2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference

Thank you for your interest in the conference. We are not currently accepting proposals for presentations. Please check back in April for Conference program and registration information. 

The Life Discovery – Doing Science Education conference welcomes proposals that address audiences from high school through upper division undergraduate education. Proposals that address the theme and one or more of the cross-cutting topics and/or conference tracks will be given higher priority. Exceptionally innovative ideas that do not fall neatly into the tracks and topics will also be considered.   We encourage all selected presenters to submit teaching ideas to the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library through one of the four portals. This serves as a record of the conference proceedings and allows educators who cannot attend to also access your information and ideas.

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology
The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross-Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.

Session Formats

There are three presentation formats available:

Hands-on workshops (1 or 2 hours)

This session format is designed to give participants hands-on experience to implement a particular technique or activity or develop innovative appropriate approaches to curriculum design. One or two hour sessions are available.

Short Presentation (30 minutes)
This session format is designed for presentations that enhance understanding of key concepts, or project activities that feature effective ideas and approaches. Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes to allow for 10 minutes of Q and A. Selected proposals represent the highest quality teaching ideas and presenters are expected to submit their teaching ideas to the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library (LDDL) if the format allows. We are interested in archiving best practices and promoting further exchange of ideas through LDDL by publishing and disseminating your teaching resource.

Education Share Fair Roundtables (40 minutes)
This session is designed for educators to share lesson ideas and resources (images, datasets, charts, case studies, videos etc.) at any stage of development to receive peer feedback. Each presentation will be at a roundtable with up to seven other participants (max). Discussions can cover issues related but not restricted to core concepts, teaching methodology, misconceptions, assessment or educational extensions.