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. 

Workshop Abstract Submissions
If you have ever wanted to present a workshop at a national science educators conference, now is your opportunity. This is your chance to share your practice with more than 500 of your peers, including:   

  • early childhood teachers, primary teachers, secondary teachers, pre-service teachers 
  • science and science education lecturers 
  • education and curriculum consultants 
  • laboratory managers and technicians 
  • science and education researchers

  The onsite workshop program presented by teachers, researchers and science professionals covers a broad range of topics including, but not limited to:   

  • primary and secondary science education 
  • laboratory technician skills and practices 
  • new science and science education research 
  • curriculum implementation and support 
  • teaching resources and innovations
How to lodge an abstract: 
  1. Download the 'CONASTA 68 Workshop Abtract Submission' form below.
  2. Fill in the form. Information required in this form includes type of presentation, presentation length, target audience, IT/AV requirements, list of equipment you may require. The abstract needs to be up to 200 words in length.
  3. If your workshop is to be held in a dry or wet lab, download the 'Risk Assessment' template and complete.
  4. Email your completed abstract submission and risk assessment to [email protected]

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to 13 December 2018, so don't delay.

CONASTA 68 Abstract Submission form
CONASTA 68 Abstract Submission form
Risk Assessment template
Risk Assessment template

Information for delegates

Early bird registration will open in mid March 2019. 

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 post conference tours will be offered with information posted on the website. 

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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Pre and Post Conference Tours - Singapore and Kakadu

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 FOUR amazing tours for CONASTA delegates and their partners. Pre and post conference tours of Kakadu and pre and post conference tours to Singapore are on offer. See below for further details:

Wonders of Kakadu - Pre Conference Tour
Date: 1-4 July 2019
Cost: $1,389 per person ex Darwin
Experience the beauty of Kakadu on this 4D/3N program highlighting the best of Kakadu, Katherine and Darwin. Travelling by private coach, you will witness first-hand the diversity of the seasons in the Kakadu wetlands, the immense beauty of the Nitmiluk Gorge in Katherine and gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture.
Tour includes 3 nights accommodation, breakfast, private coach, and entry fees to most attractions.
Click on file:

 for full itinerary.

To express your interest for this tour, please click HERE

Wonders of Kakadu - Post Conference Tour
Date: 11-14 July 2019
Cost: $1,389 per person ex Darwin
See information above.
Click on file:

for full itinerary.
To express your interest for this tour, please click HERE

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)
Join your fellow science teachers on this exciting STEM focused itinerary in Singapore. 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.
Click on file: for full itinerary.
To express your interest for this tour, 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: for full itinerary.
To express your interest for this tour, 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 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.

CONASTA 68 Prospectus
CONASTA 68 Prospectus


Dates to Remember

  • Submission for workshop abstracts closes on 13 December 2018

  • Earlybird  Registration  opens: March 2019

  • Earlybird Registration closes: 1 June 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