Keynote Speakers

All keynotes are held in Hall 101


Monday  31 August14:30-15:30 Keynote by Marianne Achiam and Ilka Parchmann
Tuesday  1 September14:30-15:30Keynote by Yrjö Engeström
Wednesday  2 September14:30-15:30Keynote by Noah Weeth Feinstein
Thursday 3 September14:30-15:30Keynote by Sibel Erduran


Marianne Achiam

Marianne Achiam (formerly Mortensen) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen. She has a MSc in Biology and a PhD in Science Education. Her research interests include didactic transposition, or the ways in which science is transformed by educators and institutions as it is taken from its original (research) context and taught in various educational contexts. Contexts of particular interest are out-of-school settings such as museums, science centres, zoos, aquaria, and botanical gardens.


Ilka Parchmann is Professor for Chemistry Education at Kiel University and Head of the Department of Chemistry Education at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, IPN, in Kiel. In June 2014, she was elected as Vice President for the areas of teacher education, knowledge transfer into education and public (“science outreach”) and higher education at Kiel University. Prof. Parchmann has a teaching degree as a secondary school teacher for chemistry and biology, and a PhD in chemistry education. Her fields of interest in research and development focus on teacher education programs, measures to foster young talents in science, and context-based approaches for science education in regular classes and enrichment courses at school and in out-of-school settings. Until July 2014, she was Chair of the Division of Chemical Education of the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences, and she still is the chair of the German Association for Chemistry and Physics Education (GDCP). She is the editor of two teacher journals and active in different boards of educational programs and institutions.

Sibel Erduran

Sibel Erduran is Professor of STEM Education at University of Limerick, Ireland where she is the Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning. She is an Editor for International Journal of Science Education, Section Editor for Science Education and Associate Editor for Irish Educational Studies. Currently she serves as a Director on the IHPST Council and is Secretary of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. Previously, she acted as the NARST International Coordinator and served on the NSTA Research Committee. She has held Visiting Professorships at Kristianstad University, Sweden and Bogazici University, Turkey. Her research interests focus on the applications in science education of interdisciplinary perspectives on science, particularly the epistemic practices of science.

Noah W Feinstein

Noah Weeth Feinstein is a member of the faculty in the Departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work explores the value of science in the social and political lives of non-scientist citizens. He is interested in identifying and developing social mechanisms, through which scientific institutions and practices can make societies more, rather than less, democratic, and he believes that some of those mechanisms are educational in nature. Feinstein's current projects focus on public engagement with science among parents of recently diagnosed autistic children, the contribution of learning (writ large) to climate change adaptation, the impact of changing scientific practices on scientist outreach, and the need for museums and science centers to forge better connections with their diverse communities.

The title of Feinstein's keynote speech is: "Evidence of value? Confronting the long-term validity problem of science education.”

 Yrjo Engestrom

Yrjö Engeström is Professor of Adult Education and Director of the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research at the University of Helsinki. He is also Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego. He has a long history within the framework of cultural-historical activity theory and also as the main developer of this theory. He is known for his theory of expansive learning. He has studied transformations in work and organizations, combining micro level analysis of discourse and interaction with historical analysis and modelling of organizations as activity systems working through developmental contradictions. Now he focuses especially on co-configuration as a new way of organizing work, and expansive learning in multi-activity settings.


The conference organizers and the ESERA board decided to activate the audience even before the physical conference. Professor Engeström's keynote speech Expanding the scope of science education: An activity-theoretical perspectiveis one of these events. Questions to Professor Engeström were requested via a web form (now closed) prior to the conference.