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Saturday, September 21, 2013
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Call for Submissions to ISPST2012

We are pleased to invite submissions to the 4th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology. In order to present information as best as possible, to reach scientists as well, we buy accounting essay so that all data are qualitatively calculated and presented.

Important links and information

Download the Call for Submissions here

Submit your proposal here: http://ISPST2012.Submit.sgizmo.com/s3/.

Additional information for submitters is here

Important dates in 2012



April 16

REVISED Proposal submission deadline

May 1

Acceptance notifications (by e-mail) & requests for additional info from students applying for NSF travel funds or the Gooding Prize

May 15

Announcement of student NSF travel award & Gooding Prize winners (see the information for submitters page for additional information)

June 1

Deadline for online registration, Holliday Inn hotel reservation (see below), & presenter confirmation

July 20-22

Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

The 2012 conference is co-sponsored by the Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University and by the Learning Research and Development Center at The University of Pittsburgh.

We have generous support for student travel funds from NSF and for an award to the best student submission on a cognitive science topic from the Cognitive Science Society.

Scholars from different countries representing a broad range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, communication, history, sociology, philosophy, education, and computer science will share cutting-edge research on scientific thinking and the advancement of science and technology.

Conference themes

  • Formal science education, development of scientific thinking skills, professional scientific practice, peer review, and psychological processes.
  • Note: We invite submissions about informal science learning for a special symposium and tour of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  
    These events, focused on informal science learning, and ending before 1 pm on Sunday, June 22, 2012, are being organized by our invited speaker, Kevin Crowley, who is the Associate Professor of Learning Science and Policy, School of Education and Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Web link: http://upclose.lrdc.pitt.edu/people/crowley.html

Keynote speakers:

  • "Envisioning Science and Technology" by Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at Indiana University at Bloomington (IUB), founder of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, and curator of Places and Spaces: Mapping Science (http://scimaps.org).
    Web link: http://www.indiana.edu/~alldrp/members/borner.html

  • Promoting Epistemic Growth” by Clark Chinn, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Editor of Educational Psychologist
    Web link: http://rci.rutgers.edu/~cchinn/individualpages/individual_clarkchinn.html

  • “Objects, Subjects and Subjectivity: The Disciplinary Stance of Scientists and Learners” by Iris Tabak, Senior Lecturer (tenured assistant professor) in the Education Department at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, current President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (www.isls.org), and an Associate Editor of The Journal of the Learning Sciences.
    Web link: http://www.bgu.ac.il/~itabak/

  • “Eureka! Three Mechanisms that Explain Creative Consciousness” by Paul Thagard, Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Computer Science, Director of the Cognitive Science Program, and University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo
    Web link: http://watarts.uwaterloo.ca/~pthagard/Biographies/pault.html

Download the Call for Submissions here

Submission Requirements

The Conference Steering Committee will review all submissions for quality and conference fit. All quality submissions that fit the broad conference and society themes will be accepted as a talk or poster. If you have a question about the fit of your submission to the conference themes, please contact Corinne.

You can submit a proposal if you are not a member of ISPST but only members can present at the conference.  Part of the conference registration fee will be a membership fee. Complete the online submission form here:


At the end of the survey you will submit your abstract. We will notify people via email by May 1, 2012 if their abstract was accepted as a talk or a poster.


Note: we have reserved a block of rooms at The Holliday Inn - Pittsburgh @ University Center in Oakland (100 Lytton Ave., Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania 15213) located a short walk from the conference site as well as the Pitt and CMU campuses. Call the front desk at 412-682-6200 and mention the group "ISPST 2012" to book your room before before June 1 to secure our reduced rate of $132 a night plus 14% occupancy tax.

A complimentary local shuttle is available to all guests and will travel within a three mile radius of the hotel.  The hotel website is: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/pittsburgh/pitsp/hoteldetail/

Please distribute this announcement widely and post it where ever you can.


Corinne Zimmerman and Jordan Lippman
(co-chairs of the conference steering committee)

Conference steering committee members
Greg Feist
David Klahr
Chris Schunn
Andrew Young