Cancellation of ASERA 2020 Conference (as of 18 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 ( would love to hear from you.


Registration is now open. Click 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


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 ASERA2020

This year there are a number of activities before and after the main ASERA2020 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)

In this section

  • Registration 2020

    Registration 2020 - click here to register
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation Options

    Discounted conference rates apply to the following – quote “ASERA Conference” when booking.

    1. Conference Hotel: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach (4 Star). 14 Cliff Rd, Wollongong.

  • Call for papers for ASERA 2020

    Proposal Submission
  • Special Events around ASERA 2020

    1. ESERA Language and Literacy Special Interest Group

    When: Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 June, 2020.

    Where: University of Wollongong (UOW), UOW 21.114

  • Getting to and around Wollongong

    This year's conference, 'ASERA 2020' will be held in Wollongong.

    Just 80km south of Sydney – with world-class beaches, adventures, restaurants, arts and attractions.