Thursday, 26/05/16


Welcome – Intentions of the symposium

Ingo Eilks (Bremen, Germany)


Morning session

Chair I. Eilks


What research says about practical work in science teaching and learning: What do we know and what do we know only vaguely? Avi Hofstein (Rehovot, IL)


From elaboratory to e-laboratory: On the history of practical work in school science Peter E. Childs & Aishling Flaherty (Limerick, IE)


Lunch break



Afternoon session I

Chair V. G. Zuin


Understanding science as a cultural practice from re-enacting historical experiments Peter Heering (Flensburg/DE)


How to identify and encourage scientifically interested students through laboratory work Sandra Frach & Bernd Ralle (Dortmund/DE)


Student learning processes in classroom and remote laboratory settings David F. Treagust, Damien J. Carter, Euan D. Lindsay, Marjan G. Zadnik, Mauro Mocerino & Anthony D. Lucey (Perth and Bathurst/AU)

Coffee break



Afternoon session II

 Chair A. Hofstein


Microscale experimentations in science classes: Research, development and implementation Muhamad Hugerat (Haifa/IL)


Pupils Research Briefs - implementation of the project ’’Chain Reaction’’ in Georgia Marika Kapanadze, Natela Bagatrishvili & Ekaterine Slovinsky (Tbilisi and Telavi/GE)


Welcome evening at the ‘Hövel's’


Friday, 27/05/16


Morning session I

Chair D. F. Treagust


Alternative experiments for the undergraduate chemistry laboratory considering the Brazilian context: The synthesis of methyl salicylate Dorai P. Zandonai, Karla C. Saqueto & Vânia G. Zuin (Sao Carlos/BR)


Cultural background and the science laboratory learning environment: Malaysian lower secondary students’ perspective Mageswary Karpudewan & Chua Kah Eng (Penang/MY)


Coffee break 



 Morning session II

 Chair P. Labudde


Different faces of practical work: Activity-based instruction and its impact on learning

Maria Oliver-Hoyo (Raleigh/US)


To DAPS or to IAPS: That is the question


Ian Abrahams (Lincoln/UK)


Lunch break


Friday, 27/05/16


Afternoon session I

Chair S. Markic


Short communications and poster session with coffee



Afternoon session II

 Chair P. E. Childs

14:45-15:30 Supporting practical work in science education through the non-formal learning environment, ChemistryLab Gadolin Maija Aksela (Helsinki/FI)


Supporting practical science learning for all students - A German cross-country initiative in non-formal chemistry education Fiona Affeldt, Antje Siol, Silvija Markic & Ingo Eilks (Bremen/DE)


Effect of out-of-school science laboratories’ preparation and post enhancement Matthias Streller, Gesche Pospiech (Leipzig/DE) & Avi Hofstein (Rehovot/IL)


Sightseeing and Conference Dinner at the Phönixsee


Saturday, 28/05/16


Morning session

 Chair M. Oliver-Hoyo


Praxis of practical work in science with visually impaired students Mustafa Sözbilir (Erzurum/TR)


Learning in the tertiary level chemistry laboratory: What we have learnt from phenomenology research Santiago Sandi-Urena (San Jose/CR), Todd A. Gatlin (Gainsville/US) & Matthew Chrzanowski (Cleveland/US)


Coffee break

Chair B. Ralle


Experiments in science instruction: For sure! Are we really sure? Peter Labudde (Basel/CH)


Explaining science: Between scientific explanations and science teaching explanations Christoph Kulgemeyer (Bremen/DE)


A look back and ahead – Personal reflections on the last 15 years of symposia on chemistry and science education in Dortmund and Bremen Rachel Mamlok-Naaman (Rehovot, IL)


 * among others


  1. Natela Bagatrishvili, Marika Kapanadze, Ekatarine Slovinsky (Tbilisi, Georgia)
    Inquiry Based Science Education in Georgia
  2. Meliha Zejnilagic-Hajric and Ines Nuić (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Study Programms and Practical Work for Chemistry Student-Teachers in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. Snježana Smerdel and Meliha Zejnilagić-Hajrić (Split, Croatia; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    The Impact of Research-Based Activities on the Students` Affective Experience
  4. Lana Saric (Zagreb, Croatia)
    “Kitchen Chemistry” in Croatian Kindergartens and Primary Schools
  5. John Oversby (Reading, UK)
    Practical Work Provoked and Promoted by the History of Science: A Way into the Nature of Chemistry
  6. Johanna Dittmar, Christian Zowada, Shuichi Yamashita and Ingo Eilks (Bremen, Germany;  Chiba, Japan)
    Pimping Experiments with Alginate Bubbles - Examples from the TEMI Project in Germany
  7. Johanna Dittmar and Ingo Eilks (Bremen, Germany)
    Practical Work, Cooperative Learning and Internet forums  – An example on Teaching about the  Chemistry of Water
  8. Elisabeth Hofer, Anja Lembens and Simone Abels (Vienna, Austria; Lüneburg, Germany)
    Enquiry-based Science Education in Austrian Teacher Professional Development Courses
  9. Catharina Schmitt and Michael Schween (Marburg, Germany)
    Understanding Organic Chemistry – Introducing Basic Concepts with New Experiments on the SN1-Mechanism
  10. Andreas Trabert and Michael Schween (Marburg, Germany)
    From Reactions to Mechanisms – A Concept-based Approach to Proposing Mechanisms illustrated by the Example of Alkaline Ester Hydrolysis


(see full list of oral bits)