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Sibel Erduran, University of Oxford
Ellen Karoline Henriksen, University of Oslo

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Lucy Avraamidou, the new ESERA Board memberLucy Avraamidou, member of the Executive Board (2019-2023) responsible for Early Career Researchers and Travel Grants, presents herself and shares some reflections on the conference in Bologna:
My story is shaped by a series of events caused by coincidences, accidents, and various border-crossings: born and raised in the south part of Cyprus by parents who were born and raised in the north part of Cyprus, studied in Pennsylvania in the United States, worked in London and in Nicosia, and currently working in the Netherlands. My story is also shaped by a series of events caused by conscious decisions and efforts, as for example, my research, which explores the personal and political dimensions of becoming a science person or forming a science identity.

I chose this picture to accompany this brief bio for two reasons; one slightly more important than the other. The first is that it’s the most liked (n=155) picture I posted on Facebook in 2016. The second is that it captures mine and a young girl’s (my niece) enthusiasm the day I volunteered in her kindergarten class to do some light bulb experiments #girlsjustwannabuildcircuits.
My highlights of the ESERA 2019 conference:

  • There was loads of beauty, pleasure, and understanding!
  • Giulia Tasquier and Olivia Levrini serving as the face of the conference and representing the new wave of women in leadership positions
  • The fact that the conference was sustainable: paperless, locally-sourced vegetarian lunches, no over catering, bags made of recycled materials, and water stations without water cups
  • The ‘Letter to the Future’ as part of the keynote of Andri Snær Magnason about time and water calling for a new scientific revolution to address climate change
  • The KOMOS-LBGT Choir of Bologna singing “Dancing Queen” at the conference’s formal dinner and also sending out powerful messages of diversity and inclusivity
  • My election to the Executive Board and the opportunity to work with a wonderful team for the next 4 years
New Special Interest GroupDear colleagues, science education researchers,
I send out this information with the purpose of establishing a new Special Interest Group (SIG) under ESERA.
The prospective focus of the SIG is eye-tracking - the use of eye-tracker to uncover some of so far unresolved questions in science education. After discussing this with several colleagues who have been working in this field, there are several research interests we might share and foster together. Here are our thoughts:
Mapping students' understanding to macro-, micro- and sub-micro representations In textbooks In problem tasks In simulations (such as applets) Strategies students use (and problems students face) when solving science problem tasks Supporting vs. limiting strategies Problems with knowledge, reading skills, with the task itself
In case you are interested, please touch with Martin Rusek, .
Martin Rusek
Charles University in Prague

Minutes from the ESERA General Assembly 2019 and outcome of the ESERA board electionFor more information follow the link:
ESERA Early Career Researcher Travel Awards 2020ESERA is offering travel awards of up to 1.000 euros each to support ESERA members who are currently enrolled in doctoral studies or who were awarded their doctorate after 1st January 2017 to travel to research venues. The awards are intended to support early career ESERA members to visit research teams and work with researchers with expertise relevant to their project in other countries. At least one of the two countries involved in any proposal must be within Europe. For 2020 the total award fund is 10.000 euros.

The awards are designed for researchers to share existing expertise in order to address an issue of concern in an awardee’s work or to otherwise advance their research efforts. The awards can be used to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence. The awards are not intended to support attendance at conferences, summer schools or visits that are part of an established collaboration between two institutions. The outcomes of previous awardee activities can be found on the Early Career Researcher – Travel Fellowship section of the ESERA website (
The applications will be assessed by a two-person panel, including an ESERA Executive Board member, based on the following criteria:
  • clarity of intended outcome;
  • feasibility of intended outcome;
  • likely contribution to professional development of applicant.

The assessment process will also ensure diversity in geographic representation across Europe.
If you are interested in applying for an ECR Travel Award, please send an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Lucy Avraamidou ( by December 15, 2019. All applicants will be notified about the outcomes of the evaluation process at the end of January 2020.

The EOI should include the following information: your name, your status as a student or a post-doctoral researcher; your home institution; a short description of your research study; your planned destination and tentative dates; the purpose of your research visit; and an estimated budget. The EOI should not exceed two A4 pages with at least half a page devoted to the purpose of the proposed research visit. The EOI must be counter-signed by a representative of the applicant’s institution and by a representative of the host institution. Electronic signatures are acceptable. Please use the template for your proposal.

Early-career applicants must be ESERA members at the time of application. Doctoral students can apply without membership, however, their main supervisor has to be an ESERA member and they have to join ESERA if they are selected to receive a travel award.

Travel should take place during 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ESERA travel award. Successful applicants will be expected to ensure that they are adequately insured.

Awardees are expected to write a report of 2-3 pages for the ESERA website for dissemination purposes. We also ask that partial support from ESERA be acknowledged in any publications or conference presentations related to the travel award. The deadline for delivering the report is December 31, 2020.

