Invited speakers

Keynote presenters

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Alison Flynn

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa

Associate Professor Alison Flynn is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Canada’s highest recognition for excellence in education at the post-secondary level and a member of the Global Young Academy. She recently received the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Award for Chemistry Education and is co-recipient of uOttawa’s Transition to Online Learning Leadership Award. Her work includes developing online learning tools as Open Education Resources to support student learning, including OrgChem101 and a Growth & Goals Module. Her research group studies student learning in organic chemistry and the impacts of the Growth & Goals module. At the provincial level, she is a Director on eCampusOntario’s Board; this organisation brings together the province’s universities and colleges to foster technology-enabled innovation, research, and excellence on behalf of and in collaboration with students. At the National level, she is the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Director of Accreditation and the inaugural associate editor for chemistry education research with the Canadian Journal of Chemistry. In all her work, she is committed to helping students succeed in their chosen careers and goals.

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Jack Wang

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Associate Professor Jack Wang challenges his students to become citizen scientists in the digital age, who learn through creating, analysing, and communicating scientific findings to the masses. Jack completed his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, completing a dual degree in Science and Information Technology in 2006.  His PhD at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience, UQ, studied the interface between molecular bioscience and microbiology in a host-pathogen-interaction context. Jack has applied his research background towards Microbiology teaching at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at UQ, where he serves as the microbiology major convenor. His educational research as a teaching-focused academic revolves around interactive inquiry-driven learning, as well as measuring the impact of blending online and face-to-face learning activities in large undergraduate courses. His work has been recognized through national teaching awards, and in 2020 he was awarded the Australian Society for Microbiology David White Teaching Excellence award, the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Award for Teaching Excellence (Biological and Health Sciences), and was named the 2020 AAUT Australian University Teacher of the Year.



Andrew Kepert

Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Newcastle


Joanna Tai

Joanna Tai is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. She researches learning, teaching and assessment from university to the workplace, including feedback, evaluative judgement and peer learning.

George Williams

Stephen George- Williamson

Stephen is and education focused Chemistry Lecturer at The University of Sydney. While he is interested in all things to do with chemistry education, his predominant research areas are in laboratory learning and the use of Virtual/Augmented Reality. In his role at USyd, he also serves as the Director of First-Year Chemistry.

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Bonnie McBain

Bonnie is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Newcastle. She is a complexity scientist. She is an award winning educator with expertise in contemporary curriculum design for science and sustainability. She led the redesign of the Bachelor of Science at the University of Newcastle. The collaborative curriculum design approach she uses ensures that curriculum is evidence-based, expertise-informed and aligned with the needs of students, employers and universities.

Dino Spagnoli

Dino Spagnoli

Dino is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of First Year Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia. He lectures in first year chemistry units and coordinates all online activities and assessments with first year units. He also coordinates the laboratory program and for all units in first year chemistry, which includes the training of first year demonstrators.

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Adam Rosser

Adam has been involved in teaching science, chemistry, and forensic science at UNE since 2007, with a particular focus on foundation units.  Whilst teaching is Adam’s main focus, his chemical research is focused on computational investigations of amidicity and stereoelectronic effects in anomeric amides, and stereoelectronic effects in levoglucosenone derivatives. 

Matt Pye

Matt Pye

Scholarly Teaching Fellow, School of life and environmental sciences, The University of Sydney

Matt has been involved in coordinating large first year Biology units for over 10 years and has weathered two large curriculum renewals.  He is passionate about fighting for social inclusion in all aspects of higher education. Social justice, equity and integrity lie at the heart of his teaching practice.


Jo-ann Larkins

Scholarly Teaching Fellow, Statistics, School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences, Federation University.

Multidisciplinary STEM educator, demystifying statistics and quantitative literacy. Researching assessment practices whilst asking ‘Exams: What are they good for?’