Call for Proposals

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at The 6th International STEM in Education ConferenceChanging the Story in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (http://stem2020.ubc.ca). The conference will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education across formal and informal contexts and its implications for academia, business, industry, and society. We invite K-12 and post-secondary educators, students, and researchers from formal and informal education sectors, business and industry leaders, and representatives of non-profit, private, and public agencies. STEM 2020 is an opportunity to share and discuss innovative practices and research initiatives that advance STEM education.

Conference theme is Changing the Story

Call for Proposals closes November 3, 2019. Presenters, whose papers are accepted, will be invited to submit their full papers to be published in the peer-reviewed online STEM 2020 Conference Proceedings. Guidelines are available on the conference website: http://stem2020.ubc.ca

The Call for Proposals is now open.

We call for papers and posters, panels and symposia, workshops and innovative showcases. Proposals will be peer reviewed. The potential contributors are encouraged to bring and share their stories while considering the following themes:

  • Empirical research in STEM education
  • Approaches and methodologies for STEM education research
  • Innovative pedagogies and curricula in STEM education
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary STEM education
  • STEM and STEA(art)M education
  • STEM education and social issues
  • STEM education and the environment
  • STEM education and industry partnerships
  • STEM Teacher Education and professional development
  • STEM education in informal contexts.

The conference will create opportunities for sharing:

  • Information and knowledge through keynote addresses and presentations from world leaders, experts, and innovators in STEM education.
  • Effective STEM curricular and pedagogical practices and strategies in and across a variety of education settings.
  • Professional development approaches for STEM educators in a range of contexts and settings.
  • Experiences and networking among participants, local and global.

  • Call for Proposals Deadline:  November 3, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  Mid December, 2019
  • All Authors must register before the early bird deadline: March 17, 2020
  • Final Papers Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Conference Proceedings Published:  November 1, 2020

There are six types of submissions for the Conference including:

  1. Paper presentations
  2. Poster presentations
  3. Panels
  4. Symposia
  5. Innovative showcases
  6. Workshops.

All of the submissions can be either individual or co-authored. Please use the template (.docx file) provided.

1. Paper Presentation  (Click here for the paper template)

Submissions are a maximum of 3,000 words including tables and figures, and one (1) page of references. The paper presentation will not exceed 20 minutes (including five minutes for questions). The submission must include:

  • Title (no more than 20 words)
  • Keywords
  • Abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Goals and objectives
  • Theoretical framework
  • Methodology
  • Results and discussion (if the results are yet to come, it should be emphasized)
  • Conclusions and significance of the study
  • References (one page maximum)

2. Poster Presentation (Click here for the poster template)

Poster presentations will have a designated time allocated in the program during which the authors of accepted contributions are expected to be present. References must be included on an additional single page. The submission must include:

  • Title (no more than 20 words)
  • Keywords
  • Abstract (250 words maximum)

3. Panel (Click here for the panel template)

Panels will have a designated time allocated in the program during which the authors of accepted contributions are expected to be present. References must be included on an additional single page. The submission must include:

  • Title (no more than 20 words)
  • Keywords
  • Abstract (250 words maximum)

4. Symposium (Click here for the symposium template)

A symposium offers opportunities to discuss or examine a particular STEM education inquiry problem or topic through multiple presenters and expert discussants (maximum of five members). Symposium submissions are a maximum of 2,000 words or up to 45 minutes presentation time plus 15 minutes for Q&A. A symposium organiser will be responsible for identifying a theme or an issue significant to the STEM field and bringing together the presenters who will be able to contribute. The submission must comprise the following elements:

  • Title (no more than 20 words)
  • Keywords
  • Abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Proposed issues and themes for the Symposium and Rationale
  • Goals and objectives
  • Intended outcomes
  • The expected contribution from each Symposium member (kept anonymous for the initial submission)
  • References or other relevant information (one page maximum)

