Conference - UniServe Science


The UniServe Science Conference is an opportunity for tertiary science and mathematics educators to come together, share ideas and keep up to date on emerging research. Participate in the ideas exchange, present your research, or take advantage of this year's line up of special speakers. As of 2010, the conference was brought to you in collaboration by UniServe Science and the Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IISME).

Abstracts and full papers, as appropriate, can be viewed on the conference proceedings website

Creating active minds...

This year's conference theme, Creating ACTIVE minds in our Science and Mathematics students embraces the following broad areas for tertiary educators.

Authentic learning
Collaborative learning
Teaching in laboratories
Inquiry and Innovation
Virtual learning
Engaging educators.

Date and location

The 2010 conference was held from Wednesday 29th September to Friday 1st October at the University of Sydney.

Presentation Types

We invited submissions from tertiary science and mathematics educators and students. Science and mathematics for this conference encompasses biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, information technology, learning and cognitive sciences, mathematics and statistics, molecular and microbial sciences, physics and psychology as well as the applied sciences including agricultural science, health sciences, engineering and veterinary sciences.

The following categories of submissions were included in the conference:

  1. Abstract only: A maximum of 200 words. This included submissions for the Ideas Exchange.
  2. Non refereed paper(meeting E2 criteria): Full article submission, including an abstract of no more than 200 words and length of 3-4 pages.
  3. Refereed paper(meeting E1 criteria): Full article submission, including an abstract of no more than 200 words and length of 5-6 pages.

Program of events

The first day of the conference, "Discipline Day" allowed delegates to converge with others in their field and bring to the table issues of relevance to their particular discipline. On Thursday and Friday, delegates showcased high quality research in tertiary science and mathematices education via oral and poster presentations. Delegates also participated in the Ideas exchange, a unique platform for road testing early research and project ideas. The full programme for Thursday and Friday is now available and accessible by the menu at left.

Welcome reception

The welcome reception was held on Wednesday evening and the cost was included in the registration fee for delegates. The welcome took form of a fully catered BBQ at the University of Sydney, providing an opportunity to meet other delegates in an informal setting at the end of the Discipline Day.

Conference dinner

This optional three course event was held on Thursday evening in a private room at Sydney's Buon Gusto Italian restaurant. The dinner included a 3 course meal including seafood platters and all drinks. Those attending the conference dinner paid an additional $70 per person.