Symposium Objectives

Recently we have witnessed rapid changes in various fields of our life beginning with economic and political ones and ending with those concerning the conditions of everyday life all over the world. These changes result largely from constantly developing science and technology. Unfortunately, in many cases these changes are not better and the profits they provide are not equally distributed. Overcoming the resulting problems and proper orientation of further changes will depend largely on the development of science and technology education. This requires verification of the aims of this education and formation of optimal teaching process in given conditions where developing international cooperation is to play a significant role. Therefore, the proposed Symposium theme is as follows:

Science and Technology Education for a Diverse World – dilemmas, needs and partnerships.

The Scientific Committee

Compared with the tradition for the symposium to be held every three years a change took place. Due to many international conferences and meetings on science and technology education scheduled for 2005, the decision was made for the 11th IOSTE Symposium to be held one year earlier. The fact that the Symposium will be held in Poland makes another difference compared with the previous ones. This will create possibilities for participation of people from many countries who so far have had little chance for international cooperation. These countries possess great and interesting achievements in science and technology education though not popularised so far. So the next Symposium will be a good opportunity for getting to know the achievements of the participants from all parts of the world better.  

Previous IOSTE Symposia

The organisers make an attempt to keep the participation costs as low as possible, which should encourage a greater number of teachers. Thus it creates possibility for getting them  familiar with the results of recent investigations in science education, which in turn provides better possibilities for their practical application at school. Furthermore, in sharing their practical experience teachers will disclose new, important problems worth studying.

Dates  25 – 30 July 2004

Organizer  Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin

The University has got experience in organizing similar events

The Local Organising Committee

All conference activities will take place in the University Campus.


The language of the Symposium will be English.


Dr Jaros³aw W. Dymara
Symposium Secretariat
Department of Chemical Education,
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University,
Pl. M. Curie-Sklodowskiej 3,
20-031 Lublin, POLAND
Phone: (4881)-5375690
Fax: (4881)-5375629

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