Announcing epiSTEME-9

epiSTEME-9: International Conference to Review Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

These are difficult times in India and around the world. It is hard to capture the pain, grief, and uncertainty that the pandemic has thrown us in.  We hope that by 2022 we will be in better circumstances. And that we can come together, albeit virtually, to spend some time in community, to share, both personally and professionally. It is in this hope that we are announcing the epiSTEME-9 conference at Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, TIFR in July 2022. The ninth edition of epiSTEME will be held from 4-8 July in a virtual/online format. 

The Theme of the Conference:

epiSTEME 9 will take as its focus two intertwined issues gaining momentum within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education worldwide: (i) how do we conceptualize equity and address inequality of access and opportunity in STEM education for learners from marginalized backgrounds and (ii) how do we translate what has been learned through research into educational practices towards transforming STEM teaching and learning. epiSTEME 9 will deepen understanding on these issues through generating vigorous dialogue between and amongst national and international scholars in science, technology, and mathematics education. 

Broadly, the conference is organized under 4 strands: 

  • History/Philosophy/Ethics of STEM – implication for education
  • Cognitive and affective studies in STEM education
  • Pedagogy, Curriculum and local context in STEM education
  • Research to practice in disciplinary and interdisciplinary spaces 

While the 4th Strand targets the Research to Practice focus, ‘equity’ would be included as a focused theme within every single strand. Besides these foci, the conference will also allow researchers to share knowledge and generate discussions on many ongoing lines of inquiry within STEM Education, pertaining to history and philosophy of the disciplines, sociocultural practices, cognitive and affective aspects of learning, and studies on curriculum and pedagogy.

Conveners:

Deepa Chari (she/her) (deepa@hbcse.tifr.res.in)
Ayush Gupta (they/he) (ayush@hbcse.tifr.res.in)

Contact Address
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,
VN Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 88, India.
Phone: +91-22-25072300     Fax: +91-22-25566803
Email: episteme9@hbcse.tifr.res.in

Historical Context of the Conference

epiSTEME is a biennial international conference to review research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education hosted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), a national centre of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Initiated in 2004, the primary aim of the conference is to nurture and promote scholarship in STEM education research, still a nascent area of research in India. The conference, by bringing together leading researchers from across the globe, has been playing an important role in strengthening STEM education research in India. It is unique in its addressal of multidisciplinary issues pertaining to the teaching and learning of science, technology and mathematics. Arguably epiSTEME is the flagship conference in STEM education research in India, an area that holds great potential for the country. Details of the past eight editions of the conference is available at http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/episteme