different fields.
Prof. Annette Scheersoi studied to become a Biology and French secondary school teacher in Bonn, Aachen and Paris. Her experience involves teaching at different types of schools, including bilingual classes. Her doctorate was on museum’s exhibition concepts and the use of different media for communicating biological knowledge. Since 2005 she is a biology teacher-trainer and researcher, first at Frankfurt University, then at the University of Cologne and since 2013 at Bonn’s university. Her research on biology learning focuses on interest development in out-of-school learning environments. Annette Scheersoi is involved in different interdisciplinary projects about inquiry-based science education including international projects like the EU FP7 “PriSciNet” and “Creative little Scientists”. Annette develops educational materials for schools as well as for out-of-school learning sites like museums, zoos and botanical gardens. She is now a full professor at Bonn’s university, leading the department of Biology Education.
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