Children and young people usually become enthusiastic about science at school. This is where they acquire the basic knowledge and skills for a research career. So teachers play a significant part in the fundamental training of future scientists. As part of the overall mission to support and promote initiatives towards more and better education, Teaching Spirit is a programme that rewards teachers who have shown extraordinary dedication in teaching science at school.
With support of Internationale Bodenseekonferenz (IBK, International Lake Constance Conference), every year select teachers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland are invited to attend one day of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting to gain inspiration and new ideas for creative and motivating teaching.
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With unique content dating back to 1952, the mediatheque of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings maps their rich history of scientific dialogue. The mediatheque is gradually being developed further to provide a learning platform and research resource for scientists and those fascinated by science, particularly teachers and students. Moreover, select mediatheque contents are successively made accessible via educative content providers.
More than half of the approximately 1,000 lectures held by Nobel Laureates at the Lindau Meetings thus far have been documented in the mediatheque: It contains 500 videos or picture slide shows, many of which are subtitled and annotated, as well as abstracts and full transcripts.
The mediatheque contains biographical profiles of all Nobel Laureates who have thus far participated in the Lindau Meetings. They are gradually being supplemented with explanatory information on the scientific accomplishments of the laureates, relating their research to the historical as well as to the contemporary scientific context.
By clustering and contextualising related mediatheque contents in topic clusters, a team of editors continuously compiles comprehensible introductions to major scientific fields and topics, like cancer, proteins, or subatomic particles.
Following a contemporary didactic approach, the mediatheque is complemented with short animated videos – Mini Lectures – outlining key issues of science and research in a both educative and entertaining fashion.
Nobel Labs 360°
So far, 13 Nobel Laureates have made their workplaces accessible virtually in the mediatheque: The 360° panoramic photos taken by German photographer Volker Steger depict their labs in great detail; embedded video and audio recordings add to the entertaining and educational experience of a virtual lab tour. Nobel Labs 360° can be displayed in web applications, on personal tablet computers, or on large touch screens in exhibitions.
Starting 2015, the mediatheque provides a new application to vividly display and compare the life and career paths of Nobel Laureates on a rotatable globe. The data from their biographies was compiled and processed in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. The more life paths tracked, the more convenient it becomes to identify parallels and differences in researchers’ careers. Life Paths is based on an idea by Nobel Laureate Arno Penzias.
As select contents of the mediatheque are especially suitable for use in schools, the Council and the Foundation embarked on a strategy to collaborate with non-profit providers of digital educational content, mainly public providers of didactic material for teachers. Teachers may access the digital contents online and include them in their teaching material free of any charges.
mebis – Landesmedienzentrum Bayern des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Unterricht und Kultus
SESAM – Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg
TES, the world’s largest online network of teachers
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
Lehramtsausbildung der FU Berlin
AK Schulförderung des Verbandes der Chemischen Industrie (VCI)