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European Conference on Research in Chemistry Education (ECRICE2014) – Call for papers

A message from Jan Lundell:

Jyväskylä, Finland

July 7-10, 2014

www.jyu.fi/ecrice2014

Call for papers

The 12th European Conference on Research in Chemistry Education (ECRICE2014) in Jyväskylä, Finland. This is a bi-annual conference series with a long tradition, which brings together the diverse fields of chemistry education and educators.

The 12th European Conference on Research in Chemistry Education  is the forum for researchers and teachers to exchange experiences on research in chemical education carried out at every education level – from primary school up to graduate studies, as well as to promote lifelong learning and enthusiasm in chemistry. The Conference is a splendid place to discuss recent findings, new ideas, start or enhance collaboration, and meet old and new acquaintances. The theme of the conference – “New trends in research-based chemistry education” – reflects the striving to an enhanced motivation and practice in learning and teaching within the wonderful world of chemistry.

We would like to invite you to share your experience and your research with academicians, professionals and teachers.

Deadlines

  • Abstract Submission Deadline for Short Oral Communications: April 13, 2014
  • Abstract Submission Deadline for Posters: May 31, 2014
  • Registration : May 31, 2014 (Early bird April 30, 2014)

Conference : 7-10, July 2014


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Variety in Chemistry Education 2013

A date for your diary….

The Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference will take place from 29-30 August 2013 at the University of Liverpool.

Generously supported by the HEA, RSC and IOP.

Registration is now open.

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ESERA 2013 Conference 3-7 September 2013

The ESERA 2013 conference will take place in Cyprus from 3-7 September 2013. The theme is:

Science Education Research for Evidence-based Teaching and Coherence in Learning

You are invited to submit proposals for:

  • oral or interactive poster presentations
  • symposia
  • ICT demonstrations
  • workshops

Please visit the conference website for more information about how to register and submit proposals

Additional information about the ESERA 2013 call for proposals can be downloaded here.

The closing date for proposals is 31 January 2013.

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ICCE 2014 – Toronto, Canada

Developing Learning Communities in the Chemical Sciences

The 23rd IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from 13-18 July 2014.

The theme of the conference is communications and its goal is to investigate how best to forge global links in the chemical teaching and learning communities and to consider best practices in exploiting technological advances in communications in order to establish innovative learning partnerships.

General Conference Themes

  • Communicating across the educational levels
  • Outreach to the lay community
  • International student learning communities
  • Technological support of chemistry learning and learning communities
  • Greening attitudes in chemistry education
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration

Important dates

  • July 2013 deadline for symposia/workshop submissions
  • Oct. 2013 second circular abstract submission opens
  • Jan. 2014 deadline for abstract submission registration opens
  • Mar. 2014 notice of abstract acceptance
  • May 2014 deadline for early registration fees
  • July 2014 ICCE2014

More information

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Chemistry Education Activating Research Bursary

Pedagogical research in HE science education in the USA is much better funded than it is in the UK. As a result, there appears to be a greater range of high quality pedagogical research in HE in the USA, yet contact and collaboration between researchers there and the UK is limited. To help address this situation and to work towards raising the profile of research in this area in the UK, an initiative from the Education Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry offers you a chance to widen your contacts and explore the research in the USA.

Bursaries up to a maximum amount of £1500 per applicant are available. Bursaries are available each year to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and registration of attending a major conference in the USA.

This is an opportunity to network and develop contacts, to gain an appreciation of the range of research going on in the USA and to set up research collaborations. (With prior planning it might be possible to spend a few days with a researcher in a university in the USA). For 2013, you may wish consider applying to attend the Gordon Research Conference, Chemistry Education Research and Practice Strengthening the Pillars of Scholarly Work in Chemistry Education at Salve Regina University Sunday 9 June – Friday 14 June, 2013.

To be eligible, you must be

•             a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

•             employed at a higher education institution

•             in the early stages of a career in pedagogical research in the chemical sciences in HE

•             attending a conference or event in the USA primarily concerned with research in chemical education in HE

•             able to provide a report of about 1000 words of your key findings that are relevant to your research within 6 weeks of your return home

For 2013, applications must be received by 22nd February 2013.

More information and an application form can be found on The RSC Education Division Website.

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Science Education Research and Education for Sustainable Development 2014

This is the first announcement of the 22nd Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education.

