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What is CONASTA?

CONASTA is the annual National Science Education Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).  More than 4000 educators and institutions across Australia, and worldwide, have a voice in the future of science education, policy and practice through ASTA. CONASTA is convened each year in a different State or Territory of Australia. 

Conference program

CONASTA traditionally runs over three days (Mon-Wed) in July, with a Registration and Welcome function on the Sunday before. The program consists of approximately 6 keynote plenary sessions, including the prestigious Stanhope Oration, and a wide selection of on-site and off-site workshops. Our distinguished keynote speakers promote the excellence of Australian and international scientific and educational research. The on-site workshops, presented by teachers, researchers and science professionals, cover a broad range of subject areas including:

  • Primary science education
  • Secondary science education
  • Lab technician skills and practices
  • Curriculum implementation
  • Teaching resources and innovations

The off-site workshops allow delegates to visit some of the host state's most eminent scientific institutions and learn about the work they conduct and the ways they engage with the education sector.

Social and networking opportunities

The Conference provides a wonderful opportunity for science educators to exchange ideas about science teaching and learning and to maintain and develop national and international networks. The Welcome Function on the Sunday prior to the conference is a great opportunity for people to make new contacts and reconnect with old ones. Each year's program includes an optional Science Breakfast and Banquet dinner, as well as Happy Hour drinks and nibbles events at the close of each day. Post-conference tours of some of the host state's prime tourist spots are also available.


Need further information about CONASTA 65?

A Conference Brief is now available below. Inside you will find a full conference program, information about workshops, accommodation and registration fees.