Previews Meetings

Seventh Meeting of the Council of the Science Education Programme
June 2010, Rio de Janeiro

The Brazilian Academy of Sciences, on behalf of IANAS, hosted the VII Meeting of the Science Education Program in Rio de Janeiro, on June 12-14 2010.

Understanding the shortcomings of traditional science education that affect girls and women, the meeting focused on the gender issues in science education and discussed the empowerment of girls and women in Science & Technology, and the role of the Academies in removing obstacles to this enterprise.

This meeting was organized with the support of the Global Network of Science Academies (IAP), the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), the Special Secretariat of Policies for Women (SEPM), the Brazilian Chapter of the Gender Advisory Board (GAB-Brazil), the Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT), the National Historical Museum (MHN), and the Earth Sciences Museum (MCTer/DNPM).

Programme
List of Participants 
Presentations
Video Conferences
Photo Gallery 
National Reports
Final Report

 

Sixth Meeting of the Council of the Science Education Programme
May 2009, Washington D.C.

During the period of May 4-6, 2009, the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) hosted at the headquarters of the US National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., the Sixth Meeting of the Council of the Science Education Programme. Thirteen countries were represented at the meeting.

José Lozano, Chair of the IANAS Science Education Programme, reported on the state of the art of the programme and informed about the execution of the 2008 budget provided to IANAS by the IAP Science Education Programme. The coordinator of the IANAS-FEMCIDI project, Jorge Allende, reported on the activities funded by the OAS since 2007 and also on the upcoming activities in the period of July 2009 to March 2010, when the project ends. Oscar Harasic, representative of the Organization of the American States (OAS) Office of Science and Technology, encouraged and supported the IANAS initiative. Mónica Gómez, FEMCIDI Regional Manager for South America, informed that the proposed budget for 2009-2010 was approved and that the project was positively evaluated and qualified as excellent. However, a new project must be presented for the the period of July 2010 to June 2014, since the project that is currently being performed can not be extended.

The National Focal Points of the Programme also reported on the activities developed by their Academies and presented future plans. It was decided that the Seventh Meeting of the Council of the Programme will take place in Brazil in June 2010. Jorge Allende, María del Carmen Samayoa, Diogenes Campos and José A. Lozano will be in charge of preparing for OAS the proposal for the new project and deciding who will be in charge of the coordination. A proposal to have an annual strategic planning workshop will be presented to the Kellogg Foundation by the NSRC. If approved, the idea is to hold each year a workshop in a different country. Sally Shuler, Pat Rowell and Maria del Carmen Samayoa will be in charge of preparing this proposal.

Programme
List of Participants
Report of the Coordinator
Report of the Coordinator of the FEMCIDI Contract
Final Report

 

Fifth Meeting of the Council of the Science Education Programme
July 2008, San José, Costa Rica

 

The fifth meeting of the focal points of the Science Education Programme was held in San José, Costa Rica, on July 10-11, 2008. A central theme of the meeting was the discussion of the OAS/FEMCIDI project. The Academies engaged in the programme reported on their science education activities developed in the last twelve months. Participants also discussed and approved the activities to be implemented with the 2008 budget. Maria del Carmen Samayoa (Guatemala) was elected vice-coordinator of the programme and José Lozano (Colombia) was re-elected coordinator. Jorge Allende (Chile) completes the coordination of the programme, as past-coordinator.

Programme
List of Participants
Report of the Coordinator
Report of the Coordinator of the FEMCIDI Contract

 

Fourth Meeting of the Council of the Science Education Programme 
July 2007, Mexico City

The IANAS Science Education Program held the IV Meeting of its National Focal Points in Mexico City on July 2-3, 2007. Key issues in the agenda were the discussion of the IANAS/OAS Science Education project, the national science education activities developed by the Academies in 2007 and the proposed actions for 2008. In light of this discussion, the program decided upon the allocation of funds.

Programme 
List of Participants
Activities
Report

 

 

Third Meeting of the Council of the Science Education Programme 
September 2006, Santiago

The third meeting of the focal points of the Science Education Programme was held in Santiago, Chile, on September 27th, immediately after the IAP Workshop on Evaluation of Science Education Projects that was convened on the 25-26 of September, 2006. 

