17 - 18 August  2017 


You may confirm your booking immediately,  or reserve your place by lodging your expression of interest (EOI)  to confirm at a later date.  Dont delay as places are limited!  Please view the event pages via the links below and to register your place.


Workshops will be held soon after the HSC trials – a crucial time for students to reflect on exam results whilst preparing for the HSC Exams. Help your students get into study mode, register your science class!
The event brings together students with highly qualified Science teachers to prepare them for theHigher School Certificate Examinations. Depending on student demand, workshops will be held in Physics,Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Senior Science.
Experienced presenters, who have been involved in all stages of the HSC process, will deliver workshops providing students with hints and strategies to enable them to improve their HSC performance.

As a result of participating in this event, students will:
• be more adept at interpreting and answering questions, and thus be better prepared for the HSC Trials and Examinations.
• increase their understanding of the HSC marking process and procedures to improve their ability to present answers that meet typical marking guidelines and maximise marks.

The program has been developed so that each subject is a full day session. Students attend one subject on each day they attend. Substantial booklets will be provided in all subjects. The subject sessions will cover mandatory investigations, how to answer and unpack extended response questions and plan for band 6 answers.
Event Fees
Bookings can be made by schools as a group booking or by individual students/guardians. All individual bookings must be paid in full before the event, and include all student names attending. STANSW Members attend for free if attending with 3 or more students.

Pricing (all rates include GST)

NB Price includes morning tea and lunch for all students and teachers attending.

$40/ student per day
$90 / STANSW Teacher Member per day
$120 / Non-Member Teacher per day

Guest Speakers

We are excited to annouce that in addtion to the subject sessions,  we have organised special guest speakers to present to students in a plenary session to start each day.


Thursday 17 August

Dr Mark De Bruyn

Mark will be talking about his exciting research in ancient DNA and the process involved in extracting DNA from samples that are hundreds of thousands of years old, as well as how he interprets his findings.

After completing his PhD at QUT in Brisbane with Peter Mather in 2006, Markk took up an NSF funded postdoc at Durham University, UK, in Rus Hoelzel’s group, followed by an International Incoming Marie Curie Fellowship with Gary Carvalho at Bangor University, and several subsequent postdocs with Gary funded by NERC and the EU. He took up a Lectureship at Bangor in 2013, followed by a Senior Lectureship in 2014. Upon returning to Australia the end of 2015, Mark had a career break before starting at The University of Sydney in June 2017.

Research interests

Mark is a population geneticist focussing on molecular ecology, with a current interest in the development and application of novel tools (e.g. environmental and ancient DNA) for biodiversity science.


Special thanks to our host and sponsor, University of Sydney 

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