Do you care about global warming and the environment?

Do you care for social inclusion?   

Do you think education for adults is interesting and important? 

Welcome to
Come together! Fostering socially inclusive climate education for adults

Training education professionals and empowering disadvantaged individuals and communities: this is the path put forward by this project to address climate change challenges.

This Erasmus+ project aims to connect people using a “listening and learning” approach, in order to share expertise and develop innovative methods and practices in this field.

Ecsite Conference 2024

The Come Together project team met in the beautiful city of Ljubljana at the beginning of the summer. The Ecsite Conference, which is a global meeting of science engagement professionals, was held there between June 5 and 8, 2024. The conference was hosted by Kersnikova Institute at the GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. The science engagement experts addressed many pressing topics: climate change, decolonisation, community work, equity and inclusion, digitalisation, envisioning futures and many more.

A Keynote Speech Body Alchemy by Ana Rajčević.

The conference program offered not only interesting topics, but also dynamic approaches to their consideration. In addition to excellent keynote speeches and vibrant community meet-ups, there were presentations and discussions, as well as more playful approaches, such as a climate misinformation gameshow, a storytelling on trial, a battle between experts on what makes a good exhibition brief, but also practical strategies for envisioning futures.

Engagement methods for promoting futures literacy.

On trial: Storytelling through scenography in science centers.

The Come Together project team hosted a workshop titled Fostering socially inclusive climate education for adults on Saturday, June 8. Our aim was to investigate ways to engage with communities with diverse interests and needs many of whom often don't feel concerned by climate change, and believe their voice is irrelevant in addressing these issues. Our goal was to learn and share varied experiences with adapting our programs to engage disadvantaged adults. With this, we looked at two interconnected Ecsite community challenges: the climate catastrophe and social inclusion.

The first climate hub meeting was held in Berlin

The first hub meeting organized by the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) took place on 13th of June 2024. We invited scientists, museum educators, climate and environmental educators, representatives of (cultural) associations and NGOs as well as representatives of Berlin's district administrations for environmental education and integrative cultural and social work to exchange ideas on the topic of water from different perspectives.

This brought together experts who, on the one hand, deal with climate and environmental issues in a scientific and educational way and, on the other hand, with the realities of life of very different, including marginalised, groups in urban society through their work at district and neighbourhood level.

The first meeting was all about introducing the project and getting to know each other and our different perspectives. We also had an initial exchange about which wishes, needs and concerns should be incorporated and worked on during the project.

We also brainstormed about the potential to not only use the museum's local connections in the geographical centre of the city, but also to use the activities to link environmental issues directly on site in the neighbourhoods with the realities of life and concerns of the urban society.

At the Berlin Climate Atelier, we’d like to explore human-environment relationships with a focus on water from as many different angles as possible. We also want to incorporate cultural and personal approaches to develop engaging and informative training and education formats with relevance in terms of content for different groups in urban society, whose perspectives are too rarely reflected in discourses on environmental education.

We are very much looking forward to our next meeting in the first week of July!

The first climate hub meeting was held in Ljubljana

The Slovene Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana organised the first hub meeting that took place on 17 May 2024 in the Museum's lecture hall. 

We invited researchers, museum professionals, educators, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and marginalized social groups who address climate change in their work or collaborate closely with target communities to share their expertize and experience. Participants of our "Climate hub" (in Slovene: Podnebno vozlišče) will have a consultative and co-creative role in designing training for educators and educational activities for adults.

An extremely interesting group of people with various background responded, with whom we thought about possible topics, activities and approaches to adult education on climate change. How do you communicate climate change when there is so much information available but at the same time, people feel powerless to deal with environmental crises? How can vulnerable communities, who are generally the most affected by climate change, be included in these debates and really have a voice? 

We will continue the discussion on these topics in June, when, based on the reflections of the target vulnerable groups on their needs, wishes, and challenges to educational activity implementation, we will discuss what knowledge educators require and what approaches we would like to develop and test. 

This project gives us a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the vulnerable groups on educational activities that they will be able to carry out themselves. We are very much looking forward to creating activities together!

Text and photos: Tina Palaić

The first in-person project meeting at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin

Following several online sessions, the project partners finally met in person! Our gathering was held at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, where we were hosted by our partner museum, SPK - Ethnological Museum Berlin. 

We had an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better, particularly to exchange our experiences and practices in adult education and addressing climate change issues. We also discussed different approaches to including various individuals and communities in research and representation of their heritage.

In addition to very fruitful discussions regarding the project's goals and planned activities, we toured current exhibitions at the Ethnological Museum and addressed contemporary concerns of museum decolonization and collaboration with heritage holders. 


Photos: Constantin Holmer