Science in Southern Denmark - Career learning in science subjects

Science in Southern Denmark - Career learning in science subjects

In cooperation with Svendborg Erhvervsskole and a group of partners from the educational system in the Region of Southern Denmark (RSD), the Danish Diabetes Academy has received funding for a project that is bridging between researchers of Danish Diabetes Academy at University of Southern Denmark and all the way to secondary and primary education. The title of the project is “Science in Southern Denmark – Career Learning in Science Subjects” (Science i Syddanmark - karrierelæring i sciencefag).

  1. Background
  2. Aim
  3. Success criteria
  4. Timeline
  5. Project partners
  6. Related news


PhD students and Post Docs funded by the Danish Diabetes Academy are facing a new challenge, namely, to pass on their knowledge about diabetes research to teachers in secondary schools and hopefully inspire them to start using new teaching methods targeted students in secondary and primary schools.

Aim of the project

The aim of the project is to strengthen the awareness and increase the number of applicants for science education in Southern Denmark. As the focal point for all project activities, diabetes has been chosen since it has high topicality in society in general as well as in the region, and it provides young people in primary as well as secondary school with good opportunities to relate teaching to everyday life, societal debate, education and career.

Success criteria

The group, that the project is supposed to make an impact on, involves 1075 secondary school students og 90 secondary school teachers and 275 primary school students and 20 primary school teachers.

The success criteria are, among other things, the following:

  • 50 % of the involved teachers will in the future actively include career focus in their teaching plans.
  • 75 % of the involved students in primary and secondary school will be able to experience that their career skills are increased considerably. 
  • 10 % increase in applications for study programmes within biotechnology or biology from the involved secondary school students on their first year core curriculum.
  • 20 % increase in the part of students from the involced classes that choose to apply for a science education in the Region of Southern Denmark.


The project will run in three phases over a period of 2½ years and will start up in the second half of 2016. The total project budget is 3.7 million DKK of which 2.5 million DKK is donated by the Region of Southern Denmark’s Education Programme.

The three phases include:

  1. Training of secondary school teachers in the subjects of biotechnology, biology and physical education. Focus on current diabetes research and career learning didactics.
  2. Development of courses for students at basic course and upper secondary level, including the development of new experimental work and integration of the newly developed diabetes exercises in the Virtual Lab 2.1.
  3. Development of courses for upper primary level students (8th and 9th grade) with geographical links to the participating colleges, including joint seminars for primary and secondary school teachers. 


Behind the project is Svendborg Erhversskole, University of Southern Denmark and 15 primary and secondary schools.

Svendborg Gymnasium Tønder Gymnasium University College Lillebælt
Rødkilde Gymnasium Studievalg FynErhvervsakademiet Lillebælt 
Varde Gymnasium UU Center Sydfyn Biotech Academy 
EUC Syd University of Southern Denmark4 primary schools in Svendborg, Langeland, Faaborg-Midtfyn 
Svendborg ErhvervsskoleSyddansk ErhvervsskoleDanish Diabetes Academy 

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