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What is Science on Stage?

Science on Stage is a European initiative designed to encourage teachers from across Europe to share best practice in science teaching.

The overall aims of Science on Stage are to:

  • Provide a forum for teachers to exchange teaching ideas for the sciences
  • Inspire and re-enthuse science teachers
  • Provide teachers with access to quality science teaching resources and ideas
  • Inform teachers about wider science research
  • Raise the profile of science teaching with education ministers in the countries involved

Ultimately, the aim of Science on Stage is to enable teachers to deliver science in a more creative and engaging way.

About the Festival

The European Science on Stage Festival is hosted biennially in different countries and is the culmination of national events in the participating countries. 350 science teachers from all over Europe will present their most innovative teaching ideas, workshops and performance. Participants are chosen at competitive national events in the 27 member countries.

The next European Science on Stage Festival will be held in London from 17-20 June 2015. Information about the 2015 festival can be found here.

Complete the form before the 22nd November 2014 to submit your ideas for a project for the National Science on Stage competition. Members of the 2015 Irish team will be selected in November 2014.

Themes for this event include:

  • Science and Our Sustainable World
  • Inclusive Science
  • Innovation in Science Education
  • Creativity in Science EducationScience and its Applications
  • Cooperation between countries.

Irish Science teachers are invited to submit their ideas for consideration to attend the Science on Stage festival.

Ireland has sent a delegation of science teachers and educators to all previous SOS & POS conferences. For the SOS2, SOS1, POS3 and POS2 programmes, the Irish Delegation and the Irish National Steering Committee have produced booklets of the best demonstrations prepared and selected by the Irish Team and this booklet has been issued to all Science Teachers in Ireland. These entire booklets can be downloaded in pdf format from this website here.


Originally begun in 2000 as Physics on Stage, Science on Stage was broadened in 2003 to cover all sciences.

The Science on Stage programme is an innovative, pan-European science education activity, aiming to foster a renewal of science teaching in Europeby encouraging the exchange of new concepts and best practices among teachers from all over the continent.

The previous festivals which have taken place include:

Science on Stage 2013, 25-28 April 2013, Słubice / Frankfurt (Oder)

Science on Stage Festival, 16 - 19 April 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Science on Stage 2, 2-6 April 2007, ESRF/ILL, Grenoble, France.

Science on Stage 1, 21-25 November 2005, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

Physics on Stage 3, 8-15 November 2003, ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Physics on Stage 2, 2-6 April 2002, ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Physics on Stage 1, 6-10 November 2000, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

Contact Details of Irish Steering Committee

Science on Stage Ireland is coordinated by Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, CASTeL, DCU and Paul Nugent, IOPI Teacher Network Coordinator.



The Irish participation for the Science on Stage Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Second Level Support Service and the Institute of Physics in Ireland. The Department of Education and Science kindly provided substitution through the Second Level Support Service for the teachers who attended the conferences.



Recent news

2015 Team- The deadline for teachers to apply to join the Irish delegation at the 2015 Science on Stage festival has been extended to the 22nd November 2014. Apply by completing the form here.

Video Resources - Irish Science Teachers have prepared a selection of short videos in English and Irish on Science Ideas and Demonstrations from the various POS/SOS festivals.

2013 Team

2012 team

Science on Stage 2013 team (l-r) Paul Nugent, Maria Sheehan, Feargal Close, Maeve Liston, Aoibheann O'Gara, Richard Moynihan, Brigid Corrigan