Date: 19-21 June 2014

Venue: University of Bremen, Germany

Conference fees: None. Travel costs, accommodation and social events are the responsibility of participants

Further information: www.chemiedidaktik.uni‐bremen.de/symp2014/

Conference Chairs: Prof Dr Ingo Eilks (Bremen) and Prof Dr Bernd Ralle (Dortmund)

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Chemistry Teaching Fellows Meeting, 20 February 2013

The RSC Education Division would like to invite chemistry teaching fellows in higher education to attend the Teaching Fellows Meeting on 20th February 2013 at The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BA.

The meeting, chaired by Professor Tina Overton, will start at 11 am and finish at 4 pm (programme below). The aim of this meeting is to share best practice, promote networking and career development amongst teaching fellows. This meeting will include presentations on developments in higher education at the RSC and getting your work published (given by Dr Michael Seery,  Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and RSC 2012 Higher Education Award winner).

There will also be sessions on networking and career development. This is the first of a series of meetings which will occur twice a year to help meet the needs of chemistry teaching fellows in higher education.

There will also be a session in which teaching fellows are given the opportunity to give a short 10 minute oral bite presentation of their work.

Registration : email Mario Moustras by 14 February 2013

Meeting Programme

11:00 – 12:00 Welcome from Professor Tina Overton and introductions

12:00 – 12:30 Developments in Higher Education (Mario Moustras, RSC)

12:15 – 12:30 Higher Education Learn Chemistry (Roz Onions, RSC)

12:30 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:30 Discussion on the needs of teaching fellows and establishing networks

13:30 – 13:15 ‘Setting up a teaching fellow network in your faculty’ (Dr Jenny Burnham, University of Sheffield)

13:15 – 14:35 Oral bites from teaching fellows

14:35 – 15:05 ‘Getting published’ (Dr Michael Seery, Dublin Institute of Technology)

15:05 – 16:00 Career development and planning sessions

16:00 Close

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Pedagogic Research in HE STEM Disciplines: 2 day workshop

When: 17-18 December 2012

Where: Weetwood Hall Conference Centre, Leeds

This event follows on from the successful two-day workshop which the National HE STEM Programme held  in June, in conjuction with the RSC and Sigma.

The event to be held on 17-18 December at Weetwood Hall Conference Centre, Leeds is organised by the STEM Education Centre at the University of Birmingham and the Royal Society of Chemistry with financial support from the  Higher Education Academy.

The event is aimed at those who are new to pedagogic research who wish to explore their learning and teaching activities in a more evidence based manner and those who have undertaken some form of project evaluation and are looking to develop their skills to lead to full publication of their findings. The two days of the workshop are structured as follows:

Day 1 (17 December) – for those new to pedagogic research

Day 2 (18 December) - for those with some experience of evaluative and evidence informed practice but who are looking to develop their skills further.

Closing date for submissions is 1200 on 30 November.

Full details about the the workshops, eligibility to attend and registration are available here.

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Date for your diary

There is a  free event on doing pedagogic research in STEM, on 17 and 18 December at the  University of Birmingham.

Details will follow soon.

Day 1 – for those new to doing pedagogic research

Day 2 – if you have some experience or attended the HE STEM programme event in June.

Combine this with a bit of Christmas shopping!

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Pedagogical Research Workshop

Workshop on Getting started in pedagogical research in Higher Education, 28 March 2012, Chemistry Centre, London

A workshop Getting started in pedagogical research in Higher Education took place on 28 March 2012 at the RSC Chemistry Centre, London and was a great success with over 60 attending.

This workshop was aimed at academics wishing to move their interest in innovation in teaching and learning to the next level. It explored issues which would help equip them with the research tools they need to move their practice forward and consider how and where to publish their outcomes.

Key speakers included:

  • Prof Norman Reid (Glasgow) - explained how to get started in quantitative research. He looked at themes to consider, types of data  and methods of gathering data
  • Dr Jane Essex (Keele) – gave an introduction to qualitative research and described the extra dimension that this type of research can bring to your project and the validity of its findings
  • Prof  Tina  Overton (Hull) – covered topics including,  how to make your work publishable, how to get started and how to avoid failure

Three interesting case studies of recent research projects were contributed by:

  • Dr Paul Taylor (Warwick) – involving students in a collaborative approach to pedagogic research
  • Dr Natalie Rowley (Birmingham) – shared some of the challenges about getting started in pedagogic research
  • Prof Simon Bates (Edinburgh) – told us about an innovative way to engage students in the feedback and learning process

The session concluded with a discussion about where we go from here. There was a great deal of support from all to make this a more regular event and ideas flowed for a possible programme. Details will be announced as soon as they are available.

Presentations from the day will be available on MyRSC soon.

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