First and last call for papers


University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, August 31– September 4, 2020

Organized by the University of Cyprus

The Academic Committee invites researchers in Didactics of Biology to participate in the 13th Conference of European Researchers in Didactics of Biology (ERIDOB 2020).

ERIDOB aims to bring together researchers in didactics of Biology from around the world to share and discuss their research work and results.


IMPORTANT: Proposal submissions for ERIDOB 2020 must be made online through the EasyChair conference management system

Before submitting your proposal we recommend that you read carefully the guidelines in relation to the submission process, on the ERIDOB 2020 website (

Contributions should fit into one of the following strands within biology education:

  1. Students’ conceptions and conceptual change
  2. Students’ interest and motivation
  3. Students’ values, attitudes and decision-making
  4. Scientific thinking, nature of science and argumentation
  5. Teaching strategies and teaching environments
  6. Teaching and learning with educational technology
  7. Environmental education
  8. Health education
  9. Social, cultural, and gender issues
  10. Practical work and field work
  11. Research methods and theoretical issues
PLEASE make sure that your proposal reflects research in biology education. Proposals dealing with general science education research will not be considered.

Types of contributions

Papers may be presented as an oral contribution, a poster, or a symposium with at least 3 papers. In the case of a symposium, a minimum of three different countries should be represented.

Proposals for an oral or poster contribution should include the following (as outlined in EasyChair):

  1. Author information
  2. Title and abstract (400 words maximum)
  3. Keywords
  4. Preferred strand
  5. Type of presentation (oral, poster)
  6. A paper including: title, preffered strand, theoretical background or rationale, key objectives, research design and methodology, findings, conclusions and reference list (1000 words maximum)

Proposal for a symposium should include the following (as outlined in EasyChair):

  1. Author information
  2. Title of symposium and abstract stating the aims and purposes of the symposium as well as the connections between the papers (400 words)
  3. Keywords
  4. Preferred strand
  5. Type of presentation (symposium)
  6. All the papers, each in the format outlined above for an oral contribution, should be submitted as one document. Include title and abstract for each paper in this document (to be presented in the booklet)

Deadlines for Eridob 2020 are:
Opening of submission platform: 12th of October 2019
Final submission deadline: 12th of January 2020
Notification of review results: 30th of March 2020
Beginning of early-bird registration: 30th of March 2020
End of early-bird registration: 1st of June 2020
End of registration: 31st of July 2020

Proposals received after 12th of January 2020 will not be considered

Proposals will be reviewed under the following criteria:

  • Research: Is the proposal concerned with research in biology education?
  • Subject / problem: What is the research problem or question? What is the rationale for the study? What is the theoretical framework?
  • Design and methodology: What is the design of the study? Are the research methods clearly described and appropriate?
  • Data analysis and findings: Are the data clearly presented? Is there consistency between data and findings?
  • General interest: Is the contribution of interest to European researchers in the field?

The standards, in terms of quality, will be the same for oral and poster presentations. The following criteria will be applied:

For oral presentations (including a presentation at a symposium)

  • Work to be presented should be reaching completion or be complete and well thought through.
  • Data should be available.
  • Content should be of high interest and/or relevance.
  • Specific content should not have been presented or published elsewhere.

For poster presentations

  • Work may be under development.
  • Findings may be tentative or not yet available.
  • Content may be of less interest and/or relevance.
  • Similar work may have been presented (but not published) elsewhere.


Some important rules to keep in mind

No participant may submit more than one first authored paper. The first author is assumed to present the paper unless otherwise stated.

No participant may present more than once during the conference.

The first authors/contact persons of accepted proposals will receive the ERIDOB conference guidelines for papers and the registration form.

Please note that only proposals that on the moment of submission have not been published in an international journal are eligible. The academic committee must be notified if a paper submitted to the conference has also been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.

The conference language will be English.



Dr Orit Ben Zvi Assaraf, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Dr Niklas Gericke, Karlstad University, Sweden

Dr Marcus Grace, Southampton University, UK (Chair)

Dr Marie-Christine Knippels, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

Dr Konstantinos Korfiatis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Dr Olivier Morin, University of Lyon, France

Dr Blanca Puig, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Dr Jörg Zabel, Leipzig University, Germany


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