AISNSW Science Conference 2024

Inspiring Curious Minds

This year's Conference theme is Inspiring Curious Minds. The program will feature sessions on the key changes in the new Science 7-10 syllabus, including the Junior Depth Studies, developing the Working Scientifically skills, writing in Science and aspects of the new content areas. Leadership of curriculum change is also an area that will be addressed on the day. 

As a networking opportunity, the annual Science Conference provides a platform for Science faculty leaders and senior teachers to enhance their knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate in ways that ultimately benefit their students and the field of Science education as a whole.

This professional learning experience meets the criteria for NESA Accredited PD in the Priority Area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum.

Keynote Presenter: Dr Barbara Bannister

Dr Bannister is a dedicated educator with a profound commitment to fostering confident and competent STEM teachers, especially in rural, regional and remote areas. With over three decades of experience, she has transitioned from a classroom teacher in rural and regional NSW public secondary schools to leadership roles in both metropolitan and regional high schools, to lecturer at university.

Keynote Presenter: Professor Edward Holmes

Professor Holmes is a National Health and Medical Research Council Leadership Fellow and Professor of Virology at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on understanding the nature of global virus diversity – the virosphere - and the major mechanisms of virus evolution, with a special emphasis on revealing the ecology, evolution, and emergence of RNA viruses.

Keynote Presenter: Dr Darren Saunders

Dr Saunders is a Eureka Prize winning scientist, with over 20 years’ experience in cancer biology and neuroscience in Australia and North America. He is NSW Deputy Chief Scientist & Engineer and Executive Director of the Office of the NSW Deputy Chief Scientist & Engineer, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney.