MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe

The MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe (ESE) aims to promote scientific projects created by children and young people around the world through an exhibition in a multi-cultural environment, while allowing the participation of institutions willing to assist young people in their projects.

The programme of the ESE consists of a variety of activities: the exhibition of projects, cultural and scientific visits, leisure activities, workshops, animation and conferences.

Participation at ESE is an opportunity to:

  • Provide a space to highlight the efforts and interests of youngsters, teachers and leaders in research, science and technology innovation, enhancing their motivation and contributing to their personal development.
  • Establish relationships with other institutions with similar goals through the development of scientific, technical and social projects to exchange ideas and create actions according to the needs of today’s world, for the benefit of industry, the educational sector and society at large.
  • Be represented at an international level through the young peoples’ projects, allowing for the spreading of knowledge amongst the main target audience (i.e. young people).
  • Promote Scientific Culture in a multi-cultural environment, allowing the sharing of experience and good practice as well as achieving higher-standard scientific activities.

History of ESE

MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2024 (ESE 2024)
Dates: 15-21 July 2024
Organisers: MILSET Europe, Richmond Park Education
Place: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Website: https://ese2024.milset.org
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2022 (ESE 2022)
Dates: 24-30 July 2022
Organisers: MILSET Europe, MILSET Romania, Cygnus
Place: Suceava, Romania
Website: https://ese2022.milset.org
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2018 (ESE 2018)
Dates: 16-22/07/2018
Organisers: MILSET Europe, FZT
Place: Gdynia, Poland
Website: https://ese2018.milset.org
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2016 (ESE 2016)
Dates: 09-15/07/2016
Organisers: MILSET Europe, CIRASTI
Place: Toulouse, France
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2014 (ESE 2014)
Dates: 09-12/09/2014
Organisers: MILSET Europe, AMAVET
Place: Zilina, Slovakia
Website: https://ese2014.milset.org
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2012 (ESE 2012)
Dates: 02/07/2012 – 08/07/2012
Organisers: MILSET Europe, OODI, MGDD(U)T, BPHR
Place: Tula, Russia
Website: https://ese2012.milset.org
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2010 (ESE 2010)
Dates: 27/06/2010 – 04/07/2010
Organisers: OODI, MILSET Europe
Place: Moscow, Russia
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2008 (ESE 2008)
Dates: 13/07/2008 – 20/07/2008
Organisers: MILSET Europe, TIT Kossuth Klub
Place: Budapest, Hungary
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2006 (ESE 2006)
Dates: 16/07/2006 – 23/07/2006
Organisers: MILSET Europe, Magma
Place: Tarragona, Spain
Website: https://ese2006.milset.org
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2004 (ESE 2004)
Dates: 08/07/2004 – 15/07/2004
Organisers: MILSET Europe, Landesverband Sachsischer Jugendbildungswerke e.V. (LJBW)
Place: Dresden, Germany
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2002 (ESE 2002)
Dates: 14/07/2002 – 21/07/2002
Organisers: MILSET Europe, Asociacia pre mladez, vedu a techniku (AMAVET)
Place: Bratislava, Slovakia
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2000 (ESE 2000)
Dates: 16/07/2000 – 23/07/2000
Organisers: MILSET Europe, Jeunesses Scientifiques de Belgique (JSB)
Place: Charleroi, Belgium
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 98 (ESE 98)
Dates: 17/08/1998 – 23/08/1998
Organisers: MILSET Europe, Associacco Juvenil de Ciencia (AJC)
Place: Coimbra, Portugal
MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 96 (ESE 96)
Dates: 15/07/1996 – 19/07/1996
Organisers: MILSET Europe, Asociace pro mladez, vedu a techniku (AMAVET)
Place: Prague, Czech Republic

Ilidža – Thermal Riviera Sarajevo

Ilidža (Cyrillic: Илиџа) is a town and a municipality located in Sarajevo Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has a total population of 66,730 with 63,528 in Ilidža itself, and is a chief suburb of Sarajevo and de facto its neighborhood.

Ilidža is one of the longest continuously inhabited regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the 19th century, numerous archeological finds have been made in the Butmir area, dating from Neolithic times. The so-called Butmir culture, is one of the best documented Neolithic cultures in Europe of the 26th and 25th centuries BC.

