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The Department of Science and Technology Education (DeSTE)’s Stem Education and Research in Africa (STEM-ERA) Conference 27-29 July 2022

Microsoft Teams
Event date:
27 - 29 July 2022
Ms Moleboheng Ramulumo

Theme: STEM-ERA aims to bring together educators and researchers in STEM education from around the world to share and discuss their teaching, learning and research.

The STEM-ERA conference will be held virtually in 2022, due to the prevailing uncertainly associated with Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 restrictions, the DeSTE is very dedicated to offer an exciting, innovative and enriching experience to virtual attendees and presenters.

STEM-ERA aims to bring together educators and researchers in STEM education from around the world to share and discuss their teaching, learning and research.

Call for Abstract

The University of South Africa (UNISA) – College of Education (CEDU): Department of Science and Technology Education (DeSTE) in collaboration with STEM Education and Research in Africa (STEM-ERA) cordially invites educators and researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to participate in their inaugural STEM-ERA Conference.

Contributions should fit into one of the following strands within STEM education, please make sure that your paper reflects teaching, learning and research in STEM education

  • Students’ conceptions and conceptual change
  • Students’ interest and motivation
  • Students’ values, attitudes, and decision-making
  • Scientific thinking, nature of science and argumentation
  • Teaching strategies and teaching environments
  • Teaching and learning with educational technology
  • Environmental education
  • Health education
  • Social, cultural, and gender issues
  • Practical work and field work
  • Research methods and theoretical issues
  • Indigenous perspectives of STEM education

Conference format

The conference will be held on Microsoft Teams. Papers will be presented virtually.

Types of contributions

The Papers must be presented as an oral contribution. Manuscripts for an oral contribution should include the following:

Author information

  • Abstract (200 words maximum)
  • Keywords
  • A paper including title, preferred strand, theoretical background or rationale, key objectives, research design and methodology, findings conclusion and reference (5000 – 6000 words).

Conference format

Manuscripts will be reviewed under the following criteria:

  • Research: Is the proposal concerned with research in STEM 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: papers addressing STEM education issues in Africa are encouraged.


  • No participant may submit more than three first authored papers. The first author is assumed to present the paper unless otherwise stated.
  • All presented papers will be published in the Conference Book.
  • Masters and doctoral students are encouraged to participate.
  • The conference language will be English.

Submissions can only be made by email. Manuscripts must kindly be sent as Word Document files to:

Important dates

Take note of the following important dates;

  • Opening submission platform 13 December 2021
  • Call for submissions 13 December 2021
  • Deadline for Abstracts 31 January 2022
  • 2nd Call for submissions 25 February 2022
  • Notification of abstracts review results 28 February 2022
  • Registration opens 25 March 2022
  • Final submission of full papers 27 May 2022
  • Registration closes 27 May 2022
  • Conference date 27 July - 29 July 2022
  • Publication of conference book 27 July 2022