Universities for children expand across Europe
Children's universities are the latest innovation occurring in some countries of Europe. Aimed at young girls and boys, this concept gets young children interested in science and research at the earliest age possible. Now, this exciting concept is about to launch itself across Europe.
The concept of Children's Universities represents the most radical opening towards the general public that universities can undertake. The basic intention is to counteract a falling interest in science and research among the young, and help to overcome stereotype notions, as well as to widen participation all across diverse sectors of populations.
The European Commission is set to sign a grant agreement that will kick start the formation of a European network of children's universities called EUCUNET - the European Children's University Network. The objective of EUCUNET is to create a database of activities which are currently or have already been undertaken in Europe in the area of children's universities. From this, an interactive web portal and international symposia will be initiated, which will stimulate the transfer of know-how and the exchange of existing expertise.
EUCUNET is funded by the Science in Society theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).