The Team

SEE Science partnership includes 18 partners from seven SEE countries offering a wide geographical coverage of SEE and a mix of public, education & business sectors that reflets project objectives in terms of competences. SEE Science aims to boost innovation through improved operation and a stronger role of Science Centres, therefore the objective was to involve Scs from all SEE contries. This had been achieved since many of  the Scs operating in the area became Pps (Natural Science Museum of Trento from Italy, Science Centre Network from Austria, Centre for Science Education from Greece and ECSITE as the European network of science centres and museums).

For Bulgaria and Romania, with no operating Science Centres, the selected organisations were involved based on their commitment for future investments to develop such institutions. Burgas Municipality – what is the biggest municipality in the South Eastern Region of Bulgaria  –  plans to create a Science Centre within its Science Park to be established whereas the  UniOr aims to build long term cooperation with the Science Centre in Debrecen and to promote the creation of such institution in Romania, nevertheless training and educating on a large scale both the students and also the high education graduates in the field of natural science and technology.

The Partners

Municipality of Debrecen

The City of Debrecen is the economic, educational, healthcare and political centre of the  north eastern part of Hungary. Several multinational companies in high technology have placed branches in Debrecen and the city strongly builds on the cooperation of the academic R&D and business sectors.

Nevertheless the city is facing problems in supplying skilled workforce to the growing number of companies.

To address this challenge in 2009 the city leadership has taken a major step to influence the orientation for youngsters and the population’s interest in science&technology: the city obtained a structural grant to establish a Scientific Adventure Park (AGORA) that also include a 2800 sq. m. science centre.

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Burgas Municipality

The Municipality of Burgas is the largest in southeastern Bulgaria on an area of 514,362 hectares, 0.43% of the country. The municipality is bordered to east by the Black Sea, to the north – Pomorie Municipality, west - Kameno Municipality and south - Municipality of Sozopol. The Eastern border is a prerequisite for the development of port work, fishing, tourism, foreign trade, productions and industries relying on imported materials.

Burgas bay is the most extensive on the Bulgarian Black Sea coastline.

The availability of natural resources such as nature reserves, protected areas and natural attractions determine the wide biodiversity in the municipality of Burgas, which is an important factor for development of tourism, economic and non-profit activities, stimulating small and medium business and the labor market.

Official national census data of 2011 showed a total of 212,902 people living within the Municipality. The city of Burgas is an important industrial, commercial, educational, transport, tourism and administrative center of the Municipality. The main branches of economic activity within the Municipality are:

  • Industry - 13.4%;
  • Services - 23.2%;
  • Transport - 8.3%;
  • Trade - 51%;
  • Construction - 5%.

The city of Burgas has an international airport which is the only adopted to accept supersonic aircrafts. Here is situated the largest port in the country, which has the only oil terminal south of Balkan Mountains. City of Burgas is one of the main logistical points of the European transport corridor ? 8 (Barry -Vlora - Tirana - Skopje - Gyueshevo - Sofia - Plovdiv - Burgas - Varna). It is marked by the ports of Burgas and Varna as a key position for border crossing and road, rail and air traffic routes for national and international traffic.

The Municipality’s road transport network and transport infrastructure is well developed, a total of 202.105 km. of roads - 141,205 km. of which are national routes. Over 90% of the public transport in the Municipality is served by the municipality-owned "Burgasbus" company, consisting of 76 buses and 15 trolley buses serving passenger traffic in the city and 51 buses serving long- distance routes.

Human and social capital, supporting the innovation development in the region

Educational institutions

On the territory of Burgas there are two universities – Burgas Free university (BFU) training specialists in the area of economics, law, social service and University “Prof.Assen Zlatarov” which offers education in the areas: engineering sciences, technical sciences in the area of chemical and manufacturing industry, natural sciences and tourism.  

Specialized high schools in region Burgas are: English Language High school “Geo Milev”, German Language High School “Goethe”,  High School for Romanic languages “Rakovski”, Nature-mathematics High School “Academic Nikola Obreshkov”, High School for foreign languages “V.Levski”, Evening High School “Zahari Stoyanov”.

