The LINKS project (Learning from Innovation and Networking in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics) aims at improving inquiry-based STEM teaching through the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers and their educators, both at primary and secondary levels.



Partners involved in LINKS, organised through educational and national networks, consider CPD as the most effective leverage to enhance the achievements of pupils in STEM.

However, to make the most of CPD benefits, it is crucial to design and implement policies and programmes that target effectively the needs of teachers.

This supposes to address appropriately the following issues:

  • What type of knowledge and skills should be developed among teachers and educators?
  • What sort of innovations should be brought to CPD in terms of content, methods, tools, especially in the context of digitalisation?
  • Who should contribute to CPD apart from traditional CPD providers?
  • Especially, what should be the role of employers and of the scientific community?

Besides, partners take up another key challenge which is the commitment of decision-makers in the support to the expansion and sustainability of proposed CPD strategy.

To raise a strong and long-lasting interest for the innovations and features developed by partners, a pre-condition is the reinforcement of their capacity to provide evidence of the positive impact of their CPD activities on teaching practices and learning outcomes.

A network of 9 partners

The project is carried by a partnership composed of 9 institutions involved in STEM CPD of teachers and their educators in Austria, Finland, France, Italy and the United Kindom. They belong (and some of them coordinate) to national networks which all together represent 120 local CPD providers.


Objectives and strategy of LINKS



Main expected outputs of LINKS

A study on effective and innovative practices developed in partners’ CPD programmes





This study has been published in English. Executive summaries in French, Finnish, Italian and German have also been published.


Five guidance tools and their brochures on five cross-cutting issues


These guidance tools will be available in English, French, Finnish, Italian and German by April 2019.

For more information or if you are interested in the study and guidance tools, please contact us. 


Six dissemination events are organised during the project lifetime




Periods are provided for information purposes only. Precised dates will be determined later on.

For more information or if you are interested to take part in these events, please contact us. 


Coordination of LINKS

Fondation La main à la pâte

43, rue de Rennes

75006 PARIS

Send an email to the Coordination: 


LINKS in Austria



LINKS in Finland



LINKS in France



LINKS in Italy



LINKS in the United Kindom



The LINKS project is coordinated by the Foundation La main à la pâte (France)



The LINKS project is supported by the French National Agency of the Erasmus + Programme.

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