Opening Ceremony of the Second International Science Education Conference 2009

Opening Ceremony of the Second International Science Education Conference 2009

Date
Sunday, 27 December 2009

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2009 ON TUESDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2009, 8.30AM AT LECTURE THEATRE 1, BLOCK 6, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, SINGAPORE 

Local and International Researchers and Educators will gather to further the Teaching and Learning of Science.

Science Education: Shared Issues, Common Future

Over 780 participants, including around 180 overseas delegates from 30 countries, will gather for the second International Science Education Conference (ISEC) 2009 to be held from 24 to 26 November 2009 at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

The theme for ISEC 2009 is "Science Education: Shared Issues, Common Future", reflecting the need for collective efforts in addressing the global challenges of the 21st century. The conference aims to further the development of common understanding and vision for Science education through the sharing of ideas and good practices by local and foreign researchers and practitioners. It also seeks to promote collaboration in research among policy-makers, academics and educators to improve the teaching and learning of Science.

Jointly organised by NIE and Ministry of Education (MOE), the ISEC 2009 will be opened by Guest-of-Honour Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Education. The conference is supported by the Singapore National Commission (SNC) for United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The event will promote greater interaction among UNESCO countries, with educators from neighbouring countries joining in to exchange their ideas and experiences on Science education.

Five distinguished keynote speakers from Canada, Germany, Hong Kong and USA will be presenting at the conference on topics ranging from scientific literacy to school-based assessment.

The details on the speakers and synopses of their addresses are available in Annexe A. About 200 papers will also be presented in the form of plenary lectures, individual presentations, poster presentations, workshops and symposiums. 

The details of the three-day conference programme are available at http://www.nsse.nie.edu.sg/isec2009/.

Speeches

Speech by SMS, Ms Grace Fu

Speech by NIE Director, Prof Lee Sing Kong