Call for Papers

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). Details of the past eight editions of the conference is available at http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/episteme.

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 conceptualise equity and address inequality of access and opportunity in STEM education for learners from marginalised 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 organised 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.

The full set of strands and themes within strands are:

Strand 1. History/Philosophy/Ethics of STEM- implication for education
  • Theme 1: History and Philosophy of STEM
  • Theme 2: Socioscientific Issues and  STEM Ethics
  • Theme 3: Policy and STEM Education 
  • Theme 4: Equity, Access, and history/philosophy of Disciplinary Practices
Strand 2. Cognitive and affective studies of STEM
  • Theme 1: Disciplinary practices in STEM 
  • Theme 2: Disciplinary knowledge and epistemologies in STEM 
  • Theme 3: Affective aspects of learning and teaching
  • Theme 4: Identity, agency, and belonging in STEM
Strand 3. Pedagogy, Curriculum and local context in STEM
  • Theme 1: School curriculum and pedagogy
  • Theme 2: New Media and digital technologies in teaching and learning
  • Theme 3: Equity and classroom interaction and discourse
  • Theme 4: Assessment and evaluation
Strand 4. Research to practice in disciplinary and interdisciplinary spaces 
  • Theme1: Educational initiatives and innovations in discipline based education research
  • Theme 2: Creating spaces for interdisciplinary learning and communication
  • Theme 3: Innovations and Practical Dimensions of Teacher Professional Development  
  • Theme 4:  Epistemological, social, and ethical responsibilities of student-teacher communities.

Important Dates:

Last Date for submission of papers10th January, 2022
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 1st March, 2022
Submission of revised papers5th April, 2022
Registration starts on: (One can register for the conference with or without submitting a paper)1st March 2022 
Last Date for registration20th April, 2022
Conference dates4-8 July, 2022; Fully Online
Important Dates for epiSTEMe-9

Contributed Paper Types: 

There are two modes of presentation for contributed papers at the conference

  • Oral presentation and 
  • Poster presentation

**We are still working out the details of how we will structure the presentation types in the virtual format. Details will be posted here soon**

Authors may indicate their preference for mode of presentation at the time of submission. The academic committee will try to honour the authors’ stated preference but does not guarantee it. The academic committee will assign accepted papers to one of the two modes of presentation.

Review Process

All submissions go through an initial review through a HBCSE editorial review committee. The author names will be hidden from the editorial review committee at this stage. Papers chosen at this stage will be forwarded to a double-masked review process. Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Review talks, along with the discussions, are documented in a series titled, “The epiSTEME Reviews.”

To enable masked-review, authors’ names, affiliation and contact details must be provided only on the form during submission. These and other identifiers must not be included in the main body of the paper. 

Format for the Paper:

Papers should include: 

The paper must be in PDF format (file extension .pdf) Please note the papers are going to be sent for double-masked review. This means that the PDF files of your submission should not include ANY identifying information about the authors or their affiliations. The author names and affiliation should not be included after the title, nor in the acknowledgements. Any self-citation should also be masked as “[Anonymous, YEAR; reference masked for review].”

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