Date: February 25
Place: Online

We invite teachers, parents, policymakers and other stakeholder communities to discuss the potential of coding, making and play-based non-formal and informal science learning activities. The challenges and opportunities for science education that emerged during the pandemic and look to the future for youth coding and making in Europe.

Participation at the event is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. The registration is for the whole webinar, but you are free to participate in any of the sessions using the same registration information.


Time (in CET) Theme Moderator Panellists
10:45-11:00 Introduction  Michalis Giannakos (NTNU, Norway) – Presentation PDF
11:00-12:30 The vital role of creativity and play in non-formal and informal STEM learning Heather King (King’s College London) Tom Doust, Institute of Imagination, UK – Presentation PDF


Dimitris Gramenos, FORTH, Greece


Jörg Hofstätter, ovos, Austria – Presentation PDF


Elizabeth Rushton, King’s College, London, UK – Presentation PDF

13:00-14:30 Challenges and opportunities for informal science education that emerged during the pandemic Michalis Giannakos (NTNU, Norway) Steffi Knorn (TU Berlin, Germany) – Presentation PDF


Stefan Lebernegg (TU München, Germany) – Presentation PDF


Nicole Salomon (ovos, Austria)


Sevinc Kisacik (Science Museum, London, UK)

15:00-16:30 Advancing Science literacies for children Iro Voulgari (UoM, Malta) Charoula Angeli (University of Cyprus, Cyprus) – Presentation PDF


Mike Horn (Northwestern University, USA)


Antonios Liapis (UoM, Malta) – Presentation PDF


Maria Xanthoudaki (Center for Research in Informal Education, National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Italy)

17:00-18:15 Interactive playful workshop on privacy and personal data in the digital era.


The “GDPR and 40 Thieves” workshop is aimed at all ages and combines fairy tales and myths with humor and imagination to present comprehensively and entertainingly European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the fundamental rights and freedoms it guarantees for all citizens.


It is based on a Webinar which is freely available (in Greek) at the Mathesis online educational platform of Crete University Press (CUP) and a related comic book published also by CUP.

Moderator: Dimitris Gramenos, FORTH, Greece




The event is organised by the COMnPLAY SCIENCE project ( in collaboration with the LearnML ( COMnPLAY SCIENCE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 787476. LearnML from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership program (KA201: Strategic Partnerships for School Education) under grant agreement No 2019-1-MT01-KA201-051220.