During Roman times, the Ilidža area was the location of the town known as Aquae Sulphurae. This was a Roman colony, and the largest settlement in the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time. Today numerous traces of Roman civilisation have been found, such as mosaics, ceramics, jewellery, coins, and even structural remains.

During the medieval period, the Ilidža area was part of the Bosnian province of Vrhbosna. Katera, one of the two original Bosnian towns mentioned by Constantine VII in De Administrando Imperio, was found on the ground of today’s Ilidža municipality. The disciples of Saints Cyril and Methodius considered the area important enough to stop at Vrelo Bosne (Spring of the Bosna River) and build a church in the area.

The modern town of Ilidža as we know it was founded during the Ottoman rule of Bosnia. Its name derives from the Turkish word Ilıca, meaning “warm thermal springs”.  Ilidža, like the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, experienced industrialisation and westernization with the coming of Austria-Hungary. A railway station and tracks, hotels, and various other structures made Ilidža the most important town after Sarajevo in the region.

Nowadays, the largest thermal complex in this part of Europe has been developed at the hot springs of Ilidža. On an area of ​​15 hectares, the Ilidža Thermal Riviera offers its visitors a pleasant relaxation and an active vacation at the indoor and outdoor pools with numerous attractive water and recreation programs, as well as attractive accompanying facilities. In 2023, the municipality of Ilidža recorded the largest number of tourist visits and overnight stays in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and this record was not set for the first time!

Images from top to bottom show:

  1. Central park of Ilidža – developed during Austria-Hungary rule, where the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie spent their last night before thier assasination that lead to the World War I
  2. Spring of river Bosna – the largest river fully in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegoivna, and the namesake of Bosnia
  3. Grand Alley at Ilidža – lined with giant chectnut and platanus trees, it is a beautiful path to walk, cycle or catch a unique fiacre carriage ride from the Central Park to the Spring of river Bosnia
  4. Ilidža Thermal Riviera with Hotel Hills in the background – the expo, opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the hotel (some pool time will be included in the program!)
  5. Hotel Hollywood – four-star hotel where the participants will stay and have their meals.

Sarajevo

Sarajevo (Cyrillic: Сарајево) is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a population of 275,524 in its administrative limits. The Sarajevo metropolitan area including Sarajevo Canton, East Sarajevo and nearby municipalities is home to 555,210 inhabitants. Located within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of the Balkans, a region of Southern Europe.

Sarajevo is the political, financial, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a prominent center of culture in the Balkans. It exerts region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion and the arts. Due to its long history of religious and cultural diversity, Sarajevo is sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe” or “Jerusalem of the Balkans”.  It is one of a few major European cities to have a mosque, Catholic church, Eastern Orthodox church, and synagogue within the same neighborhood.

Although there is evidence of human settlement in the area since prehistoric times, the modern city arose in the 15th century as an Ottoman stronghold when the latter empire extended into Europe. Sarajevo has gained international renown several times throughout its history. In 1885, it was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to have a full-time electric tram network running through the city, following San Francisco. In 1914, it was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a local Young Bosnia activist Gavrilo Princip, a murder that sparked World War I. This resulted in the end of Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and the creation of the multicultural Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the Balkan region.

Later, after World War II, the area was designated the capital of the communist Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, leading to rapid expansion of its population and businesses with investment in infrastructure and economic development.

In 1984, Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, which marked a prosperous era for the city. However, after the start of the Yugoslav Wars, the city suffered the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare, for a total of 1,425 days, from April 1992 to February 1996, during the Bosnian War.

With continued post-war reconstruction in the aftermath, Sarajevo is the fastest growing city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The travel guide series Lonely Planet ranked Sarajevo as the 43rd best city in the world. In December 2009, it recommended Sarajevo as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2010.

In 2011, Sarajevo was nominated as the 2014 European Capital of Culture. It was selected to host the European Youth Olympic Festival. In addition, in October 2019, Sarajevo was designated as a UNESCO Creative City for having placed culture at the center of its development strategies. It is also ranked as one of the world’s eighteen Cities of Film.

The Fortress

The Princely Fortress of Suceava built at the end of the 14th century near the Suceava medieval city had been the main residence of Moldavia’s rulers for almost 200 years. Today it is an important national historic monument.

The medieval arhitectonic assembly comprising the castle and the protection walls was consolidated and completed within a large financed project between 2011 and 2015 which restored the legendary spectacular look and the former subtle princely glamour.