There’s a number of Professional High schools, among which  Professional High School of mechanics and electronics – training of specialist in the area of mechanical engineering, transport, electrical engineering and IT technologies; Professional High School of building, architecture and geodesy; Professional High School of chemical technologies “Academic N.Zelinsky”; Professional High school of shipping and fishery “St.Nikola”; Professional High school of building and installations “P.Penev”.

The presence of well-developed network of educational institutions for training of specialists is a good base and supports the development of innovations.

Civil and business associations working to support business

A significant factor for supporting business and innovations in Burgas is the presence of associations working to support business, such as Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Commercial and Industrial Chamber, Non profit association “High technology Business Incubator” – Burgas,  Business Center – Burgas, established with the support of JOBS Programme, regional and branch organizations offering business services and building up partnership between public authorities and private companies – Bulgarian Construction Chamber, Association of Architects, Association of Engineers, Association of, Association for business initiative, Regional Chamber of Crafts and social partners as Confederation of Independent Syndicates in Bulgarian and Confederation of Labour “Podkrepa” . 

Key figures:

  • Atanaska Nikolova
  • Doroteya Yanakieva
  • Veselina Dimitrova
  • Tsveta Germanova

Centre for Science Education

The Centre for Science Education (CSE) is a nonprofit private foundation overseen by the Greek Ministries of Education, Culture and Finance. Its vision is to enhance the awareness and knowledge of science among students and educators, as well as anyone interested to be informed on recent scientific achievements. Its main purpose is to create an educational environment which stimulates inquiring thought, curiosity and imagination, adding to the traditional classroom works the elements of inventiveness and creativity. CSE cognitive approach encourages young people to think on their own and develop new ideas, leading them to a deeper understanding of Science, through observation and experimentation. Interactive scientific means and exhibits, which fully utilize advanced technology, and interactive learning procedures are employed in order to promote the objectives of the institution.  CSE has designed and developed three interactive exhibitions in the areas of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics.

Key figures:

  • Spyros Pnevmatikos
  • Chara Dimopoulou
  • Kostas Kitrou
  • Angela Cotronis
  • Vasileios Verganelakis (Physicist, science communicator, SC Agent)

Museo delle Scienze di Trento

Museo delle Scienze di Trento (MUSE) is one of the most innovative scientific institutions in Italy thanks to the rich cultural offer and the top level scientific activity in natural science.

Along with its core research and conservation work, the museum devotes special attention to the promotion of science among youngsters, addressing both schools and families. Moreover, MUSE aims to benefit the citizens by involving them in constructive dialogues intertwining scientific questions, social issues, and cultural welfare.  

Each year the museum offers a new range of activity tackling natural science, physics, mathematics, astronomy and current controversial issues. Interactive temporary exhibitions, workshops, conferences, artistic labs, and hundreds tantalizing events make MUSE the cool place where to go.

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The Austrian ScienceCenter-Network (SCN) is an independent, non-governmental association based in Vienna. SCN concentrates on the interactive science center activities and on their benefit for the society. Its main goal is to highlight, use and spread the potential of science center activities as effectively as possible. The association aims at stimulating the interest in science and technology, creating versatile learning opportunities of high quality, sharpening the awareness for the societal impact of science and technology and also at being a platform for science center activities. International cooperation complements and widens the scope of the national activities.

SCN is the initiator and coordinator of a consortium of more than 100 organizations and persons throughout Austria, who strive for the same goals. It serves as an active information-hub, carries out public relation activities, organizes trainings and networking events. Together with its partners, SCN performs specific science center projects and puts them into the center of its own research activities.

Key figures:

  • Barbara Streicher, Member of the Steering Committe
  • Petra Bockenauer-Preinfalk, Partner level Communication Manager
  • Heidrun Schulze, Partner level Project & Financial Manager, SC Agent

Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information

Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI) is the national information centre and specialized scientific library of the Slovak Republic. It is the directly-managed organisation of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR. Apart from being a technical and scientific library, the SCSTI is involved in building and administration of complex information systems for science management and evaluation, including the Central Information Portal for Research, Development and Innovation. The SCSTI participates also in proposing and building of national infrastructure for technology transfer support.
An integral part of the SCSTI is the National Centre for Popularization of Science and Technology in Society, which is focused on science awareness and promotion towards the public, with special attention put on young generation.
The National Centre for Popularization of Science and Technology in Society has a big new program the main goal of which is a rapid change in attitude of general public, and especially young people towards S&T, and of scientists towards science communication. Besides the regular activities (as are informal meetings with scientists “Science in the centre” and “Scientific confectionery”, a Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia, exhibitions of scientific discoveries and inventions, and broadcasting programs), the 2013-2014 program includes a creation of a Science Centre, annual awards for best researchers, films about researchers and a massive media campaign.

