of the International Organization for Science
and Technology Education
The International Organization
for Science and Technology Education is an international
organization which aims to encourage informed debate, reflection
and research on science and technology (S&T) education.
IOSTE was established in 1979 to promote contact and dialogue
across political and ideological borders. A key concern was that
education in S&T should be a vital part of the general
education of the peoples of all countries.
1. IOSTE Mission Statement
IOSTE identifies science and
technology education with the real and changing needs of
humankind as a whole and with specific needs of its component
communities and nations. IOSTE wants to continue and strengthen
its tradition and considers that S&T education should:
- Highlight S&T education
for citizenship and for informed, critical, and active
participation in democracy
- Stress the relationship
between science, technology and society
Emphasize the cultural and human values of S&T
- Promote equity in S&T
and S&T education
- Advance S&T education
for a just and sustainable development and consider how
S&T education can contribute to the fight against
poverty, discrimination and injustice
- Encourage the peaceful and
ethical use of S&T in the service of humankind
- Encourage cultural diversity
and international understanding through S&T education
- Stimulate international
collaboration in the domains of research and development and
promote cooperation with other international organizations.
IOSTE convenes international
and (in cooperation with other partners) regional symposia for
debate and dialogue on issues related to the aims of the
Organization. These symposia provide for scholarly exchange,
discussion and other initiatives. The symposia aim at gathering
researchers, policy makers, teachers and others who are
concerned about how S&T education can contribute to IOSTE’s
Membership is granted to anyone
who subscribes to this Constitution. Payment of a membership fee
- The membership fee is set by
the Committee of the Organization.
- This fee is included in the
cost of registration in international symposia convened by
5. Functions of all members
- To promote the aims of IOSTE
within their regions.
- To inform the secretary of
major regional activity which would be of interest to
IOSTE members worldwide.
- This information to be
included in the newsletter or in special interest group
- To elect the regional
The Committee shall convene
during each Symposium a Plenary Session of the Organization. The
Plenary Session is a meeting open to all members of the
- Elects the regional
representatives to the Committee,
- Endorses recommendations for
and amendments to the constitution of the Organization which
may be proposed by the Committee,
- Receives the financial
statement of the Organization,
- Makes recommendations to the
Committee on broad policy directions for the Organization.
There shall be a Committee of
the Organization whose functions shall
Serve as the decision making
body of the Organization,
Set the main directions of the Organization,
Recommend as necessary, amendments to the Constitution to the
Plenary Session of the Organization,
Eelect the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and
Secretary/Treasurer of the IOSTE,
Determine the host organization and planning committee for each
The Committee comprises:
A person representing members
of the Organization from each region of the world in which the
Organization has members,
An executive consisting of the Chairperson, the Deputy
Chairperson and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Organization and
the Chairpersons of the immediately preceding and forthcoming
Others co-opted by majority vote of the Committee.
The Chairperson, Deputy-Chairperson and Secretary/Treasurer are
elected by the outgoing Committee to serve until the conclusion
of the next Symposium.
The Chairperson of IOSTE cannot hold office for more than two
consecutive terms. Upon conclusion of his tenure the outgoing
Chairperson becomes a member of the Committee for one term.
The Chairperson and the Secretary/Treasurer should not hold
regional Committee representation.
The regional representatives
are nominated by those present from their regions at the
Symposium and elected to serve until the conclusion of the next
Symposium by the Symposium participants meeting in Plenary
Vacancies on the Committee are
filled at the outset of a Symposium by co-option by majority
vote of the Committee members present.
When circumstances necessitate
a decision be made by the Committee between Symposia, the
Chairperson consults with the Committee by mail, including a
ballot outlining options. In this case decision is by majority
vote of the Committee for an option.
The members of the Executive
act between Committee meetings to carry out the decisions of the
8. Functions of the Executive
To chair all IOSTE executive
and general meetings.
Jointly (with the Secretary-Treasurer) to approve all IOSTE
To act as IOSTE spokesperson in all official relationships with
other international bodies.
Communicating between symposia with the members of the Committee
and undertaking other tasks as assigned by the Committee.
The Deputy Chairperson assists
To maintain records of business
conducted at all IOSTE executive and general meetings.
Jointly (with the chairman) to approve all IOSTE expenditure.
To be responsible for the payment of all accounts, and to
maintain a record of such expenditure.
To prepare a statement of expenditure for the previous periods
between symposia and to prepare a budget proposal for
anticipated expenditures for the next period between symposia.