Invited Lectures



     Title:  Problematization, narrative and fiction in science classroom 

Presenters: Dr. Catherine Bruguière and Dr. Denise Orange Ravachol




Catherine Bruguière is a researcher in didactics of biology in the laboratory Sciences Society Historicity Education and Practices (S2HEP at the University of Lyon 1 (France). Since 1 January 2021, she is the director of this multidisciplinary laboratory of didactics, history and philosophy of science, technology and health. Her work is part of a didactic approach with a strong epistemological basis. For the past fifteen years, she has been conducting collaborative research with primary school teachers, focusing on the functions of narrative and fiction in scientific learning. Her objects of study are children's storybooks and novels. In 2014, she was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie European grant for the project "Associating Literature and the Imaginary with Science: Early Years Education" (ALIS), conducted at the University College of London (2016-2017) with Sue-Dale Tunnicliffe as Supervisor. Since 2020, she is vice-president of the Association for Research in Didactics of Science and Technology (ARDIST,  








Denise Orange Ravachol is Professor Emeritus at the University of Lille (CIREL Research Laboratory). She holds a degree in natural sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). She has taught in secondary schools, in teacher training programs and at university. Her research, with a strong epistemological orientation, focuses on functionalist and historical problematizations in biology and geology education, and on "Educational approaches" (to sustainable development, to health). She also explores the conditions under which students can take on the process of problematization as a means to conceptualize the past and the future of living beings and the Earth. 






    Title: Using Physical and Virtual labs for Experimentation in STE(A)M Education: From Theory and Research to Practice. 

Presenter: Dr. Zacharias C. Zacharia







Zacharias C. Zacharia is a Professor of Science Education and director of the Research in Science and Technology Education Group at the University of Cyprus. He completed a B.A. in Education at the University of Cyprus (Cyprus), a B.A. in Physics at Rutgers University – New Brunswick (USA), and his graduate studies (M.A., M.Sc., M.Phil and PhD) in Science Education at Columbia University, New York (USA). He was the (co-) coordinator of several research projects concerning computer supported, inquiry-based learning that received continuous financial support over the years from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and the European Commission. His research interests include among others the design and development of computer supported learning environments in science and STE(A)M education, the development and assessment of science and STE(A)M curriculum and learning materials, and the training of teachers for designing and implementing technology enhanced science teaching materials. Zacharias Zacharia has received several awards in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence, and has published many papers in major ISI journals (e.g., Science, Cognition and Instruction, Learning and Instruction, Journal of Research in Science Teaching). He was an associate editor for the past six years for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and currently an editor for the Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Science Education and Technology and the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is also a reviewer for several major ISI journals.