The 25th Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education will continue a long tradition begun in 1981 with the first symposium on chemical education organized by Hans-Jürgen Schmidt. The upcoming symposium will be held for the first time at Ludwigsburg University of Education in 2020.

The 2020 symposium is titled “Science education, culture and sustainability in the digital age”. Three core aspects will be covered:

  1. Sustainability is a topic that has received considerable attention in science education in the past. Interesting research has been conducted on this topic and a wealth of ideas for practical applications in science class has been produced (see last symposia in 2016, 2018). The symposium seeks to trace the latest advances in this field.
  2. Culture and cultural diversity have been shown to impact the teaching and learning of science (see symposium in 2012). Since then, research on cultural aspects of science education seems to grow into a prolific field in science education research.
  3. Digitalization in science education has yielded interesting research in the past years. Many researchers seek to improve teacher education and develop teaching materials for school science.

The symposium will address the following questions:

  • What are the latest advances in research in science education on the topic of sustainability?
  • What influence does the cultural diversity in the home environment have on students’ self-concepts about science??
  • How is ‘culture’ in science classes conceptualized and focused on by different scholars?
  • What strategies, pedagogies, and concepts of culture-sensitive science teaching and learning are available?
  • How is sustainability dealt with in different cultures?
  • Which role does digitalization take in the development of science education?
  • How does digitalisation influence pre- and in-service science teacher education?
  • Which competences do our pre- and in-service science teacher need for good science teaching and learning?

Conference chairs

Prof. Dr. Silvija Markic

Department of Chemistry, Ludwigsburg University of Education, Reuteallee 46, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany,

Prof. Dr. Ingo Eilks
Dr. Nadja Belova

Department of Biology and Chemistry, University of Bremen, Leobener Str. NW 2, 28334 Bremen, Germany,

Prof. Dr. Bernd Ralle

 Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, TU Dortmund University, Otto-Hahn-Str. 6, 44221 Dortmund, Germany,