In 2016 in Suceava’s Fortress there was organized the first permanent exhibition which illustrates important themes of great interest for the public, such as the first and the most comprehensive presentation of the medieval weapons in Moldavia, of the heraldic symbols of the Moldavian rulers and aristocrats between the 14th and 17th century or Moldavia’s medieval Treasure. For the first time the lapidarium recomposes the most complete image of Suceava’s fortress while it outlines the constructive systems and the architectural decoration, predominated in the 15th century by different Gothic themes. Medieval household facilities, such as the glazed stoves combine local decorative motifs with Central-European ones in an absolutely surprising and elegant way. The multimedia systems with medieval historical themes and video projections with subjects about the history of the fortress represent an innovation concerning the exhibition in Romania. The most well received by the visitors are Moldavia’s interactive book of medieval history – The foreigners about us and the video projection The Chronicle of Suceava’s Fortress, which reconstitutes an astonishing and animated world, remote and stil very real having the strong feeling we are all part of the same story!

Bukovina Village Museum

The general image of Bukovina Village Museum reflects the organisation and the complex activity of the traditional village, the vernacular architecture of the households and of the community constructions, of the technical facilities which illustrate the occupations and crafts in the area and the way of life of the Bukovina dwellers. Next to the households formed by houses and annexes located along the narrow street, in the centre of the village, as central point of the life of the community, there can be found the Vama church and bell tower, the Șaru Dornei public house and the Securiceni school.

On the river valley which crosses the museum there are located hydraulic technical installations: Mănăstirea Humorului water mill, the mill machine, the hackle for wool processing. The occupations and crafts are represented in workshops equipped with the inventory specific to each profession. Here, the traditional working techniques can be demonstrated and learnt, as they are used as school-workshops for children or tourists.

The organisation of the interiors represents an ethnographic exhibition which complies with the local particularities of the folk architectural objects. The ovens, the stoves can be found in the museum in a variety of types; the traditional furniture, the textiles for the interior, the pieces of clothing representing folk costumes complete the image of the traditional Bukovinean civilisation.

The novelty for the museum is the representation of the spiritual life of the peasant by marking passing rituals, birth and funeral ceremony, as well as the integration rite which is the wedding.

The interest which this type of museum reveals, bases on several defining elements: the exhibition in a natural environment, different construction techniques and specific decorative elements with symbol value, the recreation of a traditional way of life, the document value with educational purpose, the exhibition of the ethnographic collections as close as possible to the utility of the object within the background and not only as museum object, allow the visitor to understand and value, Bukovina’s traditions.

History museum

The permanent exhibition of the History Museum is located in the building situated in Ştefan cel Mare street, no. 33 in Suceava. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the building, historic monument preserves its faced almost unchanged. The interior underwent numerous changes in the course of time, especially since it became the headquarters of the History Museum. The construction which hosted the former Prefecture during the Austrian period has been transformed in order to be used as museum, the last changes being made between 2014 and 2016, within the European project A heritage building –a museum for the 3rd millennium.

The new permanent exhibition of the History Museum was inaugurated on the 31st of July 2016, in the same location, at the first floor, as the previous exhibition. The new presentation is based on the local history, reflected in the multiple archaeological discoveries made in the course of time, but also in the multiple events, which had as central evolution place, the present territory of Suceava county. The multiple exhibited heritage objects are explained within their historical context with the help of the touch-screens which exist in the entire exhibition, completing the knowledge of the visitors eager to find new information.

Although the basis of the permanent exhibition is the local history, this cannot be understood outside our national history and general European background: for over a century and a half Suceava has been the residence of Moldavia’s rulers. The loss of this statute, when the city of Iaşi becomes ”the new capital” lead to the fall of Suceava’s importance and to the damage of the existing monuments. The Austrian occupation meant the separation of the northern part of Moldavia from the history of this Romanian historical province. The union of Bukovina with Great Romania brought to other necessary changes for the consolidation of the new state. The two world wars, the communist regime meant hardships for the local population in this period.

The presentation of history in the permanent exhibition ends in the year 1989 with the anticommunist demonstrations carried at Suceava in December 1989.

