11th International IHPST and 6th Greek  

History, Philosophy and Science Teaching

Joint Conference


Science & Culture: Promise, Challenge and Demand


1-5 July 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece




Two traditions meet in a joint conference in order to create a forum for discussion and reflection on the contribution of history and philosophy of science in science teaching with a special focus on the interrelations of science and culture.

The International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group for more than 20 years has organized IHPST conferences every two years at North American and European venues (http://ihpst.net). Since 2001, Greek scholars in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching have met every two years at the Greek History, Philosophy and Science Teaching conferences (...http://www.ecedu.upatras.gr/hpt/ ,

http://www2.ucy.ac.cy/htp2009/). The international Science & Education journal has supported both conferences with special issues of selected and reviewed papers. In July 2011, both traditions will meet at the School of Primary Education of the Faculty of Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in a joint conference.

Science & Culture is the topic of the joint conference as history and philosophy of science has always provided a cultural background for science teaching. In science education, the science and culture interaction had appeared in the first part of the 20th century as a promise for a different more “humanized” approach of science teaching as well as image of science to the public. In the second part of the 20th century the rapprochement of science and culture became a challenge that many educators, artists and academics in the history, philosophy and sociology of science tried to realize through their work.

At the beginning of the 21st century the Science & Culture crossroad has become a demand in order to re-contextualize scientific knowledge for education and the media aiming not only to primary, secondary and tertiary education but also to the public understanding of science, citizenship and life-long-learning. In this context, historians of science, philosophers of science, sociologists, science education researchers, science museums educational developers, curricula designers and artists working on science and culture projects are welcome to join the conference.

The conference is also hosting the 2nd International and the 6th Greek Summer School for PhD students in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. Researchers starting or during their PhD research are welcome to participate and share their projects and ideas with senior researchers and academics.





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