Call for Proposals

Reimagining Who Does STEM and Why Through Research, Education, and Action

 

 

This conference aims to present empirical research and instructional practice, exploring how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educators, practitioners, and students form STEM identities, how those identities are formed or constrained by existing structures, and the ways that instruction and educational policy can broaden conceptions of who can do STEM research and practice. Complementary perspectives will address how such pathways can be facilitated at various points along students’ and young adults’ educational and occupational development.

 

An important aim of this conference is to extend the interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers, members of industry, and educators to move beyond results which highlight single aspects of issues raised by the study of Gender & STEM identities. Implications for educational and vocational training and practice will be discussed.

The Calls for Proposal deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting any submissions.  If you have any questions, email conference@genderandSTEM.com.

 

 

Submission Formats

A.  Symposium Presentations

A symposium provides the opportunity to examine specific research issues, problems, or topics from a variety of perspectives. Symposia may present alternative solutions, interpretations, or contrasting points of view on a specified subject or in relation to a common theme. Symposia may also use a panel discussion format targeted at a clearly delineated research issue or idea. Symposia are 85 mins.  (4-5 papers OR 4 papers and 1 discussant). Symposium proposals are encouraged to nominate a discussant and must nominate a chairperson. The organiser is responsible for arranging prior acceptance of all parties, and planning the session to allow time for robust discussion and debate.

An overview of the symposium session must be provided in an abstract of maximum 150 words, to be written by the symposium organiser, addressing:

  1. Objectives of the session
  2. Overview of the presentation
  3. Scholarly or scientific significance
  4. Structure of the session

Following the 150 words overview statement, each presenter in the symposium must provide an abstract of up to 400 words, within the one submitted symposium proposal.

B.  Individual Paper Presentations

An abstract cannot exceed 150 words. All individual presentations proposed outside of symposia will be programmed with like presentations according to theme, based on your nominated keywords. The conference organising team will appoint a Chair from among the presenters, prior to the conference, who will be responsible for coordinating the presenters and leading discussion as well as ensuring that the session keeps to time. Presenters are encouraged to allow time for rigorous discussion and cross-fertilisation as they prepare their presentations.

C.  Poster Presentations

An abstract cannot exceed 150 words. Poster sessions combine graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualised, informal discussion of the research. Poster size is A0 (height: 120 cm, width 90 cm). Poster format is portrait/vertical position. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to talk to their poster during the times allocated to Poster Presentations. There are some useful websites with advice about poster presentation, including (but not only): www.siam.org/meetings/guidelines/poster.php

D. Student Structured Poster Session

An abstract cannot exceed 150 words. Poster sessions combine graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualised, informal discussion of the research. Poster size is A0 (height: 120 cm, width 90 cm). Poster format is portrait/vertical position. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to talk to their poster during the times allocated to Poster Presentations. There are some useful websites with advice about poster presentation, including (but not only): www.siam.org/meetings/guidelines/poster.php

E.  Workshop Presentations

A workshop provides an opportunity to exchange information or work on a common problem, project, or shared interest in order to involve and directly inform researchers, teachers, educators and vocational practitioners. An overview of the Workshop session must be provided in an abstract of maximum 150 words, to be written by the organiser, addressing:

  1. Objectives of the session
  2. Scholarly or scientific significance
  3. Structure of the session, for example:
  • Who should participate in the workshop (teachers; students; researchers)?
  • Will there be presentations in the workshop and if yes, how many?
  • What kind of interactions/involvement will be provided to the participants?

Following the 150 words overview, please provide the abstract of up to 400 words.

F.  Structured Panel Discussion

Structured Panel Discussions provide an opportunity for individuals to come together for a significant period of time to discuss issues pertaining to a particular area of research. The members of the panel will provide a brief summary of their work.  The chair of the session will moderate a discussion among the panel and the audience.

Submissions for a Structured Panel Discussion will discuss: (a) Abstract discussing the program of work each panel member would discuss (250wrd per panel member); (b) the issues in Gender & STEM that will be the focus of the session (500wrd); (c) the plan for active engagement of participants in productive reflection on the issues (500wrd); A maximum 100-word description will be needed for the conference program.

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