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We are postponing this conference until 2021.

No firm dates have been set. If you have any questions or would like to receive updates about the conference timeline, please email us at Thank you for your interest. We hope to see you next year!

AUGUST 6–8, 2020

Exploring the Use of Non-Science Themed Art in Science Education

Preliminary Program

Day One: Thursday, August 6


  • Welcome reception at the conference hotel, including a keynote presentation

Day Two: Friday, August 7


  • Welcome remarks and discussion of how attendees think non-science art can influence science education and what evidence is needed
  • Literature Review: Presentation of studies of non-science art in science education (Chaired by Jana Greenslit)
  • Perspectives from Practitioners: Session on arts-based experiential learning within nursing and medical education (Chaired by Alexa Miller and Dr. Meg Moorman)


  • Your Brain on Art: Session on the neuroscience research around how art influences cognition (Chaired by Dr. Ann Harvey Tanner)
  • Museum exploration break
  • Your Brain on Science: Session on the current state of cognitive research on science learning (Chaired by Dr. Hee-Sun Lee)


  • Public event on the topic of non-science art in science education, hosted by a local arts institution

Day Three: Saturday, August 8


  • Brainstorming and reflection session, beginning to identify research questions
  • Art and Broadening Perspectives I: Discussion of how art can lead guests to think more broadly about cultural identities and assumptions (Chaired by Amber Coleman)
  • Art and Broadening Perspectives II: Discussion of explicit and implicit stereotypes of science and scientists, and how art may prime guests to be more open about what science is and who can be scientists (Chaired by Dr. Aaron Price and Amber Coleman)


  • Session on developing research questions for the field with three audiences in mind: science educators, art educators, and artists (Chaired by Dr. Martin Storksdieck)
  • Brainstorming session on which research methodologies may be used in these projects (Chaired by Dr. Martin Storksdieck)
  • Closing remarks

After the Conference

A white paper synthesizing the conclusions of the conference will be published here, along with transcripts of key conversations.

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