About the Nordic Team
In 2014, Iceland held the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the platform for Nordic governmental co-operation. As part of this presidency, the Icelandic authorities sought co-operation with the other Nordic countries in the development of the Biophilia Educational Project.
Each country chose a region to take part in the Biophilia project; each of these regions has a steering committee responsible for implementing and shaping the project in collaboration with interested local parties. The steering committees form the Nordic collaborative framework around the Biophilia educational project.
The expected outcomes of the Nordic collaboration are to:
promote innovation in schools through the development of educational methods which combine natural sciences, creativity, and technology
break up traditional teaching practices through a cross-disciplinary approach, across all ages, subjects, and disciplines
set up a Nordic collaborative network that will share experiences, ideas and further develop the project based on common Nordic values
encourage young people’s interest in creativity, natural sciences and technology, and thus progressively increase the competitiveness of the Nordic countries
The Nordic Team
In 2014 a group of Nordic people, each an expert in their own field, met in Iceland to hone and refine the teaching guidelines for the project.
The group is made up of Sunleif Rasmussen, one of the Faroe Islands’ leading composers; Anja Andersen, astrophysicist with the Dark Cosmology Centre at the Niels Bohr foundation in Denmark; Pipaluk Jörgensen, playwright and director from Greenland; Cecilia Björck, Ph.D. in music education philosophy at the University of Gothenburg; Esko Valtaoja, writer and professor of astronomy at the University of Turku; Alex Strömme, professor of science education at the University of Trondheim; Guðrún Geirsdóttir, chairman of the board of the University of Iceland’s Teaching Centre, and professor of education, and Björk Guðmundsdóttir.
The work and ideas devised by this group form the basis of the Biophilia teaching guidelines. The guidelines will continue to be developed in collaboration with each participating Nordic region, since a special effort will be placed on incorporating local emphases and circumstances.