ESERA Summer School 2020 Announcement
The next ESERA Summer School will be held in the city of Oxford, England from June 28 to July 4th, 2020. It will be hosted jointly by the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. The summer school sessions will take place in Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. This is close to Norham Gardens where Oxford University Education department is located.

The call for applications will be open soon. We are looking forward to inviting applications from both PhD students (who are part way through their doctoral research project) and those colleagues who would like to review proposals, participate as mentors, lecturers, or workshop leaders for the summer school.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to (Deb McGregor) or (Ann Childs)
The ESERA Executive Board invites proposals to host the ESERA Summer School 2021. Proposals (in electronic form) should reach ESERA board member, Bob Evans before January 15, 2020. E-mail: evans@ind.ku.dkProposals should contain the following:

  • the applicants’ names, institution(s) and a 2-page CV for each
  • the names of the local organizing committee members
  • the proposed location of the conference (with a description of the relevant venue)
  • details of previous involvement of the organizers in ESERA events (particularly previous summer schools)
  • a rationale (500-1000 words) indicating why the proposal should be chosen
Things to know:
  • The board is interested in locations accessible (both geographically and financially) to a large number of European Science Education PhD students.
  • Countries where the Summer School has not previously been held are encouraged to apply.
  • The principal organizers are expected to attend and participate in the Summer School in Oxford, UK (June 28 – July 4, 2020), staff funding provided.
  • The Summer School is self-funded. Local foundation funding for the Summer School is helpful in reducing costs to students (perhaps 15,000€).
  • The maximum that students should have to pay has ranged from 350€ to 400€ for lodging and food. Forty-nine students will be selected to attend.
  • A venue at or near the organizer’s university facilities is preferred since it helps with planning and organization and saves money.
  • The Summer School needs a large meeting room for 80 persons; seven group rooms with projection (nine persons in each room) and three or four workshop rooms (25 persons in each room).
  • Meeting rooms and participant residences close to one another are highly desirable.
  • At least 2/3rds of the residence rooms should be single rooms with some doubles for students who prefer to share and save money.
  • WiFi needs to be widely available and strong enough for simultaneous use by many participants in all meeting rooms.
  • A balance of male and female staff (plenary presenters, mentors and workshop leaders) is needed and will be decided along with the ESERA Board.
  • Poster space at the coffee break area for informal browsing is desired.
  • The host institution will need to ‘set-up’ a website that will facilitate the submission and reviewing of student’s proposals and staff applications.
The period for selecting the ESERA Summer School 2021 organizers:
  • Announcement call September 2019
  • Proposals due January 15, 2020
  • Decision made at ESERA Board meeting in March 2020
  • Two organizers of 2021 attend and participate in the 2020 Summer School in Oxford, UK (June 28 – July 4, 2020) with staff funding.

 13th Conference of European Researchers in Didactics of Biology (Eridob)

 University of Cyprus is proud to host the 13th Conference of European Researchers in Didactics of Biology (Eridob) and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Cyprus.
ERIDOB aims to bring together researchers in didactics of Biology from Europe and around the world to share and discuss about current research results in Biology Education. The Conference will be held at the Main Campus of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus from August 31st till September 4th 2020.

ERIDOB’s academic Committee welcomes proposals that fit into one of the following strands within Bbiology Eeducation:
1. Students’ conceptions and conceptual change 2. Students’ interest and motivation 3. Students’ values, attitudes and decision-making 4. Scientific thinking, nature of science and argumentation 5. Teaching strategies and teaching environments 6. Teaching and learning with educational technology 7. Environmental education 8. Health education 9. Social, cultural, and gender issues 10. Practical work and field work 11. Research methods and theoretical issues.
Deadlines for ERIDOB 2020 are:
Opening of submission platform: 10.10 2019
Proposal Submission Deadline:  12.01.20
Notification of Review Results: 30.03.20
Early-bird Registration: 30.03.20-01.06.20
Registration Deadline: 31.07.20
(PLEASE make sure that your proposal reflects research in biology education. Proposals dealing with general science education research will not be considered).
For more information, please check our website:
Third international Educating the Educators conferenceThe third edition of the Educating the Educators conference series is now only a couple of months away and we are excited to present the program schedule to you! On October 7-8, 2019, researchers, teacher educators, STEM PD centres, policy makers and business representatives from around the world will gather at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany, to help reshape the future of STEM education. This conference will provide an innovative space for fruitful exchanges around a common question of these diverse groups: how do we best scale up professional development (PD) in maths and science education?
Tenure-track Professorship Chemistry EducationTenure-track Professorship Chemistry Education
Institute of Chemistry, University of Graz, Austria
Last application date: 2019-09-25
Full information here:

Associate Professor in science education with a focus on higher educationFor more information:

Professor in Science educationFor more information:

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