The International Organization for Science and Technology Education was established to advance the cause of education in science and technology as a vital part of the general education of the peoples of all countries and to provide scholarly exchange and discussion in the field of Science and Technology Education.

Its origins can be traced to a Symposium on World Trends in Science Education convened in August 1979 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. At the third symposium, held in Brisbane (Australia) in 1984, the informal circuit of 'World Trends' was transformed into a formal organization with members from over sixty countries.

Today, IOSTE has members from about eighty countries, and is officially recognized by UNESCO as a non-governmental organization. Membership of the International Organization for Science and Technology Education is open to all who subscribe to its Constitution.

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Executive board

Agnaldo Arroio


University of Sāo Paulo, Brazil

Birgitte Lund Nielsen


VIA University College, Denmark

Maria Andrée


Stockholm University, Sweden

Gillian Kidman

Immediate past chair

Monash University, Australia

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Upcoming symposium visit website

XIX Symposium of the IOSTE will be held in Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, the symosium was postponed to
1 - 5 February 2021.

“Transforming Science & Technology Education to Cultivate Participatory Citizens”

Previous symposium

XVIII Symposium of the IOSTE held in Malmö, Sweden. Co-hosted by ​Malmö University and Stockholm University.

The theme of the conference, Future educational challenges from science and technology perspectives, underlines aspects of great relevance for contemporary science education research: the need to reflect on different perspectives, stress the relationship between science, technology and society, emphasize the cultural and human values, the role of knowledge, learning processes and context, formal or non-formal.