Pre-conference Workshops

The aim of the pre-conference workshops is to enable in-depth interaction for early career researchers, school teachers and other science educators through special sessions. Participants are able to interact with the facilitator and the other participants more deeply than is possible in the traditional ESERA poster, symposia and oral presentation sessions.

Workshops may focus on, for example, research methodologies, educational development projects, teacher training, and writing educational research papers. Workshops should reflect the ESERA conference theme “The beauty and pleasure of understanding: engaging with contemporary challenges through science education”.

Target groups
We invite workshop organizers at the ESERA conference 2017 and the ESERA summer school 2018, the ESERA SIG co-ordinators, research methods experts, university teachers and researchers, EU project members, journal editors and companies that work in the field of technology and education to propose a workshop.

Workshops are organized on the first day of the ESERA conference (August 26th, 2019) from 09:00 to 12:30, before the official opening. Workshops should have around a maximum of 40 participants each.

Participants will register for workshops through the ESERA conference system. On-site registration to workshops will also be offered.

The publisher/company fee for organizing a workshop is €500. Fee includes workshop room reservation for Monday 26th August 2019 with wireless internet access, projector, a table for product exhibition (coffee break and lunch are not included but for any needs there will be a café inside the structure). All-inclusive fee for five days package (Monday morning workshop plus table for exhibition during the week) is €1.200.

Contact for detailed information concerning the size and location of the product exhibition table.


ESERA pre-conference proposals must be submitted to by 31st January 2019 (24h00 Central European Time) at the latest.

Each proposal must contain the following information:

  1. Title of the workshop
  2. Contact information
  3. Requested maximum number of participants (absolute maximum of 40 persons, if not also offered as a parallel session)
  4. Short description of relevant areas of expertise for each workshop facilitator
  5. Workshop abstract (for recruiting participants)
  6. Workshop description (maximum 3 pages)

      – goal of the workshop
– schedule
– activities of all participants
– expected roles of participants
– list of literature relevant to the workshop topic and/or format.
– materials or artefacts needed (note: local working group may redeem additional costs from the       organizer for special equipment)

Publisher/company proposals
In addition to what has previously been mentioned, publisher/company organized workshops are organized in parallel with other workshops. A recognized member of the science education research community must co-host the workshop. The workshop must have a scientific orientation and a specialized emphasis related to research in science education that is particularly relevant to early career researchers, school teachers and other science educators.

Review Process
The ESERA conference scientific committee will carry out the review process. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Focus: Degree to which the workshop focuses on issue(s) related to the advancement of science education knowledge and practice and/or methodology in conducting science education research targeted to early career researchers.
  • Outcomes: Degree to which the workshop design will lead to fruitful outcomes for workshop participants related to the advancement of science education knowledge and practice or research methodology particularly for early career researchers, school teachers and other science educators.
  • Literature Base: Degree to which the workshop content is well grounded in one or more research literatures relevant to science education.
  • Systemic Importance: Degree to which the workshop content addresses an issue that is of systemic importance to the field of science education.
  • Interest: Degree to which the workshop topic is of interest to early career science education researchers.
  • Engagement: Degree to which the workshop delivery will enable all workshop participants to fully engage with the workshop foci.

Decisions of the review process will be published by the end of February 2019.

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