ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), Children’s Science Instructors (CACSI), Children and Youth Science Centre of CAST (CYSCC), Chinese Society for the History of Science and Technology (CSHST) and the IAP Science Education Programme (IAP-SEP) jointly organised the 2017 International Forum on Science Education in Beijing, China on 2-5 July 2017. This forum focused on the theme of 'The history of science education along the Belt and Road'. One of the speakers was IAP president and IAP for Health co-chair Depei Liu from China. The presentations can be found here.
Also in the area of science education, IAP was invited to attend a workshop on ‘Climate Change Education’ in Erice, Sicily, Italy, on 1-7 September 2017. The meeting was attended by some 35 experts in climate change science, education and related areas from some 15 countries. Among the participants was IAP Coordinator, Peter McGrath, and member of the IAP Science Education Programme’s Global Council, Carol O’Donnell of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in the USA. The aim of the meeting was to define a major global initiative to promote climate change education – especially in response to the text of the internationally-agreed Paris Climate Agreement. The meeting was hosted by La Main à la Pâte – a French foundation committed to promoting inquiry-based science education (IBSE).
Likewise, the Africa, European, Mediterranean Academies for Science Education (AEMASE) convened its third conference (following those in Rome, Italy, in 2014 and Dakar, Senegal, in 2016) in Paris, France, on 3-4 October 2016. Among the presentations was an update on the development of the ‘Zika’ module on mosquito-borne diseases presented by IAP’s P. McGrath and Andre Radloff of the SSEC. Academies, especially those on Englishspeaking countries, will soon be asked to test-run a preliminary version of this new resource in their countries. As well as examining IBSE and other issues in science education, the AEMASE conference helped further develop ideas relating to the establishment of ‘Centres for Science Education in Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean’ (CESAME), which will hopefully be established in the coming years.