Esperançar in uncertain times: the role of science and technology education in a changing world

Exactly 20 years ago, in 2002, the IOSTE International Symposium was held for the first time in Latin America, and also for the first time in Brazil, themed “Rethinking Science and Technology Education To Meet the Demands of Future Generations in a Changing World”. More than 500 educators from all over the world gathered in the city of Foz do Iguaçu to discuss the event's theme and various aspects of Science Education. The world imagined in 2002 as that one of future generations has become the world we are living in today. Twenty years after that imagined world in 2002, the 2022 event's theme mentions, once again, a changing world. Were the changes the IOSTE community faced twenty years ago still the changes we are dealing to today?

The year of 2020 brought a disruption that drastically altered the routine of billions of people around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed problems that existed before and that have been aggravated in the current circumstances. It has become paramount to talk about contemporaneity and consider the decisive role of the pandemic in recent years in themes such as the profound inequalities (economic, social, gender and race) that plague the world. Adding to it , there are previous and no less urgent discussions about the contradictions of the so-called Anthropocene, and the epistemological and ontological challenges associated with a system in deep crisis. This crisis seems to point to the scenario of changes and urgency in which we live, with the feeling that we are running out of time in relation to climate and social emergencies on the planet. It suggests that the changes and uncertainties that the theme of IOSTE 2022 refers to are of a very different nature from the world’s 20 years ago.

As it is a time of emergencies and crises, it also presents itself as a time of struggle. In such a context, we witness the emergence of social movements, an intensification of political and environmental activism, and agendas aimed at equity gained strength in discussions held around the world. In the Andean countries, the Mapuche (Wenufoye) and Whippala flags have brought, along with their struggles, a time of hope and resistance to other peoples around the world and peoples who join their struggles in their territory.

Against this backdrop, we present the theme of the XX IOSTE International Symposium: "Esperançar in uncertain times: the role of science and technology education in a changing world." The term esperançar is a neologism in Portuguese, created based on Freire's thought, derived from “esperança” (hope) and “esperar” (wait). According to Freire, “Hope (esperança) [...] does not consist in crossing one's arms and waiting. As long as I fight, I am moved by hope; and if I fight with hope, then I can wait” (Freire, 2005, p. 92)

It is therefore a verb that translates hope into action - esperançar. By proposing this theme, we intend to encourage the IOSTE community to think about possible collective futures, considering that education never occurs in a political vacuum, as Freire teaches us. We want to involve teachers of basic and higher education and the entire community of researchers in science and technology education in debates involving critical and post-critical pedagogies, social movements, decolonial perspectives, as a source of hope and resistance in science education. May this act of esperançar for reality through knowledge in science and technology and the ancestral knowledge of all peoples on Earth, serve as a support for us to think and act on the problems that affect the world.

IOSTE Organizing Committee

IOSTE Organization

The International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE) is an international organization which aims to encourage informed debate, reflection on and research into science and technology (S & T) education. IOSTE was established in 1979 to promote contact and dialogue across political and ideological borders. A key concern is that education in S & T should be a vital part of the general education of the peoples of all countries.

IOSTE has a board (committee) with representation from all regions of the world, and convenes international as well as regional symposia. These symposia provide for scholarly exchange and collaboration.

The symposia gather researchers, policy makers, teachers and others who are concerned about how science and technology can contribute to the outlined in our mission statement.

You can visit IOSTE official home page at

Conference format

The IOSTE International Symposium 2022 will be held in a hybrid format, allowing participants in two modalities: in person and virtual.

In the in person modality participants will be able to participate in all activities offered by the Symposium: pre-conference, cultural activities, overture, keynotes conference, symposiums, PhD & Early Career Meeting, Regional Meetings, final assembly/closure and oral and poster in-person sessions.

In the virtual modality, participants will be able to participate in: overture, final assembly/closure and keynotes conference by live streaming on Internet. Moreover, it will be possible to participate in the PhD & Early Career Meeting, Regional Meetings, symposiums and oral online sessions through the ZOOM Meeting platform.

The hybrid format of the event was proposed in order to congregate the maximum of participants around the World, considering the financial and sanitary issues that assolate different countries.




