In 2018, the focus of the conference is around the implementation of the new stage 6 syllabus (for 2019), and pedagogy to support sucessful depth studies in all three subjects, Biology, Earth & Environmental Science, and Investigating Science.


While the focus will be on Stage 6, all 7-10 teachers could also benefit from the carefully selected mix of upgrades on subject knowledge as well as ideas on programming and related assessment to improve student outcomes. 














Biology Keynote - Shooting for the Moon: The Hope and Hype of Cancer Research | Dr Katrin Sjoquist, Translational Cancer Research Network - Oncologoy



Dr Sjoquist is a Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology at St George & Sutherland Hospitals, and a Medical Oncologist at St George Private Hospital. She also works at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials Centre at The University of Sydney as Clinical Lead, AGITG & ANZGOG Oncology Trials and Senior Lecturer. Dr Sjoquist’s clinical practice is based around the treatment of gastrointestinal (upper and lower GI) and head and neck cancers.Dr Sjoquist is currently an investigator and clinical lead on several national and international trials of treatments to improve outcomes for patients with Gastrointestinal and Gynaecological cancers. Her research interests include development of clinical trials, and methods for evaluation of treatments, and she is also lead investigator on research projects designed to establish better models for clinical trials design and integration of research outcomes into practice.




Earth & Environmental Keynote - 'Is the Earth Special?' | Charley Lineweaver, ANU

Dr Charles H. Lineweaver is the convener of the Australian National University's Planetary Science Institute and holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Earth Sciences. He obtained an undergraduate degree in physics from Ludwig Maximilians Universitat, Munich, Germany and aPh.D. in astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley (in 1994) He was a member of the COBE satellite team that discovered the temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. Before his appointment at ANU, he held post-doctoral positions at Strasbourg Observatory and the University of New South Wales where he taught one of the most popular general studies courses "Are We Alone?" His research areas include cosmology, exoplanetology, and astrobiology and evolutionary biology. He has about a dozen projects for students at all levels, dealing with exoplanet statistics, the recession of the Moon, cosmic entropy production, major transitions in cosmic and biological evolution and phylogenetic trees.








Keynote by Dr Sofia Kesidou - Executive Director, Assessment Standards NESA

Sofia joins NESA from the position of Principal, Educational Curriculum and Assessment at Assessing Progress, International. Sofia's background is in academic research and development through executive roles at UNSW Global Educational Assessment Australia (EAA) and the American Association for the Advancement of   Science (AAAS). This has included experience with a wide range of Australian and international high-stakes assessment and examination programs, including the International Competitions and
Assessments for Schools (ICAS), the National Assessment Program (NAP) assessments, the KAPLAN-UNSW Global Diagnostic for Financial Adviser (KUDOS), the UNSW Foundation Studies Entrance Tool, and the Moral Education (ME) assessment program in the UAE.










Interested in attending as an exhibitor at a STANSW event?  Book online via the ADVERTISING AND EXHIBITING link















Completing STANSW BEEINS course will contribute approx 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficent Teacher. Standards addressed are 2.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.4.2, and 7.4.2.

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