BEAN there, doin’ that… BEAN hits the road!

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” – i.e. 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!

Please note: Eventbrite adds a small admin fee.

Registration now open: CLICK HERE

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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

Mel-BEAN19 speakers include:

Christopher Thompson


The Science-Arts Nexus: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Sean Connell and Zoe Doubleday


Boost the impact of publications with better writing

George Siemens and Shane Dawson

AI - Flavour

Human and Artificial Cognition: New models of knowledge production - how I learned to stop worrying and love AI

Janet Wiles

Janet Wiles


Janet Wiles’ current research projects focus on: Human-robot interactions, Indigenous language technologies, bio-inspired computation, visualisation and artificial intelligence. Previous projects have been in complex systems modelling in biology and neuroscience, human memory, language and cognition.

Dr Sarah-Jane Moore

Dr Sarah-Jane Moore

UNSW, artist in residence

Arty - Indigenous

Sarah Jane was just awarded a 2019 Synapse Residency from the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

Her work will centre around an arts meets science perspective on the Sydney Rock Oyster.

Linking current marine research into habitat restoration and adaption to climatic change, it will incorporate indigenous knowledge and the creative arts.

Close up: ‘Skin Land’ by Dr Sarah Jane Moore