Open call - Become part of our NANOPINION Teachers team!

Brussels, September 20, 2012

NANOPINION is a project funded by the European Union. The main aim of the project is to establish a media-based platform to understand and identify differences in citizens’ opinions and attitudes on Nanotechnology across Europe. The NANOPINION platform will give place to a vivid, on-going dialogue about nanotechnologies between the different stakeholder groups. It will serve as a central hub for multiplier activities like (1) social media and traditional media campaigns, (2) outreach in schools (3) mini-online-courses allowing schools and the general public to study nanotechnology principles, applications and ELSA relates issues, and (4) outreach to different target groups of the general public via street labs in public spaces such as high streets and shopping malls, including urban and rural areas as well as reaching marginalised communities and social groups, with the aim of gathering their opinions and attitudes (5) providing virtual platforms as well as live events where the opinion of different stakeholders can be shared, discussed and voiced, therefore allowing different target groups to interact and exchange views.

In this light, NANOPINION is looking for 16 dynamic, motivated and creative teachers to help us conduct Nanotechnology outreach to schools throughout Europe via teacher training and school competitions and explore how to incorporate nanotechnologies into school curricula. Are you interested to become part of this multinational team of teachers? If yes, then join us and apply today to become a member of our NANOPINION Teachers team!

European Schoolnet (EUN) is looking for 16 Science or Technology teachers. Teachers from the following 19 countries can apply:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom or Turkey.

Tasks of NANOPINION Teachers:

  1. Participate in one Teacher Coordinator meeting in Belgium with all 16 teachers
  2. Identify how the information and tools of the platform can be best used within the official curricula of your country;
  3. Some teachers will help setting up five national workshops
  4. Other teachers will help set up online training sessions
  5. Optional task: help us develop nanotechnology materials for schools

Complete information on the tasks foreseen can be found in the following documents:

NANOPINION teachers task guidelines [PDF]

Deadlines:

  • How to apply: fill in the application form below by October 10th 2012
  • Selected teachers will be informed by the end of October

Further information, contact Xenia Lauritsen at: xenia.lauritsen[AT]eun.org

Interested teachers, please fill in the following application form: http://files.eun.org/nOp-call/

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Comment by Professor Robert Pope on September 26, 2012 at 2:46am

From the perspective of the Platonic tradition of Greek philosophy, if the term Nanopinion Teachers team is considered in association with the development of a new medical science, then their teaching is of fundamental importance to the world.

The reason for this is because Plato's definition of evil as a destructive property of unformed matter within the Greek atom was relevant to Aristotle's concept of a science to guide ennobling government for good, which was defined as being for the health of the universe. The fundamental importance of that idea was so that humans could avoid extinction.

These ideas were derived from two centuries of fusing ethics into Anaxagoras's Nous of creation. This resulted in its mathematical structure altering from a symmetrical fractal expression into a asymmetrical dynamical system based upon a logic extending to infinity. Such a process, of course, functions outside of the 20th Century's entropic world view. Cerebral observation of unformed matter in non physical geometrical terms can now be considered to meet the criteria for being linked to an act of quantum mechanics observer participancy. The process is now understood as evolving conciousness, innate in quantum biology, entangling with entropic energies, as predicted by the Noble Laureate in Medicine, Szent-Gyorgyi last century.

When this extrapolation of the 5th Century BC Nous established science in 3rd Century BC Greece, it was given two names, the Science for Ethical Ends and the Science of Universal Love. Cicero recorded in the 1st Century BC, that the teachers of that science were called saviours. Buckminster Fuller derived his balanced synergistic world-view directly from Plato's mathematics.

The three 1996 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry named the basis of their new medical science as Fullerene Chemistry. The origins of Fuller's mathematics was therfore  responsible for renaming the chemistry as Platonic Fullerene Chemistry. The teachers of such a medical science might consider that the ancient Hypocratic Oath can be upgrade into a Platonic Oath for linking medical science with the health of the universe. In 1990 the world's largest research institute IEEE's,SPIE Milestone series, reprinted the discovery that computers programmed with mathematics from the Platonic world-view, could generate healthy biological growth and development through space-time. Mainstream science's entropic mathematics cannot do this.

Professor Robert Pope.

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