Call for papers for ASERA 51

Proposal Submission

Please submit all proposals in MS Word (.docx) file format and email attachments to: with ASERA 2020 Paper – first author’s surname in the subject line by Monday 24th February 2020.

Conference Session Descriptions

ASERA 2020 is designed to optimise constructive discussion about research in science education. In 2020 there will be two formats for presentations: Papers and Posters. Papers will also be clustered for two Focus Days: ‘Focus on Teachers K-12’ or ‘Focus on Higher Education’.

Paper Presentation Sessions

Oral paper presentation sessions will be allocated 40 minutes. This comprises 20 minutes for the paper presentation time and 20 minutes for questions and discussion time. Participants seeking to lead a paper presentation need to be able to engage the audience in 20 minutes of critical, but positive, conversation between researcher and audience. Please ask audience members to provide their email address if they want a copy of your paper so you can distribute it electronically after the presentation.

Poster Presentations

The “Posters and Refreshments” session will run on Wednesday afternoon in the atrium of the Novotel and all posters will be on display in this dedicated area. Researchers should prepare a poster (A0= 841mm x 1189mm, or A1= 594mm x 841mm) that details the research (questions, methodology, analysis and results) and a short introduction to the key ideas of the research.

Call for Papers and Posters

To be considered for either an oral or poster presentation at the conference, submit an abstract of no more than 200 words. It is expected that the abstract will be relevant to science education research. All abstracts submitted will be refereed and applicants will be notified if they are successful.

You will also be required to submit registration and payment by Monday 23rd March 2020 as approved abstracts will only be included in the conference program if registration and payment have been received by this date.

Submission limit: There is a limit to the number of papers that an author may submit for presentation. Each author is allowed a maximum of one sole author session plus one co-authored session during the conference. Research students' papers who name their supervisor(s) as co-authors should clearly indicate their role so it does not contribute to the supervisor's submission limit (see below).  Please note that the first author and presenter MUST be an ASERA member.

Equipment: Presentation rooms will have a lectern, PC laptop with PowerPoint installed and data projector. We suggest you bring your PowerPoint presentation on a USB drive. For other hardware and software needs please bring your own laptop.

Abstract Format

Abstracts are to be submitted in the following format for either a poster or paper presentations:

  • File Type: MS Word (.docx)
  • Font: Arial 12 point
  • Spacing: 1.5
  • Word Limit: No longer than 200 words

Abstracts must include the following:

  • Author(s) information: Author(s) name/s, Author(s) affiliation, & email addresses
  • Type of presentation: Identify whether a Poster or Paper presentation is proposed
  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract: context, significance, research aim or question, methodology, findings or results (maximum 200 words)
  • Research students should clearly indicate their supervisor’s name on their proposal so that presentation clashes can be avoided and supervisors are able to attend their student’s session. If the supervisor has made an intellectual contribution to the paper then they should also be recognised as co-authors (see submission limit).

Please submit your abstract as an email attachment to  Please label the subject line of your email and your MS Word document file name as ASERA 2020 Paper – first author’s surname.

Submissions close Monday 24th February 2020.

Full Refereed Papers

Occasionally some international delegates require full papers to be reviewed for funding and attendance purposes.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts are to be submitted in the following format:

File Type: MS Word (.docx)
Font: Arial 12 point
Spacing: 1.5
Word Limit: No longer than 5 pages including references.

Manuscripts must include the following:

  • Author information: author name/s, author/s affiliation, email addresses, supervisors' name(s) for student papers
  • Manuscript structure: Abstract (no longer than 200 words) containing Subject/Problem, Design/Procedure, Finding/Analysis, Contribution to Teaching and Learning Science, Interest to ASERA Members.

Please submit your paper as an email attachment to  Please label the subject line of your email and your MS Word document file name as ASERA 2020 Full Paper – first author’s surname.

Submissions close Monday 24th February 2020.

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