The IANAS meeting discussed important issues such as the project that has been submitted by the programme to OAS, the evolution of the national science education programmes, the activities developed in 2006, and the plan of action for 2007. At the meeting the national focal point from Argentina, Norma Nudelman, was elected the new vice-coordinator of the programme, and will be working closely with José Lozano, from the Colombian Academy, who assumed the coordination for the 2006-2008 period. Mexico was chosen as the venue for the fourth focal point meeting.

The IAP workshop discussed the "Report on International Assistance on Evaluation of IBSE Programs", which aims to create an International Platform that could provide assistance in the evaluation of IBSE projects and programmes carried out in different countries of the world. This report was prepared by a multinational Working Group of experts on science education, as a follow-up of the meeting held in Stockholm in September of last year. 

Programme
List of Participants
Report of the Coordinator
Report of the Meeting
Report of the Working Group on International Collaboration in the Evaluation of IBSE programs 
Conclusions of the Discussion of the IAP Workshop

Workshop on Evaluation of Inquiry-Based Science Education
May 2-3 of 2006, Rio de Janeiro

Under the auspices of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, IANAS held a "Workshop on Evaluation of Inquiry-Based Science Education" in Rio de Janeiro on May 2-3, 2006. This meeting was organized as part of an international effort by the science academies of the world aimed at the improvement of the quality and pertinence of Science Education in schools.

At the global level, the IAP Science Education Programme will attempt to help improve national programs by conducting research aimed at learning from previous experiences. The initial aim is to produce an international instrument for assistance to those projects that would like to undergo a self-evaluation, which will be useful both for their own and other IBSE efforts.

As a kick-off activity, the IAP Science Education Program convened a Workshop on Evaluation of Inquiry-Based Science Education Programmes in Stockholm in September 2005. At the workshop, it was decided to set up a multinational Working Group of experts on science education that would build on the Stockholm discussions to produce a proposal for a detailed international platform to assist the IBSE projects of different countries.

Based on this meeting and the fact that three out of nine experts of this Working Group are from the hemisphere (Canada, USA and Brazil), the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) decided to organize, with the support of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the IANAS Workshop on Evaluation of Inquiry-Based Science Education. This workshop aimed at discussing regionally the ideas from the IAP Working Group established in Stockholm. At the same time, the other Academies in the region would have the opportunity to bring to the table their views and experiences, generating inputs to the multinational Working Group.

The following countries participated in the IANAS workshop: Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Colombia; EUA; Peru; USA; Venezuela and the Caribbean Scientific Union. The French Academy of Sciences also sent a representative.

Programme
List of Participants
Background of the Stockholm meeting
Link to Presentations
Summary of the Consensus



Second Meeting of the Council of the Science Education Programme
September 2005, Edmonton

The second IANAS Science Education Focal Point Meeting was held in Edmonton, Canada, on 26 and 27 of September. Hosted by the University of Alberta, the meeting represented a good opportunity for the representatives from the different countries to report the national efforts that are being developed to improve science education of children and young students through the inquiry-based methodology. The meeting also appraised the different activities that have been organized by the programme, appreciated the project that was submitted for funding at the OAS and discussed future initiatives. 

Programme
List of Participants
Report of the Coordinator
Proposal to the OAS
Report of the Meeting


Meeting of the Council of the Science Education Programme
October 2004, Santiago

The first meeting of the focal point persons (Council) of the IANAS Science Education Programme was held in Santiago, on October 29-30 of 2004. During two days, the national representatives indicated by the member Academies met to discuss the interest and initiatives of each Academy in the field of Science Education, the initial steps of the programme, as well as future actions.

Programme
List of Participants 
Report

 

Workshop on Strategic Planning for the Initiation of Inquiry-Based Science Education Projects
October 2004, Santiago

In the period of October 25-29 of 2004, following the invitation of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, representatives from 9 different countries (Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Mexico; USA; and Venezuela) assembled to train teams and discuss the major questions regarding the initiation of inquiry-based science education projects.

Programme 
List of Participants