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…So on a day when newcomers appear
Let it be a homecoming and let us speak…
Move lips, move minds and make new meanings flare
Like ancient beacons signalling peak to peak,
From Middle sea to North sea, shining clear
As phoenix flame upon fionn uisce here.

Seamus Heaney


We are meant to know, or we are amoebae.

Isaac Asimov

Updated News

Tandem Fellowship Conference: 11 + 12 November 2021

The European Centre for Advanced Studies cordially invites you to the Tandem Fellowship Conference.We are pleased to announce that the Selection Committee of the Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme has selected the first four tandems, each consisting...

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Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum: Extended Deadline for the Submission of Workshop Ideas until 19 September 2021

The preparations for the second edition of the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum are in full swing. Until the end of August 2021, ECAS has received excellent workshop proposals on subjects such as sustainability, biology and physics, education and many more. The second day of the Joint Forum is promising to be very interesting in terms of the quality as well as variety of workshops offered.

There are still a few last spots for the hosting of a workshop left. Thus, interested and motivated academics, staff and students from higher education institutions in Lower Saxony and Scotland are invited to seize this unique opportunity and apply now for one of the last available spots. Use your creativity and impress us with your innovative ideas for collaborative projects between both regions!

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First edition of the Joint Seminar Series: Social Equity in Childhood

ECAS cordially invites you to the first of many editions of the Joint Seminar Series between Leuphana’s Faculty of Education and Glasgow’s School of Education. The seminar takes place on

Wednesday, 27 October 2021
3 pm – 4:30 pm GMT / 4 pm – 5:30 pm CET via Zoom

Prof. Stephen McKinney PhD (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Dr. Lars Alberth (Leuphana University Lüneburg) will talk about social inequities and social inequalities experienced during childhood.

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Joint Publication on Collective Teacher Innovativeness

Dong Nguyen, Marcus Pietsch, and Sedat Gümüş have published an article titled “Collective teacher innovativeness in 48 countries: Effects of teacher autonomy, collaborative culture, and professional learning” in the journal of Teaching and Teacher Education. The article maps out the effects of teacher classroom autonomy, school culture and professional learning on collective teacher innovativeness. It suggests that a collaborative culture would encourage teachers to participate in integrated professional learning activities, and that collective participation in professional learning would enhance teachers’ collective innovativeness.

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Joint Forum: Reminder Open Call for Workshop Proposals 2021

The Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2021 is taking place in less than five months. Thus, this is a reminder that submissions for workshop proposals are still open until 31 August 2021. You may find the “Open Call for Workshop Proposals” the respective template here.

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Registration open for the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2021

“The joint forum is an incubator for new collaborative ideas that are further developed after the breeding phase during the conference days”, explains Judith Crämer, senior academic coordinator of ECAS. Thus, size this opportunity and present your own ideas in a workshop during the conference. You may submit your workshop proposals until 31 August 2021. For further information visit our website https://joint-forum.org/.

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