2020 Conference

Where: Hosted by University of Wollongoing Online Conference

When: 23rd - 26th June, 2020

Last bit on ASERA 51

A reminder to all those who prepared pre-recorded talks for ASERA2020. You are the owner of this file, so you are encouraged to use it on your own website or in other promotions of your work. It is yours! And, last thing from ASERA2020, if you would like to have a ‘participation certificate’, please get in touch with convenor Wendy Nielsen (wnielsen@uow.edu.au).

ASERA 51 Online Conference 2020  - Program now live!!!

Dates of conference: June 23-26, 2020

ASERA members only. Log in to access conference materials.

This conference is open to all ASERA members to attend. Members need to be logged in to access the Conference through the menu link in the 'Members Area' and 'Members Only'

ASERA 51 Online Conference 2020 (update 14 June 2020)

ASERA 51, our very first online conference, begins Tuesday June 23 at 6-7pm (AEST) with the Welcome Reception. Plan to bring your favourite beverage (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/cocktail). To attend the conference, your ASERA membership must be current. Then, visit the conference website where the program will go ‘live’ Friday June 19.

The program will include links to pre-recorded paper talks, paper and poster abstracts and zoom links to live interactive Q&A sessions. Join us for other live events too, including two symposia on STEM and preservice teacher education, ASERA 2020 AGM and the ECR Fireside Chat. We look forward to seeing you at ASERA2020, virtually, from Wollongong.

ASERA 51 Conference schedule

All times Australian Eastern Time [GMT +10]

Tuesday June 23

Wednesday June 24

Thursday June 25

8:45am - 4:15pm

Friday June 26


Welcome Reception
Live on Zoom

Session 1

8:45am-9:30am Watch presentation

9:30-10:00am Live discussion via Zoom

Session 2

10:00am-10:45am Watch

10:45-11:15am Live discussion

Session 3

11:15am-12:00pm Watch

12:00-12:30pm Live discussion

Session 4

1:00-1:30pm Lunch & Live demonstration

Session 5

1:30pm-3:00pm Live Symposium

Session 6

3:00pm-3:45pm Watch

3:45pm-4:15pm Live discussion


ECR Fireside Chat Live

Session 7

8:45am-9:30am Watch presentation

9:30-10:00am Live discussion via Zoom

Session 8

10:00am-10:45am Watch

10:45-11:15am Live discussion

Session 9

11:15am-12:00pm Watch

12:00-12:30pm Live discussion

Session 10

12:30-1:30pm Live


Session 11

1:30pm-3:00pm Live Symposium

Session 12

3:00pm-3:45pm Watch

3:45pm-4:15pm Live discussion

Session 13

8:45am-9:30am Watch presentation

9:30-10:00am Live discussion via Zoom

Session 14

10:00am-10:45am Watch

10:45-11:15am Live discussion

Session 15

11:15am-12:00pm Watch

12:00-12:30pm Live discussion

Closing Session


ASERA 51 Online Conference 2020 (updated 20 April 2020)

ASERA are organising an online conference which will replace the face-to-face conference in Wollongong.

Presenters can view more information by clicking on the tab in the menu to the right.

Details will be available shortly about the online conference, but please enter the 24-26 June in your diary. 

Please note that your ASERA membership must be current in order to get into the program and attend the conference. There is no additional fee to participate in the online conference.

Cancellation of ASERA 51 Conference 2020 (as of 18th March 2020). 

As I'm sure everyone will be aware, there is considerable uncertainty about future plans in the face of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, and increasing shutdowns and cancellations of events.

The ASERA Board has decided that, in the circumstances, we have no choice but to cancel the face-to-face ASERA conference planned for Wollongong in June.

Registrations to date will be refunded as soon as possible.

Planning is under way to run an online conference, including some synchronous and asynchronous content and interactions, on 23-26 June, the planned conference dates. Presenters who have already submitted abstracts and had them accepted will be able to present at the online conference.

More details will be coming soon.

Enormous thanks from the Board and the membership to Wendy Nielsen, Helen Georgiou and the team at the University of Wollongong, who planned the conference and are now hard at work planning the online conference.

Join us from June 23-26, 2020 at the Novotel Wollongong, Northbeach, Wollongong and be part of a collegial science education community.

ASERA has a proud history. ASERA is one of the oldest and most highly regarded science education research associations in the world. Each year ASERA brings together science education researchers and educators to share ideas that change the nature and practices of science education.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers is now open. Click here for details.
Call for Abstracts Close: Monday 24th February 2020
Notification to Authors: Monday 9th March 2020

If you are interested in volunteering to review abstracts, Wendy Nielsen (wnielsen@uow.edu.au) would love to hear from you.


Registration is now openClick here for details.

Early Bird Registration: Secure your conference registration by COB Monday 24 April 2020 to receive the discounted early bird rate, saving $100

Presenter Registration due: Friday 8 May 2020

Student Registration
A discount on the full registration fee is applicable to full-time students. 

Volunteer Registrations

Five complimentary conference registrations have been reserved for graduate research students in science education (MEd and PhD or similar and not in paid employment) to support the conference as a volunteer. Duties will include assistance on the registration desks, assisting speakers, presentation uploading and technical support where possible. Accommodation and travel is at the individual’s own costs. To be considered, please email Wendy Nielsen wnielsen@uow.edu.au

Accommodation Options

To choose and book accommodation with conference discount, click here.

Conference Secretariat

To find out more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Conference Secretariat:

Claire Kembrey, University of Wollongong

Special Events around ASERA 51

This year there are a number of activities before and after the main ASERA 51 Conference. There is something for everyone: the biennial ECR/HDR Workshop; a primary science teacher educator workshop; ESERA language & literacy SIG; Tours of Wollongong University. Click here for details.


To assist you with booking flights, estimated times are as follows:

Registration will open Tuesday 23 June, 4.30pm

Conference sessions start Wednesday 24 June, 8am

Conference finishes Friday 26 June, 2pm (but please check the 'special events' page for optional activities on Friday afternoon)

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