Science and Education Center Višnjan


Korado Korlević
Tel: +385 52 449 178
Address: Istarska 5, 52463 Visnjan, Croatia

Activities: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Informatics, Electronics, automatisation, Physics

Brief description of activities:
Our mission is promotion and encouragement of innovation and excellence in the scientific, technological and artistic work with children and youth. Up to date, Višnjan educational programmes have been spread to almost all scientific areas, with activities aimed towards different age and interest groups (through pre-schoolers and beyond), from popular science to highly specialised, cutting-edge, themes and projects. Primary goals of scientific education and science popularisation are also obtained through teacher training with goal of improving their competences in teaching and work with academically gifted students. Our programmes’ specificities are: individual work with every participant through mentoring and project work; direct inclusion in cutting edge research work as team member or team leader; relaxed atmosphere during work aimed to jointly scope and challenge yields exceptional educational experience, and usually valuable scientific results; encouragement of student’s creativity and critical thinking; interdisciplinary projects; scientific communication and presentation of work

Special international programs:
Visnjan School of Astronomy, VSA, astronomy workshop and Summer School of Science, S3, science workshop are located in the village of Višnjan, near Croatian coast in region of Istria. Višnjan is home to Višnjan Observatory, a most prolific asteroid discovery site in the world. Schools represents a continuing experiment in an attempt to merge scientific projects and high school students’ education. Students are treated like research colleagues in the scientific process. In 2016 we hope to maintain the VSA’s 27 years and S3’s 15 years long tradition of contemporary topics, scientific discoveries and having a good time