Workshop: STEM&Beyond

STEM and Beyond? Informal Science Learning Across Disciplines

A Science in Public Research Network workshop

Friday 19th May 2017, Brunel University London: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/finding-us

Plenary speaker: Prof. Martin Bauer, London School of Economics (LSE)

This one day workshop will develop dialogue on informal learning (i.e. that happening outside of teaching institutions), focusing upon STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) subjects, as well as SAH (social sciences, arts and humanities) subjects, and relationships between the two. It recognises the ‘STEM agenda’ as a political force that has shaped ideas and practices around informal learning and science communication over the past fifteen years. The workshop will focus upon successes and challenges, providing an opportunity to critically reflect on the STEM agenda and its impacts. By taking seriously the role of science communication in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and their relationships with STEM, the workshop will address a neglected area of research and provide a platform for developing and improving informal learning practice.

This call for contributors seeks research papers, performance pieces and reflections on experiences of existing practice or future directions in informal learning and science communication across the disciplines. The event will interest science communication and education practitioners, science and technology studies scholars, academics with public engagement interests (in any field), or other original thinkers engaged in these issues. Contributions are welcomed addressing both trends over time in informal science communication and specific examples. Contributions are also welcomed that celebrate successes or signpost weaknesses and failures. By drawing these together the workshop will support cross-disciplinary dialogue on the politics and practice of informal science learning, across and beyond the conventional boundaries of STEM.

Please submit titles and 300 word abstracts for contributions to Neil.Stephens@Brunel.ac.uk by Monday 6th February. Please put ‘STEM and Beyond abstract’ in the subject heading.

Include your institutional affiliation if you have one: we invite freelance scicomm and education practitioners to join us to share their ideas and experience.