International Committee, Jan 2017

International Committee, Jan 2017

Lucy Avraamidou  NARST International Coordinator
Lucy Avraamidou
 NARST International Coordinator

The International Committee is excited to update you on its activities and share information about two sponsored symposia to be held at the 2017 NARST Annual International Conference in San Antonio. But first, we would like to welcome Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard from the University of Copenhagen as a new member of the committee.



Committee News

The International Committee has formed four sub-committees based on its main yearly tasks and responsibilities. The Chairs of these sub-committees for the year 2016-2017 are as follows:

  • Shirly Avargil, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
    • NARST Scholarship program
  • Saouma Boujaoude, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
    • Linking Science Education program
  • Sarah Barrett, York University, Toronto, Canada
    • Doctoral Students Summer School Scholarship program
  • Bahadir Namdar, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Rize Turkey
    • Summer School Mentor program

 Sponsored Symposia at the 2017 International Conference

International Committee Session

This exciting session was proposed by the International Coordinator Lucy Avraamidou (University of Groningen, Netherlands) and organized by Lynn Bryan (Purdue University, USA), based on an upcoming book that brings together 24 authors from various countries.

Bryan, L. & Tobin, K. (2016, upcoming). 13 Questions: Reframing Education’s Conversation: Science. New York: Peter-Lang.

The following presenters will participate in the session:

  • Ana Becerra, Comunidades Justas/Just Communities, USA
  • Carolina Castano Rodriguez, Australian Catholic University, Australia
  • Rowhea Elmsky, Washington University, USA
  • Anita Hussénius, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Shakhnoza Kayumova, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA
  • Femi Otulaja, University of the Witwatersrand, Republic of South Africa
  • Michael Reiss, University College, London, UK
  • Christina Siry, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Lily Taylor, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

Session Co-Sponsored by the International Committee and the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)

How effective is education for sustainable development in the context of formal education? Findings from four large-scale studies


  • Anna Uitto, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Seppo Saloranta, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Jelle Boeve-de Pauw, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Peter Van Petegem, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Niklas Gericke, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Daniel Olsson, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Daphne Goldman, Beit Berl College, Israel
  • Bell Weiss, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Dorit Baum, University of Haifa, Israel

The session was proposed by the ESERA Board and is being organized by Anna Uitto (University of Helsinki, Finland).