CONASTA 66 - Hobart, Tasmania
We would like to invite you to participate in CONASTA 66, the annual science education conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). In 2017 CONASTA will be hosted by the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania (STAT) and held at the Wrest Point and the University of Tasmania, Hobart from 9-12 July.
The theme of the conference is 'The art of science'. We hope to explore links between science and art as well as the art of 'doing science'. Tasmania has a reputation for excellence in both the science and art communities. There are many examples of scientists who showcase and communicate their science through art and many examples of artists who use science as inspiration and develop works that communicate complex science to the general community.
As the major science education event in Australia, CONASTA has a strong reputation for offering high quality and stimulating professional learning experiences for science teachers, school laboratory technicians/managers and others with an interest in science education. Our delegates include representatives from all Australian states and territories, government and non-government schools, all years of schooling and from metropolitan, rural and remote locations.
ASTA and STAT are committed to deliering a conference that meets the essential need for engagement, professional development and support amongst science teacher and laboratory technician communities. The vital role of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM) in Australia's future is unquestionable, and the foundation of STEM excellence rests with Australia's STEM educators.
Why visit Hobart?
Hobart was named one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2015 by the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Guide; voted ‘Best Weekend Away’ in 2013 by Gourmet Traveller's Readers Choice Awards; the second friendliest city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers; and Hobart’s internationally acclaimed attraction MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, was voted ‘Standout Australian Travel Experience’ by Gourmet Traveler in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
With spectacular Mt Wellington (kunanyi) as its backdrop and situated along the shores of the beautiful River Derwent, Hobart’s historic architecture and stately parks makes it one of Australia's most picturesque capital cities.
Information for sponsors and exhibitors
An invitation to all sponsors and exhibitors is extended to participate in CONASTA 66. As a potential sponsor, trade exhibitor or supporter of CONASTA 66 you have a unique opportunity to reach a local, national and international audience of science educators to promote your product(s) and/or service(s). There are a range of sponsor, advertising and exhibition options for you to consider. The Conference Organiser would be pleased to tailor any package to suit your specific marketing or promotional objectives.
A Prospectus will be available in the next few weeks with further information on sponsorship packages and trade exhibition opportunities.
Information for delegates
Registration will open for all delegates from 1 March 2017. Get in before 31 April to receive the early bird price. The website will provide information on accommodation and a link to book your accommodation. Pre and post conference tours will also be available. Keep checking on the ASTA website for further information.
Workshop presentations and call for abstracts
Are you interested in presenting a workshop at CONASTA in July 2017?
We are now calling for abstracts for workshop presentations for CONASTA 66. Authors are invited to submit abstracts for:
Workshops: practical sessions where participants interact with teaching and learning ideas for the classroom
Seminars: A non-interactive session to inform participants about a particular science education topic, program or initiative
Wet and dry laboratory Workshops: Workshops that require the use of a laboratory style set up
A speaker information sheet can be found below for further information. Please read this first before putting in your abstract.
Please submit your abstract here.
Dates to Remember
- Abstract submissions opens: 1 September 2016
- Prospectus available: 15 September 2016
- Abstract submissions close: 18 November 2016
- Earlybird Registration opens: 1 March 2017
- CONASTA 66 Conference dates: 9-12 July 2017
Please contact the ASTA office on 02 6282 9377 or [email protected] for any enquiries.
CONASTA 65 was held in Brisbane from 3-6 July 2016. Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors and delegates who attended, and helped to make our conference the success it was.
General activity videos from CONASTA 65. Find out what all the excitement was about.
Video of Keynote Speech 1: Professor Neil Menzies 'Is feeding the people costing us the Earth'
Keynote Speech 2: Dr Brad Tucker 'Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the End of the Universe'
(Unfortunately not available due to hardware failure during the event).
Video of Keynote Speech 3: Dr Len Sciacca 'DST's Initiative to Support STEM'
Video of Keynote Speech 4: Dr Stefan Hajkowicz 'Global Megatrends'
Video of the Stanhope Oration: Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO
Links to most of the presentations given with these speeches are available on the ASTA Online Learning Portal.