Call for Papers

First Announcement and Call for Presentations

Conference epiSTEME is a biennial international event to review research in science, technology and mathematics education (STME). The conference is hosted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Initiated in 2004, the primary aim of epiSTEME conferences is to nurture and promote scholarship in STME research, a nascent area that is steadily gaining recognition in India. The conference, by bringing together leading researchers from across the globe, has been playing an important role in the development of the field in our country. Conference epiSTEME is unique in its addressal of multidisciplinary issues pertaining to the teaching and learning of science, technology and mathematics. It is arguably the flagship conference in STME research in India, an area that holds great potential owing to our huge, aspiring student and teacher population. Details of the past seven editions of the conference are available at

Aim of the Conference

Conference epiSTEME 8 will focus on some of the core issues at the intersection of content, cognition and culture relevant to STME. In particular the conference aims to generate discussion around topics such as the role of common sense ideas in the generation of scientific and mathematical concepts, student understanding of important scientific practices, alternative conceptions in various topics, role of language in STME, insights from cognitive science and sociocultural studies, among others.

The premise of the conference is based on the ideal of science education for all and reaffirms the connection between science and humanities. As part of the conference a panel discussion on the significance and challenges of bridging the gap between science and humanities education in the Indian context is proposed. A pre-conference symposium to mark 50 years of science education reform initiatives in India is also planned.


The four different strands and various sub-themes for paper submissions are as follows:

Strand 1. Historical, philosophical and socio-cultural studies of STME: implications for education

Strand 2. Cognitive and affective studies of STME

Strand 3. Language, Pedagogy and Curriculum in STME

Strand 4. Discipline-based education research

Invited Speakers

Call for Submissions

Submissions must be made online in the form of full papers of 6-8 pages (maximum of 8 pages including references) (Formats: DOC, DOCX, ODT only). A template for submission is available for download here:   epiSTEME 8 Paper Submission Template.

To submit a paper go to Paper submission page.

Review Process

All submissions go through a double-blind review process. Accepted papers are published in the Conference proceedings. Review talks, along with the discussions, are documented in a series of volumes titled the epiSTEME Reviews.

To enable blind review, authors' names, affiliation and contact details must be provided only on the form during submission. These and other identifiers must not be included in the main body of the paper. There are two modes of paper presentation at the Conference: oral and poster. The academic committee will assign accepted papers to one of the two modes of presentation. Authors may indicate their preference for mode of presentation at the time of submission.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of papers: July 10, 2019 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: August 25, 2019 (extended since we are awaiting some more reviews)
  • Submission of revised papers: September 20, 2019
  • Participation application (without paper submission) starts on: September 1, 2019
  • Registration starts on: September 1, 2019
  • Deadline for registration: October 10, 2019
  • Conference: January 3 - 6, 2020

  • Registration

    Conference Registration Fees (Includes accommodation, all meals, conference materials):

  • Foreign participants: 500 US dollars
  • Foreign participants (students): 250 US dollars
  • Indian participants: 8000 Rupees
  • Indian participants (students): 4000 Rupees

    Those who wish to participate in the conference without submitting a paper must apply for the same.

    Conference Venue

    Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

    Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR) is located at the northern end of the island city of Mumbai. Known earlier as Bombay, Mumbai is India's most cosmopolitan city, finance and business capital and home of the entertainment industry, popularly known as Bollywood. Mumbai is a vibrant, pulsating metropolis, which affords diverse sightseeing opportunities. We expect to accommodate most conference participants on the HBCSE Campus, which is also the venue for the conference.

    Contact Details

    Mashood K. K. (
    Tathagata Sengupta (

    Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education,
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,
    VN Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 88, India.
    Phone: 022-25072300 Fax: 091-22-2556 6803