The European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), representing in 63 Countries at the highest level the academic and institutional research in scientific education (chemistry, physics and life science), since 1993 organizes a Summer School for Ph.D. Students (ESERA Summer School).
This school represents an important opportunity of accademic formation in an international context for Ph.D. students carrying out researches in the field of scientific education, at the Universities linked to ESERA, not only in Europe but in the whole world.
The edition of 2010 will be held in Italy, at the University of Udine (25-31 July 2010), organized by the local Reasearch Unit in Physics Education (URDF). The organization process started in 2008, and the nomination of the Udine University as the School site for the 2010 edition has been pubblic announced at the Instanbul ESERA Conference in 2009.
The selection of the students partecipating to the School started with a call for applications on the ESERA web site. The students have been required to present a Synopsis of their research work, following the standards of the scientific presentations. A total of over 100 applications has been sent to the Secretariat of the Summer School, from Institutions in 20 Countries.
The selection process continued with the evaluation of the synopsis of the candidates by a group of about 180 experts chosen by the International Scientific Commettee of the School, individuating at the end the 49 Ph.D. students admitted to the Summer School.
At the School the students will be organized in small groups, each one formed seven students and coordinated by two coaches (senior experts). In these working groups the students will present and discuss their research projects and works, with the guidance of the coach staff.
Furthermore, the students will partecipate to Workshops and Lectures, held by important researchers in the field of the science education.
The Local Organizing Committee at the Udine University
Cristiana Compagno, Rector of Udine University
Gian Luca Foresti, Dean of the Faculty of Education
Marisa Michelini, Director of the Physics Department
Lorenzo Santi, Director of the Interdepartmental Centre for Education Research
Fabio Zanolin, Coordinator of the Doctorate in Mathematics and Physics