Ken attended ASERA for the first time in 1975 and was a constant participant throughout his career. He also hosted ASERA in Rockhampton in 1988. He found ASERA to be a place where his developing research interest, particularly in inservice science teacher education, and skills were encouraged, and was a fertile place for discussing ideas and research projects. He owes a considerable debt to people like David Symington and Keith Skamp who were valued colleagues that he looked forward to meeting at ASERA. ASERA was also where he met international researchers such as Roger Osborne and Rosalind Driver, going on to take sabbatical periods with them. He served on the Editorial Board of RISE over many years, and contributed regularly to this and other journals.
Macolm was a leader in the Science and Mathematics Education Research (SMER) Centre where research focussed on curriculum development within New Zealand. His personal expertise was within chemistry education. The contribution to Technology Education and the Learning in Science Project (LISP) have been major research contribution to the community of ASERA, with Malcolm and his New Zealand colleagues leading the way for many years since the mid 1980s. Malcolm was a constant contributor to ASERA and RISE throughout this time including hosting ASERA at Waikato and on the Editorial Board of RISE.
Leonie has been involved in science education outside of school for many years and has lead research in national projects to raise science awareness in the community. She has been a constant participant at ASERA conferences, a member of the ASERA Board for many years and has hosted ASERA in Perth. Additionally she has been an active leader in the Early Career Workshops at ASERA over a number of years. Her expertise as an author and reviewer has made her contributions to RISE and its Editorial Board highly valued. Leonie has provided great support for many ASERA participants across the years and her views are highly sought after by her fellow ASERA participants.
Peter has been a leader of science education research and helped to found the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA), the second oldest body of this kind in the world. He is best known for his seminal paper Science for All in 1985 and the many projects that followed in which he has worked to make that vision a reality in schooling. Peter has been a constant and active participant at ASERA and all its activities, including establishing the Early Career Workshops with Richard Gunstone. He has published numerous articles in RISE and served on its Editorial Board. Peter contributions at ASERA conferences by connecting with as many people has possible has made his contributions highly valued by his ASERA colleagues.
Richard’s research studies have included explorations of alternative conceptions, conceptual change and metacognition. His first involvement with ASERA was the 1974 ASERA conference. He is a past organiser of an ASERA conference (1984, with the late Jeff Northfield), he was a member of the first ASERA Board after incorporation of the Association in 1995 and remained a Board member until 2005, he has been a member of the RISE Editorial Board since 1986, and with Peter Fensham established the ASERA Pre Conference Workshops for Research Students and Early Career Staff.
Dick’s first involvement with ASERA was in 1970 as a PhD student attending the first meeting of ASERA. From this time he was a constant participant, organiser and contributor to ASERA conferences, publications and Early Career workshops for the next 35 years. He served on the Editorial Board of RISE and has contributed many papers as an author. Dick’s research focused on the psychology of learning science and was well known for his contributions through his book “Learning Science”.
Keith’s research has focussed on primary science education and is well known for his education text- Teaching Primary Science Constructively. Keith has been an active participant at ASERA for many years and has hosted ASERA in Lismore. He has also been an active contributor to RISE as an author, review and member of the Editorial Board. Keith’s support of colleagues and early career researchers has been highly valued by the ASERA community.