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Activities

BioEd detailed Programme

Action plan for the triennium

The International Union of Biological Sciences’ Commission on Biology Education will seek to strengthen ties beyond the tradition strengths in Europe, North America, and Australia. We have elected three officers from Africa and Asia who are especially well-positioned to lead this mission and achieve this goal. In 18-22 September 2012, an officer with meet with the members of the European Researchers in Didactics of Biology (ERIDOB) at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany to further discussions for a joint meeting of IUBS BioEd 2016 with the 11th Conference of ERIDOB. A 2012 issue of Biology International will be devoted to Bioethics and Biology Education derivative of presentations made at IUBS BioEd 2012. A second educational issue of Biology International is planned for 2013 related to evolutionary bioinformatics. In March 2013, some IUBS CBE officers and members will meet in Singapore in association with some biology education workshops. We will set up a virtual meeting in the winter of 2013 of IUBS CBE officers and Executive Committee members to establish plans for workshops, conferences, and educational theme issues of Biology International.

Detailed action plan for 2013:

1. In 18-22 September 2012, an officer with meet with the members of the European Researchers in Didactics of Biology (ERIDOB) at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany to further discussions for a joint meeting of IUBS BioEd 2016 with the 11th Conference of ERIDOB.  This year’s meeting is their ninth meeting. Currently, they plan to meet only every other year. Two members of our Executive Committee, Dr. David Adams, UK, and Dr. Anat Yarden, Israel, who are already active in this group will be involved with organization of BioEd 2016 and will help negotiate an agreement to co-meet. Dr. Shirley Lim, Singapore, current Vice-President of IUBS CBE for 2012-2014, and likely candidate for President of IUBS CBE for 2015-2017, and thus likely to be president at the next IUBS CBE BioEd in 2016, will hopefully represent us at this meeting.

2. An issue of Biology International in 2012 will be devoted to Bioethics and Biology Education derivative of presentations made at IUBS BioEd 2012.  Dr. John Buckeridge, past President of IUBS and head of the IUBS Bioethics Programme, and Dr. Lorna Holtman, President of IUBS CBE, will serve as guest co-editors of this theme issue.

3. A second educational issue of Biology International is planned for 2013 related to evolutionary bioinformatics or the use of image analysis in biology education.  The decision will be made based upon which group of potential authors delivers a significant number of manuscripts first. In either case, the use of freely available quantitative tools will enable students to explore complex patterns in data such as from genomics databases or from images taken with digital cameras, remote cameras, or available online.

4. In March 2013, some IUBS CBE officers and members will meet in Singapore in association with some biology education workshops.  Dr. Shirley Lim, Singapore, current Vice-President of IUBS CBE for 2012-2014, has a grant that will bring in some international presentors. We will try to piggy-back onto this initiative to see whether we cannot get a few more IUBS CBE representatives together for a face-to-face meeting to do some future planning.

5. We will set up a virtual meeting in the winter of 2013 of IUBS CBE officers and Executive Committee members to establish plans for workshops, conferences, and educational theme issues of Biology International. Because some members of the IUBS CBE Executive Committee will be able to be at IUBS CBE BioEd 2012 in China this July, we will try to set up virtual meetings to build onto discussions initiated by the smaller group that will be in attendance at BioEd 2012 in China.

6. We continue to make progress on retrieving older educational materials from past web sites and publications. To date, we have recovered many files and converted them to Microsoft Word files. Next we need to transform these files into stable web pages so that so much of this history is not lost. Also, we have scanned a number of publications with OCR (optical character recognition) software and converted them to Microsoft Word files. Because this process still has many errors, these need serious multiple rounds of editing and re-checking before we will try to convert them into stable web pages.

7. We want to add another field to the IUBS CBE website (http://iubscbe.org/) that will have information about biology education activities, societies, and institutes in each country represented in IUBS CBE. This is an enormous task that we take several years, but is one that will make a huge difference to our membership in terms of being well informed about what is going on in other countries.

8. We continue to address United Nations Millennial goals laid out for the 2005-2015 period. We will try to raise money for a 2014 conference to especially address our initiatives in this regard.

 

 

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