2020 SASTA Annual Conference & Expo

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Join primary and secondary teachers and other members of the science education community at SASTA’s 2020 Annual Conference, 23–24 April at Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide.

The theme of the conference ‘Science: Saving the Planet’ aims to inform and inspire delegates with current research and practices in the fields of science, as well as in the classroom.

The program is shaping up well with a broad program of seminars, discussions, professional learning workshops, and hands-on activities.

So come along in April to learn, network with others, gather resources and be inspired!

Full program to be announced soon!


Call for workshops extended!

Read on for more information about the


Thursday 23 April
9.00 am Welcome & SASTA Medal Presentation
9.30 am Keynote by Prof. Chris Daniels
10.35 am Morning Tea & Exhibition
11.10 am Workshop Session 1
12.15 pm Workshop Session 2
1.15 pm Lunch & Exhibition
2.05 pm Panel Discussion
3.25 pm Workshop Session 3
4.30 pm SASTA Celebration & Happy Hour
Friday 24 April
8.45 am Welcome & Awards Presentation
9.10 am Keynote by Dr Hannah Brown
10.10 am SASTA AGM
10.40 am Morning Tea & Exhibition
11.15 am Cutting Edge Session A
12.20 pm Cutting Edge Session B
1.20 pm Lunch & Exhibition
2.10 pm Workshop Session 4
3.15 pm Workshop Session 5
4.15 pm Happy Hour


Keynote speakers

Chris DanielsProf. Chris Daniels, Director of Cleland Wildlife Park
The Role of Experiential Connection with Nature as Educational Tools for Conservation Science: The Cleland Experience

Thursday’s keynote presentation will be from Prof. Chris Daniels, the Director of Cleland Wildlife Park. Chris wholeheartedly agrees with a quote by French explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau who famously said, “You can’t save what you don’t love, and you can’t love what you don’t know.” Chris will talk about how zoos and wildlife parks need to engage and educate the public about the necessity and practice of conservation, especially in the face of growing ‘anti-zoo’ sentiment. Chris will talk about how this challenge is leading to many new and exciting methods for delivering educational outcomes in environmental science and conservation.

Hannah BrownDr Hannah Brown, Chief Science Storyteller for SAHMRI

Friday’s keynote presentation will be from Dr Hannah Brown, the Chief Science Storyteller for SAHMRI, who is an Adelaide born and educated, internationally trained, researcher-turned-leader and communicator who leads Science Strategy and Operations at the Victorian Heart Institute. Having trained and worked as an academic, she now sits at the interface between science and the public, helping to turn ideas into impact through storytelling. Hannah’s talk will focus on how in a world where it is increasingly difficult to identify ‘fake news’, communicating and telling stories with impact is key and how using the science of communication and marketing to share science messages and tell science stories can make people want to save the planet.

Cutting Edge speakers

Session A

Dr Marnie Winter, University of South Australia
How Can We Use Biomedical Engineering to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes?

Marnie is researching biomedical engineering at the University of South Australia. Marnie will speak about her ongoing interdisciplinary research aiming to improve prenatal screening for genetic abnormalities and diagnosis of pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia.

Ms Karina Price, The University of Western Australia
Virtual Plant Cell: Using Virtual Reality for Enhanced STEM Education

Karina is the Science Communications Officer for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Western Australia.

A/Prof. Charlie Huveneers, Flinders University

Charlie is a marine biologist who has worked on many sharks and rays. In 2007, he started running the Australian Acoustic Tagging and Monitoring System (AATAMS) part of the Integrated Marine Observing System program (IMOS) during which he deployed acoustic receivers around Australia and created a national network of acoustic telemetry users.

Session B

Dr Sean Geoghegan, State Director of Radiation Oncology Medical Physics
Saving People and the Planet with Radiation

Sean is working to establish South Australia as a leading region for the training of medical physicists and related professions and provide a comprehensive radiation oncology medical physics service to Adelaide and surrounding communities. 

Dr Danny Wilson, University of Adelaide
Understanding Parasite Biology to Make Better Therapeutics

Danny's research is focused on developing new drugs that kill malaria parasites, and working on developing a vaccine for the parasites. He has identified new drug chemotypes to develop as antimalarials, and developed new parasite tools to fast-track malaria vaccine development.

A/Prof. Sarah Cohen-Woods, Flinders University

Sarah works on understanding how nurture influences our nature by studying how environments can influence genetic predisposition and gene expression, influencing psychological outcomes. Sarah’s research investigates immunogenetic risks for depression moderated by childhood maltreatment, and epigenetic variation associated with chronic early-life adversity, and whether this mediates a relationship of poor mental health.  

Full Program announced soon.

Call for workshops

Share your good ideas – submit a workshop proposal for the conference!

Presenting workshops for your colleagues is an excellent way to share best practice and develop a community of educators across the state.

Presenters enjoy up to a 50% discount on registration fees!

Session attendees should be actively involved in the learning through a practical and investigative approach. Sessions that link to real world examples of contemporary science in STEM are encouraged.

Possible ideas around the theme:

  • Civics and citizenship connecting with science
  • Exploring climate change solutions
  • Why is plant health so important?
  • Learning from our first nations people
  • Water security
  • Aquaponics for your school
  • Science and sustainability

Submit your workshop proposal

Exhibition & sponsorship opportunities

A trade display will allow educators to check out the latest books, resources and other materials for their classroom or school.  

Organisations and businesses serving the science education community are invited to be a part of the conference and showcase their products or services through:

  • sponsorship
  • exhibition
  • satchel inserts

For more information, go to the 2020 Trade Display & Exhibitors page.