Key figures:

  • Katarina Teplanova, RNDr. PhD.
  • Andrea Putalova, Mgr.
  • Marián Zelenák, Mgr.

South-East European Research Centre

The South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) is an overseas research centre of the University of Sheffield, established as a non-profit legal entity in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The centre was founded by City College, the University's International Faculty, in 2003. It is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of Enterprise, Innovation & Development, Information & Communication Technologies, and Society & Human Development. SEERC's mission is to support the stable and peaceful development of South-East Europe by conducting pure and applied research in and for the region. To accomplish this, SEERC employs the existing research capacities of the University of Sheffield and CITY College by facilitating collaborations between their research staff and by developing multi-disciplinary networks of researchers from across South-East Europe.

SEERC tries to promote independent, objective analysis and public discussion on issues related to the development of South-East Europe, targeting in capacity building and overall research development.

Key figures:

  • Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis
  • Nikos Zaharis
  • Dr. Konstantinos Dimopoulos
  • Suela Ceka
  • Adrian Solomon

University of Debrecen

The University of Debrecen, one of the leading research universities of the country, offers a complex system of education with the help of its highly qualified teaching staff. The Life Sciences Centre, opened in 2005, serves as a base for modern research of all the main scientific fields of the 21st century.  In 2010, the University was among the five Hungarian universities to be awarded ’Research University’ title.

The University is an integral part of the higher education network of the European Union with its students and faculty working hand-in-hand on producing scientific results of both national and international recognition.

Our institution has more than a hundred bilateral agreements at university and faculty level enhancing student and faculty mobility.

The University aims at becoming a fast growing institution retaining its traditions and values at the Eastern gates of the European Union, a place of European standards but close human relations; a good place to be.

Key figures:

  • Balázs Darnai, Project manager and Science Centre Agent
  • Arnold Pintér, Financial manager
  • Kornel Ecsedi, IT expert

Union of Scientists in Bulgaria

The Union of Scientists in Bulgaria (USB) was founded in October 1944 by 15 prominent Bulgarian scientists. It quickly expanded and became the largest non-governmental organization of scientists and university lecturers. It now unifies about 4000 scientists. The aim of the USB is to assist the advancement of science and higher education in the country, to promote their prestige and contribute to the prosperity of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The membership in the USB is voluntary. Members can be physical or juridical persons.

USB structure consists of 28 sections according to the main scientific disciplines and 24 branches in the bigger Bulgarian towns.

USB tries to reach a wide audience of researchers and lecturers, as well as the wide public by organizing:

  • scientific conferences and discussions on science and higher education - strategy, role, place;
  • studies and reviews on the status of research and higher education;
  • national competitions for best scientific achievements;
  • publication of books, reviews, volumes of conference proceedings and dissemination activities;
  • science communication events.

Key figures:

  • Tzvetanka Angelova, PP9 Project manager
  • Penka Lazarova, PP9 Communication Manager
  • Stoyanka Paskaleva, PP9 Financial manager
  • Borislav Stoyanov, Thematic expert

University of Oradea


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    The Associated Strategic Partners

    National Authority for Scientific Research

    NASR exercises the responsibilities of the state authority for research-development. Its mission is to ensure the elaboration, application, monitoring and evaluation of the policies in the field of research-development and innovation, consistent with the strategy and the Romanian Governing Program.

    Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture

    The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture is an important multiplier for the SEE Science project. As one of the main target groups within the project are young people, connections to the school system are fundamental to success. In addition, pilot activities focus on establishing transferable methods and IT-infrastructure for the virtual SEE Science Centre. The department of IT-systems for educational purposes of the Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has already participated in a number of science-related EU-projects, especially with a focus on e-Learning and learning resources like INSPIRE, COSMOS, Organic.Edunet, OpenScienceResources, etc. bundled within Austria under the header 'virtual school'. Thus, it has gained knowledge and established both national as well as international contact networks to be used for dissemination within this project.

