The Science Teachers’ Forum will expose teachers to professional science communicators and new ideas to address the National Curriculum. This professional development opportunity is suitable for year 9 and 10 high school science teachers.

Date and cost

Date: Friday 29 November 2013, 8.30am - 4:00pm
Cost: $121 (inc. GST)
Includes morning tea, lunch and all workshop materials
Location: The University of Sydney Camperdown Campus

What is the Science Teachers' Forum?

The Science Teachers’ Forum will provide year 9 and 10 science teachers with fresh ideas to challenge their students in readiness for the forthcoming changes to the curriculum.

Many teachers face the task of finding new resources and making their lessons stimulating, with limited time to develop new teaching materials.This structured professional development opportunity will allow teachers to interact with professional science communicators, providing teachers with exciting materials to use in the classroom.

The day will present teachers with new ideas and experiments to engage students and provide fresh inspiration for teaching the broad science syllabus in years 9 and 10 in the new National Curriculum.

The Science Teachers’ Forum will address:

  • Biological sciences
  • Chemical sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Maths in Science

NSWIT Accreditation

The Forum is registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers for 4 hours of professional development at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

NSWIT accreditation

The program

Time Activity

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8.30am Registration
8.45am Welcome
9.00am Lecture
10.00am Science Show
10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Interactive Session 1*
12.00pm Interactive Session 2*
1.00pm Networking Lunch with Virtual Excursions Australia
2.00pm Interactive Session 3*
3.00pm Maths in Science discussion
4.00pm Close

*Interactive sessions will focus on Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences. Attendees will experience each session on rotation.


Registrations for the Science Teachers' Forum have now closed. Please email if you would like to enquire about a late registration.

Financial assistance to attend

The Division of Natural Sciences is delighted to be able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to eligible teachers who wish to attend the Science Teachers Forum 2013.

The assistance has been awarded as part of the Social Inclusion strategy of the University of Sydney. The financial assistance package has been developed to ensure that eligible teachers are supported and given opportunities to access teaching support and professional development regardless of the school’s financial or geographical disadvantage.

Who can apply?

Teachers applying for financial assistance must be:

  • Currently teaching in a NSW government identified Low Socio-Economic Status (LSES) high school
  • Currently teaching Stage 5 Science in a relevant discipline i.e. biology, chemistry, physics
  • Able to attend the Science Teacher’s Forum in November 2013

What is covered?

Some or all of the following will be offered depending on the level of disadvantage.

You can check your postcode using the remoteness search tool. Follow the instructions on the spreadsheet to find out if your school's address is regional or rural.

Area Assistance offered
Major city Free registration for workshop

+ up to $200 to school to cover the cost of a substitute teacher
Inner regional/Outer regional

Free registration for workshop

+ up to $200 to school to cover the cost of a substitute teacher

+ up to $100 for travel expenses

Remote/Very remote

Free registration for workshop

+ up to $200 to school to cover the cost of a substitute teacher

+ up to $200 for travel expenses

How do I apply?

Please apply for the Financial Assistance package when you apply to attend the Forum.


All complete applications will be considered and the level of financial disadvantage assessed depending on your school’s geographical status.

Those applicants who are not awarded the financial assistance package are still able to register for the STW as normal but must find alternative funds to cover the cost of attendance e.g. from their school.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Financial assistance package will be given in part to your school and part directly to the awarded teacher.
  2. To assist the University of Sydney with it’s programs, successful applicants will be required to complete some pre-event and post-event feedback.
  3. If you are not able to attend for unforeseen circumstances, your registration may be transferred to an alternative teacher from your school. You must notify us in writing not later than 2 weeks before the Forum.

Workshop Contact - Jessica Morris

T +61 2 9114 0825