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.
1. How to establish a new Special Interest Group
The ESERA Board invites proposals to establish SIGs on specific topics within science education research related to science teaching and learning processes, thematic domains or methods of inquiry. SIGs comprise of researchers who study one or more aspects within a broad field of science education research domains. If you feel that a certain theme or research domain in science education is not represented amongst existing SIGs and the domain could benefit from a more explicitly articulated sub-structure, it is possible to apply for the establishment of a new SIG.
Application Procedure: Submit a proposal for establishing a new SIG by e-mail to the ESERA Secretary. The proposal needs to include the following information:
- A mission statement with a clear profile description of the new SIG. This mission statement is intended to provide a description of the identity, aims and scope of the proposed SIG and it should not exceed 500 words.
- Short curriculum vitae of two ESERA members who are committing to serve as the first co-ordinators of the SIG for a period of 6 and 4 years, respectively. These two persons have to be from different countries and no more than one can be from outside Europe.
- A list of at least 20 ESERA members (identified by name and email address) who have committed to join the SIG as its founding members.
- A plan of activities to be organised in the future.
The Executive Board will discuss this proposal for establishment of a new SIG during its next meeting within at most six months of the date of submission. The EC will evaluate the proposal and take the final decision. The decision will be communicated to the proposers by the ESERA Secretary.
Once a SIG is established, the ESERA Board will take the responsibility to offer every ESERA member the opportunity to enrol as a member of the new SIG, at a small fee (additional to the ESERA membership fee).
Approved by the ESERA Board
5 January 2009.