João R. R. Tenório da Silva

Federal University of Pernambuco

Glauco S. F. Silva

Federal Center of Technological Education - Rio de Janeiro



Cristiano B. Moura

Federal Center of Technological Education - Rio de Janeiro

Roberto Soares Cruz-Hastenreiter

Federal Institute of Education - Rio de Janeiro

José Euzebio Simões Neto

Federal Rural University of Pernambuco

Local Committee


Catalina Iturbe

Austral University of Chile

Bruno Silva Leite

Federal Rural University of Pernambuco

Edenia M. R do Amaral

Federal Rural University of Pernambuco

Flavia Vasconcelos

Federal University of Pernambuco

João Eduardo Ramos

Federal University of Pernambuco

Marcos Barros

Federal University of Pernambuco

Maria da Graça Cleophas

University of Latin-American Integration

Michel Carnio

Federal University of São Carlos

Tassiana Carvalho

Federal University of Pernambuco

Valdir Bezerra

Federal University of Pernambuco

Walquíria Castelo Branco

CESAR School

Scientific Committee

Adela Molina

Distrital Francisco José de Caldas University, Colômbia

Alice Alexandre Pagan

Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil

Charbel El-Hani

Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

Eduardo Fleury Mortimer

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Daisy de Brito Rezende

University of São Paulo, Brazil


Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

Cristiano Mattos

University of São Paulo, Brazil


University of São Paulo, Brazil

Andreia Guerra

CEFET-RJ, Brazil

Isabel Martins

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Agustín Adúriz-Bravo

Buenos Aires University, Argentina

Mario Quintanilla-Gatica

Pontifical Universidad of Chile, Chile

Jesper Sjöström

Malmö University,

Hae-Ae Seo

Pusan National University, Korea

Johanna Camacho González

University of Chile, Chile

Pedro Rocha dos Reis

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Hagop A. Yacoubian

Lebanese American University, Lebanon

Emilia Afonso Nhalevilo

University Púnguè, Mozambique


University of Regina, Canada

Svein Sjøberg

University of Oslo, Norway

Steve Alsop

York University, Canada

Executive Board IOSTE

Agnaldo Arroio

University of Sāo Paulo, Brazil

Birgitte Lund Nielsen

VIA University College, Denmark

Maria Andrée

Stockholm University, Sweden

To see full 2020-2022 board click here

IOSTE Xilogravura

The visual identity of the IOSTE Syposium 2022 is based on xilogravura art. Xilogravura is an engraving technique in which wood is used as a matrix and enables the reproduction of the image engraved on paper or other suitable support. It's a process much like a stamp.

Even being a technique developed since century VI in Chinese culture and used in European middle Ages, in Northeast of Brazil it was incorporate as a cultural manifestation to represents popular stories of the quotidian and folk myths from northeastern people. This manifestation was through the called cordel literature, combining the xilogravura art with poetry to tell about cultural elements from Northeast region.

The main brazilian artist from xilogravura and cordel literature are Gilvan Samico, José Costa Leite, J. Borges, Amaro Francisco e José Lourenço. You can learn more about them and other representative cultural manifestation from Brazil at

Statement from the IOSTE board

The International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE) declares itself appalled by the invasion of Ukraine in a clear violation of international law, territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Ukraine. In the face of such brutality by Russia against an independent and sovereign state, we would like to extend our solidarity and support to the Ukrainian people.

Part of the mission of IOSTE is to encourage the “peaceful and ethical use of science and technology in the service of humankind.”

In accordance with our organizational mission and values, we call for an immediate end to the Russian invasion and the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and peace for the Ukrainian people. We join other organizations in the education and research communities in condemning this invasion, including Education International (

As part of its mission, IOSTE also encourages international collaboration in the domains of research and development and promotes cooperation with other international organizations. And at this moment, Ukrainian researchers and teachers are fighting for their lives and for their country and do not have a peaceful environment to promote scientific and technological education that contributes to the promotion of peace, equity and social justice.

Faced with the barbaric acts of an unjustified war, with the destruction of schools and kindergartens, victimizing the civilian population including children, we reiterate our solidarity and support to Ukrainian teachers and researchers, including their families and the Ukrainian community in general.

As an international organization that promotes science and technology education, we will continue to foster a space to promote cultural diversity, mutual understanding, and human values and defend peace, democracy and social justice.

#Slava Ukraini!