The permanent exhibition of the History Museum is displayed chronologically, in 27 halls, from the oldest archaeological discoveries, dating from Lower Palaeolithic discovered at Ripiceni (Botoşani county) until the revolution of 1989. The largest part of the exhibition is owed to the archaeological discoveries, starting from hall no.1 until hall no.15, inclusively. The archaeologists laid stress on events which took place over the history with the help of the most spectacular objects discovered, where each object may tell a story: ornaments, weapons, coins, vessels, archaeological textiles, etc.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The Heart-Shaped Land: Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Bosnia and Herzegovina lies in the heart of Southeast Europe. It is here that eastern and western civilizations met, sometimes clashed, but more often enriched and reinforced each other throughout its long and fascinating history. Here, the most interesting and attractive sites are a wonderful mix of this tiny country’s cultural and natural heritage.

    Perhaps what is most important for the visitor to know today, though, is that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a stunningly beautiful country with a vast array of landscapes, cultures, traditions and people. And as the old cliche goes ‘people make the place’ – and BiH prides itself on its hospitality and treating our guests as if they were family members. And family we take to heart.

    Facts about B&H

    Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina lies in the Southeastern Europe, boardering the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

    Climate: Continental Mediterranean climate

    Area:              51,197 sq km
    Population:   3.791.622 (Oct. 2013 est.)
    Ethnic Groups: Bosniak 48%, Serb 37.1%,
    Croat 14.3%, other 0.6% (July 2011 est.)
    Religions: Muslim 40%, Orthodox 31%, Roman Catholic 15%, other 14% (July 2011 est.)

    Cities: Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo. Other bigger cities are: Banja Luka, Bihać, Brčko, Mostar, Tuzla and Zenica.

    Languages:

    The official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina are: Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. Though, they are very similar and in the time of Yugoslavia they were acctually one language. By learning one of these languages, the other two are automatically learned too.

    Here is the text of the Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian:

    • Bosnian: Sva ljudska bića rađaju se slobodna i jednaka u dostojanstvu i pravima. Ona su obdarena razumom i sviješću i treba da jedno prema drugome postupaju u duhu bratstva.
    • Croatian: Sva ljudska bića rađaju se slobodna i jednaka u dostojanstvu i pravima. Ona su obdarena razumom i sviješću i trebaju jedna prema drugima postupati u duhu bratstva.
    • Serbian: Cвa људскa бићa рaђajу сe слoбoднa и jeднaкa у дoстojaнству и прaвимa. Oнa су oбдaрeнa рaзумoм и свeшћу и трeбa jeдни прeмa другимa дa пoступajу у духу брaтствa.

    Alphabets:  Latin and Cyrillic. Latin alphabet is used mostly in Bosnian and Croatian language and Cyrillic mostly in Serbian language.

    Richmond Park Schools

    Richmond Park Schools are a leading private educational institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina that covers education and guidance from preschool to university for 25 years, owned by Stirling Education, a provider of first-class education across the globe with the corporate head office located in London, United Kingdom.

    At Richmond Park Schools, we believe that students can reach their full potential only if they feel happy, safe and protected. Therefore, our schools function as an extended family and ensure that each child receives pastoral care, support and education. All of our schools share the common values of the Richmond Park Principles – Nurture, Inspire, Empower!

    We are one of the few educational institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina that offers a national and Cambrudge international curriculum, all taught in English. We provide our students with the opportunity to obtain internationally recognized English language certificates, issued by the British Council and Cambridge University. We pride ourselves on the quality of our educational process and want our students to successfully master English.

    With over 1.500 students currently attending our 11 schools, we believe that Richmond Park Schools provides young people with the best start to a bright future.

    Pastoral care

    In addition to excellent educational attainment, our students enjoy a safe and nurturing environment where they are given excellent guidance and pastoral support. We encourage transparency, trust and mutual respect between students, teachers, and parents to create best-in-class environments for effective learning. Students are taught to be resilient and embrace new challenges.

    Inspiration

    Through our teaching and extra-curricular activities, we inspire our students to achieve beyond their expectations and enable them to create a broader range of opportunities. Curiosity makes learning more effective and enjoyable. Curious students not only ask questions but also actively seek out the answers. Hence, we develop our students’ curiosity through a variety of competitive and non-competitive programmes.

    Personal development

    We ensure our students are provided with the skills needed to adapt to a rapidly changing world. We develop independent, confident, respectful and resilient individuals with strong values and a true sense of community responsibility. With a multitude of extracurricular activities, competitions, and events, students are provided with an outstanding platform to develop their skills, such as our flagship programme – Bosnian Science Project Olympiad – BOSEPO!

