Welcome to the website of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group. This organisation promotes research informed by the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and education for the improvement of better teaching, learning, and curricula in science. The Group has been historically associated with the journal Science & Education, but has no formal legal, financial or business connection. (See Journal for a precise statement of our current relationship.) Personal subscriptions are available by completing the journal subscription form. All the sections are navigable from the links on the right. For any general enquiries, the answers to which are not easily discovered on this site, please email us and we will happily help.
Change of 2013 Pittsburgh Conference End Date
The conference dates, as originally advertised, were June 19 to June 23. The end date has been changed to Saturday, June 22. The conference will end at approximately 5:30pm, after the conclusion of the closing session and IHPST business meeting. This is a change from the original information, which specified Sunday afternoon, June 23, as the end of the conference.
2013 Pittsburgh Conference Proposal Deadline Extended One Week
The deadline for submitting conference proposals has been extended until Friday, March 8, 2013.
2013 IHPST Council Election – Call for Nominations
The election for IHPST Council officers will be held May 1-31, 2013. The term of office is two years; from the June 2013 Pittsburgh conference through to the 2015 conference. Only IHPST members (i.e. those who have paid their membership dues) may be nominated for office and vote in elections. To become a member, please click on the Join Us link in the right menu bar of the IHPST website: http://ihpst.net/ [Anyone who is unsure about their membership status should contact the IHPST secretary, Pierre Boulos (firstname.lastname@example.org). Receiving the Newsletter or the journal Science & Education does not mean you are necessarily an IHPST member. So, please do contact the IHPST secretary if you are uncertain of your membership status.] Nominations, including self-nominations, are sought for the following IHPST leadership positions:
- Directors (2)
- Student Member of the Council
- Teacher Member of the Council
- Nominating Committee (4)
Nominations should be directed to our Past President, David Rudge (email@example.com), by 15 February 2013.
All candidates will be sent a document approved by the IHPST Council that provides guidelines regarding eligibility and candidate statements. Nominees for Teacher Member of the Council and Student Member of the Council must be a K-12 teacher or graduate student respectively at the time they will take office during our next conference (June 2013) in order to be considered for these positions.
IHPST 2013 Biennial Conference Scholarship Program
For the purposes of the 2013 Biennial Conference, the IHPST Council will provide a total of at most six scholarships (waivers of conference registration fees). Applicants for these scholarships must be IHPST members (faculty or students) in good standing at the time of their application. IHPST elected officers (including members of the nominating committee), IHPST Conference Scholarship Committee reviewers, and previous biennial conference scholarship recipients all ineligible. Decisions will be made by a committee appointed by the IHPST Council and in accordance with the Councilâ€™s Standard Operating Procedure outlining the scholarship. Applications will be ranked primarily with reference to the financial need of the applicant, whether the applicant will be presenting at the conference, distance the applicant must travel to the conference site, and a statement of how the applicant (and his/her host institution) will profit from attending the conference.
Applications must be submitted electronically by 1 March 2013. Decisions will be made by 22 March 2013. (Recipients must tell the committee by 29 March 2013 whether they will accept the scholarship. In the event one or more is turned down by the recipient, the scholarship will be awarded to the next ranked candidate.)
The next IHPST biennial conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from June 19-22, 2013. The Conference Chair is Dr. Michael Ford of the University of Pittsburgh. The conference website is located here.