5 04, 2023

STAV VCE Conference Series 2024

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  • Monday 12 February: Biology
  • Tuesday 13 February: Environmental Science
  • Wednesday 14 February: Chemistry
  • Thursday 15 February: Psychology
  • Friday 16 February: Physics

February 12, 2024 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

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12 10, 2022


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November 28, 2022 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

This year, STAVCON will be held on Monday 28 November 2022 at La Trobe University, Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora, Victoria in a much-anticipated face-to-face format. STAVCON, as you may know, is one of STAV’s flagship conferences. Its audience is diverse and includes teachers of primary and secondary science and STEM, laboratory technicians, and members of the education research community and tertiary sector. In terms of the depth, breadth and richness of offerings, STAVCON is unique. 

LaTrobe University

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Dr
Bundoora, Victoria 3086 Australia
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19 04, 2022

ASTA Policy Position Papers

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At the national level ASTA has developed several policy position papers based on feedback from school science educators across Australia. ASTA has regular discussions with Ministers, bureaucrats, and other relevant decision makers to ensure these are addressed.

Below is a list of the current policy position papers. These are reviewed on a timely basis to ensure currency.
STAV will ensure that the members receive regular updates and new policy positions.

2 12, 2021

Science Talent Search 2022

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2022 Theme: Glass: More than meets the eye

For more information about STS including dates, handbook, sponsorship, judging information and exhibition and presentation day, go to the STS website. If you would like a poster to help promote Science Talent Search in your school, contact the STS project officer.

The STS Handbook is now available.

Glass: More than meets the eye
25 10, 2021

VCE Physics Conference 2022

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February 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am 4:00 pm

Theme: Perspectives on Practice: Harnessing Innovation

This will be an online event

Keynote Presenter

Robert Sheehy

Keynote presentation: Innovations in electricity: Is 100% renewable now possible?

Received BE and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney (1992 and 1997). He was at CSIRO Division of Applied Physics from 1991 to 1997 working in the High Voltage test laboratory on various metrology projects and industrial calibration testing up to 1MVDC and 500kVAC while researching insulation condition monitoring in high voltage motors and generators. He was a Power Electronics engineer and Director of Engineering for Rectifier Technologies, Melbourne between 1997 and 2008, where he developed several modular power conversion systems for interfacing batteries with the grid and renewable sources that were licenced for manufacture globally. In the last decade, he has been involved in several teams developing medical products, especially the use of nanotechnology in diagnostic x-ray; development of algorithms for optimised control of micro wind turbines, and development of miniature modular high voltage sources to 160kVDC. Dr Sheehy has completed two years of Antarctic service as an electrical engineer at Davis and Mawson stations to upgrade and operate scientific instruments used to gather data for climate change analysis, and to support improvements to the station isolated power grids. He is a co-inventor on several patents on power conversion, nanotechnology based x-ray tubes and x-ray applications.

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25 10, 2021

VCE Chemistry Conference 2022

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February 16, 2022 @ 8:00 am 4:00 pm

Theme: Perspectives on Practice: Sustainability Matters

This will be an online event

Keynote Presenters

Dr. Yvonne Mah
Business Development Manager Plastic Additives Australia and New Zealand, BASF 

Keynote address: Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Future 

Never before, has Chemistry been at the forefront of society’s quest for solutions to achieve sustainability. While the knowledge of Chemistry continues to bring innovations, it also has great impact on the race for sustainable solutions needed now. Sustainability is about ensuring that our activities do not incur a negative effect to the environment of our current and future generations. We look to Chemistry to help solve this. Looking from a few perspectives, we discuss the needs of society and the environment, UN’s goals, circular economy, chemistry of materials and a corporate view of carbon management.

Yvonne Mah has a PhD in Chemistry and has worked for the chemical company, BASF for over 20 years. She began as a Graduate Application Development Chemist in the Engineering Plastics Division. From there she has experienced various roles as Technical Service Engineer to Technical  Marketing for the Asia-Pacific region based at the headquarters in Hong Kong. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. After living abroad and travelling extensively in the Asia-Pacific region and seeing the chemical industries first hand, Yvonne volunteers to different organisations as a way to share her experience and give back to the community. She spends her time in the Women in Chemistry Group, Mentoring, Diversity and Inclusion, Polymer Division and Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Committees. Yvonne is also a recent committee member as Program Chair in the Society of Plastic Engineers.

Professor Antonio (Tony) Patti , FRACI.

Director, ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre – Green Chemistry in Manufacturing, Monash University
Keynote Address: Green Chemistry – Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Professor Antonio (Tony) Patti , FRACI. Director, ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre – Green Chemistry in Manufacturing, Monash University
‘Green Chemistry – Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals’

Advances in chemistry and chemical engineering have shaped our world from pharmaceuticals and food production, to the clothes we wear, the homes we live in, the cars we drive, our cosmetics, cleaning products, and so much more. However, we now know that continuing to manufacture as we did in the past is unsustainable. Today’s new world and the global problems we face with climate change and resource depletion demands a new approach.

Green chemistry is a paradigm shift. The Green Chemistry principles can be applied across all sectors involving chemical manufacture. It is about how we should “think about and do chemistry”, so that we avoid hazardous materials and products, develop new production methods, utilise renewable resources, recover, reuse and repurpose materials when the initial application has expired hance encompass circular economy thinking and minimise energy requirements in all manufacturing. This shift in how we manufacture will not only bring environmental benefits and mitigate climate change, but will also bring economic and social benefits. Several examples of how green chemistry is being implemented to achieve these goals will be provided.

Furthermore, if we look at UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), one can identify where Chemistry can play a positive role in addressing many of the goals directly. Indeed, it can be argued that those UN SDGs that are not obviously addressed directly can be addressed indirectly. Green Chemistry principles should be integrated across all the curriculum of chemistry at whatever level chemistry is taught and demonstrate to future generations, the central role that the chemical sciences and related engineering will play in ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

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