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12 - 13 April 2021
Pulteney Grammar School
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Join primary and secondary teachers and other members of the science education community at SASTA's 2021 Annual Conference, 12-13 April at Pulteney Grammar School.
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Registrations close Friday 12 March.
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.
So come along in April to learn, network with others, gather resources and be inspired!
Read on for more information about the:
View the program outline.
|Monday 12 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||Happy Hour|
|7.00 pm||Conference Dinner|
|Tuesday 13 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 1|
|12.20 pm||Cutting Edge Session 2|
|1.20 pm||Lunch & Exhibition|
|2.10 pm||Workshop Session 4|
|3.15 pm||Workshop Session 5|
|4.15 pm||Happy Hour|
Find out about our Keynote Speakers.
Prof. 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.
Dr Hannah Brown, Science Strategy and Operations at the Victorian Heart Institute
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.
Find out about our Cutting Edge Speakers.
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.
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.
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.
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.