Greek Student Parliaments on Science
The Greek Student Parliament on Science, supported this year by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, is part of the European Student Parliaments on Science which aims to foster dialogue and promote the exchange of ideas between high school students and scientists, engaging young people in parliamentary procedures covering various fields of science and research.
This year, the Student Parliament on Science focused on ‘The Future of the Human Being’ with particular emphasis on health issues. More than 500 students from 45 high schools across Greece were participated through 60 different working groups established as part of the Greek Student Parliament on Science. The project took place for the second time in Greece by Science View in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. For the first time participants had access through an online platform, enabling students at 30 different locations across Greece to connect and interact.
The Greek Student Parliament on Science was convened on March 21-23 2016 and was hosted by institutions that pursue and promote research: in Athens at the “Demokritos” National Center for Scientific Research (in the “Themis Kanellopoulos” amphitheater) and in Thessaloniki at the Noesis - Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum for students from schools in Northern Greece.
Science View, the Hellenic Association of Science Journalists, Communicators and Writers, is a non-profit organization that promotes scientific intercourse and communication, as well as closer ties between the scientific community and society at large, as an active member of the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA).
The agenda of the event can be viewed here.
A Greek Student Parliament 2016 promotional video can be viewed below (in Greek):
The European Student Parliaments on Science is an initiative launched in 2013-2014 by the German ‘Wissenschaft im Dialog’ organization (http://www.student-parliaments.eu). Every two years, this organization calls upon institutions in all European countries to convene national student parliaments on science. For each European Student Parliament an overall scientific topic is selected along with specific subtopics that will be discussed by students in cooperation with their professors and experts/researchers. Local student parliaments elect national delegations that participate in the European Student Parliament, presenting the conclusions their national parliaments reached on each topic. The initiative targets 15 to 19 year-old students who are interested in science and research, wish to meet esteemed scientists and want to explore current scientific issues. The initiative aims to familiarize students with parliamentary decision making procedures, the exchange of views and development of new ideas, debate techniques, teambuilding and collaboration, critical reasoning and analytical thinking and the process of forming qualified opinions on vital issues concerning the societies they live in. The European Student Parliaments on Science is organized by ‘Wissenschaft im Dialog’, an initiative of Germany’s scientific community.