The International Conference on Informatics in Schools: Situation, Evolution and Perspectives (ISSEP) is a forum for researchers and practitioners in the area of Informatics education, mainly in primary and secondary schools. The conference provides an opportunity for educators and researchers to reflect upon the goals and objectives of this subject matter, its curricula, various teaching and learning paradigms, and topics, as well as the connections to everyday life—including the various ways of developing Informatics Education in schools. The conference focuses on the educational goals and objectives of Informatics or Computer Science as a subject matter in primary, secondary, and vocational education and their different realization in compulsory and voluntary courses.

Call for Contributions

Authors are invited to submit high-quality manuscripts reporting original unpublished research and recent developments in the topics related to the scope of the conference (see below). All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed by Programme Committee members.

There are four different submission categories for the main conference (23-25 October, 2023):

  • Full Papers, divided into two subcategories (up to 12 pages):
    • Research papers (e.g., empirical, qualitative, quantitative, theory building, research methods, comparative studies, transferability of methods and results from other disciplines)
    • Best practice papers/country reports/experience reports
  • Short Papers, divided into two subcategories (up to 8 pages)
    • Position/discussion papers
    • Work in progress
  • Poster proposals (2-4 pages)
  • Workshop and panel proposals (2-4 pages)

The page limitations must be honored and include references. For full and short papers, an optional appendix can be added, whose length must not exceed 2 pages.

Selected (top quality) full papers will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. The other accepted papers as well as accepted workshop, poster, and panel proposals will be published in the local proceedings.

The main conference will be preceded by a doctoral consortium on 22 October 2023:

Conference Scope

The main topics of the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Computing in early-childhood, primary, secondary, and higher education
  • Computational thinking
  • AI, data education, data literacy
  • Contests and competitions in informatics
  • Broadening engagement and diversity
  • Teacher education in informatics
  • Learning solutions and courseware
  • Curricula and policies in computing education
  • Informatics and society in education
  • Assessment of computing skills
  • Extracurricular activities around computing
  • Teaching of informatics to children with special education needs
  • Teaching of informatics in relation with other school topics
  • Role and importance of subtopics of computing
  • Prior knowledge, misconceptions, and difficulties in computing
  • Teaching strategies and modalities in informatics
  • Sustainable education in informatics
  • Newer topics in informatics education (e.g., quantum computing)
  • Research approaches in computing education

Work submitted to ISSEP should be novel and material that has been previously published should not be republished unless the work has been significantly revised. Note, however, that while novel work is highly valued, constructive replication of previous studies can also be a significant contribution, and a new interpretation or evaluation of previously published work can make a good contribution.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: May 8, 2023
Full/short paper submission: May 30 June 9, 2023
Doctoral consortium application: May 30 July 31, 2023
Posters, workshops, and panel proposals submission: August 14, 2023
Notification of acceptance for papers: July 24, 2023
Registration start: July 24, 2023
Camera-ready versions of accepted papers: August 14, 2023
Notification of acceptance for workshops, and panels: September 4, 2023
Notification of acceptance for posters: September 4 September 8, 2023
Registration end: September 25 October 8, 2023
Doctoral consortium: October 22, 2023
Main conference: October 23-25, 2023

Submission Guidelines

All contributions (papers, posters, workshops, and panel proposals) will be submitted through EasyChair:

Submissions must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS style guidelines using LaTeX. The maximum length of the paper (including references, but excluding the optional appendix) is 12 pages. For online Latex editors, see, e.g., Overleaf or ShareLaTeX. The length of the abstract should be 200-300 words.

To prepare a poster, workshop, or panel proposal (2-4 pages) for the local proceedings, authors are also asked to use the same Springer templates, either for LaTeX or for Word.

As the short and full papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed, the authors should leave their names and affiliations blank in the initial submission, and take care to avoid details in the article that could be used to identify the authors. These include institution information, specific funding information and clear self-citations.

Poster Requirements

The purpose of the poster is to stimulate discussion with conference participants during the conference about your presented activity. For this purpose, the poster will be mounted and accessible during the whole conference. During the poster session, the presenters of the poster should be present at their posters to give short presentations to interested participants.

Size and orientation: A1 portrait (594 × 841 mm)

Contains at least: title, author(s), institution(s), contact information, problem statement, description of work, gained results, future work, main references.

Please bring a printed poster of the correct size to the conference.