ESERA 2023 Conference

The 15th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)

August 28 - September 1, 2023, Cappadocia, Turkey
Conference ThemeConnecting Science Education with Cultural Heritage
Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) was formed at the European Conference on Research in Science Education held in Leeds, England, in April 1995. Since then ESERA holds biennial conferences. The next one, the 15th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA 2023), will take place in Cappadocia, Turkey from August 28 to September 1, 2023. Hacettepe University, Gazi University and Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University will host the ESERA 2023 Conference. Due to its central location and excellent facilities, the conference will be organized on Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University campus with state-of-the-art convention center and other facilities.

STEM fields, namely science and technology together with engineering and mathematics, have had an enormous impact on human societies over the recorded history. Today, they constitute an integral and inseparable part of the societies in which we live. On the other hand, resources of cultural heritage can play an important role for improving science teaching and learning in formal and informal settings.

“Connecting Science Education with Cultural Heritage” is one of the main goals of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture and carry out programmes to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Science, heritage, culture and arts are uniquely interconnected in Cappadocia. Hence, the theme of the ESERA 2023 Conference is set as “Connecting Science Education with Cultural Heritage”. Since the region is extremely rich in culture and carries the heritage of several historical cultures to this date, we hope that the theme will trigger a new way of looking at science teaching as the concept of “cultural heritage” has not been adequately utilized in the literature.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Cappadocia in 2023!

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee,

Gultekin Cakmakci, Hacettepe University, Chair of the Conference

Mehmet Fatih Tasar, Gazi University, Chair of the International Scientific Committee

Mustafa Hilmi Colakoglu, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University

Oral Presentation
Poster Presentation

Call for Abstracts

ESERA 2023 Timeline

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2023

Abstract submission platform opens: October 10, 2022

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2023

Notification of acceptance: April 10, 2023

Conference dates: August 29-September 02, 2023

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Plenary Speakers

William W. CobernWilliam W. Cobern
William W. Cobern
William W. Cobern
He has a joint appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University.
Ayelet Baram-TsabariAyelet Baram-Tsabari
Ayelet Baram-Tsabari
Ayelet Baram-Tsabari
She heads the applied science-communication research group at Technion. She was an elected member of the Israel Young Academy, and of the scientific committee of the PCST Network, and is a co-PI of the research center on “Taking Citizen Science to School.” Her research focuses on bridging science education and science communication scholarship.
Mustafa SozbilirMustafa Sozbilir
Mustafa Sozbilir
Mustafa Sozbilir
He works at Atatürk University. His research interests include studies on teaching and learning in science/chemistry, trends in science/chemistry education research, and teaching science/chemistry to visually impaired students.

ESERA Community Plenary Speakers

Emily MacLeodEmily MacLeod
Emily MacLeod
Emily MacLeod
Emily MacLeod is a PhD Candidate at University College London, England.
Lucy AvraamidouLucy Avraamidou
Lucy Avraamidou
Lucy Avraamidou
Lucy Avraamidou is professor of Science Education and the Director of the Institute for Science Education and Communication at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.




Renee Schwartz, Georgia State University, USA


Guia Bianchi, European Commission, Belgium
Digna Couso, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Olivia Levrini, Università di Bologna, Italy
Jesper Sjöström, Malmö University, Sweden



Özgül Yılmaz Tüzün, Middle East Technical University, Turkey


Maija Aksela, University of Helsinki, Finland
Chun-Yen Chang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Lilia Halim, University Kebangsaan, Malaysia
Gabi Lorenzo, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina


NEVÜ Convention Center

The ESERA 2023 Conference will be organized on Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University campus at state-of-the-art convention center

Address: Hacı Bektaş Veli Üniversitesi Kültür ve Kongre Merkezi, 2000 Evler Mah. Zübeyde Hanım Cad. 50300, Nevşehir, Türkiye


Supporting Organisations