IAP Science Education Programme

Science Education Archives 2007-2008

Activities in 2008 ...

Santiago (Chile) 2008 Conference and Reports.

Prepared by the IAP-SEP, an International Conference on Teacher Professional Development in Pre-Secondary School Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) took place in Santiago, Chile, 20-22 October 2008. The Conference was prepared by the IAP-SEP Working Group, chaired by Jorge Allende (Chile) during several seminars in 2008. The final report, published in June 2009, incorporates a revision of the background paper for the conference, the outcomes of the discussion and the conclusions and recommendations agreed by conference participants. The front page of the report can be downloaded HERE (pdf file) along with the Full Report. (72 pages).

To receive a CD containing the files, please write to: iap@twas.org.


On the basis of this report, the IAP Working Group has published "Inquiry-based science education: preparing the teachers" [click HERE to download the trilingual version (French, English and Spanish)]. This publication is a condensed handbook of the Santiago Conference Report for the use of educationalists and authorities, particularly ministries of education and identifies the benefits of the IBSE method and the disadvantages of not pursing IBSE in primary and secondary education. The handbook was published with the support of IAP, the French Académie des sciences, and the Wellcome Trust UK. To receive a printed copy, contact: iap@twas.org



Grenoble (France) 2008 Academies Meeting and Conference. A meeting of representatives of Academies of science in Europe is held in Grenoble, France, on 10 October, 2008, to explore the possibility of establishing a virtual network committed to science education as part of IAP's broader programme. The participants agreed to work to improve science education at the national level, to cooperate with other academies at the European level, to participate in EU activities in this area. The meeting was held immediately after the EU Conference on Science Learning in the Europe of Knowledge (8-9 October 2008). 

The first group of academies which will initiate activities include: Finish Academies of Sciences and Letters, The Estonian Academy of Sciences, The French Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society, U.K., The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Irish Academy, The Royal Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands, and Accademia dei Lincei - Italy.


Each Academy agrees to:

  • generate and participate in initiatives that would improve science education at the primary and secondary levels in their own EU Member State;
  • cooperate with academies and institutions in other countries of Europe in raising the science education quality and efficiency in the European" Region;
  • support and present, together with their national authorities and other regional partners, initiatives and policy recornmendations to the European Union, and constitute an European Academy Network that would collaborate with other regions of the world in the framework of the Inter Academy Panel Program of Science Education that is operating in Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific regions.

Purkwa Prize in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Professor Jorge Allende, Coordinator of IAP's Science Education Programme at the Chilean Academy of Sciences, as been awarded, together with Professor Jokic (Serbia) the "puRkwa" Prize. In 2008, prof. Wynne Harlen (UK) and Dr. Guillermo Fernandez de la Garza (Mexico), both Members of the IAP Global Council for Science Education, received the "puRkwa" Prize. The "puRkwa" Prize's goal is to encourage the best innovative practices in general science education for children under 16 years of age in the school curriculum. The Prize is addressed to "pioneers" in innovation: people in charge of innovative programmes or people who have succeeded in motivating professors in innovation. The Prize is awarded jointly by the French Academy of Science and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines of Saint-Etienne. For information on the Prize, see www.emse.fr/en/news/purkwa.html

Previous Activities:

Link to an outline of activities which took place from 2001-2007.