Call For Participation

Are you intrigued by how researchers, educators, artists, and enthusiasts can converge as communities of science?

Join us for Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research 2017, organized in collaboration with improvscience and hosted by Goodman Theatre.

The conference this year is dedicated to developing communities of researchers, educators, artists, performers, philosophers, innovators, learners, storytellers, professionals, and enthusiasts. Together we will share and explore the way we build and advance science through performance and our interactions with others. CESTEMER is an interactive and collaborative conference for practitioners who, broadly, cultivate ensembles that affect STEM education and research.

We welcome participants from diverse areas – academia, the arts, business, industry, and non-profits – with a breadth of interests including (but not limited to) research, education, communication, community building, and the performing arts. Together we can shape STEM fields as humanistic, collaborative, inclusive, highly innovative fields of practice. If you’re inspired by this, CESTEMER is the conference for you!

Theme for 2017:
Cultivating Extraordinary Science Communities: Re-imagining Arts, Humanities, and STEM

Our theme is purposefully open to a breadth of interpretations, and we welcome contributions that share a variety of facets of this theme.

How do we build and grow inclusive and creative communities within (and around) science? How do we influence the conception and spread of these ideas and practices?  What roles, as teachers, researchers and citizens, do we re-imagine in enacting and defining extraordinary science communities? What is our shared responsibility, as scientists and non-scientists, in developing and defining science communities?

Our goal for CESTEMER 2017 is to share and explore how you address these questions.

Some concepts that we are particularly interested in exploring are:

•Inclusion: How do we create and support diverse, open, responsible, and collaborative communities in STEM?

•Communication and Outreach: How do we communicate with each other, and people outside of our disciplines, in a way that builds and enriches communities of science?

•Performance as a process, a product, and a lens: How does play and performative modes help us to understand and share STEM as a social, cultural, and interpersonal pursuit?

•Teaching and Learning: How do performance and STEAM affect STEM learning and support the development of professional identity?

•Professional Development: How do emerging trends in professional development support extraordinary science and extraordinary communities? What innovations and new initiatives might support and nurture STEM as a community of practice?

•Group Dynamics and Creativity: What interactions and social contexts foster innovation and collaboration, and how can we cultivate these?

•Cross and Multidisciplinary Design: How does STEM benefit from a cross-disciplinary approach to its practice, and a pan-disciplinary view of its community? How does performance foster cross-disciplinary approaches and understanding across disciplinary boundaries? How does the inclusion of arts (as STEAM) benefit science, the arts, and society?

For submission information visit Submit Proposal.