Jena Online Symposium for Digital Education in STEM 2022

The first online conference on digital education held in the twin of the Abbe Center of Photonics powered by digiPHOTON.
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Join us in digital space!

Virtual copy of the ACP Plaza. Virtual copy of the ACP Plaza. Image: Jonas Brandhoff

The first Jena Online Symposium for Digital Education in STEM 2022 will be held on November 29-30, 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday) in a unique digital setting called, a virtual twin of the research and teaching building Abbe Center of Photonics at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.

  • Participation at the symposium is free of charge.
  • The language of the symposium will be English.

Abstract submission including registration here --> deadline November 6, 2022 (23:59 CET)

Registration here --> deadline November 20, 2022 (23:59 CET)

Scope of the symposium

Demonstration of a virtual photonics lab. Demonstration of a virtual photonics lab. Image: Steffen Walther.

The symposium will bring together leading experts and pioneers of digital education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from all over the world. Together with them, and with a special note on digital photonics education, we want to discuss, demonstrate and learn about new developments and approaches to teaching in these fields.

In a unique, digital, interactive university environment, the Jena Online Symposium for Digital Education in STEM will feature, among others, keynote talks, VR landscape excursions and an exclusive virtual poster session.

Keynote speakers (confirmed)

  • Aude CAUSSARIAU, Freelancing didact, France
  • Jannicke Baalsrud HAUGE, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Birte HEINEMANN, RWTH Aachen University
  • Lambertus HESSELINK, Stanford University School of Engineering, California, USA
  • Heribert NACKEN, RWTH Aachen University
  • Dieter UCKELMANN, University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart
  • Rick TREBINO, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, USA
  • Gottfried ZIMMERMANN, Stuttgart Media University

More information on our keynotes are available here.


Our international program committee will review and evaluate all contributions. It is foreseen to upgrade the top submissions to the invited or keynote status, to give more room to the most interesting topics.

Abstract submission

Abstracts can be submitted now and in any of the following topical categories:

  • Online/Virtual Laboratories
  • Hybrid/Digital Laboratories
  • Virtual Reality and 3D Applications
  • Augmented Reality Learning
  • Serious Games and Software/Game-based Learning
  • Blended, Flipped and Mobile Learning
  • Innovations, Trends and Best Practice Experiences
  • Multimedia Resources
  • ICT Skills and Digital Socializing
  • Virtual Learning and Collaborative Environments

Background of the symposium

JOSDES 2022 JOSDES 2022 Graphic: Subham Adak

In the past two years, the international academic community has encountered dramatic challenges in teaching students and young researchers. As a result, we are now witnessing a fascinating onset of new, mostly digitally based ideas, concepts, toolsets and technologies that may even improve how we deliver scientific and technological knowledge to our students. These new developments promise to contribute to an ongoing (r)evolution in digital education in science and technology.

At the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, our international Abbe School of Photonics has committed substantial efforts to the idea that physical mobility for high-quality education may be joined and complemented by intelligent mobility – a mixture of physical and digital presence. At our school, the digiPHOTON team is highly committed to developing new ideas to implement remote/hybrid laboratories in virtual and augmented reality into the regular curriculum of our Master of Science in Photonics program (M.Sc. Photonics) and to put them immediately into practice in teaching currently enrolled students.

The digiPHOTON project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within its funding scheme Internationale Programme Digital (IP Digital) 2020-2022.

The symposium is part of the digiPHOTON project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within its funding scheme IP Digital. We also thank our friends and partners, the Max Planck School of Photonics and the Lichtwerkstatt Jena, for supporting the symposium.

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