Call for papers for ASERA 52

Proposal Submission

Please submit all proposals in MS Word (.docx) file format and email attachments to: with ASERA 52 – first author’s surname in the subject line by Friday 5th March 2021.

There is a formatted submission file at the bottom of this page to make it easier for you to submit.

Conference Session Descriptions

ASERA 52 is designed to optimise constructive discussion about research in science education. In 2021 there will be three formats for presentations: papers, posters and symposium. Papers will be able to be presented either face-to-face or online. Symposium and posters are best presented face-to-face.

Paper Presentation Sessions

Oral paper presentation sessions, both face-to-face and online, 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

There will be an allocated session for poster presentations. 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.

Symposium Sessions

A symposium provides an opportunity to present research on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of three or four papers  and a discussant in an eighty minute session. For the symposium, the organiser needs to prepare and submit: a short overview abstract up to 100 words, with the extended summaries of the three /four individual presentations making up the symposium. The extended summary of each presentation has to follow the same rules as the single paper.

Call for Papers, Posters and Symposium

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 Friday 23 April 2021 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. A template is attached below if you wish to use it:

  • 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, Paper or Symposium presentation is proposed
  • Intended location of author/presenter: For papers only, indicate whether the presentation will be made in person or online. Posters and Symposium are to be face-to-face.
  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract: To include context, significance, research aim or question, methodology, findings or results. If submitting a symposium list the title of the symposium and the names of presenters, their paper titles and abstracts in the one document. (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 appropriate: 

  • ASERA 52 Paper–first author’s surname
  • ASERA 52 Poster–first author’s surname
  • ASERA 52 Symposium–first author’s surname

Submissions close Friday 5th March 2021.

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 52 Full Paper–first author’s surname.

Submissions close Friday 5th March 2021.

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