to highlight the achievements of science education
to provide a forum for science education research between scientists and non-scientists
to collaborate with and co-ordinate the work of other SIGs in the science area
to provide support for researchers and practitioner researchers in science education
to make recommendations to the BERA council on matters of policy within science education
to support ITT and student researchers in science education
to develop a self help network of researchers in science education within BERA
to promote lifelong learning in and motivation towards science
to achieve an appropriate balance of science for future scientists and science for democracy.
As a SIG convenor you receive a number of benefits, support from the BERA office and are invited to attend convenor meetings in London, with all other SIG convenors.
Convenors are vital to the work of BERA, investing energy in the promotion of the SIG and its activities. The main role of the SIG Convenor(s) is to co-ordinate, oversee and develop the mission and activities of the particular SIG.
Convenors should expect to work within all the guidelines and advice provided by the BERA Office. These are in place to ensure good practice and that all legal, financial and insurance matters are taken care of and that any risks to individuals or organisations are minimised. In particular with regard to planning events, activities or any expenditure, SIGs should all follow the appropriate procedures
By agreeing to assume a position of SIG convenor, individuals are committing to fulfilling all of the responsibilities and obligations that go with that role. SIG Convenors are expected to exercise their own judgment to meet the requirements listed in BERA guidance and to seek further advice from the BERA Office if in any doubt. If any procedures are not followed then the BERA Office reserves the right to take whatever action may be necessary to protect BERA’s legal, financial and reputational position. Such matters will also form part of the review of each SIG that is undertaken by Council.