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IDoS 2019 – International Dialogue on STEM Education in Berlin

Berlin becomes the capital of education in the domain of STEM for the second time: For the upcoming IDoS conference on 5./6. December 2019 a programme committee elaborated a concept to make the vision of a “sustainable society” a reality. With the thematic focus on “STEM Education for Sustainable Development” this time, the participants will develop a joint educational strategy for sustainable development.

Review of IDoS 2017: The "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation and the Siemens Stiftung invited around 100 experts from all over the world to Berlin on 2 and 3 November 2017 for the first "International Dialogue on STEM – Developing a Vision for Early Education".

The "International Dialogue on STEM Education" (IDoS) is a joint conference of the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation and Siemens Stiftung. It targets representatives of leading STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education initiatives, scientists and decision-makers in politics and civil society worldwide.
IDoS 2019 will take place in Berlin, Germany in December and will bring together a select group of 100 experts from all over the world. Some 20 countries from five continents will be represented by around four persons (initiative member, scientist, decision-maker) from each country. The “International Dialogue on STEM Education” is an invitation only event with a carefully curated audience. Attendance is free. You are more than welcome to submit your application via e-mail.

About the Conference 2019

Title: International Dialogue on STEM Education 2019
Short title: IDoS 2019
Conference dates and venue: 5 and 6 December 2019 at Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
Main topic: STEM Education for Sustainable Development
Attendance: free and by invitation only
Contact: event@haus-der-kleinen-forscher.de

Target group of IDoS conference

The conference will target scientists, decision-makers in politics and civil society, and representatives of leading initiatives worldwide that bring together STEM and ESD. The focus of their work should preferably be on early childhood education in the field of STEM Education for Sustainable Development.
Around 25 countries will be represented. There will be four representatives from each country, subdivided into scientists, decision-makers in politics and civil society, and representatives of leading initiatives.

Mission and thematic focus of IDoS 2019

The mission of the conference in 2019 is to position STEM education as a strategy to enhance young children’s capabilities to create sustainable societies in the 21st century. We want to achieve an open dialogue on the importance of using STEM education to contribute to the fulfilment of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference will make a contribution to closing the gap between traditional theory and concrete action on STEM Education for Sustainable Development by providing a platform that brings together practitioners, scientists, and decision-makers.

The thematic focus in 2019 will be on “STEM Education for Sustainable Development”, preferably in the area of early childhood education. The goals of the conference are to discuss and analyse existing frameworks and activities, to jointly identify potential for the future, and to enable participants to implement ideas gathered at the conference in their home countries. Guided by the key question of the conference – “How do we strengthen children through STEM education to create sustainable societies?” – the participants will exchange, discuss and reflect views on future-oriented STEM education for children to learn from one another.

What’s new about the IDoS 2019?

At the moment a programme committee is looking for innovative projects that show how “STEM Education for Sustainable Development” is put into practice. Therefore a “call for projects” is published. Up to five initiatives, ideally from five continents will be given the opportunity to showcase their outstanding work in the form of a workshop delivered at the conference. Their fresh point of view will give participants a sense of empowerment in relation to what they are already doing and to motivate and inspire them to improve their work.

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