Convention at a Glance

The International Convention on Science of Learning is co-organized by the National Science Foundation (USA), OECD/CERI and UNESCO, in collaboration with the East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai Normal University and The University of Hong Kong, to be held March 1-6, 2014 in Shanghai, China. This Convention comprises three events:

Convention at a glance

Science of Learning Symposium on March 1, 2014.

This Symposium will highlight exciting research about learning in the United States, Asia and Europe that cut across many disciplines, levels of analysis, and contexts to include: cellular, molecular basis of learning, brain systems of learning, behavioral and cognitive aspects of learning, social-cultural influences on learning, individual differences in learning, use of technology to enhance learning, developmental aspects of learning across the lifespan, learning in and out of the classroom.


International Round Table on March 2, 2014.

The International Roundtable is an optional activity for Convention participants. It is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to get to know system level developments in education in Shanghai, be introduced to the strategic developments at East China Normal University, and most important of all, to share with each other the status, developments and challenges in the area of applying knowledge from learning research to different learning settings and contexts. It will be an informal event when every participant is invited to share ideas and experiences, and to know each other. This event will serve as a bridge between the Science Symposium on March 1 to the Dialog on March 3-4.


Dialogue on Science of Learning – How can it make a difference? on March 3-4, 2014.

There are four sessions on March 3-4 for the Dialogue. The overall aim of the sessions is to address the thematic question: How can Science of Learning make a difference in practice and policy-making in education? In so doing the target goals of the Dialogue are to achieve integration in two dimensions: integration among researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, and integration among various disciplines that study learning.


International Forum on Science of Learning and Innovation in Education on March 5-6, 2014.

This Forum, organized by East China Normal University, aims to further the dissemination of recent research on how people learn and the dialogue on how science of learning can make a difference in educational policy and practice. The topics primarily include: (i) frontier of Science of Learning, (ii) how Science of Learning makes differences in educational practice, (iii) how Science of Learning makes differences in educational policy, and (iv) how Science of Learning makes differences in teacher education.