The International Organization for Science and Technology Education was established to advance the cause of education in science and technology as a vital part of the general education of the peoples of all countries and to provide scholarly exchange and discussion in the field of science and technology education.
Its origins trace to a Symposium on World Trends in Science Education convened in August 1979 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. At the third symposium, held in Brisbane (Australia) 1984 the informal circuit of 'World Trends' was transformed into a formal organization with membership in over sixty countries.
IOSTE has been achieved recognition by UNESCO as an official non-governmental organization.
Membership in the International Organization for Science and Technology Education is open to all who subscribe to its Constitution.