ASERA Conference 2015

UWA_Winthrop Hall

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to the 46th annual ASERA Conference.

The University of Western Australia is proud to host the ASERA 2015 Conference, and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Perth. We hope that the conference will enable you to share your science education research within a collegial community and to engage in discussions about science education research.

The Science Education Team

The University of Western Australia

2015 Call for Papers

Proposal Submission

Please submit all proposals in MS Word (.docx) file format and email attachments to: by Friday 1 May 2015.

Conference Session Descriptions

ASERA 2015 is designed to optimise constructive discussion about research in science education. In 2015 there will be two formats for presentations: Papers and Posters.

Paper Presentation Sessions

Oral paper presentation sessions will be allocated 40 minutes. This comprises 20 minutes for the paper presentation time and 20 minutes for questions and discussion time. Participants seeking to lead a paper presentation need to be able to engage the audience in 20 minutes of critical, but positive, conversation between themselves as the researcher and their audience. Please ask audience members to provide their email address if they want a copy of your paper so you can distribute it electronically after the presentation.

Poster Presentations

A poster presentation session will be scheduled during the conference. Researchers should prepare a poster (A0= 841mm x 1189mm, or A1= 594mm x 841mm) that details their research (questions, methodology, analysis and results) and a short introduction to the key ideas of their research. Details regarding poster presentations will be provided closer to the conference.

Call for Papers and Posters

To be considered for either an oral or poster presentation at the conference you need to submit an abstract of no more than 200 words. It is expected that the abstract will be relevant to science education research. All abstracts submitted will be refereed and applicants will be notified if they are successful.

You will also be required to submit registration and payment by Friday 29 May 2015 as approved abstracts will only be included in the conference program if registration and payment have been received by this date.

Submission limit: There is a limit to the number of papers that an author may submit for presentation. Each author is allowed a maximum of one sole author session plus one co-authored session during the conference. Please note that the first author and presenter MUST be an ASERA member.

Equipment: Presentation rooms will have a lectern, PC laptop with PowerPoint installed and data projector. We suggest you bring your PowerPoint presentation on a USB drive. For other hardware and software needs please bring your own laptop.

Abstract Format

Abstracts are to be submitted in the following format for either a poster or paper presentations:

  • File Type: MS Word (.docx)
  • Font: Arial 12 point
  • Spacing: Single
  • Word Limit: No longer than 200 words

Abstracts must include the following:

  • Author(s) information: Author(s) name/s, Author(s) affiliation, & email addresses
  • Type of presentation: Identify whether a Poster or Paper presentation is proposed
  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract: context, significance, research aim or question, methodology, findings or results (maximum 200 words)
  • Research students should include their supervisor’s name on their proposal so that presentation clashes can be avoided and supervisors are able to attend their student’s session.

Please submit your abstract as an email attachment to by Friday 1 May 2015.

Full Refereed Papers

Occasionally some international delegates require full papers to be reviewed for funding and attendance purposes. Please submit your manuscript as an MS Word document and email as an attachment to by Friday 1 May 2015.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts are to be submitted in the following format:

  • File Type: MS Word (.docx)
  • Font: Arial 12 point
  • Spacing: Single
  • Word Limit: No longer than 5 pages including references.

Manuscripts must include the following:

  • Author information: author name/s, author/s affiliation, email addresses
  • Manuscript structure: Abstract (no longer than 200 words), Subject/Problem, Design/Procedure, Finding/Analysis, Contribution to Teaching and Learning Science, Interest to ASERA Members.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday the 2nd of July 2015, 7pm to midnight, at Matilda Bay Restaurant on the Swan River.

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matilda bay restaurant

matilda bay view of city

Matilda Bay Restaurant is situated on the banks of the picturesque Swan River and boasts panoramic views of the city, Kings Park and Perth city. Matilda Bay Restaurant is located on Hackett Drive and is in walking distance of The University Club. Tickets are $120 per person and should be purchased when you complete your conference registration. Buses will be organised for city participants. Please indicate at the time of registration if you require a bus to the dinner. The dinner will include a delicious 3-course meal with drinks available at bar prices. NB: The conference dinner will cater for all dietary needs. However, you must notify your dietary preference at the time of booking on the registration form. Changes to the menu or special requests cannot be made on the night.

Accommodation and Transport

Conference Accommodation Suggestions and Local Transport

There are several hotels and serviced apartments within Perth city and self-contained apartments on the university campus. Some suggestions are provided for you below. We have included indicative prices, but please search the internet for deals as we notice the prices vary considerably.

Below is a map of Perth CBD hotels.

The conference venue at UWA is located slightly off this map at the bottom left hand corner on the Swan River just beyond Kings Park. Buses from the CBD regularly run the 4km around Mounts Bay Road to the University (see transport information below).

St Catherine’s on Park
On UWA campus with very new short stay self contained studios and apartments including a daily hot buffet breakfast. Approximately $180 per night for a studio room and $370 for a two bedroom apartment. Be quick to secure. Walking distance to the conference venue. Typically a deposit of $10% is required, see Terms and Conditions. Internet optional extra.
Contact: Jodi Swan, Events and Conference Coordinator
T: + 61 (0) 8 9442 0585

Mounts Bay Waters, 112 Mounts Bay Road, Perth (3 on Map)
Contemporary hotel with one, two and three bedroom fully self-contained apartments and penthouse. 24 hour reception, gym and pool, tennis courts, parking, restaurant, bar, bicycle hire, 10 minute walk to the CBD. UWA is 4 km away on Mounts Bay Road. Buses to UWA for the conference can be caught over the road from this hotel and come every 10-15 minutes. (1-bedroom apartment approximately $191 per night)
Contact:  Cecilia Tan, Reservations Manager
T: + 61 (0) 8 9213 5340
M: 0430 884 511

