Welcome to the 12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA).
Dublin City University and the University of Limerick are proud to co-host the ESERA Conference and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Ireland. We expect that the conference will enable you to share your research with an international research community and to engage in discussion about the pressing issues in science, technology and environmental education research.
The theme of the conference, Research, practice and collaboration in science education underlines aspects of great relevance in contemporary science education research: the need to reflect on different approaches to enhancing our knowledge of learning processes and the role of context, designed or circumstantial, formal or non-formal, in learning and instruction. Highlighting these themes does not mean underestimating or neglecting other important aspects of science education research and practice.
We hope the conference will be an enjoyable experience for all participants. Dublin City University and the University of Limerick were both established as universities in 1989 and are the youngest of the seven Universities in Ireland. The ESERA conference will be co-hosted by the two largest Irish STEM education research centers, CASTeL at Dublin City University and EPI-STEM at University of Limerick, whom are actively involved in providing research informed pre-service and in-service teacher education and conducting evidence based research on STEM curriculum, pedagogy and learning at all levels.
Ireland is a beautiful island country located on the western coast of Europe and invites delegates from around the globe to enjoy its “Céad Míle Fáilte”— a hundred thousand welcomes. From the haunting beauty of the pure, unspoiled landscapes and the drama of the coastline, to the urban buzz of the country’s dynamic cities mixed with the magic of thousands of years’ worth of culture and history, Ireland is a country that never fails to surprise. Dublin, the host city, was originally founded as a Viking settlement and has gone through many transitions and is presently one of the major cities for industry and sciences, with a rich historical past. Though an historical city, it’s the youth and vibrancy as the capital of Ireland which offers so much to its visiting delegates.
We look forward to meeting all of you in Ireland.