The HSCI’2013 Conference will cover the largest variety of topics relevant to Science Education and all fields of Science and Technology; Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Life Sciences, Geology, Zoology, Botanic, Ecology, Archeology, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Robotics, Computer Science, Sociology, Psychology, Health Sciences…

Main topics

  • Pre-service and in-service science teacher training
  • Inquiry based science education
  • Digital technologies in education
  • Popularization of science in society


Invited speakers

Manuel F. M. Costa
Physics Department, University of Minho, Portugal
hsciOne Decade of Hands-on Science Conferences
Back in 2003 the Hands-on Science Network was established as a Socrates/Comenius 3project financed by the European Commission. Our aim was to contribute to the generalization innovation and improvement of Science & Technology Education at basic vocational training and secondary schools by hands-on experimental investigative practice in the classroom ... bringing hands-on active learning of Science into the classroom and into the soul and spirit of the School ...
Soon we extended our intervention embracing all levels of formal informal and non-formal education from the kindergarten to adult and lifelong learning and actively enrolling teachers educators researchers and all interested and in some way involved with Science education in all fields of science, but also transversally in engineering and technology, from all over the world. 
Open to all pedagogic approaches that may contribute to the effective implementation of a sound widespread scientific literacy and Science Education in our schools, we advise strategies to lead our students and fellow citizens to learn and use the experimental method behind the search for scientific knowledge and to find the thrill of discovering and understanding our world.
In an informal friendly and open minded atmosphere, the participants in our annual conferences find a suitable ground to share their experiences concerns and doubts getting concrete solutions to practical teaching problems and a sound positive peer mutual support. 
In this communication we will present our past conferences and it’s the main conclusions and will share our approach and experiences... educating for Science and through Science.
Brief Biography
Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Costa works at the Physics Department of the University of Minho, Portugal, since 1985. From 1994 Manuel Filipe Costa organized and coordinated over twenty projects in pedagogical aspects of physics and science & technology teaching at different education levels and backgrounds, and promoted or participated in several EU projects on educational issues of the Socrates/LLL, Tempus, Erasmus and FP7 EC' programs. He produced educational several hands-on experiments kits, research papers and edited several books being editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Hands-on Science, member of the editorial board of the International Journal on Environment and Health Online (Umwelt und Gesundheit Online) and member of the editorial board of the Intercultural Communications Journal. He delivered organized or induced a large number of lectures and outreach activities, hands-on activities’ sessions, science fairs and students’ science clubs. He organized and chair over forty international conferences workshops and advanced teacher' training courses. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Optical Society, EOS, and member of the Board of the Ibero-American Optics Network, RIAO. He is President of the board and founder of the Optics and Photonics Portuguese Society, SPOF, President of the Portuguese Territorial Committee of the International Commission for Optics, President of the Portuguese Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology, AECT, and President of the International Association “Hands-on Science Network”.

Edwin F. Taylor

Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,Massachusetts, USA
Mind and Hand at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The motto of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is Mens et Manus, which means Mind and Hand. MIT undergraduate students apply their academic background to hands-on creation of practical devices, many of these devices useful in the developing world. In contrast, our own subject, physics, spans phenomena on which no one can lay a hand --- from Big Bang to quark. We must find multiple ways to give our students the equivalent of hands-on experience with the vast, the fast, and the primal. To help this process, what hints from master physics teachers --- through personal acquaintance, profiles, accounts, and histories --- empower us to change lives where we live and work?
Edwin Taylor Bio:
Edwin F. Taylor received an A.B. degree from Oberlin College, then a physics Ph.D. from Harvard University under Nicholaas Bloembergen (1981 Nobel Prize in Physics). Taylor taught physics at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, during which a Junior Faculty Sabbatical at Princeton University led to his collaboration with John Archibald Wheeler on the special relativity text Spacetime Physics and later an undergraduate general relativity text Exploring Black Holes. Taylor moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he wrote An Introduction to Quantum Physics with Anthony P. French. Taylor served as Editor of the American Journal of Physics and received the Oersted Medal, the highest award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, “for notable contributions to the teaching of physics”. Currently he is revising Exploring Black Holes with Edmund Bertschinger, cosmologist and Head of the MIT Department of Physics. To assist readers of this text, Slavomir Tuleja of Slovakia created student interactive software GRorbits that plots trajectories of light and massive particles around non-spinning and spinning black holes.

Ton Ellermeijer
Foundation CMA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Use of ICT in the Framework of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE)
The European Community wants science education to change in direction of IBSE (Rocard Report). Today several large projects involving many countries are addressing this challenge. The main focus is on preparing and supporting teachers by providing them with innovative curriculum materials and teacher training activities (as well pre-service as in-service).
For a long time we know  ICT might stimulate and enable Science education in a direction that brings (high school) students in a similar position as researchers in science. The powerful tools available in the learning environment Coach (from measurement with sensors, advanced video-analysis to numerical modeling) facilitates realistic and authentic research projects by students.
Still many teachers around the world have not been able to apply these possibilities, also due to lack of training. In the framework of the ESTABLISH project (EC-funded) we now develop training and support for teachers as much as possible suitable for on-line use. 
In this contribution the above mentioned aspects of science education will be addressed.
Prof Ton Ellermeijer, is Director of Foundation CMA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He supervises PhD students at Free University of Amsterdam (VU) and University of Amsterdam (UvA). Ton Ellermeijer is an experienced researcher in science education, curriculum developer and teacher trainer. He is specialized in the application of ICT in Science Education. He has been Director of the AMSTEL Institute of the University of Amsterdam from 1997 up to 2010.  From 2006 – 2012 he has been President of GIREP (the International Group of Physics Education Researchers, Teacher Trainers and Teachers). Ton Ellermeijer received the Minnaert Prize for his contributions to Dutch Physics Education (1999) and the ICPE Medal (International Commission of Physics Education of the IUPAP, 2009) for his contribution to Physics Education worldwide