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Add to My Calendar 2022-07-25 08:00:00 2022-07-29 22:00:00 America/Brazil XX IOSTE International Symposium XX IOSTE International Symposium Recife, Brazil IOSTE



(BRT time zone)
At UFPE (Center of Education)
At Mar Hotel Conventions
27/07/2022 28/07/2022
At Mar Hotel Conventions
At Mar Hotel Conventions
(BRT time zone)
09:00 AM Registration Blended oral session 1 Excursions
Cultural Activities
Blended oral session 4 Blended oral session 6 09:00 AM
09:30 AM 09:30 AM
10:00 AM Special pre-conference
in honour of Paulo Freire
  10:00 AM
10:40 AM Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break 10:40 AM
11:00 AM Keynote 2
Hyunju Lee
Keynote 3
Pedro Reis
Keynote 4
Emilia Nhalevilo
11:00 AM
11:30 AM 11:30 AM
12:20 PM 12:20 PM
12:20 PM Lunch
(Provided by the conference)
(Provided by the conference)
(Provided by the conference)
12:20 PM
1:00 PM 1:00 PM
1:30 PM 1:30 PM
2:00 PM Blended oral session 2 Blended symposia 1 Blended symposia 2 2:00 PM
2:30 PM 2:30 PM
3:00 PM Board Meeting 1     3:00 PM
3:40 PM Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break 3:40 PM
4:00 PM Blended oral session 3 Blended oral session 5 IOSTE General Assembly
Closure Ceremony
4:00 PM
4:30 PM 4:30 PM
5:00 PM Opening 5:00 PM
5:30 PM 5:30 PM
6:00 PM Keynote 1
Cristiano Mattos
PhD & Early Career Meeting
Board Meeting 2
Regional Meetings* Poster session Board Meeting 3 6:00 PM
6:30 PM 6:30 PM
7:00 PM 7:00 PM
7:30 PM Welcome Reception   7:30 PM
8:00 PM     Gala Dinner 8:00 PM
8:30 PM 8:30 PM

All times in the timetable are displayed in local time (GMT-3). For reference regarding your location, we display some time zones:

  • Rome (GMT+2) - 5 hours ahead
  • London (GMT+1) - 4 hours ahead
  • Bucarest (GMT+3) - 6 hours ahead
  • Cape Town (GMT+2) - 5 hours ahead
  • New Delhi (GMT+5:30) - 5:30 hours ahead
  • Seoul (GMT+9) - 12 hours ahead
  • Denver (GMT-6) - 3 hours behind
  • California (GMT-7) - 4 hours behind
  • New York (GMT-4) - 1 hour behind

  1. Regional meetings: suggested time*. Regionals must send to the organizing committee the time confirmation of their meetings at by July 15th. We encourage regionals to hold the meetings exclusively online for the convenience of all participants (both in-person and online).
  2. Registration: July 25th at Center of Education, Federal University of Pernambuco. From July 26th at Mar Hotel Conventions all day.
  3. Pre-conference is exclusive for in-person modality.
  4. Blended sessions will use ZOOM platform for virtual modality. Room’s links and guide for virtual participation will be released in due time.
  5. Poster presentation in virtual modality will use the Padlet app.
  6. More details about the virtual poster presentation and blended sessions will be available in the guide document for virtual participation soon.

Click here to download the virtual participation guide

PhD & Early Career Meetings

Early Career Researchers (roughly defined as those awarded PhD no more than five years ago) and PhD candidates are invited to join the special sessions promoted by XX IOSTE Symposium 2022. Considering both groups will be the future of the community of science education and of IOSTE, this opportunity will provide a dedicated space to discuss critically the future of research in science education, the challenges and opportunities for early-career researchers and PhD students, and to meet and greet colleagues, get to know each other studies’ and possibly build future collaborations.

Click here to see the PhD & Early Career Meetings program detailed

Special pre-conference

IOSTE 2022 will have a special pre-conference as a celebration for the 20th edition of the IOSTE Symposium. The program will be aligned with the conference general theme.

Descriptive Program

Tentative Program
10:00-11:30 - Opening Conference – Prof. Dr. Antônio Gouvêa (UFSCar)
Science and Technology Education as the practice of freedom: dialogue, emancipate, and esperançar
11:30-12:30 – Conversation Groups (participants will be invited to meet up in groups for presenting and discussion their Freire-based S&T education experiences)
12:30 – Official photo at the Paulo Freire statue
12:35 – 13:30 – Lunch (included in the fee)
13:30 – 15:00 – Culture Circle
15:30 – 15:15 – Pre-conference closing
15:15 – 16:00 – Visit to the Paulo Freire Chair

