Tim Christophersen

Tim Christophersen gives lecture on Ecosystem Restoration June 18th

The Global Science Opera is so excited to be partners with the UN this year, their experts will help us with the scientific facts for our opera Thrive. As a part of this, Tim Christophersen will give a lecture on Ecosystem Restoration, followed by a Q&A.  The lecture will take place on Zoom on Friday June 18th, at 2 PM CET.

Tim Christophersen coordinates the work of the Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch at UN Environment (UNEP), including UNEP’s role within the UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative initiative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNEP to reduce deforestation in developing countries.

If you are interested in participating in the session, please contact us at janne.iren.robberstad@hvl.no for zoom-link.

Giedre Straksiene

Warm welcome to postdoc Giedre Straksiene

The Department of Arts Education at HVL campus Stord is happy to present a new colleague. Giedre Straksiene, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Global Science Opera, in the context of HVL’s University project.

Giedre’s main research area focuses on development of communicative competence, various teaching/learning drama methods which are applicable in development of communicative competence. She believes that with and through the arts, learners are able to analyse, understand and perceive learning material in complex socio-cultural approach, and playfull way. A second interest is information visualization and communication, and relationships of this phenomena for contemporary art-science context.

Read more about Giedre Straksiene here.


New research project: Mind the Gap!

Mind the Gap! is the name of the new research-project HVL will enter already in March 2021. Coordinated by RESEO, a  European Network for Opera and Dance Education, the project will focus on creating digital bridges to community. 

Belgium, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Norway are partners in this exciting artistic research. HVL is the only partner connected to higher education. Part of the project aims to train and equip education departments and teaching artists in digital competencies in arts education in a time of a world health crisis, with a special focus on lower-income communities. HVL´s main responsibilities will be connected to financial and administrative management, creating a Project Management Handbook and the Mind the Gap final publication, in addition to implementations and teacher training.  

Janne Robberstad is HVL’s representative in this project and is very much looking forward to participating in the two-year innovative research-project. 


The upcoming STEAMing summer-schools

The European School Innovation Academy is preparing for the STEAM summer-schools in 2021. Two full weeks filled to the rim with new knowledge within transdisciplinary science and arts-education through .

The GSO4SCHOOL is part of this workshop-hub, and after last year´s pandemic postponement, we are getting ready for a twice-the-size online outreach. With a full toolkit of practical approaches for combining our two favorite disciplines, arts and science, into a STEAMing result. Read more here: https://esia.ea.gr, and specific for the GSO4SCHOOL online summer school here.

Conference proceedings

STEAM Approach in Science Education – Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings from the three-day international online conference, arranged by HVL Dec. 1.-3. 2020, can now be downloaded using this link: http://www.project-case.eu/conference-proceedings/

The conference was a joint arrangement for the ERASMUS+-projects CASE and GSO4SCHOOL, with more than 300 participants from 40 countries.

Book - Writing A Science Opera

A Guidebook to Writing a Science Opera

The recently published book Inquiry-Based Learning: “A Guidebook to Writing a Science Opera”, written by Oded Ben-Horin (HVL/CASE center) and Irma Smegen (Speel je Wijs) provides teachers with the reasons for, and advantages of, introducing pupils of all ages to Write a Science Opera (WASO). It provides step-by-step instructions for how to implement WASO in classrooms.

WASO is a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach to teaching at the intersection of art and science in schools. It is all about creative teaching and teaching for creativity. 

The book is avaible from the Brill Academic Publishers here.

STEAM Approach in Science Education

A three-day international online conference was arranged by HVL Dec 1-3. More than 300 participants from 40 countries had registered to participate, and they were all gathered in the quest to learn more about STEAM-education.

The participants experienced great keynotes, presentations, workshops and posters, and the global STEAM-education network was enriched and enlarged during the days of the conference.

The conference was a joint arrangement for the ERASMUS+-projects CASE and GSO4SCHOOL. Presentations and recordings will be uploaded to the conference web-site.


Application sent for new project: FORSTERK Global Science Opera – transdisciplinary STEAM education

Another project application was sent from the CASE-researchers last week. The project FORSTERK Global Science Opera – transdisciplinary STEAM education applied for NOK 1 million from the Norwegian Research Council, in order to support the exploitation of previous H2020 project results in areas of relevance for HVL’s strategic goals of responsible innovation.

The project’s primary objective is national dissemination and exploitation of the GSO’s results.

The project also want to achieve national and international network-building with relevant cultural sector entities in order to continue, strengthen and furter professionalize the dissemination of the H2020 program’s CREATIONS project’s international flagship initiative: Global Science Opera (GSO).

GSO Energize


The 6th Global Science Opera production will premiere on November 20th at 2 pm CET.

This year, our global team got inspired by the scientific topics of energy and sustainability. The opera’s story and synopsis were written by pupils of the Ardross primary school in Perth, Australia. The opera was then developed by teams all over the planet – representing five continents, 16 countries!

Watch the trailer here!

Watch the opera premier here!

For more information: www.globalscienceopera.com

HVL campus Stord, view from office

Kick-off-meeting in the AMiE-project Oct 15th-16th

The AMIE (Arts & Mindfulness in Education ) Consortium members gathered for the kick-off-meeting for the project on the 15th and 16th of October. The meeting was planned to be at HVL campus Stord, Norway, but due to the Covid-19, the meeting was online. The picture shows the view from project coordinator Jonas Selås Olsen’s office at HVL campus Stord, were the meeting should have taken place.

In the coming three years the AMiE seeks to provide European teachers with inspirational and supportive tools regarding the introduction of mindfulness in pre-primary and primary education.

AMiE uses the power of art and creative processes as a starting point for the introduction of mindfulness in a school context. The project aims to raise both school students’ and teachers’ skills in mindfulness and cultural and arts aspects.

The project is funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme.