Your Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN) is finally departing the beloved Shine Dome after 8 years and going on a national tour! This year’s forum is being hosted by our wonderful colleagues at the University of Melbourne, on Monday, 9 and Tuesday, 10 December 2019.

This year’s theme will be “AIming Higher” with emphasis on the “AI” – ie Artificial Intelligence in higher ed

The BEAN forums are designed specifically to be of interest to colleagues across all of STE(A)MM, as we seek to explore ways in which to best prepare ourselves and our students for learning in the 21C. In particular, to explore how we can collaborate to enhance the curriculum from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from all areas of academia. Please encourage your colleagues from across the disciplines to join us!

We will have a series of exciting keynotes, talks and poster presentations so we can all share our latest experiences. For those arriving on the Sunday, we will hold a couple of afternoon workshops at the Uni Melbourne Parkville campus – details to be announced shortly. It will also be a chance to contribute to ongoing discussions around the new decadal plan BIoscience Curriculum 2030 which is a project being conducted by the National Committee for Biomedical Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science.

Registration cost is just $260 for two-day forum on Monday, 9 Dec and Tuesday, 10 Dec, and $120 for the dinner in the Rainforest Room at Melbourne Zoo!

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Philip Poronnik
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Physiology |School of Medical Sciences

Professor Pauline Ross
Associate Dean Education
Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LEES)

Proudly supported by Australian Academy of Science


We would like to have a poster session for BEAN this year, and so invite those interested to send a summary of their proposed poster to Dawn Gleeson at by Monday 2 December.

The conference theme this year is “AI-ming Higher” with emphasis on the “AI” – i.e. Artificial Intelligence in Higher Ed. We will also be emphasising ‘AI’ (Australian Indigenous)

Posters will be displayed from 11am Monday 9 Dec and Tues 10 Dec until 2.00pm.

The official Poster Session will be lunch time on 10 December, and poster owners can have a 3 minute spot before lunch to entice registrants to come and view their work!

Poster Format: Please use A0 (85cmx120cm) portrait orientation – or A1 (60cmx85cm) portrait or landscape orientation.


Workshop: 3.00 – 5.00pm Sunday 8 December, University of Melbourne,

Medical Building, 181 Grattan Street, Parkville – W313, level 3 West (SBS Digital Learning Hub)

This FREE workshop will be held at the School of Biomedical Sciences Digital Learning Hub, and has something for everyone! All welcome, just turn up to see the latest in Biomedical VR Applications, or showcase your own in our VR learning studio.

Interested in creating…? Concurrently, we will be hosting a session on using 3D Slicer to convert DICOM images into a deployable “Sketchfab” model.

If you would like to showcase your own VR content during the session, or have any questions, please contact

Then, please join us for a casual dinner at 6.00pm at Naughtons Parkville Hotel, 43 Royal Parade, Parkville 3052 – just across the road from the University.


AGAR Theatre, BioSciences 4, Building 147, University of Melbourne

Time Monday 9 December
8.30 – 9.00am Registration – Drummond Rooms North and South, BioSciences 4
9.00 – 9.30am Opening and Welcome to Country
9.30 – 10.15am Janet Wiles, University of Queensland:

Talking with Robots: Insights from AI and Language Technologies

10.15 – 11.00am Sarah-Jane Moore, University of New South Wales:

I know where Oysters Lie; When Art Meets Science the Oysters Sing

11.00 – 11.30am Morning Tea
11.30am – 1.00pm

Includes a Panel Discussion

Embedding Indigenous Knowledges into the Biosciences, Philosophies and Perspectives

Tyson Yunkaporta (Apalech) Deakin University and Angela Ziebell, Monash University: Indigenous Science in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory

Sarah Frankland, University of Melbourne, Graham McKay, University of Melbourne

Lisa Godinho, University of Melbourne

Mason Scholes, Maningrida College, Northern Territory

1.00 – 2.30pm Lunch and Tour of the Awaken Exhibition – Tours commence at 1:20pm, then the second tour at 1:50pm (Building 150) Guide: Keeaira Aird
2.30 – 3.15pm Darren Saunders, University of New South Wales:

Reaching outside the Bubble – Equipping Students to Communicate Science to the Public

3.15 – 3.30pm Afternoon tea
3.30 – 5.00pm George Siemens, University of South Australia:

Human and Artificial Cognition: New Models of Knowledge Production –

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love AI

Dinner Rainforest Room: Melbourne Zoo

Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052 – 6.30 for 7.00pm


AGAR Theatre, BioSciences 4, Building 147, University of Melbourne

Time Tuesday 10 December
8.30 – 9.00am Coffee and Tea
9.00 – 9.30am Charles Sevigny and Jairus Browne, University of Melbourne:

Scaling Virtual Reality for Large Cohort Teaching

9.30 – 10.00am Zoe Doubleday and Sean Connell, University of South Australia:

Writing Better to Boost Confidence and Build Connections

10.00 – 10.30am Drew Berry, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute:

The Molecular Engines of Metabolism

10.30 – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00 – 11.30am Chris Thompson, Monash University:

The Science-Arts Nexus: An Interdisciplinary Approach

11.30am – 12.00 Tilley Boleyn, Curator Science Gallery:

BEAN exploring art/science collaborations

12.00 – 12.45pm Posters Preview – 3 minute talks
12.45 – 2.00pm Lunch and Posters – Drummond Rooms North and South, BioSciences 4
2.00 – 3.30pm Puspha Sinnayah, Victoria University:

Re-imagine Physiology education with H5P

Amber Willems-Jones, University of Melbourne:

Choose your own Adventure – Designing an Experiment Online

Jennifer Fox, Dawn Gleeson, Lisa Godinho, Lyn O’Neill, University of Melbourne:

Integrating a Research Project into First Year Biology