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Science education leaders meet in Newcastle

Science education leaders meet in Newcastle

The ACDS annual conference for associate deans (Teaching & Learning) and other leaders in science education was held this year at Newcastle University on 18 and 19 July 2019.  The program, based on the theme of equity in science, was truly inspiring and the event provided another great networking opportunity. Thank you to Andrew Kepert and his team for their hospitality and for doing an excellent job in putting the program together!

The conference in the news

“Equity is an issue that cuts across the business of a lot of Australian universities and one that science has some way to go on,” Dr Kepert said. 

“This gives us an opportunity to compare and contrast – to have discussions about comparing approaches and solutions.

“We have speakers who are challenging us, provoking us and providing us with issues to think about.” 

See the full article in the Newcastle Herald.

Conference program

What do science degrees look like through the lens of equity? What are the emerging issues? How can we better support our students to succeed? How do the equity challenges in our communities shape us and our science programs?

Equity in higher education poses serious and interesting challenges to universities. We have an important role in addressing historical and emerging inequities in our communities. The opportunities from university education benefit our students and our communities. In turn, these individuals and communities sustain us, through participation, by ownership of our mission, and through a stable society where ideas, education and science are understood and valued. Equity in Higher Education encompasses inclusive access, pedagogies, processes and policies. At its ultimate, equity is the full inclusion in, and co-creation of, scientific communities of practice.

Session 1: Looking at University Degrees through the Lens of Equity

Prof Penny Jane Burke – Director of CEEHE, University of Newcastle 

Session 2: Indigenous Pedagogies in Science

Dr Jade Kennedy – University of Wollongong
Dr Chris Matthews – ATSIMA
A/Prof Kathleen Butler – Wollotuka, University of Newcastle
A/Prof Michelle Livett – University of Melbourne
Dr Michael Donovan – Macquarie University

Session 3: Service Teaching and Relationships with Other Disciplines

A/Prof Peter Meier, University of Technology, Sydney

Session 4. 2019 ACDS Teaching and Learning Fellowship
Distributed leadership to embed scholarship in STEM teaching teams.

A/Prof Tina Acuna, University of Tasmania
Dr Jo-Anne Kelder, University of Tasmania

Session 5: Hot topics/top of mind discussion<

Session 6: Work Integrated Learning in Science
Final report of ACDS OLT Project and enabling equitable WIL in Science.

Prof Malcolm Campbell – Deakin University

Ms Yasmina Nasstasia – University of Newcastle

Session 7: Hands-on Experience – Active Learning in Science
Identifying and enabling best practice.

Prof Manjula Sharma – University of Sydney

Dr Liam Phelan – University of Newcastle

Discussion and Compilation of Report to the Deans
Wrap-up and summary

ACDS National Research Forum 2018

ACDS National Research Forum 2018

The 2018 ACDS National Research Forum was held on September 24-25 in Melbourne. 27 Universities were represented including all but one Go8 and all but one ATN. Ten deans attended, several bringing their ADR’s and AD Graduate Students with them.

Presentations by Leanne Harvey on the ARC Engagement and Impact exercise, Jens Goennerman on Working with Industry, and a panel led by Margie Atkinson on CSIRO University relations in the age of engagement and impact, made a strong impression, as did Holger Meinke’s talk on leadership of a research institute.

See the full program here. Presentations from the Forum will be available soon on the Forum web page.

ACDS WIL in Science National Forum 2018

ACDS WIL in Science National Forum 2018

The ACDS WIL in Science National Forum 2018 was held at the ParkRoyal Hotel at Melbourne Airport on Friday 7th December 2018.



The date for the 2018 AGM has been moved back by one week due to unforeseen changes in venue arrangements.

The 2018 ACDS AGM will now be held on Monday 29 – Tuesday 30 October in Sydney

Please reserve these dates in your diaries

Day 1 of the AGM and the AGM Dinner will be held at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Day 2 will be held at ANSTO, Lucas Heights and will feature tours of this major scientific establishment. Transport to Lucas Heights and return to Sydney Airport will be provided.

Accommodation is available at the Stamford Plaza, $270 Room, Breakfast and Internet.

For Bookings

By Phone – Please call 02 9317 2200, then select option 1 for reservation 

By Email – Please send email request to 

and quote special code ACDS AGM to access the special rate and block rooms.

The AGM themes and program will be developed over the next few months. We welcome your suggestions. One theme which arises from the 2017 AGM is the governance of science and the role of deans.