Please click on the tabs below to find out more about participating as a teacher with your students or as a volunteer scientist mentor and apply.
We are inviting educators of displaced students and their classes to participate in the first Science United Festival. While the Festival prioritizes classrooms with displaced (refugee, asylum seeker, migrant, internally displaced) students, teachers who have students from minority, disadvantaged, or indigenous backgrounds are encouraged to apply on behalf of their classes as well.
Science United Festival aims to give refugee/displaced students’ teachers the opportunity to build their network and participate in a community of educators who work in the same context as them. Participating educators will also receive support for their project through mentorship and professional learning opportunities. Following the Festival, educators will be awarded a certificate for their participation and receive credit for their work on the Science United Project and Science United Festival’s website.
The educators’ expected involvement is estimated at 5-8 teaching hours, 3 Teacher Community Meetings (approx. 1 hour each), 4 hours of training (optional), plus time for the project planning and preparation. Please, take the time to read carefully our Child Protection Policy and the participation process as described in detail at the Terms and Conditions page.
Apply at the form below until January 29th, 2024.
We are looking for volunteer refugee/displaced professional scientists or graduate students enrolled as science majors to serve as mentors and role models for Science United Festival’s participants.
Mentors are of fundamental importance for Science United Festival’s impact on participant students. By sharing their story, their cultural background, their dreams and positive words, the mentors will encourage participating students from around the world to be optimistic, resilient, and continue their academic efforts in science.
The mentor’s role consists of the following obligations:
- Introduce themselves, their story of displacement, and their science journey in a short video-story in English and their native language. Guiding questions are available on the application form below. Mentor video-stories will be uploaded on YouTube and embedded on a dedicated Mentors page at the Science United Festival’s website (with mentor’s written consent). The video-stories will be shared on the Science United Project and Blossom Hill Foundation social media channels (with mentor’s written consent) to facilitate communications and promote the Festival.
Watch the Science United Festival 2022 mentor video-stories here.
- Record an informative short video (<1min) explaining the Festival in their native language. Script will be provided.
- Meet and communicate via email with the Festival Organizing Committee to discuss the mentor role, as well as the storyboard and editing of the video-story.
- Provide encouraging feedback via written comments or video to student projects during the Festival period (May 8-21, 2023).
- Take part in an online honorary ceremony at the end of May 2023.
The expected involvement is estimated at approximately 15 hours. Please, take the time to read carefully our Child Protection Policy and the participation process as described in detail at the Terms and Conditions page.
Please apply at the form below.