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Conference Registration deadline is extended to November 1, 2006.

Second international conference to review research in Science, Technology and Mathematics Education

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai, India
February 12-15, 2007

Conference epiSTEME-2 is organised by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, a National Centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. It is the second in the series of biennial conferences meant to review research world-wide in science, technology and mathematics education.

Over the last thirty years science, technology and mathematics (STM) education have emerged as lively new research areas. This research, inspired by issues of learning and teaching, has clear uniting themes in the cognitive, pedagogical, historical, philosophical and socio-cultural aspects of the sciences. The name epiSTEME connotes, at one level, a systematic study of knowledge, while as acronym it suggests a meta-view of science, technology and mathematics education. Conference epiSTEME-1, held at Goa in December 2004, dealt with the progress of research in science, technology and mathematics education.

Aim of the conference:

Conference epiSTEME-2 will focus on three broad strands that influence science, technology and mathematics education: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Mathematics; Cognitive Bases of STM Learning; and STM Curriculum and its Transaction. Leading scholars in the field will be invited to give overviews of some of the areas of interest within each strand. Paper and poster sessions will complement the review talks. Pre and post conference workshops are being planned, the details of which will be announced later. The conference will strive to nurture the research community in India while fostering linkages between theory and empirical research in STM education. The conference aims at strengthening academic interactions among research groups in this field across the world.


Strand 1: History and philosophy of STM: Implications for education including gender and other socio-cultural issues

Strand 2: Cognitive bases of STM learning

  • Models of cognition
  • Visuo-spatial thinking
Strand 3: STM Curriculum and its transaction
  • Content and processes of STM curricula
  • Teachers` knowledge and professional development
  • Open learning/education

The conference will include about 20 review talks, and about 40 paper presentations and 40 poster presentations. Approximately 120 participants are expected.


Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR) is located at the northern end of the island city of Mumbai. Until recently known as Bombay, Mumbai is India's most cosmopolitan city, finance and business capital and home of the entertainment industry known as Bollywood. Mumbai is a vibrant, pulsating metropolis, which affords diverse sightseeing opportunities.

Conference fees:

Participants from Institutions outside India

    Regular     USD 300
    Student     USD 200
Participants from Institutions within India
    Regular     INR 3000
    Student     INR 2000

Conference fees will cover: accommodation for 5 nights (February 11-15), food from February 11 (dinner) to February 15 (dinner), conference materials and proceedings.

Partial support for travel may be available to a limited number of Indian participants. Interested persons may write to us by May 31, 2006.

Foreign participants require a visa and other clearances for visiting India; they are encouraged to apply well in advance.

Dates to remember:

Extended abstracts:  May 31, 2006

Notification of acceptance:  August 1, 2006

Registration with payment:  November 1, 2006

Dates of conference:  February 12-15, 2007

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