    Burgas Free University

    The Burgas Free University is a benchmark for the region and the whole country for a modern academic and scientific organisation. BFU has up-to-date facilities for training and science and also has a managerial style and approach to innovation. The university is renowned for its close cooperation with the business world. BFU wishes to develop a 'technological transfer office', the mission of which would be to connect innovation actors in the Burgas Region.

    Joint Innovation Centre

    The Joint Innovation Centre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) is a coordination unit that aims to coordinate and support RD&T and innovation activities of academic institutes and helps them to reach global markets with innovative products. JIC is competent in participating the project as it:

    • Supports the preparation and promotion of academic projects connected to innovations and technology transfer.
    • Ensures expertise and helps cooperation with new Bulgarian and foreign partners of the Academy and its affiliates in order to promote innovative research in Bulgaria and to support its participation in the global economy.
    • Supports the cooperation of research and business partners to intensify the innovation processes.

    JiC is a partner in „Enterprise Europe Network” – the largest information consultancy network in Europe, assisting business and science in the development of its innovation potential and for raising awareness about the policies of the European Commission directed towards business and science.

    Hungarian Business Leaders Forum

    HBLF has been involved in SEE Science to investigate and share with partners how Science Centres could build on corporate social responsibility (CSR) to further enhance their capacity

    to promote innovation. HBLF is a nonprofit association and representative body of local business executives, local representatives of international joint ventures and other influential business people in Hungary and is committed to promote responsible business practices that benefit business and society, and which help to achieve social, economic and environmentally sustainable development in Hungary. The organisation serves the interests of the companies, individuals and society and supports the sustainable development of Hungary through the three pillars of SD: economic, social and environmental well-being for present and future generations. The mission of HBLF is to encourage companies to integrate corporate social responsibility and the principles of sustainable development into the everyday business practise. Members of HBLF promote responsible leadership for the long term prosperity of their businesses and the whole of society.

    Autonomous Province of Trento

    The Autonomous Province of Trento is the Provincial Government entity of the Trentino region. Being an autonomous region, it has a wide role in policy making at regional level, it funds research and activities connected to developing local awareness in relation to scientific and cultural issues. The Autonomous Province of Trento brings into the project connections to its local, national, and international network that the Province and the local research entities, funded by the Province, have developed. The Province also carries out, through the University and Scientific Research Department,  its research policies and at the same time carries out as well activities aimed at qualifying the System for High Education and Research in Trentino.

    In particular, the Autonomous Province of Trento can bring to the project its acquired experience in:

    • strengthening the existing Province system of museums;
    • develop synergies among different institutions both in relation to scientific communication and scientific education;
    • promote the adoption of new technologies, and ICT systems

    Ministry of Education, Lifelong learning and Religious Affairs - General Secretariat for Research and Technology

    The General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), of the Ministry of Development is the main public body for the administration of the Greek R&D system. Its contribution to the SEE Science project fall in the areas of:

    • Providing financial support to the research activities for both (1) national scientific research institutes and those of its (2) productive industry focusing on areas that are important for the national economy and for (3) the improvement of the quality of life.
    • Promoting the transfer and dissemination of advanced technologies towards the national productive sector, thus ensuring early utilisation of the results of research activity.
    • Contribute to the reinforcement of the country's research manpower.
    • Representing Greece at relevant institutions of the European Union, thus bringing the country's research and technology activities in line with EU requirements.
    • Promote cooperation with other countries and international organisations on research and technology issues.
    • Establish new institutes and technological centres in support of sectors of high priority for the development of the Greek economy.
    • Support the dissemination of research and technology information throughout the country and internationally by means of advanced IT systems and networks.
    • Encourage activities aimed at raising awareness of the general public about research and technology issues.

    European Network of Science Centres and Museums

    ECSITE facilitates the implementation of the SEE Science project by sharing good practises for communicating science to the public and by providing experience in networking activities. ECSITE - The European Network for Science Centres & Museums - is the Europe-wide network organisation that links science centres and museums, natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, universities and research organisations in Europe as active members. ECSITE is an expanding network of 420 member institutions located in 30 different European countries. The organisation has extensive experience in projects funded by Community programmes and initiatives, including several in a coordinating role.