Workshops MEPDEV2015

Dear Friends,

We kindly invite you to participate to the following scientific events within  7th LUMEN International Conference: LUMEN – MEPDEV 2015:

Workshop 1: Publication ethics

Coordinator: Associate Professor PhD Daniela CUTAS,  Umeå University and the University of Gothenburg (SWEDEN);  Workshop CODE: WSMEPDEV01

Junior researchers often find themselves confused the first times they engage in the process of publishing. There are few guidelines available to them (in many areas none at all), and a variety of practices and expectations in different research environments – and these are often independent of, or even contradict, each other. At the same time, in most research careers, publishing is essential. We will discuss a number of problematic aspects of research publishing, and possible solutions to these. The topics that we will address will include: how the different current practices across disciplines could be matched with the increasing internationalisation and interdisciplinarity of research and mobility of researchers – in a way more likely to increase fairness; Who is an author and how decisions about (co)authorship in a research team should be taken; What are redundant publications and why they are a problem; Who should be a peer reviewer and how one should perform one’s task as a peer reviewer; Whether the service that one provides as a peer reviewer could or should be rewarded in a way more tangible than it currently is – or example, should peer reviewing count in the evaluation of one’s work?; Whether peer reviewing should be anonymous and whether reviews should be published alongside the published articles; Whether  acknowledgments in others’ publications could or should be formally rewarded.

The aim of this class is to stimulate awareness of the variety of current practices in research publication and of the many pitfalls that are embedded in this essential part of research life.

Target group: PhD students in particular but also anyone who works in research and publishes or will publish research papers or who evaluates research.

Workshop 2:  Fireworks of Posthuman Stimuli

Coordinator: PhD Stefan Lorenz SORGNER, University of Erfurt (GERMANY) ; Workshop CODE: WSMEPDEV02

We are in an age where paradigm shifts occur in many fields of the life world. The coming about of the posthuman perspective is particularly relevant in this context. It is related to the following insights:

  1. A move from a dualist towards a non-dualist anthropology.
  2. A radical increase of anthropotechniques with the power of enhancing human capacities so that the likelihood of the coming about of the posthuman can be increased.
  3. The posthuman can come about by means of digital technologies or with the help of biotechnologies whereby the field of genetics is particularly relevant.

These three basic insights lead to great amount of intellectual, social, political, ethical and economic challenges. Here I will present a selection of emerging questions. By means of a fireworks of intellectual stimuli I will present suggestion how they can be addressed in an appropriate manner.

Workshop 3:  Best practices in Science education, with an emphasis on exploiting the Responsible Research and Innovation dimensions

Coordinators:  Prof. Gabriel Gorghiu, Lect. Gabriela Alina Anghel, Lect. Ana-Maria Aurelia Petrescu (Valahia University Targoviste, Romania); Workshop CODE: WSMEPDEV03

Aim: To identify models of best educational practices that exploit the dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Science Education
To review the effectiveness of teaching strategies that exploit RRI dimensions (analysis of teaching strategies that may stimulate students’ interest for science and their knowledge);
To identify the best practices used by Science teachers in classroom, having the potential of emphasizing the RRI dimensions;
To describe and project the efficient utilization of the resources in the educational demarche that includes specific RRI dimensions;
To define a matrix designed to measure the students’ skills related to understand the size and requirements of RRI,but also its importance for sciences.
Target group: teachers who have implemented / disseminated in classroom scientific contents, interested of exploiting RRI and the 6E model, didacticians, researchers, education stakeholders.

Workshop 4: Health Education in the modern curriculum

Coordinators: Prof. Claudia Lavinia Buruleanu, Lect. Gabriela Alina Anghel, Asist. Camelia Delia Voicu (Valahia University Tagoviste); Workshop CODE: WSMEPDEV04

Aim: To identify the best practices related to the implementation of competency-based curriculum for health education and related disciplines.
to identify and analyze the prospects of effective teaching methods for implementing the Health Education curriculum and related disciplines in the actual context;
To design a pattern in order to measure the students’ skills in the field of health education and to determine its importance in the educational process;
To design an action plan on implementation of the themes that provide to students the necessary knowledge in the analysed field;
Target group: teachers from pre-primary, primary and secondary education who teach disciplines from health education area and / or related disciplines.


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The participation is free of charge. For those who would like certificate of participation and LUMEN MEPDEV 2015 conference materials, they have to purchase this package which is 15 euro.

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