Educating the Educators

Educating the Educators

International Conference on Approaches to Scaling-up Professional Development in STEM Education

ETE IV: STEM & Open Schooling for Sustainability Education

Educating the Educators (ETE) is an international conference series on professional development in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education that brings together teacher educators, policy makers, teachers and various other stakeholders related to STEM education.

The ETE IV conference will take place on May 11-12, 2023 at the Naturalis Museum in Leiden, Netherlands. ETE IV is hosted by Utrecht University and Naturalis in collaboration with the MOST project, the ICSE consortium and ECENT-ELWIER.

Important Dates (preliminary)

April 2022

First Announcement and Call for Proposals

September 2022

Early Bird Registration

October 2022

Deadline Submission

May 11-12, 2023

Conference Dates

ETE IV: STEM & Open Schooling for Sustainability Education

The three Dimensions

ETE IV will focus on implementing and scaling up innovative teaching approaches in STEM education and in particular on open schooling initiatives with respect to environmental issues (such as waste reduction, energy reduction/transition, increasing electricity needs for clouds and bitcoins, etc.). The aim is to discuss different approaches with a rich variety of participants on three dimensions:

  • Personal dimension: Which roles and ways of working have to be considered in the professional development courses for PD course leaders and facilitators in professional learning? In particular, what do need teacher educators to support teachers in running open schooling projects? What do teachers need for being involved in open schooling initiatives on environmental issues?
  • Material dimension: Which role can materials play in professional development for mathematics and science teachers, such as classroom materials, materials for students and community members (such as brainstorming templates), face-to-face and online materials? In particular what materials do teachers need to run open schooling projects?
  • Structural dimension: What structures are needed for implementing and sustaining open schooling initiatives, such as school-community projects, on environmental issues? How can adequate designs of projects or initiatives for scaling up PD look like and how can they be evaluated?

ETE IV features both traditional and innovative formats to benefit of gathering a circle of participants from research, practice and policy. Vivid exchange and collaborative work will be ensured by spaces for co-creation and for sharing ideas and results.

Three prominent keynote speakers will provide rich introductions on the main theme of the conference:

  • Arjen Wals (Professor Transformative Learning for Socio-ecological Sustainability/Unesco Chair at Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)
  • Marta Romero Ariza (MOST-project & University of Jaén, Spain)
  • Katja Maaß (MOST-project & University of Education Freiburg, Germany)

Educating the Educators (ETE) is an international conference series on professional development that brings together teacher educators, policy makers, teachers and various other stakeholders related to STEM education.

Organisational Structure


Conference Chairs

Katja Maaß, Director of ICSE, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany

Michiel Doorman, ICSE Consortium & Utrecht University, Netherlands

Program Committee

The program committee will support the conference chairs with scientific and conceptual advice while creating the conference structure and when selecting proposals to assure a high relevance and scientific quality of the conference and possible subsequent publication(s). Members of the program committee are:

Ragnhild Lyngved, Josette Farrugia, Marta Romero Ariza, Maria Evagorou, Jesper Boesen, Gultekin Cakmakci, Martin Bilek, Danielle Meuleman, Bettina Rösken-Winter, Christine Knippels, Anna Shvarts, Sabine Mickler.

Local organizational Committee

Danielle Meuleman, Michiel Doorman, Monica Wijers, Vincent Jonker, Sanne Korte, Heather Huijting, Chrissi Fischer, Berit Stier.





