Making STEM open to anyone, anywhere.

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Students across Balkans

Our History

Based In Science (BIS) is a UK registered non-profit organisation that aims to encourage youth from the UK, US and Balkans (with a special focus on Kosovo) to pursue higher education and careers in the field of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). 

The Founder and CEO, Ideja Bajra, a passionate and talented biology student, initially identified a lack of STEM opportunities for youth in her home country Kosovo in 2018 whilst on visits back home. She founded BIS in 2020 with the goal to address this issue and to better raise the aspirations of future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. 

Since then, Ideja and the BIS team have planned and implemented various events, including an in-person conference in Prishtina, Kosovo during summer 2022 of which 95% of attendees found informative and engaging. 

The love and dedication Ideja has poured into empowering youth in STEAM has been recently recognized by the Prime Minister of Kosovo. On a personal invitation, she had the opportunity to discuss her work with Mr Albin Kurti in January 2022, conveying her drive to revolutionise STEAM education across Kosovo. 

With the aim of maximising the organisation’s positive impacts, alongside reaching a wider community, Ideja and the BIS team have worked incredibly hard to relaunch BIS as a UK registered company, with new strategies to better elevate the organisation, empower youth, and engage with communities.

Our Mission:

At Based In Science (BIS), our mission is to inspire and engage youth from across the Balkans, UK, and US in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) fields through a unique approach that combines retro-futurism, art, and STEM.

Free events each month

At least one free event each month (predominantly in English in order to increase accessibility)

Creating connections

Creating opportunities for students from the UK and Kosovo to connect with each other and understand the differences and opportunities available in both countries.

School Clubs

Opening BIS after school clubs in partnership with primary / middle schools in the Balkans to provide an interactive way to learn STEM, for those between the ages of 12 to 15.

STEM Content

Free downloadable documents and resources that will aide their understanding of specific topics in STEM, or how different STEM careers work

Founder & Chair

Board Member


Board Member

Board Member

Program Director

Laurena Bytyqi

Laurena Bytyqi

Business Administrator

Edon Kelmendi

Marketing Director

Ilaria Francescon


Qendresa Brahimi Nikolla

Volunteer Director

Xheni Alibashi

Assistant Volunteer Director

Eliza Kulici

Eliza Kulici

BIS Community Manager

founded by Egzona Morina
founded by Egzona Morina