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

New Innovation project granted by the EU Erasmus+ program

New European Union project!

The CASE center’s Global Science Opera team were recently granted a new Erasmus+ project: GSO4SCHOOL (full name: Global Science Opera – Leverage students’ participation and engagement in science through art practices).

GSO4SCHOOL was granted approximately 3.3 million Norwegian kroner to support school pupils’ activities and teacher training in the Global Science Opera framework in Norway, Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal.

The 3-year project will be coordinated at HVL by Janne Robberstad. The project will start in the autumn of 2019.

Partner institutions:
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (coordinator); NUCLIO (Portugal); The Italian National Research Council (Italy); Science View (Greece); Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Greece); TPCT Consulting & Events Ltd. (Cyprus); Atheno (Norway)

The DigiSus-project presented for the Minister of Education

The Minister of Education in Norway, Jan Tore Sanner, visited one of the kindergarten partners in the DigiSus-project Friday 28th of June. In Sagvåg Maritime FUS kindergarten the project partners have designed a special sensory room that is the character Ansgar’s cabin. Ansgar is a fisherman and in his cabin the children can listen to sounds from the sea and birds, from boats in the harbor and to local songs. Only by touching different objects connected to the Makey Makey technology that is programmed in Scratch.

Minister Sanner got to enter the cabin and try the sounds, and he also got to experience to play piano-sounds by touching hands. Project leader Ingrid Grønsdal informed the minister about the objectives and organization of the DigiSus-project and the minister and his team expressed great interest in the project and plan to contact DigiSus directly to learn more.

Phd -student attends Climate Reality Leadership Training

Janne Robberstad is a PhD-student at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Campus Stord  researching the relationship between creativity and sustainability in a design-process. Working with international educational projects, the context for the research is the CASE-center project Global Science Opera, of which she also is the administrative production-manager. In March she participated in the Climate Reality Leadership Training in Atlanta, USA.

Her research lies in the crossroads of several fields, and it was an amazing opportunity to participate in a conference where environmental injustice was the main agenda. Atlanta, with its central history of civil right in the US, was a perfect background for getting a deeper understanding of this injustice not only being a matter of geography, but a direct result of active political choices. “We learned about the climate state of the world, of all the issues that desperately need to be solved, but also of all the great solutions already being implemented. I met other teachers who were amazed when I told them that sustainability will be an integrated part of the Norwegian national curricula from 2020.” Of course, here lies a huge responsibility for HVL, offering  Norway´s largest teacher education, to train teachers in how to do exactly this.

The DiSko project meets “The culture carousel” in Bergen

Participants (from left): Art teacher Alf Bugge Gjerstad, Bergen, DiSko project leader Kari Holdhus,  teacher Anne Kulild, Bergen and DiSko researcher Jonas Cisar Romme work with projects that relate.

The DiSko project develops and researches possible dialogic meetings between musicians, pupils and teachers in Norwegian Schools. DiSko researchers are eager to meet other researchers and practitioners that have similar agendas. Mid-March 2019 DiSko researchers and representatives for the project culture carousel from the city of Bergen met up. Culture carousel comprises of partnerships between artists provided by Bergen culture school and pedagogues from Bergen Schools. 34 Bergen schools are involved in this project. In this meeting culture carousel representatives  and DiSko researchers found out that they had a lot in common, such as emphasis on equal collaboration between adults, as well as practical and creative pupil activities as groundings for project activities.