  1. The Pre-Conference will be held exclusively in face-to-face mode.
  2. The participation in the pre-conference will be conditioned to the acceptance of a proposal for presentation in the Conversation Groups or in the Culture Circle. Thus, the number of participants will be limited, considering the availability of space and time for the presentations and discussions.
  3. The deadline is due June 26 th , and the text must be according to the template available here.
  4. Proposals should be sent for the following e-mail: Please, notice: the e-mail title is: NAME_LAST NAME-pre-conference
  5. Proposal for the pre-conference is 500-word long written (in English) as a letter addressed to S&T researchers’ community, in which there will be a narration/description of your experience of S&T education based on Freire’s concept. The letter’s content is expected to be organized as followed:
    - Well-defined theme and problematization
    - Description of community, school, popular, and other interactions
    - Organization of activities carried out to promote broad dialogue and cultural interactions
    - Results that point to processes of social transformation and liberation of the subjects.
    - Questions about Paulo Freire’s concepts/ideas (related your educational experience) to be addressed to the keynote and to be discussed in the Conversation Groups and Culture Circle
  6. MAfter reviewing the all proposals, the pre-conference organizing committee will define the activity - Conversation Groups or Culture Circle - in which the proposal is best suited for presentation and discussion.
  7. The oral presentation of all proposals will be 5 minutes each, and it will not be necessary to use media - slides or posters.
  8. Notice: the number of proposals and participants is limited up to 40.

Edenia M. R do Amaral (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco)
Juliano Camillo (Federal University of Santa Catarina)
Suzana Ursi (University of São Paulo)

Regional Representative (2020-22) Time Day
Southeast Asia Margaret Chan Kit Yok (Malaysia)
8pm (Brazil)
7am (Malaysian time on the 28 July)
July 27 th
Far East Asia Hyunju Lee (Korea)
8am (Brazil)
8pm (in Korea)
July 27 th
South Asia Narendra Dadarao Deshmukh
9.00 am (Brazil)
5.30 pm (India)
July 27 th
North-West Asia and Persian Gulf Mohammadreza Behrangi (Iran)
10:30am (Brazil)
5pm (Tehran time)
July 27 th
Southern Africa Asheena SinghPillay (South Africa)
17am (Brazil)
12pm (South Africa time)
July 27 th
Mediterranean Mónica Baptista (Portugal)
Cansel Kadioglu (Turkey)
11:30 am (Lisbon, Portugal)
7:30 am(Brazil)
July 27 th
Eastern and Central Europe Katarzyna Potyrala (Poland)
Nordic Countries Veronica Flodin (Sweden)
8:00 am (Brazil)
1:00 pm (Nordic time)
July 28 th
North America Stephen Adams (USA)
6:00 pm in Recife, Brazil
02:00 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)
3:00 pm Mountain time (Denver, USA)
4:00 pm Central Time (Chicago, USA)
5:00 pm Eastern Time (New York, USA)
July 27 th
North America Stephen Adams (USA)
6:00 pm in Recife, Brazil
02:00 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)
3:00 pm Mountain time (Denver, USA)
4:00 pm Central Time (Chicago, USA)
5:00 pm Eastern Time (New York, USA)
July 27 th
Central America and Caribbean Laila Boisselle (Trinidad and Tobago/UAE)
7-9pm (Brazil)
6-8pm GMT-4
July 27 th
South America Daisy de Brito Rezende (Brazil)
Roberto Soares da Cruz Hastenreiter (Brazil)
1-2 pm (Brazil, Brasília time) July 28 th
Western Europe John Oversby (UK)
Done May 17-18 th
Regional Participants
South America Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Equador, French Gyuiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
Central America and Caribbean Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Antigua and Barbura, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Ouerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago
North America Canada, United States of America and Mexico
Nordic Countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Island, Iceland,
Eastern and Central Europe Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova
West Europe Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg
West Africa Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
Southern Africa Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
East and Central Africa Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Republic - Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé & Principe
Mediterranean France, Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Lybia, Egypt and Sudan
Northern-West Asia and Persian Gulf Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Iran, Jordan, Yemen, Syria, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Turkmenista, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan
South Asia Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Far East Asia China, Japan, Hong Kong, North Korea, South Korea, Macao Mongolia, and Taiwan
South East Asia Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
South West Pacific Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.


Prof. Cristiano Mattos
University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Keynote presentation: Between authoritarianism and denialism: is there a place for critical science education?

