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Conference Venue: Tower of Education - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Conference Dates: July 15th – July 19th, 2019

Conference Topic:

Re-introducing science: Sculpting the image of science for education and media in its historical and philosophical background

The 15th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference IHPST2019 is going to take place in Thessaloniki Greece from July 15th till July 19th 2019 ( The IHPST2019 Biennial Conference follows a tradition of 30 years of conferences in North America and Europe ( The conference functions as a forum for academics, researchers, PhD students and teachers coming from a variety of disciplines: history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science and science education. A joint PhD Summer School also takes place on the first day of the conference (July 15th 2019) offering the opportunity of discussions between young and senior researchers. The International Journal Science & Education has supported the conference with special issues of selected and reviewed papers.

In 2019 the topic of the conference is: “Re-introducing science: Sculpting the image of science for education and media in its historical and philosophical background” providing a special focus on what science we communicate and how, the re-contextualization of scientific knowledge for media and education and the key backgrounds for science supported by history, philosophy and sociology of science that elaborate meaning driven by society and culture. This conference attempts to discuss the methods and environments where scientific theories are formed, the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts surrounding scientific ideas, the science-society interrelations, the values and attitudes encouraged in science and social ethics. Science needs to open towards society and to be re-introduced as a social and cultural activity to the public. To support this new image of science so many challenges lie ahead: sincere collaboration between specialists in history, philosophy, sociology and didactics of science to produce key-paradigms for contextualizing scientific knowledge, new teaching methods and educational design, digital and multimodal on-line science learning opportunities, typical and non-typical science education proposals.

In this context, historians of science, philosophers of science, sociologists, science education researchers, science museums educational programs developers, educators, science media designers and developers, curricula designers, PhD students and teachers are welcome to join the IHPST2019 Thessaloniki conference and present their work in oral or poster presentations, panels or symposia of 3-5 presentations and PhD research presentations. For more information please write to the conference email address ( or visit the IHPST2019 conference website (


  • NEW!!! - click here for the detailed IHPST2019 conference programme
  • NEW!!! - Extended Abstracts drafts (1200 words) should be sent by March 22th, 2019 to:
  • All submissions should be in MS Word using Times New Roman 12pt and following the style of the Science & Education journal. In brief this means first line, title (upper and lower case, bold); second line, author’s name (upper and lower case, bold); third line, institution and email.
  • Panel proposals are also encouraged. These could have 3-5 presenters. An abstract is required for the panel (panelists should be identified, and the file should be labeled SURNAME_PANEL) and as well abstracts for each panel presentation.

Conference chair

Conference chair is Prof. Fanny Seroglou,

associate professor in science education at the School of Primary Education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Head of the ATLAS Research Group (ATLAS - A Teaching and Learning Approach for Science) of the Digital Analysis and Educational Design (DiDes) Research Lab.

Conference details

The conference will take place at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the largest university in Greece and Southeastern Europe with 11 Faculties organized into 41 Schools. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was founded in 1925 and the main campus is located in the centre of the city of Thessaloniki, and covers an area of about 33.4 hectares.

The city of Thessaloniki

The city of Thessaloniki, having a population of 1,200,000 people, is the second biggest city in Greece and a very important commercial civic centre of the Balkan area. It is built on the edge of the gulf of Thermaikos and from the city’s sea front one can see mount Olympus. Thessaloniki is more than 2,300 years old and is named after the sister of Alexander the Great. The city was founded by a general of Alexander named Kassandros in 316 BC. The city has been an administrative and financial centre during the Roman and the Byzantine years. Nowadays, Thessaloniki is a modern cosmopolitan city of particular charm with distinct signs of its long eventful history. Thessaloniki is also a cultural centre (in 1997 it was the Cultural Capital of Europe) with the Aristotle University, many important Museum and Galleries, theatres and vivid art life not to mention the International Film Festival, Photosynkyria (the international photography exhibition), the International Book Festival that take place annually. Thessaloniki is also known as the “Capital of Immigrants” as most of the population of the city has always been multicultural. Therefore, tastes from different cultures have met in this city and created a colorful cuisine that Thessaloniki is famous for.

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The conference will open on Monday afternoon with registration, an opening session and a welcome reception. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there will be full day presentations (parallel sessions, PhD-students summer school sessions, poster sessions as well as one plenary session each day) with opportunities to visit cultural sites and events in Thessaloniki

Tower of Education

The conference will take place in the Tower of Education at the Faculty of Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The Faculty consists of the School of Primary Education and the School of Early Childhood Education. The School of Primary Education was founded in 1983. There are about 2,000 undergraduate students and 100 post-graduate and PhD students currently attending.

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Digital Analysis and Educational Design (DiDes) Research Lab

School of Primary Education

Faculty of Education


The Faculty of Education provides for the conference three lecture rooms (for 150-300 people) and four seminar rooms (for 50 people), as well as two network-media rooms for participants work, preparation and communication. All coffee breaks and lunch breaks will be served at the big entrance hall of the Tower of Education offering the opportunity to participants to rest, re-charge and refresh without leaving the conference site.

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Faculty of Education