PARRISE Final Conference

Science and society in education

Promoting Responsible Research and Innovation through Science Education

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

One-day conference preceding ESERA 2017

Inquiry based learning

Socio scientific issues

Citizenship education

Free Registration

Download the Conference Flyer (pdf)

Science education conference

The conference ‘Science and society in education’ is aimed at science teachers and teacher trainers (primary and secondary education), science education researchers, informal science educators, and representatives from government and stakeholder organisations.

Experience new ways of introducing social issues in science education, learn about innovating teacher professional development. Witness how teachers stage these approaches in their classroom.

This conference is organised by the EU PARRISE project. It points out future directions for Responsible Research and Innovation in science education, by connecting findings of PARRISE with those of other EU projects in science education.

Key words: inquiry based learning, socio-scientific issues, citizenship education

PARRISE final conference – Program

Sunday, 20th of August

10.30-11.00 Opening
Christine Knippels, PARRISE coordinator / Utrecht University
Introduction of conference, small discussion of results of PARRISE, what to expect of the day.

11.00-12.00 Plenary panel session 1
Moderated by Elena Kyza, PARRISE Cyprus University of Technology
Brief introductory questions to:

  • Shu-Nu Chang Rundgren, PARRISE / Stockholm University primary education
  • Marcus Grace, PARRISE / Southampton University (lower secondary education)
  • Anat Yarden, PARRISE Weizmann Institute of Science (upper secondary education)

Key-note speakers, discussing Socio-Scientific Inquiry-based Learning and Responsible Research and Innovation:

12.00-13.30 Lunch break

  Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
Parallel sessions

Round 1


40 minute session A 40 minute session B 40 minute session C
20 minute session A 20 minute session B 20 minute session C
Posters enacting SSIBL


Parallel sessions

Round 2


40 minute session A 40 minute session B 40 minute session C
20 minute session A 20 minute session B 20 minute session C
Posters enacting SSIBL

16.00-16.30 Break

16.30-17.30 Plenary panel session 2
Moderated by Christine Knippels , PARRISE coordinator / Utrecht University
Panel session on the future of Responsible Research and Innovation in education.

17.30-17.40 Concluding remarks & Drinks
Christine Knippels, PARRISE coordinator

PARRISE final conference - Biographies

Russell Tytler is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Science Education at Deakin University. He has researched and written extensively on student learning and reasoning in science. His interest in the role of representation in reasoning and learning in science extends to pedagogy and teacher and school change. He researches and writes on student engagement with science and mathematics, socio-scientific issues, school-community partnerships, and STEM curriculum policy.

Ralph Levinson is a Reader in Education at the Institute of Education University of London. He is also programme director of the MA in Science Education, and he teaches on the MA and PGCE programmes, as well as CPD courses. He also supervises doctoral students. His main research interests are in socio-scientific issues and scientific literacy, science and social justice, science education and creativity, chemistry education and pedagogy in science. Dr. Levinson has led research projects for leading organisations such as The World Bank, The Wellcome Trust and the British Academy. He is currently engaged on two EU projects, including PARRISE.

Professor Per-Edvin Persson is nowadays a free consultant advising science centres and museums i.a. on core crystallisation, strategic morphing and institutional evaluations. He was the Director of Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre in 1991-2013 and during his leadership the centre achieved an international reputation, circulating its exhibitions to 25 countries in four continents and reaching an accumulated attendance exceeding 25 million. He was President of the international branch organisation Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) in 2004-2005 and of the European science centre network ECSITE in 1997-1998 and is now Honorary Fellow of both organisations. His special interest regarding science centres has been about their impact, on which he has published several papers.

René von Schomberg is a science and technologies studies specialist and a philosopher. He is an author/(co-editor) of 14 books. He holds PhD’s from the University of Twente, the Netherlands (Science and Technology Studies) and J.W.Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Philosophy). He has been a European Union Fellow at George Mason University, USA in 2007 and has been with the European Commission since 1998.

High school principal Israel (invited)

Biography too be added.

Peter Gray is European Projects adviser for the Department of Teacher Education (PLU) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Stirling, where he also worked on the Early Professional Learning project, funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) as well as several EU-funded projects. He started working with NTNU in 2007 and was proposal writer and subsequently project manager for S-TEAM (Science-Teacher Education Advanced Methods). Since 2012, he has worked on a significant number of European collaborative projects and proposals. Currently, his research interests include responsible governance in research, the theory-practice gap in teacher education and the theory and practice of learning spaces. He is an expert evaluator for the European Commission in the fields of RRI, STEM education and gender.

Doris Jorde is professor in science education at the University of Oslo in Norway and leader of the Centre for Professional Learning in Teacher Education (ProTed). She previously was the director of the Norwegian center for Science Education, University of Oslo. Doris Jorde has her PhD in Science Education from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been working at the University of Oslo since 1984 as a professor in Science Education. Her research area has included classroom studies of science teaching and learning as well as the use of ICT in science. She has recently served as the vice rector at UiO, with responsibilities for studies and internationalization.

She served on the high-level group on science education for the EU, working with the “Science Education NOW report. She has worked with many different EU projects, including Mind the Gap, Steam, Mascil, Assist-me and Ark of Inquiry.

Pedro Reis is Sub-Director and professor in science education at the Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal). In addition to his PhD in science education (U. Lisbon), he holds a BSc degree in biology (U. Lisbon).

He previously was Head of the Sciences and Mathematics Education Department and Vice Rector at the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (Portugal).

His area of research included classroom studies of science teaching and learning and ICT integration in science education. He has been involved in research, teacher training and curriculum development projects in Europe, Africa and Latin America (supported by the European Commission, the World Bank, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and several Governments).

European Commission (invited)

Biography too be added.

Chrystalla Koukouma is an Education inspector which involves inspection, evaluation and support of teachers and schools for quality assurance. Currently coordinating chemistry teacher training, chemistry curriculum development, chemistry teachers’ entrance examination and students’ university entrance examinations.  Member of the Working Group Schools of the Directorate General of the Commission for contributing to Europe 2020.

European Commission

PARRISE (grant agreement 612438) is a four year programme (2014-2017) funded by the European Commission.

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