PROMISE – Promotion of Migrants in Science Education (2005-2007)

(European Commission – FP6, Specific Support Action, Science & Society)

Key tasks of PROMISE

To develop and modify science lessons and science teaching methods in order to make them accessible and acceptable for all students, “without distinction of any kind such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status” (Universal declaration of human rights, UN 1948, Art. 2).


The concept of PROMISE Team and Club Lise was developed by Tanja Tajmel and Klaus Starl in 2005 as a solution oriented approach to address the observed underperformance of migrants in sciences. Funding from EC, Deutsche Gesamtmetall and HU-Berlin made it possible to realise this concept from 2005 until 2007 at a trans-national level. During this time PROMISE Teams and Clubs Lise were established in Germany, Austria, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


The goal of the project PROMISE was to promote young people, who are underprivileged due to the fact of having migration background and their socioeconomic status, in science education and in choosing science careers. Science classes in the project partners’ countries Germany, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey were being developed towards the realisation of equality of chances in education for all pupils.


The goal was pursued by …

 promotion of young migrant girls at high school level through Club Lise – a promotion activity especially for talented migrant girls as a direct supporting measure for their choice of studies.

 sensitisation of teachers and school authorities for the specific problems of multilingual/multicultural groups

 development of new teaching concepts by a promise-team consisting of teachers and experts of science, language and intercultural education.

 teacher training for special methods of science education in multicultural/multilingual classes

 cooperation between teachers and education experts of countries of origin and countries of residence for international harmonization of science education

Each of the four partner universities founded a PROMISE- team and a Club Lise . All teams met at annual international conferences.



  • This Book and DVD present a solution-oriented approach on a theoretical and practical level. This includes recommendations for school authorities, suggestions for teacher trainings and teaching material for science lessons. The authors are scientists and experts of natural, social and educational sciences from Germany, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey.
  • Tajmel, Tanja; Hadzibegovic, Zalkida,Would you like to study physics?: A comparative study on intentions of female students in Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina to study science, in: Proceeding of the GIREP(Group International de Recherche sur l‘Enseignement de la Physique )-EPEC Conference, Frontiers of Physics Education, Opatija, Croatia, 26-31 August 2007, University of Rijeka 2008