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NTNU is the second largest university in Norway with about 20,000 students.  The  university has participated in 60 R&D projects under FP6, of which 6 are coordinated by NTNU.  The university's profile in Science and Technology, along with a wide range of Social sciences and Humanities, provides unique scope for interplay  between disciplines.  The Programme for Teacher Education (PLU) is one of 12 departments at the Faculty of Social sciences and technology management. PLU is responsible for the following activities:    Teacher Education - educating 340 graduate student teachers per year for the intermediate and secondary school sector (year 5 - year 13) in natural science, mathematics, social science and modern languages, as well as further education and  in-service courses for teachers in all these fields.    University Pedagogy  - assurance and development of the quality of teaching and learning at NTNU: pedagogical counselling, educational and method courses for  new staff, affiliated professors and teaching assistants; pedagogical innovation, research and development; dissemination of experience and development of competence in other faculties.     The University's Resource Centre for Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology - an intermediary between schools, universities, colleges, trade and industry: continuing education and in-service courses in science and technology for  teachers at all levels; developing and disseminating new teaching materials and equipment; advising school authorities about science rooms and laboratories; publications on teaching and learning in science and technology; networking between  schools, the university and industry; implementing research and development on teaching and learning of science and technology subjects in schools. In addition to scientific staff, NTNU has a dedicated administrative staff with  extensive experience in research management, legal issues and financial management of EU-projects.   Task allocation Tasks attributed to NTNU include:  • The overall management of the project (WP1) including financial management  • Media and dissemination strategy (WP10) • Content development in WPs 4, 5, 6 and 8.   Staff members who will be undertaking the work: Geir Karlsen, Professor, will be the consortium leader. He is deputy head and  research leader at the Programme for teacher education at NTNU.  His main research areas are philosophy of education, in particular the teachers role in contemporary society. In recent years he has been involved in research strategy and  implementation of policy in both national and international contexts. He is currently leading a national work-group connected to changes in teacher education in Norway, and is a member of several international networks, including the organisational board  for the successful 2009 annual conference of NERA (Nordic Education Research Association).    Peter van Marion, Professor in Science Education. His main interests are in  outdoor work in biology, practical work in science and environmental education. He is

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