First Announcement and Call for Presentations

epiSTEME – 1 An international conference to review research on Science, TEchnology and Mathematics Education

International Centre Dona Paula, Goa, India December 13-17, 2004

This event 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 first in a proposed series of biennial conferences meant to review research world-wide in science, technology and mathematics education.

Topic of the conference:

Over the last thirty years science, technology and mathematics 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.

Aim of the conference:

The conference will survey the global progress of research in science, technology and mathematics education by inviting leading scholars in the field to give overviews of notable areas of current work. Paper and poster sessions will complement the reviews and will aim to identify promising directions for future research. In the Indian context this series of conferences will strive to nurture a research community in the country while fostering interaction between academic research, teaching and curriculum development. The conference should strengthen academic linkages among research groups in this field across the world.


* History and philosophy of science: implications for STME * Knowledge representation * Models of cognition * Language and cognition * Culture and cognition * Affect in learning * Gender issues in STME * Assessment and measurement of learning * Methodological issues in STME research * Trends in Science Education research * Trends in Maths Education research * Trends in Technology Education research

The conference will include about 10 review talks, 20 papers and 20 poster presentations.

Format of daily sessions:

Session 1: 09:30 – 12:30 – Review talks Session 2: 14:00 – 15:30 – Paper or Poster presentations Session 3: 16:00 – 17:30 – Paper presentations

Expected number of participants: 120


Goa is well-known for its fine beaches, historic churches and temples and fun-loving people. The International Centre Goa has a beautiful campus on the Dona Paula plateau. Dona Paula is a site of cultural and historical significance and a popular tourist destination.

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: accomodation for 5 nights (December 12-16), food from December 12 (dinner) to December 17 (lunch), conference materials and proceedings.

Financial support:

* A fifty-percent waiver of conference fees may be available to a limited number of participants, especially from developing countries.

* Partial support for travel may be available to a limited number of Indian participants.

* Interested persons may write to us by April 30, 2004.

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

Dates to remember:

Receipt of form F1 April 30, 2004 Notification of acceptance and of financial support June 30, 2004 Registration with payment July 31, 2004 Dates of conference December 13-17, 2004

If you wish to participate, please fill the online form F1 at

Alternatively you may mail or fax the form to:

Conference epiSTEME-1 Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education Tata Institute of Fundamental Research V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd Mumbai 400 088, India.

email: [email protected] fax: 91-22-2556 6803, 2558 5660

Jayashree Ramadas, Convener Local Organising Committee, epiSTEME-1