MOST (2020-2023)

The H2020 project MOST (2020-2023) opens up formal science education and establishes partnerships between schools and their communities (families, science education providers, citizens, businesses etc.). Together they work on environmental school-community-projects (SCPs) with a thematic focus on waste management and energy saving. These participatory projects directly respond to the needs and values of those involved, benefitting the community as a whole and making schools agents of community well-being. MOST’s learning impact is boosted through an educational research-based approach that raises interest in science, scientific literacy and environmental responsibility. To realize this powerful Open Schooling idea, our consortium gathers 23 expert teams from 10 European countries, including science education research and science teaching staff from higher education institutes, schools, non-formal learning providers, educational authorities, civic organizations, municipalities and enterprises. To initialize the school-community-projects our consortium provides support for schools in form of preparatory workshops, potential partner search activities and through provision of operational and pedagogical instructions. Activities on the local, regional and European level foster the sharing of knowledge, establishing further partnerships and mainstreaming MOST results across Europe. The core of the project is the integration of diverse participants: science and research, formal and non-formal educational institutions, politics, economy and society – on a local level by cooperating within “Open Schooling” projects, as within the project consortium, which contains all named institutions. The cooperation of diverse participants is the prerequisite to develop solution approaches, which take the needs of all concerned parties into consideration. At the same time, this is a driver for innovation, which will motivate all participants, to commit in the long term.

Utrecht University – Freudenthal Institute

The Freudenthal Institute (FI) aims to contribute to high-quality education in mathematics and the natural sciences through education, research and professionalization. The FI is part of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University, and consists of science didactic research groups, the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) department, U-Talent and the Teaching & Learning Lab (TLL).

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis is the Dutch research institute for biodiversity. In the award-winning museum (European Museum of the Year 2021) we show the beauty of nature. Through our impressive collection, knowledge and data, we record all life on Earth. This is important, as our future depends on biodiversity. Everything in nature is connected, and balance is vitally important for its continued existence. We research nature in order to preserve biodiversity. This is how we contribute to solutions for major, global issues involving climate, living environment, food supply and medicine.


ECENT-ELWIeR is the Dutch Center of Expertise for Teacher Training in Mathematics and Science Education (STEM teacher training). ECENT and ELWIeR organizes an annual conference where all ‘learning communities’ in the area of STEM teacher training meet for exchange and update of both didactical and content knowledge.

ICSE – International Centre for STEM Education

The International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE) is located at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany and focuses on practice-related research and its transfer into practice. ICSE sustainably links stakeholders from research, practice, policy and industry, nationally as well as internationally through the ICSE consortium. The ultimate aim of ICSE is to help improve STEM education across Europe. That is, to give students insights into authentic features of STEM subjects and their connection to real-life contexts, to raise achievement levels in STEM subjects and to make science literacy accessible to all students, regardless of gender and cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds. Thereby, ICSE intends to promote the interest of young people in STEM careers.

The ICSE Consortium

The ICSE Consortium was founded in 2017 and endeavors to lead the field of transfer-oriented research and development in STEM education. It wants to set standards for a high-impact international collaboration of higher education and research institutes. The consortium is comprised of the following 16 research institutes:

  • Austria, University of Innsbruck
  • Austria, University of Klagenfurt
  • Bulgaria, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Cyprus, University of Nicosia
  • Czech Republic, Charles University
  • Germany, International STEM Centre, University of Education Freiburg
  • Germany, Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel
  • Greece, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Lithuania, Vilnius University
  • Malta, University of Malta
  • Netherlands, Utrecht University
  • Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Slovak Republic, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra
  • Spain, University of Jaén
  • Sweden, Jönköping University
  • Turkey, Hacettepe University


Past Educating the Educators Conferences

The first three ‘Educating the Educators’ conferences took place in 2014 in Essen, Germany and in 2016 and 2019 in Freiburg, Germany. Like the upcoming conference, the previous events offered participants from all over the world a platform to explore, discuss and exchange approaches to scaling up professional development (PD) in math and science education. If you want to find out more about the past conferences, please take a look at our conference proceedings from the ETE I, ETE II and ETE III conference book.

Foto: ICSE

For details on the conference dimensions and proposal guidelines, please read the information in the call for proposals: ETEIV_Call_for_Proposals. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions and to seeing you at the conference. When submitting a proposal, please use either the template for presentations and co-creation spaces (SubmissionTemplate_ETE_IV), or the template for the materials market (SubmissionTemplate_ETE_IV_MaterialsMarket).