Call for papers

Submissions postponed to October 20th, 2013

First and last call for papers

Tenth conference of



Haifa, Israel June 30th – July 4th 2014

Organized by

The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

In collaboration with

The Weizmann Institute of Science

 The Academic Committee invites researchers in Biology Didactics to take part in the Tenth Conference of European Researchers in Didactics of Biology (ERIDOB). The aim of the conference is to give researchers in Biology Didactics the opportunity to present and discuss their research work and results. The Conference will be held at the Technion, Haifa Israel from the June 30th-July 4th 2014. The conference theme is: The 21th century challenges in Teaching Biology

Contributions should fit into one of the following strands:

  1. Student conceptions and conceptual change
  2. Student interest and motivation
  3. Student values, attitudes and decision-making
  4. Student reasoning, scientific thinking and argumentation
  5. Teaching: teaching strategies, teaching environments
  6. Teaching and learning with educational technology
  7. Environmental education and Biology education
  8. Health education and Biology education
  9. Social, cultural and gender issues
  10. Practical work and field work
  11. Research methods and theoretical issues concerning research in Biology education

PLEASE make sure that your proposal reflects research in biology education or environmental education. Proposals dealing with general science education research will not be considered.

Types of contrinutions

Papers may be presented as an oral contribution, a poster, or a symposium with 3-4 papers. In the case of a symposium, a minimum of three different countries should be represented. Contributions that are aligned with the conference theme are encouraged.

Proposals for an oral or poster contribution should include the following:

  1. Name, address (including e-mail address) and institutional affiliation
  2. Type of presentation (oral, poster)
  3. Abstract of 400 words maximum
  4. A synopsis of 1000 words maximum including: biological topic, theoretical background or rationale, key objectives, research design and methodology, findings, conclusions and reference list.

Proposal for a symposium should include the following:

  1. The title of the symposium
  2. The names and affiliations of the participants
  3. An abstract stating the aims and purposes of the symposium as well as the connections between the papers (600 words)
  4. All the papers, each in the format outlined above for an oral or poster contribution.

Deadlines for ERIDOB 2014 are:

  • Opening of submission platform: July 20th 2013
  • Final submission deadline: 20th October 2013
  • Notification of review results: End of January 2014
  • Beginning of early-bird registration: February 2014
  • End of early-bird registration: 30th March 2014
  • End of registration: 31st May 2014

Proposals should be electronically submitted through ERIDOB 2014 website:

Proposals received after October 20th  2013 will not be considered.

Proposals will be reviewed under the following criteria:

  • Research: Is the proposal concerned with research in biological or environmental education?
  • Subject / problem: What is the research problem or question? What is the rationale for the study? What is the theoretical framework?
  • Design and methodology: What is the design of the study? Are the research methods clearly described and appropriate?
  • Data analysis and findings: Are the data clearly presented? Is there consistency between data and findings?
  • General interest: Is the contribution of interest to European researchers in the field?

The standards, in terms of quality, will be the same for oral and poster presentations. The following criteria will be applied:

For oral presentations (including a presentation at a symposium)

  • Work to be presented should be reaching completion or be complete and well thought through.
  • Data should be available.
  • Content should be of high interest and/or relevance.
  • Specific content should not have been presented or published elsewhere.

For poster presentations

  • Work may be under development.
  • Findings may be tentative or not yet available.
  • Content may be of less interest and/or relevance.
  • Similar work may have been presented (but not published) elsewhere.

Some important rules to keep in mind

The following are eligible to attend ERIDOB 2014:

  • All people who submit a proposal on time, including co-authors, regardless of the outcome of the review process.
  • Research students being supervised by any of the presenters.
  • Students at the host university who are actively involved in biology education research.

No participant may submit more than one first authored paper. The first author is assumed to present the paper unless otherwise stated. No participant may present more than once during the conference.

The first authors/contact persons of accepted proposals will receive the ERIDOB conference guidelines for papers and the registration form.

Please note that only proposals that on the moment of submission have not been published in an international journal are eligible. The academic committee must be notified if a paper submitted to the conference has also been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.

The conference language will be English.

To contact the organizing committee: Dr. Tali Tal, e-mail; Dr. Anat Yarden, email

* The Academic Committee, elected at the ninth ERIDOB conference in Berlin, Germany, is composed of eight members:

Dr Margareta Ekborg

Malmö University, Sweden (Secretary)

Dr Dirk Jan Boerwinkel

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Dr Marida Ergazaki

University of Patras, Greece

Dr Maria José Gil Quílez

University of Zaragoza, Spain

Dr Grégoire Molinatti

Universite Montpellier II, France

Dr Tali Tal

Technion, Israel

Dr Marcus Grace

Southampton University, UK

Dr Jörg Zabel

Leipzig University