Tejas Joshi is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Science & Maths Education Germany. An educationist from Thane, India, Tejas has an M.A. in Science Education from University College London & graduated in Chemistry (B.Sc.) from Vaze College, Mumbai University.
Tejas’ research is focused on science education for sustainable development, through designing innovative strategies to integrate interdisciplinary contexts like the United Nations’ sustainable development goals & urgent global-local challenges into conventional curricula. He also examines newer multi-stakeholder learning environments offering authentic lived experiences. A former Kurt Hansen Fellow (Bayer Science & Education Foundation), Tejas has been developing pedagogically flexible, open-access learning resources deploying visual elicitation & guided inquiry. In his undergrad years, Tejas was awarded a National Initiative for Undergraduate Science Fellowship at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education India, enabling him to independently study kinetics of the Biginelli condensation reaction. This rare opportunity introduced him to the field of science education. Motivated by the need to improve Indian chemistry education, he designed affordable co-curricular print resources for the elements & periodic table, notably “Let’s meet the chemical elements!”- a set of 114 visual cards showcasing the significance of elements in our lives through characterization. These resources went on to be internationally recognized, markedly at the 23rd IUPAC ICCE Canada through an IUPAC Poster Award where Tejas was among the youngest speakers.
Passionate about the confluence of education, science & art & advocating change-making through education, Tejas has striven to disseminate these materials through talks & workshops, thereby creating & sustaining global collaborations for this niche field, particularly the 24th, 25th ICCEs in Malaysia & Australia, UN Global Festival Germany & at Japan.