Ottawa-Carleton Symposium

Ban science 2024

The Ottawa-Carleton 3rd Symposium on Science Education

There are many professors, instructional staff, graduate and undergraduate students in the Faculties of Science and Education whose interests and research focus are on the scholarship of teaching and learning of science. However, due to physical separation between Faculties and our two universities, there are rarely any opportunities for these like-minded individuals to share their interest in science education within or between our many colleagues. Therefore, the present symposium is being organized once again this year, after a few years’ moratorium post-COVID, to continue to promote the exchange of ideas, research and best teaching practices, as well as to create opportunities for collaboration amongst its participants on various aspects of teaching and research.

The cross-Faculty symposium is a venue allowing for communication and collaboration between scholars from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa who are interested in engaging in theoretical and practical approaches to science education. The reasons for such meaningful exchange between participants are threefold, to:

    1. lead to greater knowledge mobility across our related fields – i.e. science and education;
    2. improve the learning experiences of our undergraduate and graduate students;
    3. foster joint teaching and research projects between members of our faculties.

In the spirit of sharing the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) of our colleagues, we are proud to organize our third Ottawa/Carleton Science Education Symposium. Our theme is the link between pedagogical theory and practice, and we envision this day as a forum for dialogue and discovery of new ideas. In this context, we invite the participation from any interested colleagues currently active in SoTL (or not) seeking to engage with this field!

Structure and Audience of the Symposium

Our proposed format will be a mix of oral presentations, round table discussions, workshops, and demonstrations, including a poster session during lunch.  We hope to attract professors, instructional staff, and students (graduate and undergraduate) from the Faculties of Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Science with an interest in Science Education. 

When: Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Carleton’s Future Learning Lab on the 4th Floor of the MacOdrum Library


This is a call for proposals to contribute a 15-min talk, a 30 or 60-min round table discussion, workshop or demonstration or a poster presentation at the symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Science Education. These topics include research in education, best practices, showcasing your work, demonstration (for example, using AI tools for learning), directed discussions (for example, on creating a platform for collaborative education research), etc. You simply need to inform us whether you are proposing:

    • An oral presentation (15 min + 5 min for questions)
    • A workshop, demo, round table or other (30 min)
    • A workshop, demo, round table or other (60 min)
    • A poster

Sending your proposal

If you are interested in participating, please submit a short but descriptive abstract of your proposal (up to 250 words) by February 29, 2024 using the registration form (Book now) and attaching your proposal.  

If you have any questions, please contact any member of the organizing committee directly.

Chief organizers
Dr. Elaine Beaulieu (University of Ottawa, Science)
Dr. Laura Pickell (Carleton University, Science)

Dr. Giuliano Reis (University of Ottawa, Education)
Dr. Kathy-Sarah Focsaneanu (University of Ottawa, Science)
Dr. Martha Mullany (Carleton University, Science)
Dr. Adam Oliver Brown (University of Ottawa, Science and Education) 


Event details

Start date Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 08:30
End date Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 16:00
Duration One day event
Cut off date Sunday, April 28, 2024 - 13:00
Registered 9
Seats 41
Organizer External organization
Language Bilingual event
Delivery mode In-person only
Location Future Learning Lab - Carleton University