ACSME 2021 Program

Plenary and parallel sessions – Wednesday and Thursday

The five plenary sessions and the twelve parallel sessions will be delivered via Zoom. Clicking on the link of the session is all you need to do to join in. Please ensure you keep your audio and video muted unless invited to speak. We would also appreciate you include an image in your Zoom profile so that the speakers can see who is in attendance and allow them to better connect with the audience.

All plenary sessions will be recorded.

Discussion panels – Wednesday and Thursday

There are three discussion panels scheduled in the program. These bring together academics from around the country to discuss key issues of national significance. They are Q&A sessions, so prepare your questions in advance. Panellists have prepared blogs with their stories as science educators, with a particular focus on how they navigated the disruption caused by the pandemic. Read the panellists’ stories in advance. You will find them linked to their names in the program.

Oral presentations – Wednesday and Thursday

Oral presentation sessions are organised in themes and have two parts. A “watch” time and a “discussion” time. The “watch” time is for you to watch the videos pre-recorded by the presenters. You can link to each presentation separately, or watch the playlist that strings them together. As you already have access to these videos, you may choose to watch them at any other time. The “discussion” part is a Q&A session to meet the presenters live, ask questions and offer feedback.

Poster presentations – Wednesday

Poster presentations are grouped in two sessions. As with the parallel sessions, each includes a time to watch the one-minute pre-recorded video presentations (Pecha-Kucha), followed by a discussion time to meet the presenters and ask questions.

In the discussion, each poster will have a dedicated break-out room (i.e., Poster 1 – Breakout room 1, etc.), and attendees will be able to move themselves between break-out rooms. The poster presenters will stay in their respective break-out rooms for the duration of the discussion session.

Trivia night – Wednesday 7.30 pm AEST

We look forward to seeing you all at the Trivia night. We promise you will have as much fun as at our usual ACSME dinner parties.

Here is what you need to do to participate:

  • Beforehand: organise a team of 4 to 6 people and set up your own video call for the period of the event. Here is a jamboard you can use if you would like to start a group or join one.
  • At the start: Have one member of the team tune into the Twitch stream at and share with the team members so you can all hear.
  • During: You will need to record your answers in this Google form: This answer sheet will be re-used for each round of the trivia.

An additional award will be given to the team with the best name.

Discipline day – Friday

Following ACSME tradition, the Discipline Day follows the conference. There are five workshops scheduled on this day — some specific to a science discipline, others intended for all science educators. Discipline Day is free for all, so bring other colleagues along if you wish.

Time zone

All times are given in AEST (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart). For participants in Perth this is 2 hours earlier, and for those in Adelaide half hour earlier.

Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings are available here.

The IJISME Special issue: ACSME 2021 will be published next year to include full papers on work presented at this conference. Watch this space for further information about making submissions for this issue.