Welcome to the website of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group. Our organization promotes research informed by the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and education for the purpose of improving teaching, learning, and curricula in science. In part, this goal is achieved through our Biennial Conference and through our Journal, Science & Education, published by Springer Science + Business Media B.V..


April 1, 2015: The 2015 IHPST Elections begin today. All IHPST Members whose memberships were active as of March 31st are elegible to vote. Please, see the Members-Only page for candiadate statements and further details.

December 12, 2014: The following IHPST offices are up for election during our next regularly scheduled elections, which will be held in early spring 2015:
IHPST Council
Directors (2)
Student Member of the Council
Teacher Member of the Council
Nominating Committee (4)
(the Nominating Committee is not part of the IHPST Council)

Nominees for Teacher Member of the Council and Student Member of the Council must be K-12 teachers or graduate students respectively at the time they will take office during our next IHPST international conference (July 2015) in order to be considered for these positions.

Nominations should be directed to our Past President, Michael Clough (mclough@iastate.edu) by January 1, 2015.

Self-nominations are encouraged.

Only members in good standing (i.e., who have paid their membership dues) are eligible to run for IHPST offices. To become a member, please click on the Membership Form/Renewals link in the right menu bar of the IHPST website (www.ihpst.net).

Only IHPST members (those who have paid their fees) can vote in the election. Anyone who is unsure about their membership status should contact our secretary, Pierre Boulos (boulos@uwindsor.ca).

If you have forgotten your password and / or your username, you can retrieve your username and have your password reset by pressing on the “Forgot Password?” menu choice on the right just below the blue Login button. The action presupposes that you are using the same e-mail address as you used to purchase your membership, originally.

Nov. 1, 2014: The IHPST membership for the 2015-16 period has now been made available for membership renewal and new membership purchase.

Sept. 3, 2014: Call for Papers – Science & Education
Incoming Editor of Science & Education, Kostas Kampourakis, has issued the following call for papers:
a. Scientific explanation: theoretical and pedagogical issues, and
b. Learning Progressions / Pathways about Nature of Science.
The deadline for submissions on the aforementioned topics is June 1st, 2015. For a detailed description of the Call, please, see the section Call for Papers in this website.

June 2, 2014: The IHPST Council is pleased to announce the official appointment of Kostas Kampourakis of the University of Geneva (http://kampourakis.com) as the new editor for Science & Education beginning January 1st 2015. The new Associate Editors will be Alice Wong (University of Hong Kong) and Ross Nehm (Stony Brook University). The Book Review Editor will remain Charbel El Hani (Federal University of Bahia).

On January 1st 2015, the founding editor of the journal, Michael Matthews, will retire from the editorship, a position that he has held for more than two decades. Kostas, with Michael’s assistance, will now gradually, begin to assume the editorial responsibilities.

Currently, the new Editorial Board is being assembled. An update on the Editorial Board’s composition will be posted on the IHPST website as soon as it becomes available.

August 17, 2013: Chair of the 2013 IHPST Biennial Conference, Michael Ford, is editing a Special Issue of Science & Education based on papers presented at the Conference. The Invitation may be downloaded here.

June 24, 2013: At the June 21st IHPST business meeting in Pittsburgh, meeting chair, Michael Clough announced that the 2015 IHPST Biennial Conference has been awarded to the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil group under the co-chairmanship of Marco Braga and Andreia Guerra. The conference has tentatively been scheduled for July 22 – 24, 2015.

June 24, 2013: As of April 29, 2013, the IHPST Council instituted a two year membership policy starting with 2013. Anyone who has purchased a membership from 1 January 2013 onwards will be treated as having a two year membership that runs through 31 Dec 2014. All memberships sold from 24 June through 31 Dec 2014 will have these as their stated start and end dates. Thus someone who wants to become a member on 1 Jan 2014 would pay a two year membership fee for a membership that would run from 1 Jan 2013- 31 Dec 2014.

Anyone who purchased a membership prior to 1 Jan 2013 that is still current should be advised that, regardless of when they purchased it, their membership will run through 31 Dec 2013, i.e., their membership may actually be slightly less than 2 years. This is a temporary situation to cover those who became members before 1 Jan 2013.

June 13, 2013: The International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (IHPST) Group announced today that it has successfully concluded a legal Agreement with Springer Science + Business Media B.V. to make Science & Education its official Journal. In the Agreement, the IHPST assumes control of editorial development and the content of the Journal within the Springer guidelines, editorial standards, and practices. IHPST President, Dr. Michael Clough of Iowa State University, noted that the process of successfully negotiating an Agreement required dedication and perspicacity from both parties and that the Agreement is a testament to their long-established commitment to work together to promote research and scholarship informed by the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and education.

June 12, 2013: Recent electronic voting by fully 76% of our dues paying members has resulted in the election of a new Council for the 2013-2015 term. See the Elections page for details.

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