    BOSEPO

    Bosnian Science Project Olympiad (BOSEPO) is a science project competition founded by Richmond Park Schools, celebrating its 15th annivesary this year! The programme was developed as a platform for youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina to showcase their scientific and creative capacity through projects which at the time (and by a large extent even today) are sadly not a part of mainstream education in the country.

    Mission

    The mission of BOSEPO is to inspire and empower the next generation of scientific and cultural leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are dedicated to fostering a culture of scientific curiosity, critical thinking, creativity and innovation among primary and secondary school students across the country and internationally. Through rigorous scientific competitions, educational programs, and mentorship opportunities, BOSEPO aims to nurture young minds and encourage their pursuit of excellence in the fields of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).

    Vision

    Our vision for the Bosnian Science Project Olympiad (BOSEPO) is to become the premier platform for nurturing scientific talent and promoting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) education in Bosnia and Herzegovina and internationally. We envision a future where every student in Bosnia and Herzegovina and worldwide has the opportunity to explore and excel in science, where innovation knows no boundaries, and where our country is recognized globally for its contributions to the advancement of knowledge and technology. BOSEPO is committed to creating a brighter future by fostering a deep love for science, encouraging collaboration, and inspiring students to reach their full potential as the scientists, innovators, artists, policy makers and, most importantly, global citizens who will promote and contribute to sustainable scientific, cultural and social progress throughout their lives.

    MILSET Europe

    MILSET Europe is a European non-governmental, non-profit and politically independent youth organisation, which aims at developing scientific culture among young people through the organisation of science-and-technology programmes, including science fairs, science camps, congresses and others activities of high quality.

    Mission

    MILSET supports its member organisations to engage youth in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts (STEAM) through motivation, cooperation, collaboration, and networking.

    Vision

    Inspiring youth through science and technology initiatives.

    Objectives

    • to support European and international cooperation between regional and national associations, particularly in the form of exchanges of young people between MILSET Europe member and partner organisations;
    • to encourage cooperation amongst young scientists on a European level, promoting the idea of a United Europe;
    • to aid member organisations through the development and organisation of international seminars, training and conferences and by representing them on supranational and international bodies such as the European Commission;
    • to stimulate the development and organise scientific and technical educational activities for young people and children such as Science Fairs, international meetings, youth congresses, summer camps, conferences, study trips, training courses and all activities helping to promote exchanges among youth of all countries, including young scientists;
    • to motivate young people to get interested in science, and to help educators working in this field worldwide;
    • to cooperate at global level within MILSET with organisations sharing the same objectives.

    International Burch University

    International Burch University (IBU) is the leading private university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in 2008 and owned by Stirling Education, a provider of first-class education across the globe with the corporate head office located in London, United Kingdom.  With Faculties in Engineering and Natural Sciences, Economics and Social Science, and Education and Humanities, International Burch University is highly respected and follows the ‘entrepreneurial university model’; that is, it encourages and supports innovation, recognises and creates opportunities, and promotes soft skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.

    International Burch University emphasises academic achievement encouraging and inspiring its students to become the best that they can be. At the same time, International Burch University is looking beyond academic achievement and towards character development, nurturing and developing strong and resilient characters who can think independently, have a sense of creativity and who will embrace and welcome problem solving.

    As an organisation, we are forward-thinking and recognise the need to adapt to an ever-changing technological world. Our curriculum has been adapted to contain a strong digital element, supported by excellent ICT teaching and the latest classroom technology. Our online and digital teaching offering has been pressure tested under the toughest of global pandemic conditions. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and what we can achieve in the coming years.

    Mission

    The mission of International Burch University is to support education, scientific research, and training of highly qualified personnel to work in academic and professional areas through the development of contemporary curricula and creation of an environment to trigger creative, objective, and critical thinking and continuous learning. Through its public activities, joint projects, and collaboration with private and public sector institutions as well as with international institutions, the University aims to improve the community and contribute to addressing local and global challenges. An important aspect of all activities is a friendly academic environment that encourages each student to take a leading role in reaching their personal and intellectual potential.

    Vision

    Achieving excellence in Education, Research & Development, Innovation & Entrepreneurship through continuous mentoring, academic and life orientation.

    © MILSET Expo-Sciences Europe 2024 is an event of the International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science & Technology in Europe (MILSET Europe), realised by Richmond Park School.