Registration is now open for BEAN18, the annual Biosciences Education Australia Forum for 2018 at the Shine Dome, in Acton, Canberra on Monday, 10 and Tuesday, 11 December.

*Next Gen Tech Now workshop Sunday, 9 December 2-5 pm.

This year’s theme will be The future’s so bright I need…

The future is bright but also challenging in an ever-increasing number of ways. We are seeing true generational change “trickling” into higher ed from the schools and we urgently need to pop on our shades and look the bright future front on and think about what we need to accommodate the needs of the next generation of wonderful students who will have stewardship over the planet.

The BEAN forums are designed specifically to be of interest to colleagues across all of STE(A)MM, as we really 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 other disciplines to join us!

Registration costs are $260 for two-day forum on Monday, 10 Dec and Tuesday, 11 Dec – and $120 for the forum dinner on Monday, 10 Dec – at Courgette restaurant in Barton, 6.30 for 7pm.

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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)

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BEAN18 – 2018 Draft Forum Programme

Mon Dec 10

0800 – Arrival and coffee

0900 – Welcome

0910 – Jason Juma-Ross (FaceBook) – Oculus and the future of VR

0950 – Joan Leach (CPAS) – Responsible Research Innovation – curriculum opportunities

1030 – Morning Tea

1100 – Amanda Niehaus – Creative writing and bioscience

1140 – Sean Connell Zoe Doubleday (Adelaide) – Objective Charisma- an update

1220 – Martin Brown (Westmead) – New paradigms for Digital Fluencies

1300 – Lunch + networking

1430 – Peter Riemann and Courtney Hilton (Sydney) – Learning through questioning

1600 – Invited talks – 4 talks

1700 – go away – Dinner at Courgette 1900

Tues Dec 11

0830 – Arrival

0900 – Bill Martens (Sydney) – Listening to data

0945 – Paul Maguire (Taronga Zoo) – Lessons from the Wild

1030 – Morning tea

1100 – Maths in Bioscience discussion (Deb King, David Cook and TBA)

1215 – Tales from the frontline

1300 – Lunch

1400 – Workshop at CPAS (15 min walk) – Implementing responsible research and innovation in your curriculum

1600 – Close + fond farewells