LUMAT Research Symposium

LUMAT Research Symposium 2023 was organized at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland on the 16th of June 2023 alongside the LUMA-päivät (in Finnish). Our symposium program consisted of two keynote speeches and four oral presentations of the newest research on Science Education. The event was free of charge and there was also a possibility to participate remotely.

The theme of this year’s symposium was Out of the Classroom – Innovative learning environments.

Every year the symposium is open to scholars worldwide!

Keynote speaker Docent Tuomas Aivelo

Program for LUMAT Symposium 2023

Time: Friday 16 June, time zone UTC+3

Location: Metria-building, Yliopistokatu 7, Joensuu, Finland and online!

9.30–10.30 Opening words & Keynote 1. Chair: Professor Maija Aksela, University of Helsinki, Director of LUMA Centre Finland

Docent Tuomas Aivelo, University of Helsinki

Entering the rat world: secondary school students doing science on urban near-environment species

Tuomas Aivelo is a researcher in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki and in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oulu. He runs Helsinki Urban Rat Project, which is a multidisciplinary research project on human-rat cohabitation ranging from ecology and science education to social sciences and visual arts. Aivelo is both a disease ecologist and science education researcher and recently his interest has turned more and more to human-wildlife coexistence and relationality. Additionally, he is an awarded science communicator whose non-fiction book Loputtomat loiset (Endless Parasites) has received multiple awards and has been translated into Hungarian, Japanese and Spanish.

10.30–11.30 Keynote 2

Picture of prof. Jouni Pursiainen
Keynote speaker Professor Jouni Pursiainen

Professor Jouni Pursiainen, University of Oulu

STEM subjects and us – aspects in the sustainable development of societies, common knowledge and Finnish education

Scientific knowledge has caused a fundamental revolution in human life. STEM subjects are essential for well-being, sustainable development of societies and education. Jouni Pursiainen is a chemistry professor at the University of Oulu. As the director of the LUMA Centre of the University of Oulu, he is interested in science education and the popularization of science. He also has studied the consequences of subject choices in upper secondary school.

LUMA-aineet ja me – näkökulmia yhteiskuntien kestävään kehitykseen, yleissivistykseen ja suomalaiseen koulutukseen

Tieteellinen tieto on muuttanut elämäämme perin pohjin. LUMA-aineilla on ratkaisevan tärkeä merkitys niin hyvinvoinnille, yhteiskuntien kestävälle kehitykselle kuin koulutuksellekin. Jouni Pursiainen toimii kemian professorina Oulun yliopistossa. Oulun yliopiston LUMA-keskuksen johtajana hän on kiinnostunut tiedekasvatuksesta ja tiedeviestinnästä ja on myös tutkinut lukion ainevalintojen merkitystä.

11.30–12.30  Lunch break

12.30–14.30 Oral presentations. Chair: University Lecturer Antti Viholainen, University of Eastern Finland

Nelly Adjoa Sakyi-Hagan & Charity Esenam Anor, Department of Integrated Science Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana

Out of the Classroom: Unmasking Science in Indigenous Practices

Mirac Aydin, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Fatih Faculty of Education, Trabzon University, Turkey

Investigating Problem-solving Strategies of Pre-Service Science Teachers in an online Earthquake Engineering-Oriented Educational Robotics Course

Sunil Bajaj & Jasneet Kaur, State Council of Educational Research & Training, Haryana, India

Harbans Puzzles

Marianne Juntunen, Founder of EduGems Oy & Dr. in Chemistry education, M.Sc. (Chemistry and mathematics education), M.Sc. (Technical microbiology), math and science teacher in Pelkosenniemi

Measuring the impact of the Future Innovators STEAM4SD programme on participants’ satisfaction, values and behaviour


The event cooperates with the Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association.