ASERA Conference 2016

Dear Colleagues
Welcome to the 47th annual ASERA Conference to be held at QT Hotel, Canberra from 27 June to 1 July 2016. The University of Canberra is proud to host the ASERA 2016 Conference, and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Canberra.
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 Canberra

Planning and Writing about Research - PhD students and Early Career ResearchersScience by Doing
ASERA Pre-conference workshop 2016



The biennial ASERA pre-conference workshop for PhD students and Early Career Researchers will be held on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th of June 2016 at the QT hotel. The broad focus for the Workshop will be on planning and writing about research rather than the more specific methodological aspects of research.

Four themes will be addressed in the workshop:

  • clarifying research topics and ethical issues,
  • conceptualizing the structure of the thesis and ongoing research program,
  • communication within the thesis and the examination process,
  • communication beyond the thesis – publishing, conferences, and student supervision.

This workshop is partially subsidised. Support includes registration and workshop expenses but does not include transport or all accommodation. You must be registered for the ASERA conference to register for this workshop.

Interested participants should do two things:

1. Register interest in attending this pre-conference workshop at the time of Registration for the ASERA meeting, and you will be contacted if you have been selected to have funding support. There is space for up to 15 participants in the workshop.

Black Mountain 2. Send an email to: Bronwen Cowie: and Margaret Drummond:

Please put the following information in the Subject line: ASERA 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop – your surname

Provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Contact details
  • Email
  • Mobile
    • Institution and degree enrolled in
    • Briefly, current stage of degree (e.g. writing up, looking for problem, collecting data, etc)
    • Briefly, what you hope to achieve by participating in the workshop
    • Research degree completed (latest if more than one) – thesis title, institution, date of completion
    • Briefly, area of research interest
    • Briefly, what you hope to achieve by participating in the workshop.
science-by-doingScience by Doing ASERA Pre-conference workshop 2016




The Science by Doing program consists of:

  • professional learning resources that use digital technology in innovative ways,
  • comprehensive online curriculum units for years 7 to 10, and
  • a professional learning approach that involves establishing collaborative school teaching teams.

The resources are available free to Australian educators and students by simply registering on the Science by Doing website

Pre-conference workshop

A one-day pre-conference workshop will be held on Tuesday 28th June, prior to the ASERA conference in Canberra in 2016. The purpose of the workshop is to explain how the Science by Doing program could support university teacher education. The professional learning modules in particular are very useful for pre-service teachers in improving pedagogical skills. In fact some universities are already using the modules in their courses.

Features of Teacher Education supportchildren

The workshop will be conducted with university educators to:

  • increase their awareness of the Science by Doing program especially the online curriculum units,
  • explain how the professional learning can be used in pre-service teacher education courses,
  • examine ways of establishing university and school partnerships that would assist in the implementation of Science by Doing.

Funding support to attend workshop

A return airfare to Canberra will be available to one university educator from each Australian university. The expectation is that the university educator would have some responsibility for pre-service secondary science education within their university. If you are interested in applying for travel funding please complete the application form (link below).

Application for Travel funding for Science by Doing ASERA pre conference workshop

Interested participants should register their interest in attending this pre-conference workshop at the time of Registration for the ASERA meeting. There is space for up to 70 participants in the workshop.

Workshop venue

The workshop will be conducted in the Shine Dome at the Australian Academy of Science.


The quality of the award winning Science by Doing professional learning modules will provide a concrete basis for enhancing pre-service science teacher education. The online curriculum units demonstrate how to translate the inquiry pedagogy into direct classroom action with support provided through the comprehensive teacher guides that can assist inexperienced teachers.

2016 Call for Papers

Proposal Submission
satellitesPlease submit all proposals in MS Word (.docx) file format and email attachments to: with ASERA 2016 Paper – first author’s surname in the subject line by Monday 2 May 2016.

Conference Session Descriptions

ASERA 2016 is designed to optimise constructive discussion about research in science education. In 2016 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

Posters will be on display in a dedicated break out room, which will also be the venue for all meals. 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 Monday 30 May 2016 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 with ASERA 2016 Paper – first author’s surname by Monday 2 May 2016.

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 with ASERA 2016 Paper – first author’s surname by Monday 2 May 2016.

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 Program

The Conference Program is available from the following links:

Full Conference Program, includes abstracts (docx, 8.5MB):  ASERA-2016-Program-and-Abstracts.docx

Full Conference Program, includes abstracts (pdf, 3.5MB):  ASERA-2016-Program-and-Abstracts.pdf

Conference Program Only (docx, 90KB):  ASERA-2016-Program-Only.docx

Conference Program Only (pdf, 253KB):  ASERA-2016-Program-Only.pdf

If you have question about the conference program, please contact the conference organisers at .

Registration 2016

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 fountain
Welcome drinks will be held in the Cahoots Private Bar at the QT Hotel in Acton, Canberra from 6-8pm on Tuesday 28th June. The registration desk will be located in the QT Foyer at this time 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 6 June 2016, 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 6 June 2016.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday the 30th of June 2016, at the National Museum of Australia. The museum displays will be open to ASERA delegates from 5.30pm, with Welcome drinks provided in the Atrium from 6pm. Dinner will be held in the Promenade Room from 7pm to midnight.



We are delighted to host the ASERA 2016 Conference Dinner at the National Museum of Australia (NMA). The NMA is a social history museum that explores the land, nation and people of Australia. The displays focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, histories of European settlement and Australians’ interaction with the environment. The NMA displays are housed in a spectacular architecturally designed building located on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. The Atrium and the Promenade Room provide stellar views to the east across Lake Burley Griffin.

