The Australian Science Education Research Association

ASERA was established in 1970 as the Australian Science Education Research Association,  later becoming the Australasian Science Education Research Association Ltd.

The aim of the association is to promote science education and science education research in all contexts and at all levels of education. The journal of the association, Research in Science Education (RISE) is published by Springer. 


ASERA began with a 1970 meeting of people interested in researching science education at Monash University in Melbourne, called by Professor Peter Fensham. From that very first meeting of 26 male science education researchers, ASERA has developed to become an inclusive international community of science education researchers in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. 

Annual conferences began in 1971 at Macquarie University in Sydney, and the annual conference continues to be ASERA's peak occasion for sharing innovations in science education at all levels of education.

Initially called the 'Australian Science Education Research Association', New Zealand researchers were part of the Association for early days, and this was formally recognised in 1990 with the name change to the 'Australasian Science Education Research Association'.

The 2019 conference in Queenstown, New Zealand, saw commemoration of ASERA's 50 year anniversary, and ASERA continues to grow and to build in its influence and contribution to science education in Australasia and around the world.

Why Join ASERA?

Anyone with an interest in research in science education - teachers and teacher educators, university researchers and others - can benefit from membership of ASERA. 

The annual conference is attended by researchers from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and around the world, actively engaged in cutting-edge science education research and sharing their findings. The conference a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow researchers. Collaborations begun at the ASERA conference have led to research attracting major competitive grants.

ASERA membership also includes a subscription to Research In Science Education (RISE), a top international science education research journal, giving readers access to the best and most influential science education research.

Members of ASERA are consulted by ACARA and state and federal governments and are influential on science education policy.

  • Network opportunities
  • Subscription to RISE
  • Links with international organisations
  • A voice on national curriculum forums, like ACARA
  • Conferences that give you the opportunity to try out new ideas
  • Reduced registration fee for the annual ASERA conference

Member Interviews

Professor Dick White

Associate Professor Gillian Kidman

Dr Jennifer Mansfield

The sections below contain links that could be of use to Science Education Researchers. The links are provided for information purposes, in the case they might be useful to our members. They do not imply any connection between ASERA and these institutions. If you have a suggestion for a new link, please contact the ASERA Executive Officer, info@asera.org.au

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