An equitable and just education plays a central role in developing individuals’ emancipation and a healthy participatory democracy. Particularly, critical and humanistic science education has become increasingly relevant to developing critical thinking on contemporary socio-political and environmental problems. Since the education and political-economic context are not apart, in Capitalism, the school curricula’ typical objective is to train individuals to job marked to face any labor conditions, not helping to overcame contradictions coming from the unequal distribution of production. It intensifies social polarization, creating favorable conditions for authoritarian and fundamentalist perspectives to emerge. Unfortunately, in this context, school science is taught as a product and not a process, and the public discourse on science is presented as jargon and disputing with anti-scientific and pseudo-scientific narratives. Based on the Historical-Cultural Activity Theory and the Freirean perspective, we will reflect on a critical science education connected with contemporary social necessities and present examples of science teaching activities establishing empowering and reciprocal relationships between school and everyday life.

Prof. Hyunju Lee
Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
Keynote presentation: ENACT Project: Promoting Activism and Social Responsibility of Citizens and STEM Professionals through Socioscientific Issues (SSI) Education

As Ulrich Beck noted, we are living in a “risk society,” in which scientific and technological advances unceasingly create new forms of risks such as infectious diseases, exposure to dangerous chemicals, devastated environment, and energy shortages. Such examples of risks inherent in modern society are often unpredictable and largely uncertain. Many scholars and educators claim that students should develop social responsibility and capabilities to actively engage in SSI discourse, to make informed decisions on SSIs and furthermore to collaboratively participate in problem solving. Along the line, we initiated a 3-year research project, called the “ENACT project” (supported by Korean Research Foundation). “ENACT” is an acronym for the five stages of investigation and more evidently emphasizes both critical examination of SSIs and responsible practice and actions by introducing two Cycles. Cycle I (Stages 1-3) aims to alter epistemological beliefs on science and technology development as identifying SSIs in the fields and examining various aspects of the issues. And Cycle II (Stages 4-5) promotes RRI values by conducting scientific and engineering practice and societal actions. In the presentation, I would like to share the details of the ENACT project and introduce its implementation and educational outcomes.

Prof. Pedro Reis
University of Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Keynote presentation: Education for Environmental Citizenship as a Way of “Esperançar”

“‘Esperançar’ is to get up, ‘esperançar’ is to go after, ‘esperançar’ is to build, ‘esperançar’ is not to give up! ‘Esperançar’ is to carry on, ‘esperançar’ is to join with others to do in another way…” (Paulo Freire) The citizen’s capacity to act in society as an agent of change constitutes an important element of environmental citizenship. This conference presents a proposal for Environmental Citizenship Education strongly based on activism initiatives. It discusses the importance of these initiatives in developing citizens' willingness and skills for critical, active and democratic involvement in preventing and solving environmental problems. The possible and desirable combination of youth activism and citizen science as a catalyst for citizens’ empowerment to participate in the global effort of sustainable development and the assumption of responsibility for future generations is also discussed. Youth activism represents a key element in Environmental Citizenship Education, enabling students to exercise their environmental rights and duties and to develop knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them as problem solvers capable of addressing contemporary environmental problems.

Prof. Emilia Afonso Nhalevilo
Púnguè University, Manica, Mozambique
Esperançar in a changing world: A pilgrimage philosophy towards an harmonious dialogue between Science and IKS

This presentation is about Science and IKS Education. The focus is on the view of science education philosophy as a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is  metaphor I am using to explore what I call a nomadic paradigmatic standpoint in teaching Science. This paradigm invites Science educators to  endeavor a journey of understanding of different ways of constructing knowledge derived from different ontologies. In contrast with a sedentary paradigmatic standpoint which creates fixed points,  dualistic reasoning and shields segregation, a nomadic view invites the possibility of an harmonious dialogue between different world-views. Through a nomadic paradigm we can move on to visiting sometimes unknown places, like a pilgrim who seeks a higher understanding of himself and of the world. To support this philosophy of science education I take the Contiguity Argumentation Theory as stated by Meshack Ogunniyi. Through this theory, we can reflect and explore paths for the coexistence of Science and IKS in school context and further, we can uncover the implications of that standpoint for universities in producing and managing knowledge.



Dec 1st (2021) - Feb 15th, 2022

Acceptance notification

Apr 05th - Apr 10th, 2022

Final version submission

Apr 11th - May 1th, 2022

Early bird payment

May 15th, 2022


Jul 25th, 2022


All certificates are available by clicking here


Submissions are available via the platform, after completing your registration clicking here. The registration payment is not required for proposal submissions

You can download the final version template single oral clicking here

You can download the final version template poster clicking here

Submissions extended by March 1st, 2022

The proceedings from the XX IOSTE-symposium will be published in a peer-reviewed open access format. As we have announced, all proposals presented can be published in the proceedings. The proceedings from the last IOSTE symposium were published as the first two issues of the new journal IOSTE Letters available open access here , and this is also for now the suggested format of the proceedings from the XX symposium. More details will follow.

