Biology | Environmental Science | Chemistry | Psychology |Physics


The 2023 VCE Conference Series will be held at The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, Victoria and the chosen theme applicable across all the VCE disciplines is: Sustainability Through a Science Lens. We trust you will enjoy exploring this theme with presenters which will lead and inspire excellence. The Conference Series will also address the specific needs of teachers in their chosen discipline, in light of changes to the respective VCE Study Designs, with presentations from curriculum managers and Chief Assessors across the VCE Science subjects.

STAV’s VCE Conference Series is a key feature in the calendars of VCE teachers of the Sciences. We anticipate engaging over 1000 Science teachers throughout the series from Monday 13 February through to Friday 17 February 2023. 

The intended audience includes not only teachers of the VCE Sciences but also laboratory technicians, members of the education research community and tertiary sector, and all others with an interest in VCE Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics and Psychology. 

Delegates Information

Virtual Programs for all Conferences

The virtual program for all conferences include: President’s Welcome, Welcome to Country, Keynote Speakers, VCAA Updates, and any session tagged ‘LIVE STREAM’ in the program (please refer to Daily Schedules for a printed copy of conference programs).

Keynote speakers

VCE Biology – 13 February 2023

* Professor Moira O’Bryan, Dean Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne

* Dr Euan Ritchie, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Centre for Integrative Ecology and School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University


VCE Environmental Science – 14 February 2023

* Professor Don Driscoll, Director of the Centre for Integrative Ecology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

* Professor Michael McCarthy, Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne


VCE Chemistry – 15 February 2023

* Dr Seamus Delaney, Senior Lecturer in Education (Science Education), Deakin University

* Dr Madeline Mitchell, Research Fellow – Food Agility & CRC Constellation, RMIT University


VCE Psychology – 16 February 2023

* Professor Susan Nolan, Department of Psychology, Seton Hall University, United States

* Professor Judith Gullifer, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University

* Dr Karen Marangio, School of Curriculum, Teaching and Inclusive Education, Monash University  

* Cameo appearance: Honorary Professor Jacquelyn Cranney, UNSW Sydney


VCE Physics – 17 February 2023

* Dr Rebecca Allen, Astronomy Online Co-ordinator, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology

* Professor Lisa Harvey, Astrophysicist, Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador at UNSW
* Professor Asha Rao, Associate Dean (Mathematical Sciences), School of Science, RMIT University
* Dr Yvonne Mah, Business Development Manager Plastic Additives Australia and New Zealand
* Bronwen Baume-Tarrant, Coordinator of Digital Learning, Sacred Heart College & STAT President
* Alexandra Abela, STAV President, Assistant Principal (Head of Staff Development) Marian College Ararat
* Michael Rosenbrock, Assistant Principal, Wodonga Secondary College & STAV Council Member
Moderator: Emily Rochette, Lecturer in Science Education, The University of Melbourne


Registration Costs:

Biology (13 February), Chemistry (15 February) & Physics (17 February) * FULL DAY

Face-to-Face Cost (incl. GST)
Individual STAV Member$395
Individual non-STAV Member$495
School STAV Member (up to 6 teachers – $440 per teacher)$440
Pre-Service Teacher$150
Retired Teacher I Concession$150
Virtual Cost (incl. GST)
Individual STAV Member$320
Individual non-STAV Member$420
School STAV Member (up to 6 teachers – $365 per teacher)$365
Pre-Service Teacher$100
Retired Teacher I Concession$100

* Registration price is per conference per day

Environmental Science (14 February) & Psychology (16 February) * HALF DAY

Face-to-FaceCost (incl. GST)
Individual STAV Member$195
Individual non-STAV Member$250
School STAV Member (up to 6 teachers – $220 per teacher)$220
Pre-Service Teacher$75
Retired Teacher I Concession$75
Virtual Cost (incl. GST)
Individual STAV Member$160
Individual non-STAV Member$210
School STAV Member (up to 6 teachers – $180 per teacher)$180
Pre-Service Teacher$50
Retired Teacher I Concession$50

* Registration price is per conference per day


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Transport & Parking Information


We recommend that you leave your car at home when travelling to the VCE Science Conferences. Public transport access to The University of Melbourne is excellent and there are many bicycle facilities on the campus.

Conference registration is in the foyer of the Arts West Building, which is a short walk from Royal Parade. The nearest public transport access is to Stop 11 on the route 19 tram, from Elizabeth St in the CBD. Use the PTV Journey Planner for information.


All day parking is available for $25 at The University of Melbourne carparks at 375 Cardigan St Carlton, and $30 for the carpark at 237 Bouverie St Carlton. There are a very limited number of $25 spaces at 30 Royal Parade. Pay with your credit card as you enter. Click here for more information on parking for cars and details for motorcycles and disabled permit holders. Allow plenty of time for early morning traffic congestion around the campus and note that Grattan St is closed for the construction of the underground Parkville Station, between Royal Pde and Barry St.