BEEINS Conference 2019






The Biology, Earth and Environmental Science and Investigating Science (BEEINS) Teachers Conference will again be held at Macquarie University.  In 2019 we have expanded the event to a two-day program with a focus on the new Year 12 courses to provide tips and insight into developing engaging teaching programs and classroom activities. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and network with other teachers.  Separate workshop streams will be held in Biology, EES, Inv Science, Science Extension and 7-10 Science.  On Saturday (30 March) there will be a separate program stream for Primary teachers addressing the new Science & Technology Syllabus.

Friday Keynote Speakers

with further speakers being confirmed...


  Dr Carolyn Hogg, USyd - Devil Tools & Tech - integrating genetics in conservation management

Carolyn is a conservation biologist who has been working with threatened species for over twenty years both in Australia and overseas and is currently the Research Manager for the Australasian Wildlife Genomics Group at the University of Sydney. Carolyn has been working closely with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program for over eight years and with other

threatened species more recently.







Assoc Prof. Heather Handley, MQU - Into The Volcano: From Source To Eruption And Beyond


Heather Handley is an Associate Professor of Volcanology and Geochemistry and leads the Volcanic and Magmatic Research Group in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Macquarie University. Her research unravels the secrets held in the chemistry of volcanic rocks to answer questions such as what triggers volcanic eruptions? and how fast does magma travel from its source to the Earth’s surface? 







Dr Catriona Bonfiglioli, UTS - Science and Society - Why Communication Is Crucial


Catriona is a UTS journalism studies academic with a special interest in the role of media in health and science. Catriona is the designer of Communicating Health and Science 54090 an innovative communication unit within the UTS Bachelor of Communication.Catriona is lead

chief investigator of ARC Discovery Project 1096251: Bonfiglioli, Chapman, & Smith. ‘Changing

the media diet - Investigating the power of the news media to prevent obesity’. Her research

has been presented in international journals, book chapters and at international conferences.






Dr Lizzy Lowe, USyd - Learning To Appreciate Insects And Spiders In Our Cities



The aim of Dr Lizzy Lowe’s research is to reduce insecticide use in cities and create healthy urban spaces that support biodiversity of all shapes and sizes. Lizzy completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2016 and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University. As an urban ecologist, Lizzy enjoys working with local communities to improve the health of our cities. She has a particular passion for raising the public profile of underappreciated animals such as spiders, and encouraging engagement with nature in cities.





Saturday Keynote Speakers : 



Dr Roger Kitching, Griffith University - The Unlikely Coming Together of Ecology and Molecular Biology



Roger Kitching AM is Emeritus Professor of Ecology at Griffith University in Brisbane and a senior researcher within the Environmental Futures Research Institute of that University. A graduate of Imperial College with a doctorate from Oxford University, his research interests include the Lepidoptera in all their aspects, food webs particularly in naturally occurring mesocosms, and the arthropod biodiversity of rainforests with particular focus on the canopy.





Assoc Prof. Wendy Nielsen, UOW - Learning science with multiple representations


Associate Professor Wendy Nielsen is a science educator with research interests in science teaching and learning, in particular, how educational technology can be used to support student learning and teachers teaching about science. Grounded in sociocultural theories of learning and multimodalities as means to produce and represent understanding, Dr Nielsen leads an ARC Discovery Project called “The Quality of Learning as Students Create Digital Explanations of Science”. The study is examining tertiary science learners’ production of these media products as artefacts of learning but also the pedagogy behind how instructors use this in assessing science learning. Further examinations will consider how creating a digital explanation helps these students develop communications knowledge and skill.

Other research interests include supervising teacher knowledge, preservice and in-service teacher education, doctoral pedagogy and mathematics education. Dr Nielsen has supervised HDR and Honours students in a range of areas including science teaching and learning, mathematics pedagogy in preservice teacher education, conceptual knowledge development, educational leadership, professional learning for teachers and environmental education.
Dr Nielsen has authored or co-authored over 50 journal publications and book chapters, including one edited book. As of April, 2018, her Google Scholar profile listed more than 825 citations and an h-index of 14, her SCOPUS h-index is 9, and her Web of Science h-index is 8. She completed masters and doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia and was a high school science and mathematics teacher in British Columbia and California prior to graduate studies. She has been a Faculty member at the University of Wollongong since 2009.


Prof Mark Taylor, MQU - Lead in Soil

Mark Patrick Taylor is a Professor of Environmental Science at Macquarie University, specialising in environmental contamination and the risks they pose to human health. He is also the Director of the University’s Energy and Environmental Contaminants Research Centre.
Professor Taylor generates significant and far-reaching impact from his research. Both governmentand private industry in Australian and the USA have invested more than AUD $1.2 billion to improve environment performance and human health outcomes as a direct result of Professor Taylor’s work. His recent successful science-based advocacy for the revision of the NHMRC’s intervention level for blood lead exposures in children exemplifies his commitment to delivering better outcomes for Australian public and environmental health.




Registration Fees (2019) (1 Day / 2 Day)
Member Individual (Secondary) $220.00 / 280.00
Member School (SFA Staff) $270.00 / 350.00
Non-Member Secondary Teacher $380.00 / 470.00
Student - STANSW Member $80.00 / 110.00
Primary Teacher Member $130.00
Primary Teacher Non-Member $200.00


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Completing the STANSW Bio, EES, Inv Sci #BEEINS Conference will contribute up to 2 days (5 hours/ Friday) & (4 hours/ Saturday) of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 6.4.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
STANSW Inc is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level. 

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