Call for Proposals and strands

The theme of the IOSTE 2022 Symposium is Esperançar in uncertain times: the role of science and technology education in a changing world. This theme stresses the necessity to think about the relation between science and technology in a broad way, focusing on how this knowledge can help us in dealing with a world in constant change. Then, it is important to emphasize the nature of this knowledge, with cultural and human values, highlighting the promotion of dialogue across political and ideological borders to recognize sustainability, cultural diversity and international understanding.

In this sense, we invite all the community to submit your paper or symposia according to the following strands:


Strand 1: Student understanding and learning in STE (Student motivation and interest in STE)
Strand 2: Teaching science and technology in diverse contexts (Informal education of science and technology)
Strand 3: Use of educational technology in STE
Strand 4: Teacher education and professional development in STE
Strand 5: Higher Education in STE
Strand 6: Cultural, Social and Gender Issues in STE
Strand 7: Special and inclusive education in STE
Strand 8: Environmental and Health perspectives in STE
Strand 9: History, sociology and philosophy in STE
Strand 10: Decolonial, Social Justice, Critical and Transformative perspectives in STE


The XX IOSTE International Symposium will admit three types of paper presentations, for both in-person and virtual modality: Symposium; Poster session and Single oral presentation. For each of them, contributions can be empirical studies or theoretical/ Non-empirical studies. All proposals must be original that have not been published or presented at any other conference.

Symposium: This presentation format enables to jointly illuminate a topic from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of projects for discussion. Each symposium will be organized by a chairperson and will contain 3 - 5 presentations concerning a common topic of interest as well as one symposium discussant. The symposium is scheduled for 90-minute sessions, of which the final 30 minutes are to be moderated by the discussant to open up for an in-depth discussion of the projects presented.

The symposium chairperson is in charge of submitting:

a) presentation of the whole symposium: title, short abstract (150 words at maximum) and a synopsis for the whole symposium (500 words at maximum, excluding references)
b) the abstracts and extended summaries of the included individual presentations making up the symposium (see single oral presentations for instruction)
c) names and affiliation of all participants in the symposium, including chairperson and discussant. Symposia that involve scholars from multiple countries are encouraged.
Click to download the template here

Single oral presentations: Proposals should consist of a short abstract (150 words at maximum) and an extended summary (1500 words at maximum, excluding references). Please, download the template for the single oral presentation proposal. Each participant will present their papers in 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for discussion with the audience, totalizing 20 minutes each presentation. Click to download the template here

Poster session: Proposals should consist of a short Abstract (150 words at maximum) and a long abstract (500 words at maximum, excluding references) without an extended summary. Please, download the template for the abstract proposal. During 90 minutes, the posters will be exhibited in an open room in the local area of the event. Participants will be able to circulate among the posters and discuss it directly with the authors. Click to download the template here

Participants in the virtual modality can attend the session in real time connected by ZOOM Meeting. Links for each session will be available before the presentation. For more details, please, see the document guiding for virtual format participation in the IOSTE 2022 International Symposium.

Please note that at least one author of the accepted proposal must be registered at the conference to present it. All accepted and presented papers will be published in the XX IOSTE International Symposium proceedings.

Review process

All proposals submitted to XX IOSTE International Symposium go through a blinded and peer-reviewed process. Proposals should not contain any information that could identify who authors are or where they work. Authors are required to remove any identifiers in the proposal. For self-citations use “Author, 2021”.

The proposals will be valued according to the followed criteria: 1) alignment of the contribution with the strand it was submitted; 2) clear focus for the study; 3) The relevance to science and technology education research.

Each participant registered for the conference can submit up to two proposals as first author and participate as co-author up to four contributions. At least one of the authors has to be registered in the conference

Click here to download the Guidelines in PDF

Where to stay

The symposium will be held at MAR HOTEL CONVENTIONS in Recife-PE, Brazil

Atholl Palace Hotel
Cícero Dias Hall

The Four Seasons Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel
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R. Barão de Souza Leão, 451
Boa Viagem, Recife
Pernambuco, Brazil

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