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.

It would be highly appreciated, if the idea of PROMISE-work continues. All scientists, teacher trainers and teachers, who want to continue with PROMISE-work or who are interested in building up PROMISE Teams and Clubs Lise, are very welcome and kindly invited, to contact the authors:

Overview of the main characteristics of PROMISE Team and Club Lise (for full description see Tajmel and Starl 2005):


  • interdisciplinary teams (natural sciences, social sciences, languages)
  • teachers, experts and scientists
  • international exchange (if possible)
  • taking into account recent findings of research on this topic
  • focus on science education on the basis of the human right to education
  • gender and diversity mainstreaming

PROMISE team leaders and team members should be highly motivated in exchanging ideas and knowledge. PROMISE teams follow a solution oriented approach instead of a deficit oriented one. In order to guarantee quality and consistency of PROMISE-teamwork, there should be a regular input of the authors.

Club Lise

Key tasks of Club Lise: To make migrant female students familiar with university studies, to motivate them to enrol in sciences, to strengthen their interests and competencies.

  • female students about grade 10-13
  • located at universities
  • regular meetings with university students and scientists
  • focus on natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology) and medicine, mathematics, informatics, technical studies
  • Club Lise informations reflect the diversity (e.g. bilingual)
  • public presentation, international and intercultural exchange (if possible)