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