Conference Info


Announcing the 28th Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education

Hosted by Rhodes University in collaboration with Nelson Mandela University

Venue: Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Date of Conference:  Tuesday 14 to and including Thursday 16 January 2020

Followed by a Conference Writing Clinic: Friday 17th January 2020 (all day)


2020 Conference Theme:

Fostering Delight in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education


2020 Day-to-Day Programme :

Click here to download, open and glance through


1st Announcement and Call for Papers can be found HERE.  This includes information on

  • Names and members of the LOC for 2020
  • Motivation for Conference Theme
  • Programme presentations including Plenay Sessions, and Peer reviewed paper presentations
  • Important dates and deadlines

 2nd Announcement can be downloaded from HERE. This includes information on:

  • Important dates to diarise
  • Programme presentations in brief.  See 1st Announcement for details
  • Post-Conference writing clinic
  • Registration details
  • Conference bursaries / financial support
  • SAARMSTE awards
  • Conference accommodation and more

Post Conference Writing Clinic

The purpose of the Writing Clinic is to develop one's own personal paper, not to collect tips for authors.

Applications - only once paper submissions have been accepted and authors notified accordingly.


Objectives of the Saarmste Conference

Among the aims of SAARMSTE, according to its consitution are:

  • To foster a sense of community among researchers in MSTE
  • To promote research to improve and develop MSTE programmes in response to current and future needs
  • To organise annual conferences at which the results of MSTE research should be presented




Conference News

2020 Plenary Speakers are:

1.  Steve Keirl is currently Reader in Design Education, Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research explores the relationships amongst ethics, curriculum, pedagogy, democracy, design and technology – loosely seen as ‘explorations of Technological and Design Literacy.

  1. Emeritus Professor Terezinha Nunes - Oxford University, United Kingdom. Her research is extensive and focuses on numeracy and literacy development covering both cognitive and cultural issues.  
  2. Professor Umesh Ramnarain -  University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His main research interest is on inquiry-based science education in South African classrooms with a particular focus on complex and diverse learning contexts.
  3. 4. Distinguished Professor Heila Sisitka-Lotz occupies the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) in Global Change and Social Learning Systems at Rhodes University.  Her recent interest in the 4th industrial revolution offers a critique of the discourse for learning, education and society.




Conference 2019 Documents

The following 2019 documents may be downloaded for the period 21st February to 30th April 2019, after which these and previous books of Proceedings and of Abstracts are available to SAARMSTE members under Archives.   Kindly note these are large files and therefore take some time to download. They are:

2019 Book of Proceedings (Long Papers)

2019 Conference Programme

2019 Book of Long Paper Abstracts, Symposia, Short Papers, Snapshots and Poster / Papers - This book is no longer available as a link to this page