GOAD - Garden of Australian Dreams

GOAD – Garden of Australian Dreams

Tickets are $120 per person and should be purchased when you complete your conference registration. The venue is a brisk 20 minute (1.7km) walk from the conference venue (QT Hotel, Acton). Other transport options will be explained at the conference. The dinner will include a delicious 3-course meal with a drinks package provided. The conference dinner will cater for all dietary needs – 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.

General Information


All communication with registered delegates will be by email. If you register and do not receive a confirmation email within five working days please contact the Conference Secretariat on +61 2 6281 6624 or

Conference Secretariat
Conference Logistics
PO Box 6150
Kingston ACT 2604
P: +61 2 6281 6624
F: +61 2 6285 1336


The conference registration information is correct at the time of publishing. However, the organisers reserve the right to change the information where necessary without notice.

Dress Code

Recommended dress for the conference is smart casual for all conference sessions and social functions.

Liability Waiver

In the event of industrial disruptions, the conference and the organisers accept no responsibility.

Payment of Fees

All conference and function payments must be received prior to the conference.

Personal Insurance

Delegates shall be regarded in every aspect as carrying their own risk for loss or injury to person or property, including baggage during the conference. We strongly recommend that at the time of booking your travel and tours you take out a travel insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include the loss of deposit through cancellation, medical insurance, loss or damage to personal property, financial loss incurred through disruptions to accommodation or travel arrangements due to strikes or other industrial action. The organisers are in no way responsible for any claims concerning insurance.

Privacy Clause

In registering for this conference, relevant details will be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates (name, organisation and state only) and may be made available to parties directly related to the conference including Conference Logistics, venues and accommodation providers (for the purpose of room bookings and conference options), key sponsors (subject to strict conditions).

Refund Policy

Conference cancellations on or before 6 June 2016, 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 6 June 2016.

Special Needs

We endeavour to ensure delegates with special needs are catered for. Should you require particular assistance, please make a note on your registration form or contact the Conference Secretariat by or fax +61 2 6285 1336.


For recommended Canberra hotels close to the venue please see below. To make a booking please contact the hotel directly.


QT Canberra (Conference Venue)

QT accommodation

Location: 1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6247 6244



QT Canberra offers rooms ranging from standard twin or queen to suites. Hotel features include free Wifi, 24 room service, an in house restaurant, bar, lounge and barber shop.

To receive a special conference rate please quote this reference when booking: R-296ASERA


BreakFree Capital Tower (1 minute walk from Conference Venue)

BreakFree CanberraLocation: 2 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6276 3444



BreakFree Capital Tower is located right on the shorrs of Lake Burley Griffin, with panoramic views over the Parliamentary Triangle to the Brindabella Ranges in the distance. They offer self-contained spacious apartments or penthouses, with an inhouse pool, sauna, tennis court and gym.


Peppers Gallery Hotel (2 minute walk from Conference Venue)

Peppers Gallery HotelLocation: 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6175 2222



Peppers Gallery Hotel offers boutique accommodation near Lake Burley Griffin, within walking distance of many of Canberra’s national attractions. Like all Peppers hotels, it offers individual charm and professional hotel service. Room types include standard hotel rooms ranging up to three bedroom apartments.


Hotel Hotel (5 minute walk from Conference Venue)

Hotel HotelLocation: NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6287 6287



Hotel Hotel is a collaboration between designers, artists, artisans and fantasists. Each room has taken inspiration from the Australia shack. Clay rendered walls, salvaged oak beds, overhead rain shower and windows that open. With 68 rooms to offer ranging from Cosy, Original, Creative and Meandering.


University House (11 minute walk from Conference Venue)

Uni houseLocation: 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6125 5275



University House is a boutique hotel with a university vibe, located in the heart of the Australian National University. The hotel provides guests with a warm, intamite atmosphere and the utmost personal attention. With rooms ranging from a single room to a two bedroom apartment.


Waldorf Canberra Apartment Hotel (10 minute walk from Conference Venue)

Waldorf ApartmentsLocation: 2 Akuna Street, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6229 1234



Waldorf Canberra Apartment Hotel is centrally located in the Canberra’s CBD and provides 4.5 star accommodation for both the corporate and leisure traveller. They have a variety of apartments on offer including studio apartments, one bedroom apartments, one bedroom + office apartments, all available for either short or long term stays.




Transport to and from Canberra International Airport

QT Canberra is approximately 15 minutes by taxi (non-peak time) from the Canberra International Airport. The cost is approximately $25-$30. Taxis are available at all times of the day from the front of the terminal. From the hotel you can order a taxi through the hotel concierge or by calling 131 008.

About Canberra

aerial Canberra


kangaroosCanberra, the Aboriginal word for ‘meeting place’ is the capital city of Australia. Designed around three lakes, Canberra is laced with parks, gardens and is surrounded by mountain ranges. Its distinct seasons make it a picturesque and ever-changing city.

Canberra has more restaurants per capita than any Australian city and boasts some excellent local wineries. Extensive bike paths make cycling a joy and Mt Kosciuszko is only a two hour drive away. The city is home to many of Australia’s national cultural institutions and iconic buildings, all of which are located within easy reach of hotels. Canberra is an exciting place to visit and is home to a diverse and multicultural population of about 325,000 people. It is a vibrant, creative city and offers many attractions including national institutions, scenic outdoor areas, wineries, museums and art galleries.

To learn more about what Canberra has to offer, go to:

Map of Canberra CBD