5. Innovative Showcase (Click here for the innovative showcase template)

Proposals are a maximum of 2,000 words including tables and figures. Innovate Showcases will have a two hour time limit. The proposal must include:

  • Title (no more than 20 words)
  • Keywords
  • Relevant online resources if available
  • Proposed time allocation (maximum 2 hours)
  • Abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Goals and objectives
  • Modes of audience engagement
  • Maximum number of audience participants
  • Special resources and requirements from the STEM 2018 organizers
  • Relevance and significance to the STEM field and conference audience
  • Expected impact for STEM participants

6. Workshop (Click here for the workshop template)

Proposals are a maximum of 2,000 words including tables and figures. Workshops will have a two hour time limit. A workshop would involve 80% hands-on, with participants engaging with, and exploring, materials. The proposal must include:

  • Title (no more than 20 words)
  • Keywords
  • Relevant online resources if available
  • Proposed time allocation (maximum 2 hours)
  • Abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Goals and objectives
  • Modes of audience engagement
  • Maximum number of audience participants
  • Special resources and requirements from the STEM 2018 organizers
  • Relevance and significance to the STEM field and conference audience
  • Expected impact for STEM participants

On making a submission to the conference, authors are required to check off items on the Submission Preparation Checklist.

  1. All submissions have to be in grammatically correct English and proofread carefully before uploading. Submissions that do not meet academic standards for educational research will not be considered for review.
  2. Note that submissions may not have been previously published, nor submitted before another conference for consideration.
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or PDF file format.
  4. The American Psychological Association (APA) style is used for formatting the paper: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/
  5. The length of the submission must comply with the submission requirements detailed in the “Submission Process”. Conference organizers will NOT accept any submission that does not meet these requirements.
  6. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca) are activated and ready to click.
  7. All acronyms are explained and the use of acronyms is minimized.
  8. The text is single-spaced;  must use a 11 or 12-point Times New Roman font; 2-cm margins all around; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  9. File name should be all the authors’ last names capitalized and separated by an underscore. For example, the file of a paper by authors: David Johnson, Jill Jones and Zhang Xi will be titled (Johnson_Jones_Xi.docx or Johnson_Jones_Xi.pdf)
  10. For the presentations that require hands-on participation, on-site resources and requirements are outlined.

You must create a user ID through ConfTools (https://www.conftool.org/stem2020/) in order to begin the submission process.  You will be prompted to login/create a user ID to start the submission process.

TO CREATE A USER ID AND COMMENCE SUBMISSION PROCESS CLICK HERE

All submissions must be received in a PDF file format using the ConfTools online submission system. All the documents must use the relevant templates shown under the "Types of Submissions" tab.  All the proposals should be anonymous, so no author information should be included anywhere in the paper. The online submission must be completed and submitted by November 3, 2019 (23.59 Pacific Daylight Time) in order to be considered for the conference. No late submissions will be considered.

All submissions are peer reviewed. Criteria include the quality of the proposal, the relevance to the Conference themes, the significance of research questions or issues, appropriateness of the research methodology and analysis, the importance of the findings, and the overall logic and clarity of the conclusions and implications of the research. For Workshops, Panels and Innovative Showcase presentations, the audience engagement will be paramount. Relevance and significance to the STEM field and Conference audience, as well as the expected impact for STEM 2020 participants, will be given priority consideration.

All authors who submit a proposal for STEM 2020 Conference will be expected to serve as reviewers for other proposals.

Presenting authors of accepted papers AND all participants in accepted panels, symposia, workshops and innovative showcases are expected to attend and register for the STEM 2020 Conference before the Early Bird deadline on March 14, 2020.

All registered STEM participants will have access to the papers published in the STEM 2020 online proceedings.  They will be available on the Presentations webpage on November 1, 2020.

Not all proposals accepted for presentation at the conference will be published. After the conference in July, we will post an announcement to all authors of the deadline to submit final papers (July 31, 2020).  The committee will assess the quality of the papers to determine eligibility for publishing by August 31, 2020.

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