Welcome Message

** Undefined application.language[en][posted_date] **: January 1, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 11th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA).

The University of Helsinki is proud to host the ESERA Conference, and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Finland. We hope that the conference will enable you to share your research with an international research community and to engage in discussion about the pressing issues in science, technology and environmental education research.

The theme of the conference, Engaging Learners for a Sustainable Future, underlines aspects of great relevance in contemporary science education research: the need to reflect on different approaches to enhancing our knowledge of learning processes and the role of context, designed or circumstantial, formal or non-formal, in learning and instruction. Highlighting these themes does not mean underestimating or neglecting other important aspects of science education research and practice.

We also hope the conference will be an enjoyable experience for all participants. Finland is a beautiful North European country. The University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations. Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki wants to strengthen its position among the world's leading multidisciplinary research universities and to actively promote the well-being of humanity and a fair society.

Helsinki is trendy and rich in culture, characterized by flavours of both East and West. The city has ample offerings for visitors who look for new experiences and lively cultural calendar all year round. Distinctive features of the city are large green areas and a strong presence of the sea. Helsinki is a welcoming city for the physically active. The close-by nature, parks, waterfronts and sea offer many opportunities. Wilderness is no more than half an hour from the city centre.

We look forward to meeting all of you in Finland.


Manuela Welzel-Breuer
ESERA President


Jarkko Lampiselkä

ESERA 2015 Conference President