General Information

Following the success of previous conferences the eleventh annual conference on Hands-on Science, HSCI’2014, will be held in Aveiro, Portugal, from July 21st to 25th, 2014, with the following subject:

Science Education with and for Society

The Conference will provide the ideal opportunity for presentation of work, of all kinds, related to Science Education. The aim of the Conference is to promote an open broad exchange of experiences on good practices, syllabus and policy matters, social factors and the learning of science, and other issues related to Science Education and its development… through an enlarged use of hands-on experiments in the classroom.

Proposals are invited for oral or poster presentations, workshops and group discussions, hands-on experiments demonstration sessions, Science Fair booths and exhibitions and science shows.

Conference topics

The HSCI’2014 Conference will cover the largest variety of topics relevant to Science Education and all fields of Science and Technology; Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Life Sciences, Geology, Zoology, Botanic, Ecology, Archaeology, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Robotics, Computer Science, Sociology, Psychology, Health Sciences, Nanotechnologies, …

Main topics

- Inquiry based science education
- Formal science education – the role of schools and universities
- Non- formal science education – the role of outreach programs, science centers and science museums
- Technology on science education

HSCI Network

The Hands-on Science Network ( is a non-profit international association legally registered in Portugal (NIPC 508050561) and with worldwide intervention.

It was established based on the homonymous project supported by the European Commission (Socrates/Comenius 3 project 110157-CP-1-2003-1-PT-COMENIUS-C3) under the coordination of Prof. Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Costa ( at the Physics Department of the University of Minho, enrolling initially partners from 10 European countries.

The Hands-on Science Network, stands for promoting the development of science education and scientific literacy in our societies. HSCI embraces a wide membership of teachers and educators in all school levels from pre-school to adult education but also in informal contexts, managers and policy makers, academicians and researchers in virtually all fields of Science, from a large number of countries of the 5 continents. In an open-minded tolerant and friendly atmosphere we support each others and join our experiences and efforts towards a better improved and generalized Science Education. With an open and wide understanding of the importance of Science Education and of the ways to effectively implement it as a crucial factor to the sustainable development of our societies and of human kind, we encourage the use of innovative hands-on experimental approaches to science, technology and environment in-school teaching and learning. As well in raising the profile and attractiveness of Science in Education, we also aim to increase the desirability of a career in Science for all.


HSCI: History

21 - 25 July
11th International Conference:
Science Education with and for Society
Aveiro, Portugal
1 - 5 July
10th International Conference:
Educating for Science and through Science
Kosice, Slovakia
17 - 21 October
9th International Conference:
Science Education, Environment and Society;
Reconnecting Society with Nature through Hands-on Science
Antalya, Turkey
15 - 17 September
8th International Conference:
Focus on Multimedia

Ljbljana, Slovenia

25 - 30 July
7th International Conference:
Bridging the Science and Society Gap
Rethimno, Crete, Greece
27 - 31 October
6th International Conference:
Science for all: Quest for Excellence
Ahmedabad, India
13 - 17 October
5th International Conference:
Formal and Informal Science Education
Olinda/Recife, Brasil
23 - 27 July
4th International Conference
Development, Diversity and Inclusion in Science Education
Azores, Portugal
4 - 9 September
3rd International Conference
Science Education and Sustainable Development
Braga, Portugal
13 - 16 July
2nd International Conference:
Science in a Changing Education
Crete, Greece
5-8 July
1st International Conference
Teaching and Learning Science in the XXI Century
Ljubljana, Slovenia