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International African – European – Mediterranean Academies For Science Education (AEMASE) Conference
19–20 May 2014
Rome

The International African – European – Mediterranean Academies for Science Education (AEMASE) Conference held on May 19th-20th 2014 at Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei , Palazzo Corsini, via della Lungara, Rome, Italy.  The conference was jointly organized by the the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, (Italy), Institut de France Academie des Sciences (France), Hassan II Academie des Sciences et Techniques (Morocco) , Bibliotheca Alexandria (Egypt) and Academie des Sciences et Techniques (Senegal). The conference has the endorsement of the network ALLEA (ALL European Academies) with the support of the IAP, the global network of science academies.  The conference was an initiative of several academies aimed at promoting science education and science outreach to society in a geographically North-south region centred in the Mediterranean.

The conference objectives were to foster concrete dialogue between developed and developing countries for renewing science education and to strengthen the partnership in each country between Science Academies and Ministries of Education for the benefit of the renewal of Science Education. Academician Dato’ Ir. Lee Yee Cheong, chair IAP SEP Global Council and chairman ISTIC Governing Board gave a keynote address entitled “Science Education and Science Literacy: Two Sides of the Same Coin” while Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin presented on “Bringing Inquiry-Learning Into Practice” which was a sharing of Malaysia’s experience in undertaking an IBSE pilot programme in four primary schools. The conference was attended by more than 80 participants representing 34 countries across the world. They comprised representatives of member academies of Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean, and academicians.  It was also graced by the presence of the Minister of Education of Sudan who attended the conference in full. The Conference was an opportunity to share experiences and on what is happening in other countries in various aspects in science education. It also offered an opportunity to establish networks particularly with organizations with similar interests and projects.