Rendezvous Studio Hotel, 24 Mount Street, Perth (2 on map)
A modern hotel conveniently located in the heart of Perth’s CBD. 24 hour reception, restaurant and bar, secure parking and a gym. Free internet, broadband and wireless. Rooms and apartments for up to six people. Approximately 4km from conference venue. 5 minute walk to bus on Mounts Bay Road that takes you to the conference. Bus every 10 – 15 minutes. 4.5 star (Approximately – $196.00 per night)
Contact:  Greg Severin, Associate Director of Sales
T:   + 61 (0) 8 9466 8124
M:  + 61 (0) 420 426 172
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Adina Apartment Hotel, 33 Mounts Bay Road, Perth (6 on map)
Conveniently located in Perth’s CBD and offers one and two bedroom apartments and studio rooms. Heated outdoor pool, metro bar and bistro, internet additional, parking additional. Approximately 4km from University conference venue and 5 minute walk from bus on Mounts Bay Road that goes to UWA every 10-15 minutes. (Approximately $290 per night.)
T: + 61 (0) 8 9217 8000


To get from Perth Airport (both International and Domestic) to the city you can use the following:

Perth Airport Shuttle: The shuttle will take you to the city to four pre-determined bus stops. The cost is $15 one way and there is no need to book. Please check the map to determine if the stops are close to your hotel.

Bus: Buses 40 and 37 will take you to the Esplanade Bus Port from the domestic airport. These rides take between 40 minutes and an hour and should cost $6.20.

Taxi: There is a taxi rank outside both airports where you can catch a ride. The cost should be about $40 to $50.

To travel from the city to the University we recommend using public transport. The University is conveniently located close to the city of Perth, on the banks of the Swan River. It is easily accessed by local buses run by Transperth. The following bus routes will take you to the university: 950, 23, 102, and 107. These buses all leave from the Esplanade Busport every 1 – 5 minutes during peak times and every 5 – 15 minutes at other times. These buses also travel close to the recommended hotels, so ask at reception for the closest bus stop. You can purchase your ticket on the bus and it will cost you $2.90 one way. This ticket will last you 2 hours so you will need to purchase another one at the end of the day. You can access more information on these bus services on the Transperth website

Registration 2015

Registration has closed.

Registration Fees
ASERA Member $550
Non-member $670
Student (Full-time) $430
Day registration $250
Conference dinner $120

Conference registration includes the welcome reception, morning and afternoon teas, and lunches.

ASERA Welcome Reception

Welcome drinks will be held in the Banquet Hall of The University Club at The University of Western Australia. The registration desk will be located in the Banquet Foyer and will be open for all delegates.

To reduce software problems in your session, please bring your PowerPoint presentation on a USB drive. It will be checked for compatibility with the equipment available. Data projectors and computers will be available in each presentation room. For other hardware and software needs please bring your own laptop and have it checked at the registration desk.

Refund Policy

Conference cancellations on or before 29 May 2014, will receive a full refund less an administrative charge of $100. Refunds will not be returned until after the conclusion of the conference. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made after the 29 May 2015.

Conference Programme

Please note that in an endeavour to embrace sustainability, there will be no hard copy booklets of the program produced. An electronic version will be made available prior to the conference. We encourage all participants to bring their own device. There will be wireless access available throughout the conference.

Final Conference Programme and Abstracts

Download Programme and Abstracts here or from below.


About Perth (the space to be)

Perth has undergone a revolution and is no longer the quiet city it used to be. As well as the local scenic attractions such as Kings Park and Fremantle, there is a vibrant theatre scene, superb restaurants and high end shopping to experience.

Some of the areas we recommend include:

In the City

Cultural Centre Precinct: This area takes in the Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Western Australian Museum and the State Library of Western Australia and


Shopping: Perth City boasts the best shopping in Western Australia. For some top end shopping experiences head to King Street which has Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany and Co as well as some jewellery shops showcasing Western Australian diamonds, opals, gold and pearls.


Kings Park: Just a short walk up the steps known locally as Jacob’s Ladder and you are in Kings Park, which boasts the best view of Perth city. Here you can see local flora in abundance (including Gija Jumulu, a boab tree estimated to be 750 years old), as well as the LotteryWest Federation Walkway suspended in the Eucalyptus treetops.



Fremantle: Made famous by hosting the America’s Cup, Fremantle is a harbour side town full of history, as well as eclectic shopping experiences and aromatic coffee on the ‘Cappuccino Strip’. Recommended attractions are The Maritime Museum, The Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Markets (open Friday – Sunday).


Cottesloe Beach: Famous for the long white beaches and grassy slopes, Cottesloe is well worth a visit, especially at dusk to view the Sun setting over the Indian Ocean.


Swan Valley: This area on the outskirts of Perth boasts a bevy of wineries and award winning restaurants highlighting local fresh produce. You can easily spend a day wandering this area, including Guildford with its strip of antique stores and Caversham Wildlife Park where you can get up close to an array of Australian wildlife.


Further Afield (for those who wish to enjoy even more space)

The Pinnacles: Thousands of limestone pillars up to 5m in size, spread across 190 hectares of constantly shifting sand dunes, these are a sight to behold. The Pinnacles are estimated to be about 80,000 years old.


Margaret River: No visit to Western Australia is complete without a visit to the iconic Margaret River region. Well known for its wine and delectable local produce, this area is a must for any foodie.


Ningaloo Reef: Although a plane ride away, world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is the only place in the world where you can freely swim with gliding manta rays and the majestic whale sharks.