Guidelines for ESERA Special Interest Group Coordinators

The Executive Board of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) has made a decision to establish Special Interest Groups (SIGs) as an intermediate level structure within the ESERA community. SIGs are intended to emerge as self-enabled organizing structures that will function as specialized, thematic groups within the ESERA community. It is anticipated that SIGs will gradually be able to undertake an active role in the conference program organization and review process as well as have the opportunity to receive support from the Association in organizing parallel activities.

Coordinators of a SIG are expected to function as an important liaison between the members of the SIG, the ESERA Executive Board and the ESERA community as a whole. Assuming the role of a SIG coordinator involves responsibilities with regard to the organisation of SIG activities such as conference symposia, seminars, newsletters and other publications. At any one time, each SIG will have two Coordinators. Together they will serve as the communication link between the SIG and the ESERA association.

These guidelines have been drafted by the ESERA Executive Board in order to elaborate the rationale for establishing SIGs within the ESERA community and also in order to provide a coherent structure for managing the SIGs in a sustainable manner. However, it is important to keep in mind that every SIG, by nature, will be different and hence, the Coordinators should not hesitate to contact the ESERA President or Secretary with any questions.

The ESERA policy for SIGs and relevant information, including contact details, can be found on the ESERA website: www.esera.org.

 Approved by the ESERA Board

5 January 2009.