Identity of the SIG

Throughout Europe young people struggle to see themselves in science. As a consequence, students refrain from studying science, and also science is among the studies with the highest dropout rates. The ESERA Special Interest Group in Science Identities is interested in research that explores how a variety of students are met, included and retained in the sciences at all educational levels, and how both formal and informal contexts can support young people's science interests and aspirations. The SIG in science identities will include researchers with an interest in both students' and teachers' identities, drawing on different research frameworks as for example post structuralist theories, feminist theories, narrative psychology and Bourdieu. The SIG will act as the platform for science identity researchers to discuss and develop methodologies, theories and results.


The aim of the special interest group is to strengthen the cooperation in between science education researchers in Europe who work with identity theories. Research in identities in science education is a fast growing area, with significant implications for both practice and politics in terms of understanding how identities are met, supported and developed in science. Accordingly, the key objective of the special interest group is to coordinate, support and strengthen the cooperation of research in science identities in European research.


A stronger network of European research in science identities has several advantages. Firstly a visibility of the research field will support new research cooperation. The aim is to make joint publications and support new research projects in the area, but also to raise an awareness of funding opportunities. Secondly the aim of the special interest group is to support in particular new researchers entering the field by providing them with a platform of knowledge and network of European colleagues to turn to. Also the special interest group will serve as resource for already established researchers to inform their research and expand their knowledge. Finally and most importantly the aim of the network is to discuss current challenges in the research field and to learn from experiences and results already achieved across Europe. As such the SIG hope to strengthen research in science identities throughout the ESERA. 1

The special interest group will meet at each ESERA-conference, but also the group will aim to arrange seminars the years between conference-years. The group hope to have one representative at the ESERA summer school to promote the group and support the interests of young researchers who work with science identities in their Ph.D.-projects.

The Special Interest Group first and foremost serves the ESERA research community, but its activities are intended to ultimately improve practice and inform stakeholders in European contexts as well as worldwide.


  •  Allison J. Gonsalves E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Henriette Tolstrup HolmegaardE-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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