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Sad news about Professor Audrey Msimanga

The ESERA Community is saddened to hear about the passing of Professor Audrey Msimanga, Head of School at the Witwatersrand University, South Africa. Professor Msimanga has been a long time member of ESERA, having participated in the summer school and attended many conferences. At the Bologna conference, she was part of a panel on multicultural science education and has co-authored a chapter in the upcoming ESERA book. Professor Hamsa Venkat, the SAARMSTE President has written the following obituary about the professional accomplishments of Professor Msimanga.

Call for Papers: Future-Oriented Science Education for Agency and Sustainable Development

Call for Applications Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students

Humboldt State University is hosting the 2021 Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students (SKAIDS) June 14-19, 2021. Sandra K. Abell, in whose tribute the institute is named, was Professor of Science Education and Director of the Science Education Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a beloved mentor of science education doctoral students. The institute is sponsored by NARST, a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research.
Find more information here. 

Position in Science Education in Copenhagen

The Department of Science Education seeks applications for one position – either a tenure-track assistant professor or an associate professor – in science education research. The position is open from 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.We are looking for candidates with documented research experience in relation to one or more of the following areas:

Postdoctoral position in science education

The successful candidate will be hosted at the Institute for Science Education and Communication ( and will work on an EU-H2020 project (Outdoor Science Education for a Sustainable Future), which aims to examine the role of out-of-school science engagement in diverse contexts (e.g., community-settings, science cafes, science centres, science festivals, science/art events) on young people’s development of scientific literacy and scientific citizenship. Research in these areas includes, but is not limited to, topics related to science identity, scientific literacy, career aspirations, equitable science, diversifying science, gender issues, informal science and science communication. 
The starting date is September 1, 2021 and the duration of the position is 30 months. 

PhD in science education

Are you looking for a fully-funded PhD in science education? If you are interested in incorporating Socio-scientific Issues (SSI) in science education and have a special interest in empowering teachers in evaluating SSI-based science lessons, this may be a PhD project for you. 

IHPST Webinars

International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST) has organised webinars which are open to members. The first will take place in April and will be led by Professors Lena Hansson (Kristianstad University, Sweden) and Hagop Yacoubian (Lebanese American University, Lebanon) on the theme of “Nature of Science for Social Justice”. Further details can be found here.

Call for Papers: Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Special Issue on Community-driven Science: Evidence of and Implications for Equity, Justice, Science Learning, and Participation

Call for Papers
Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Special Issue: Community-driven Science: Evidence of and Implications for Equity, Justice, Science Learning, and Participation


Conceptual Change: Bridging the Gap Between History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and Science Education Research 
Interdisciplinary Workshop @ Utrecht University 
Date: Friday 4 June 2021 
Time: 9:00–17:00 (CET) 

Sad news about Professor Norman Lederman

Dear ESERA colleagues:
It is with a heavy heart that we write to you with the sad news of the passing of Norman G. Lederman. Norm passed on the morning of February 26, 2021 after a brief and unexpected illness. As always, his wife and partner, Judy Lederman was right by his side, as well as his stepchildren Abigail Bernier and Ben Sweeney. He and Judy had recently relocated from Chicago, Illinois to Rhode Island to be closer to family and continue their work in science education. Norm was 69. He embodied in his career the often-sought goal in our community of bridging the worlds of science teachers, science teacher educators, and science education researchers.

EU STEM Education Projects Posters – 1st Call

Dear ESERA member
This message is the ESERA 2019 conference first call for “EU STEM Education Projects Posters”.
A designated online room will provide posters of recent projects displayed for the whole event, offering the possibility to discuss ongoing research and foster connections among the community for new future projects.

Call for JRST Editorial Board Members

Journal of Research in Science Teaching: Call for Editorial Board Members
We are seeking applications to fill 14 positions on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST).
This year, we especially invite applicants with strong methodological skills of all sorts, but particularly in quantitative, mixed methods, and design studies. We are also especially interested in those with expertise in informal education, emerging multilingual learners, scientific practices, equity, and STEM education in research on science education at higher education levels.
JRST is the official journal of NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research. JRST publishes reports for science education researchers and practitioners on issues of science teaching and learning and science education policy. For JRST details, visit
The engagement of NARST members with the JRST Editorial Board is crucial for ensuring the quality and rigor of the peer review process. Each year, approximately one-third of the 40 Editorial Board member positions are open for new colleagues as outgoing board members conclude their service.
NARST members from our global community who are in good standing, and have published in a top-tier, refereed science education research journal, are eligible to apply for this scholarly service. The appointment is for a three-year term (2019-2022), contingent on performance. This year’s appointments begin in April 2021 and will end April 2024 (at the time of the NARST Annual Conference). Duties include providing timely, in-depth reviews of up to 10 manuscripts each year. NARST policy requires that Editorial Board members review each JRST manuscript assigned to them. All duties and communication are performed electronically using the ScholarOne Manuscripts™ system:
To apply, please:
1) Prepare a single electronic document (pdf format preferred) containing:- A one-page cover letter describing your research expertise.- An abbreviated, 3-page vita that includes your current and past professional positions, institutional affiliation(s), contact information, publications in prominent refereed journals in science education, and prior editorial experiences.
2) Use your first and last names as the name of your document (e.g., Eva_Brown.pdf)
3) Email your application as an attachment to The subject line in your email should read: “Application for the JRST Editorial Board (2021-2024)”
The deadline for submitting applications is February 28, 2021 at  5:00 PM your local time. If you have any questions, please email us at:
We look forward to receiving your application!
Troy Sadler & Felicia Moore Mensah, Co-Editors
Journal of Research in Science Teaching

ESERA 2023 - Cappadokia

Established in 1995, ESERA aims to enhance scientific
literacy for all through research in science education.

Various professional activities support community building in science education, dissemination of
research findings and professional development of researchers from different career stages.
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