International Forum on Science Education on July 2-5, 2017 in Beijing, China

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ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), Children’s Science Instructors (CACSI), Children and Youth Science Center of CAST (CYSCC), Chinese Society for the History of Science and Technology (CSHST) and Inter Academy Partnership – Science Education Programme (IAP-SEP) are jointly organizing the 2017 International Forum on Science Education in Beijing, China on July 2-5, 2017. This forum will focus on the theme of “The history of science education along the Belt and Road”.

The forum aims at engaging curriculum design experts and historians of Science & Technology to contribute towards the development of Curriculum based on the concept of “Fusion of Civilizations”. The core objective of development of this curriculum is to foster peace right at the beginning of young children by employing Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) approach among the countries that share a common heritage of the ancient Silk Road. This can be achieved by reflecting on the history of science and technology of ancient civilizations from the Islamic Golden Age in the Middle East westwards to Europe and eastwards through Central Asia to India and China.  About 30 participants including speakers, researchers and educators are expected to attend the forum.

The design of the “Fusion of Civilizations” school curriculum focuses on the Islamic S&T in the Golden Age and how by its ethos of knowledge acquisition and sharing, sparked the European Renaissance and lay the foundation of our present-day civilization. Whilst in the East, it interchanged science, technology and culture through Central Asia with India and China.  The concept of this Forum was initially discussed in Khartoum Sudan on 6-7 February 2017. Whereas, this Forum in Beijing will be a follow up on the discussions held in Khartoum. ECOSF is sponsoring the participation of renowned experts on Curriculum Design and Historians of Science and Technology from the ECO Member States in the Forum.

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