Miia Rannikmäe is a Professor and the Head of the Centre for Science Education, University of Tartu, Estonia. She has considerable experience in science education within Estonia, Europe and worldwide (Fulbright fellow—University of Iowa, USA). She is an honorary doctor at the Eastern University of Finland. She has a strong school teaching background, considerable experience in pre- and in-service teacher education, and has strong links to science teacher associations worldwide. She is the member of an EC high level group publishing a report on ‘Europe needs more Scientists’. She has been running a number of EC-funded projects and Estonian research grants. Her PhD students are involved in areas such as scientific literacy, relevance, creativity/reasoning, inquiry teaching/learning and the nature of science.