ASERA 55 Social Events

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Events for all Conference Attendees

The following events are open to all registered ASERA55 attendees, with the exception of those who have purchased a 1-day registration. 


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Conference Welcome Reception*

This is an opportunity for attendees to meet informally and network before the beginning of the conference parallel presentations.

When: Tuesday 2nd July 2024 (catering will be provided)

Where: Massey University, Auckland Campus (Albany, New Zealand)

*Not included for those that have purchased a 1 day registration.

Image: Soljan's Estate Winery

Conference Dinner*

When: Thursday 4th July 2024

Where: Soljan's Estate Winery (366 State Highway 16, Kumeū 0892, New Zealand**)

*Not included for those that have purchased a 1 day registration.

**Soljan's is ~17km away from the conference venue (Massey University, Albany, New Zealand), but a bus service will be provided for delegates to travel to and from the dinner.



Events for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) 

The following events are only open to those that have purchased full registration , and have had their Expression of Interest and/or registration for these events accepted by the ASERA Executive Board.




Event 1: Bi-Annual HDR/ECR Workshop


What is the Bi-Annual HDR/ECR Workshop?

  • Our HDR/ECR workshop runs every second year at the ASERA conference.  
  • This workshop is run by leading Science Education Research scholars, with the aim of supporting Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and Early Career Researchers (ECRS) in their research/career journeys. More information on our ASERA55 HDR/ECR Workshop Facilitators can be found below.
  • Past topics have included: developing a research track record, publishing, career development, and collaboration/networking.
  • Our next workshop will run on Tuesday 2nd July 2024 at Massey University's Auckland Campus. Morning tea and lunch will be provided on the day.

Image: Mark Leedom / Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Who are the ASERA55 HDR/ECR Workshop Facilitators?

Léonie J Rennie is Professor Emerita at Curtin University and an Emeritus Member of ASERA. Her research focuses on learning in science and technology, particularly in integrated and out-of-school settings, resulting in over 200 refereed publications. Significant books include Knowledge that counts in a global community: The contribution of integrated curriculum (with Grady Venville and John Wallace) and  Supporting self-directed learning in science and technology beyond the school years (with Sue Stocklmayer and John Gilbert), both published by Routledge. She has extensive experience as a supervisor and thesis examiner of doctoral students and served as Dean, Graduate Studies at Curtin for over 7 years. She is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

Bronwen Cowie is a Professor and Associate Dean Research Education, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato | The University of Waikato. Her research interests include assessment for learning and culturally responsive pedagogy in science education. Bronwen is committed to collaborative approaches to research. She has had the privilege of collaborating with teachers and with researcher colleagues in the early childhood, primary and secondary school sectors and with colleagues involved in initial teacher education and engineering education in the university sector. She has a special interest in sharing research findings with practitioners and has co-authored several articles with teacher research partners.  Bronwen has extensive experience as a mentor for colleagues and as a supervisor and thesis examiner of doctoral students.

Eligibility for the ASERA55 HDR/ECR Workshop and Expression of Interest Process

To be eligible to attend the workshop, you must:
  • Be a current HDR or ECR,
  • Be attending ASERA55 (and have paid for full conference registration),
  • Have submitted an expression of interest (EOI) to attend the workshop, and,
  • Have had your EOI accepted.

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Expression of Interest (EOI) Process for the HDR/ECR Workshop & Key Dates
  1. 1
    EOIs Open for the ASERA55 HDR/ECR Workshop: End of March 2024 (AEST)
  2. 2
    EOI Submission Date Closes: 20 April 2024 (AEST)
  3. 3
    EOIs to be considered by the ASERA ECR Representative (Reece Mills) & HDR Mentor (Jan van Driel): Late April/Early May 2024 (AEST)
  4. 4
    HDRs/ECRs notified by email as to the outcome of their EOI: Mid-May 2024 (AEST)


Event 2: HDR/ECR Fireside Chat


What is the HDR/ECR Fireside Chat?

Image: Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

  • The Fireside Chat runs every year at the ASERA conference.
  • This is an informal gathering for HDRs/ECRs to network and share ideas with peers and two experienced science education academics about how to launch and maintain academic career.
  • Our next Fireside Chat will run on Wednesday 3rd July 2024 at Massey University's Auckland Campus (light supper will be provided).

Who are the HDR/ECR Fireside Chat Facilitators for ASERA55?

Rose Hipkins is a Kaihautū Rangahau | Chief Researcher at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). She began her career as a biology and science teacher, and then transitioned into teacher education. In 2001, Rose joined NZCER, and since then has led and supported a wide range of research projects, many of which centred on curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and innovation in science education in New Zealand. Rose’s research has contributed to the development of a “capabilities” approach to weaving a coherent local curriculum from its many pieces, along with the preparation of numerous reports for the Ministry of Education. Rose serves on the editorial boards of several journals and particularly enjoys helping teacher-researchers shape their experiences and insights for formal publication. In 2019, Rose was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science education. In 2022, she was awarded Life Membership of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE).

Russell Tytler is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Science Education at Deakin University, Melbourne. He researches and writes on student engagement with science and mathematics, socio scientific issues and reasoning, school-community partnerships, and STEM curriculum policy and practice. Russell has been influential on science curricula in Australia and is involved in a range of Department of Education teacher professional learning initiatives. He is widely published and has been chief investigator on a range of research projects. Russell is a member of the Science Expert Group for PISA 2015 and 2025 and represents the OECD on an international STEM skills forum. He was deputy chair of an influential Chief Scientist initiated ‘STEM Country Comparisons’ project. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Eligibility for the HDR/ECR Fireside Chat and Expression of Interest Process

To be eligible to attend the Fireside Chat, you must:

  • Be a current HDR or ECR,
  • Be attending ASERA55 (and have paid for full conference registration),
  • Have registered to attend the Fireside Chat by completing the registration form, and,
  • Have had your registration accepted via email.

More information on the registration process can be found below

The Registration process for the ASERA55 HDR/ECR Fireside Chat will open after 8 June 2024. After this date:

  1. Eligible ECRs and HDRs who have registered for ASERA55 will be asked to register their attendance at the Fireside Chat by completing an online registration form.
  2. Participants will then be notified by email as to whether/not they have been allocated a place in the HCR/ECR Fireside Chat.

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