The ScienceLit project

The project "ScienceLit: Scientific Literacy for all!" was an Erasmus + project developed to meet a current European challenge: to promote and disseminate scientific knowledge among every culture and sector of society. It is thus regarded as a contribution to bringing science closer to adults, especially those at risk of exclusion. It has targeted unemployed participants, particularly those older than 55 years old and young people (18–34 years old).

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Facilitate access to scientific knowledge to adults, especially those at risk of social exclusion, offering them tools that enable them to understand, interpret and analyse science with autonomy
  • Develop the ScienceLit methodology to transfer scientific knowledge to adults
  • Connect European science institutions with at-risk adults to help bring science closer to society
  • Develop key competencies by participating in Successful Educational Actions (SEA), such as Scientific Dialogic Gatherings (SDGs)

The ScienceLit methodology developed in the project is based on Communicative Methodology and Dialogic Learning (Flecha, 1997, 2000) and is pursued in the follow-up to one of its Successful Educational Actions (SEA): Dialogic Gatherings, in this case, applied to the scientific theme.

Through this project and the aforementioned methodology, the participants seem to have achieved the following goals (according to their statements):

  • They've acquired a basic scientific knowledge
  • They've learnt how to read and interpret scientific language
  • They've understood scientific problems and language
  • They've acquired more self-confidence, self-esteem and personal autonomy, which are crucial aspects in order to be able to actively participate in society
  • They've been empowered to acquire control in their decision-making process, thus favouring their creativity, their effectiveness in the development of personal and group aims, along with their responsibility, critical thinking and empathy
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The project has been carried out by five partner entities:

  • The association of participants Ágora from Spain, coordinating entity of the project
  • The adult education organization RIC Novo Mesto from Slovenia
  • The NGO KMOP from Greece
  • FACEPA, the Federation of Cultural and Educational Associations of Adults, from Spain
  • The German Institute for Adult Education - Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) from Germany




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