In the 2006 – 2008 period, the UBG in Sofia and Varna were a partner in an interesting project funded by the EU that aimed at developing learning modules focused upon significant topics connected with plant life – from the role of plants for the existence of life on earth, to preserving rare and endangered species, the presence of different parts of the plants on our table, as well as the interdependence of plant life and man replicated in age old traditions and customs.
Five partners from Europe funded by the 6 Framework Project of the EU joined efforts to develop and create the materials in the project and to establish a good network of lecturers and scientists for future projects. The partners in the project were led by the University of Innsbruck Institute of Botany in Austria and included: the University Botanic Gardens in Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria; The Natural Museum in Trento, Italy; The University of London, the Institute for Education and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in the United Kingdom. The project was launched to encourage and assist primary school student across Europe, and most of all those in the partnering countries to use an enquiry based approach to botany. It also sought to strengthen the interest of young people in science, science education and science careers, as well as to support the policy of the European Union directed towards encouraging sustainable development.