Associate Professor Susan RowlandRegistrations are now open for this year’s Australian conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) to be held at The University of Queensland for the first time on 28-30 September.

Conference chair Associate Professor Susan Rowland said more than 100 papers and posters have been submitted, as academics are keen to share their strategies and techniques for success in this challenging field.

“This is a great opportunity for tertiary science and mathematics educators to share ideas and keep up to date,” said Associate Professor Rowland, who is the Deputy Director of UQ’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation.

“We hope some local academics who may not have had the chance to attend before will be able to join us.

“The atmosphere at this conference is always very collegial, with plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues from universities across Australia and NZ.”

This is the 22nd year of the national conference, which this year has the theme: “The 21st Century Science Graduate”.

The conference will pose the questions: What is the place of our science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates in the world, and how do we prepare them?

Sub-themes include networking and collaboration, technology-enhanced learning, digital literacy, industry engagement, community engagement, work integrated learning (WIL), transferable skills, employability, and communication in science and mathematics.

Associate Professor Rowland said the conference presented a good opportunity to hear from experts in this field, including nationally recognised Office of Learning and Teaching Fellows and national award winners. 

Keynote speakers include Daniel Southam of Curtin University, Peter Ellerton of The University of Queensland’s Critical Thinking Project, Jackie Randles of Inspiring Australia, Ruth Bridgstock, of Queensland University of Technology and Toss Gascoigne, of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network.

The closing date for earlybird registration discount is Friday 5th August.

For further information visit the conference website  or contact Stephanie Beames at s.beames@uq.edu.au

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