Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, founded in 1640 Hungary is the oldest and, with more than 16,000 full-time students in 8 faculties, the largest university of arts and sciences in Hungary. The Faculty of Science covers disciplines in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, informatics, mathematics and physics. With 500 Ph.D. students and over 600 academic staff, a Centre for Science Education and a lab school network, it provides a major national scientific resource that can optimally promote a project on science communication.
The Centre for Science Communication (ELTE) conducts an MSc course and in-service training programs in Science Media and Museum Learning. Bachelor and Master level courses for teacher education are continuously offered. Its recent EU funded project, SciComPed yielded printed and digital learning materials in 3 languages on these topics. The Centre has an interdisciplinary staff of media, museum and visualisation experts, a semi-professional TV studio, PC and Mac multimedia development labs and training facilities. The centre has extensive experience in informal learning in science centres and museums, creating online learning material(s) for the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, which incorporated interactive learning methods.
The Physics Education Program of the Graduate School of Physics was launched 10 years ago. Currently it has about 40 Ph.D. students, active teachers at secondary schools. The aim of the PhD projects is to make basic concepts of some of the contemporary problems of physics understandable for school students. The teachers regularly prepare short e-learning materials of their subjects as parts of their thesis