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.

4 04, 2022

Psychology Workshop 2022

By |2021-12-16T14:54:01+11:00April 4th, 2022|Comments Off on Psychology Workshop 2022

April 4 @ 1:45 pm 5:30 pm

  • Tools and Resources for teaching Psychology, Jacinta Huntsman, Ruyton Girls’ School and Maddi Hammet
  • Practical applications of conditioning, Sample Incursion, Laura from Dognitive therapy
  • Supporting student-design investigations in VCE Psychology, Erin Wilson, VCAA STEM Curriculum Manager
  • ArtVo introduction at NewQuay and Guided Trail

Workshop Fees
Individual member – $59
School member – $119
Non member – $169
Student/retired – $35

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17 02, 2022

VCE Physics Conference 2022

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February 18 @ 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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15 02, 2022

VCE Chemistry Conference 2022

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February 16 @ 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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13 02, 2022

VCE Biology and Environmental Science Conference 2022

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February 14 @ 8:00 am 4:00 pm

Theme: Perspectives on Practice: Turning over a new leaf

This will be an online event

Keynote Speakers

Dr Nicholas Chandler
Structural Biology Division The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Doing a scientific research PhD always promised to be eventful, sprinkle in a global pandemic and it grew into a unique learning experience. In sharing the story of my scientific career thus-far, I will offer my reflections on the key issues and dramatic changes taking place within the scientific world today; from the perspective of a bright-eyed, double-vaxed, early-career researcher.

Professor Lesley Hughes
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development) Distinguished Professor of Biology, Macquarie University

Lesley Hughes is Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Her principal research interest has been the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems and the implications for conservation. She is a former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report, a former federal Climate Commissioner and now a Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia.

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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 11, 2021


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Delivered Online

Friday 26 November 2021

Theme is: Science “in situ”: Sharing Our Practice, Our Research, Our Insights

Keynote Speaker

STAV Patron, Associate Professor Misty Jenkins BSc (Hons), PhD, MAICD

Misty Jenkins is a NHMRC fellow and laboratory head in the Immunology Division at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, where she researches cellular immunology and cancer immunotherapy.  Misty studied her PhD in Immunology at The University of Melbourne, followed by postdoctoral positions at The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Misty has a long-standing interest in how a specialized group of white blood cells, CD8+ T cells, kill cancer. Her current research program currently researches the use of T cell immunotherapy for brain cancer. A/Prof Jenkins was awarded the L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (2013), was Tall Poppy of the year (2015), was awarded the Westpac/Australian Financial Review Top100 Women of Influence award (2016) in recognition for her significant contribution to science and gender equity. A/Prof Jenkins has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in academia over the past decade and her efforts in this area have been recognized nationally and internationally. In addition to her research career, A/Prof Jenkins is experienced in governance and is a Board Director for Monash Health, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Health Medical Research Future Fund.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Shane Huntington OAM

Shane is the Chief Executive Officer of Little Big Steps; a childrens cancer charity. Shane is also a speaker, trainer and facilitator. He has been providing consulting services in communication and strategy for over 20 years.

He is the host and producer of 3RRR’s science radio program Einstein A Go Go. Over the last 29 years he has interviewed thousands of scientists and explained hundreds of scientific concepts to the public. In 2020 he was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of his science communication work.

Shane is a prolific writer with articles on Medium.com read more than 80,000 times.

He is the Founder and Director of the Innovation Group Pty Ltd, a scientific equipment supplier in Australia and New Zealand since 1999. Until April 2020 he was the Deputy Director – Strategy and Partnerships in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Shane was the Founder of the Telescopes in Schools Program, a Victorian based initiative designed to bring the wonders of Astronomy and education to low SES schools in Melbourne’s Northern and Western suburbs and rural districts through the prevision of research grade telescopes and support.

Shane was an academic until 2008 with a PhD in Physics. His specialty was in Photonics and Imaging and he has published more than 70 refereed journal papers. During his 10 years as a researcher he acquired more than $6M in competitive grants.

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8 09, 2021

STAV Science Leaders’ Conference

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Theme for this conference is: New Horizons in STEM Education

Online: Thursday 9 September 2021 from 8.40am to 12.30pm
Online: Friday 26 November, 2021, from 8.00am to 4.30pm

Keynote Presenters

Darkness Visible Down Under

Prof Alan Duffy, Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute, Swinburne

Decades of research have led astronomers to a staggering conclusion, that there exists a new, invisible type of mass that outweighs everything we can see five times over. I will explain how we know so much about the properties of a particle we have yet to discover, and how Australia is playing a leading role in uncovering the nature of this mysterious dark matter with SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector at Victoria’s Stawell gold mine.

Professor Alan Duffy is Director of Swinburne’s Space Technology and Industry Institute, a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics, and an astrophysicist who creates universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter. He then tries to explain all this work to as wide an audience as possible on TV, radio and public events, as the Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia.

Teaching STEM  in uncertain times

Prof Jan van Driel, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are among the global challenges that require an understanding of STEM concepts and principles. The misunderstanding and confusion about these challenges, partly caused by the proliferation of misinformation via the media, underscores the importance of STEM education. However, the performance and uptake of STEM in Australia is problematic. In this talk I will address opportunities and questions for STEM education: What should we be teaching (curriculum), to whom and how (pedagogies)? Which abilities need to be assessed and how?  What does this imply for the preparation and ongoing professional learning of teachers of STEM?

Jan van Driel is a Professor of Science Education and leader of the Mathematics, Science & Technology Education Group in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. After obtaining a Master’s degree in chemistry (1984), he worked as a teacher of chemistry in a secondary school. He did a PhD at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, which focused on the teaching and learning of chemical equilibrium. His research interests include science teacher knowledge, teacher education and professional learning, science and gender, and interdisciplinary science and STEM education.

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18 02, 2021

VCE Physics Conference 2021

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February 19, 2021 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Date: Friday 19 February 2021
Venue: Online
$99.00 for STAV Individual Members
$199.00 for STAV School Members
$260.00 for Non Members
$49.00 for Preservice teachers (must provide a copy of your student i.d)

Keynote Address

Professor Todd Lane, The University of Melbourne

Todd Lane is a Professor in atmospheric science at The University of Melbourne and the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. He is the former President of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Todd Lane completed his PhD at Monash University, held research scientist positions at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, and then commenced an academic position at The University of Melbourne where he has been since 2005. His research spans a range of topics in climate science, including extreme rainfall, bushfire weather, thunderstorms, and atmospheric modelling.

“Telling the future: the latest advances in climate modelling”
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing future generations, with the promise of increasing temperature and changes to our extreme weather. Predictions of future climate come from climate models, which are complex computational models based on the fundamental laws of physics. In this talk I will cover the basics of climate modelling and how climate models will improve in the future. I will also explain how some aspects of model predictions of future climate are uncertain, but how we use our physical understanding to supplement those uncertainties.

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