CONASTA 68 - Darwin, Northern Territory


Winter in the tropics?

We would like to invite you to participate in CONASTA 68, the annual science education conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). In 2019 CONASTA will be hosted by the Science Teachers Association of the Northern Territory (STANT) and held at Darwin High School from 7-10 July.
The CONASTA 68 theme of 'Uncharted Territory: innovation in science education' has been chosen to inspire all educators to focus on the influence of science on our lives. CONASTA 68 will celebrate the successes of science, particularly Australian science, and will explore the vital role of science in our future.
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 STANT are committed to delivering 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.
Watch our promotional video for reasons to attend CONASTA in Darwin in July 2019.


Early bird registration is now OPEN till 31 May. Click HERE to go to the website.

Information for delegates

With more than 500 science educators expected to converge on Darwin High School, this conference is a must-see for all teachers and laboratory technicians interested in their professional learning.  An incredible program of workshops, offsite tours, social functions and post conference tours is being put together with more information coming soon.

The website will provide information on accommodation and a link to book your accommodation.  Some amazing pre and post conference tours will be offered with information posted on the website.

Professional Learning Program

The professional learning program includes several keynote plenary sessions plus the prestigous Stanhope Oration, a wide selection of on-site workshops, seminars and expert presentations, and optional off-site workshops on Monday afternoon. The keynote sessions promote the excellence of Australian and international scientific and educational research, and will feature some of Australia's most prestigious scientists.

The on-site workshops, presented by teachers, researchers and science professionals, cover a broad range of topics including:

  • primary and secondary science education
  • laboratory technician skills and practices
  • new science and science education research
  • curriculum implementation and support
  • teaching resources and innovations

 To view the program and workshop timetable click file below:


Registration costs

Click on file below for registration rates for all categories of delegates.



Cheap flights anyone?

Virgin Australia is offering all CONASTA 68 delegates and their guests up to 10% discount on most flights to Darwin.

Flights are available across all domestic cities in Australia to Darwin and return.

This discount is available for all flights booked between 16 March and 1 June 2019.

To book a discounted flight please click HERE

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We have a great selection of discounted accommodation which can be booked through our website including options for all tastes and budgets. Click HERE for discount rates.


Pre and Post Conference Tours

With so much to see and do in and around the Top End, ASTA's new sponsor G.E.T Educational Travel have put together TWO amazing tours for CONASTA delegates and their partners. Pre and post conference tours to Singapore are on offer. See below for further details:

 Singapore STEM - Pre Conference Tour

Date: 1-5 July 2019

Cost: $1540 per person (land only twin share) OR $2095 per person (land only single room)

Offering a range of experiences across science, technology, design, history, culture and more, this 5D/4N program is designed specifically for Australian teachers and students in line with curriculum.

  • Tour includes 4 nights 4 star accommodation, daily breakfast, private coach, guided tours and entrance fees
  • Recommended flight details provided for all participants (land only tour price- participants to arrange all flights themselves)
  • Highlights include Singapore Art Science Museum, Hiverlab VR workshop overview, Gardens by the Bay Conservatories and Super Trees, Space Academy Singapore and much more!
  • Twin share with a fellow teacher can be arranged subject to availability and compatibility (TBA) – please advise us if you wish to register for teacher twin share. Partners most welcome to attend

Click on file below for full itinerary.

For all bookings and further information, please click HERE


Singapore STEM - Post Conference Tour

Date: 11-15 July 2019

Cost: $1540 per person (land only twin share) OR $2095 per person (land only single room)

See information above.

Click on file below for full itinerary.

For all bookings and further information, please click HERE




Want to attend CONASTA on a scholarship?

Applications for the Ruth Dirks ASTA Scholarship will open in April 2019.  All applicants will be advised of the outcome in mid May.

CONASTA registration and a ticket to the Conference Banquet will be completely covered. Are you eligible?

For more information click here.


Information for Sponsors and Exhibitors 

An invitation to all sponsors and exhibitors is extended to participate in CONASTA 68. As a potential sponsor, trade exhibitor or supporter of CONASTA 68 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 is now available for download (below) with further information on sponsorship packages and trade exhibition opportunities.






Dates to Remember

  • Submission for workshop abstracts closed 13 December 2018

  • Earlybird  Registration  opens: 18 March 2019

  • Earlybird Registration closes: 31 May 2019

  • CONASTA 68 Conference dates: 7-10 July 2019


Please contact the ASTA office on 02 6282 9377 or [email protected] for any enquiries.


Further Information