New project granted by the Erasmus+-programme

The Erasmus+-programme Strategic Partherships for higher education has recently granted the project entitled Arts and Mindfulness in Education (AMiE). Project coordinator is the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), with project leader Jonas Selås Olsen. The project runs for 36 months, starting September 1st 2020.

The AMiE-project will provide European teachers with inspirational and supportive tools regarding the introduction of mindfulness in pre-primary and primary education (age 3-12). AMiE is unique in that it uses the power of art and creative processes as a starting point for the introduction of mindfulness in a school context.

The AMiE-consortium consists of three European higher education institutions, a private music school and a company specialised in STEAM, playful learning and mindfulness in an educational context:

  • AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway)
  • Curso de Música Silva Monteiro (Portugal)
  • Speel je wijs (the Netherlands)
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Online STEAM-education conference December 1st-3rd 2020

HVL and the Casecenter is proud to present the online international STEAM-education conference with partners GSO4SCHOOL and CASE.

The conference will be a meeting point for educators, scientists, artists, researchers and policymakers within creativity in school education.

The projects Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE) and Global Science Opera 4 School (GSO4SCHOOL), both funded by Erasmus+, will hold their partly joint online international conference December 1st to December 3rd. The main focus for the conference is creativity in STEAM education and the key note speakers are international experts in their field.

You can visit the conference page here.

Project work in times of the COVID-19-pandemic

The CASE center is involved in two ongoing Erasmus+-projects, both of them will be affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19-pandemic.

The CASE-project was supposed to have it’s final Summer School in Marathon, Athens, in July. All the Summer Schools in Marathon are cancelled due to the restrictions imposed and the ongoing public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. The project’s final International Conference, planned at Stord late August, has been postponed until December 1st-3rd. The Norwegian National Agency DIKU has accepted the project’s application for a four months extension of the project period, thus the project will run until December 31st.

The other ongoing ERASMUS+-project, GSO4SCHOOL, is also affected by the cancellation of the Summer Schools in Greece. The cancellation of the first Summer School in the project, with training of 12 teachers before their implementing of the GSO-approach in schools in Italy, Norway, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece, means that the concortium has to provide alternatives for the basic training of the teachers. The first GSO4SCHOOL International Conference was planned as a part of the GSO-festival in Bergen in September. The concortium now plan to coordinate the conference with the final conference in the CASE-project December 1st-3rd.

Hopefully, the «stay safe-stay home»-policy will make it possible to meet face-to-face by that time.


Seminar focus on DiSko findings and impact

Middle of February, active researchers, musicians and teachers connected to the DiSko project gathered at a hotel at Jeløy east of the Oslo Fjord.

The participants worked for two days presenting, discussing and interpreting results of the activities. Cyclus 2 research participants were asked to critique and improve a draft of the latest production report, while cyclus 1 musicians and teachers concentrated on a discussion over the project impact in schools.

The final discussion was arranged as a discussion of questions addressing consequences and impact of central findings in DiSko.

Read more (in Norwegian):


Postponed: GSO-festival September 6th-11th

The GSO-festival in Bergen September 6th-11th has been postponed until 2022, due to the COVID-19-pandemic situation.

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Postponed: CASE International Conference at Stord, Norway on August 26-28, 2020

The CASE International Conference at Stord is postponed until December 1st-3rd. See more at Spotlight.

The project Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE), funded within the framework of the European Union Erasmus+ programme, will held its final international conference at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, campus Stord, August 26-28.

The conference will be an international meeting point for educators, scientist, artists, researchers and policymakers within creativity in school education.

Read more and register at the conference web-site:

Postponed: GSO-festival in Bergen, September 6th-12th 2020

Update April 28th 2020:

We are sorry to inform that due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the GSO-festival in Bergen has been postponed until 2022. More info to come at a later stage.

The Global Science Opera invites to a GSO-festival September 6th to 12th. This will be a gathering of enthusiastic STEAM-educators from around the globe. Several international conferences are gathered in Bergen, Norway under the same roof at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Scientists, researchers, educators and students will all participate in workshops, lectures, exhibitions and concerts. This conglomerate of activity has its base in interdisiplinary collaboration between science and arts. The main scientific theme of the festival is energy and sustainability, and is titled ENERGIZE.

The GSO-festival is supported by and will collaborate with:

The program is still under development, see the GSO-festival-website for updates:

The CASE Center starts the SAR-project (Students as Resource)

The SAR project is initiated by the CASE centre in co-operation with the Department of Arts Education (DAE) in Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. The aim of the SAR project is to find new ways to channel and develop mature students’ skills, insights, ideas and knowledge in interaction with the CASE center’s Arts-relevant projects and some specific areas in DAE’s study programmes.  Participants in the projects will from time to time be 4-7 mature (graduate and post-graduate) students who are invited to join the SAR project after an open application process and interviews, as well as DAE/CASE teachers and researchers who have special responsibilities for the areas relevant for SAR activity. “Tasks, challenges and activities for participants will be specified by or delegated to teaching and research staff” says professor Magne Espeland who chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the CASE centre.

The project will be organised as a ‘Project on Demand’ (PoD) where the student participants and responsible staff discuss problems, challenges, ideas, solutions and implementation. SAR students will be interviewed once pr. semester about the effects of the project on their attitudes and knowledge about research, relevant study programmes and learning efficacy.

In the picture you see the SAR-students Øivind Olsen Tombre, Eivind Frogner Rimestad and Noah Wibe.

GSO4SCHOOLS Kick-off-meeting at HVL campus Stord, Norway, October 15-16

The GSO4SCHOOL Consortium members gathered for the kick-off-meeting for the project on the 15th and 16th of October at HVL campus Stord, Norway. The coming three years they will train teachers in STEAM-education in general and the GSO-methodology specifically.

The GSO4SCHOOLS project’s main aim is to train and motivate school students and teachers in the innovative GSO-methology, fusing science and art through curiosity and creativity, and to strenghten the network that will work together, exchange practices and maintain the Global Science Opera activities in the future.

The project aims to raise both school students’ and teachers’ skills in social, science, cultural and arts aspects.

The project is funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme.

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At the picture, from the left:

  • Oddgeir Randa Heggland, HVL/Norway (Science teacher)
  • Menelaos Sotiriou, Science View/Greece
  • Thomas Parissis, TPCT/Cyprus
  • Anne-Beate Ulveseth Lilletvedt, HVL/Norway (Drama teacher)
  • Nina Østensjø, Atheno/Norway
  • Grethe Lønning Grimsbø, HVL/Norway (Administrative support)
  • Elise Aabel Eriksen, HVL/Norway (Financial project adviser)
  • Rosa Doran, Nuclio/Portugal
  • Magne Espeland, HVL/Norway (Chair SAB CASE)
  • Oded Ben-Horin, HVL/Norway (Head of department, Arts Education)

Sitting in front:

  • Valentina Tudisca, CNR/Italy
  • Janne Robberstad, HVL/Norway (Project coordinator)

CASE Transnational Partner Meeting, Dublin City University, Ireland, 03-04/09/2019

The Erasmus+ project “Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE)” held a successful transnational partner meeting at Dublin City University on the 3rd- 4 th of September.

The partners from institutions and organization in Norway, Ireland, Greece, Holland and Lithuania are now well into the project period and have already produced impressive results in the shape of research based educational resources for teachers and other project materials. At the meeting partners specifically discussed implementation reports from the different partners and aspects of evaluation. Plans for the final project conference in Norway in the autumn of 2020 were also discussed