Please save the date for our 2021 Virtual BEAN forum on Friday, 10 December (10am-4pm, Sydney time) via Zoom.

You can register for free on Eventbrite at:

The Zoom link will be sent to participants before the day.

Full program details are available here – and we are very excited to announce three keynote speakers:

  • Professor Melissa Brown, UQ Dean of Science, and President of Australian Council of Deans of Science
  • Professor Hamish Coates, Tsinghua University Global Research Centre for Assessment of Student Development
  • Professor Tim Soutphommasane, Director, Culture Strategy at University of Sydney – Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner (2013 to 2018)

We know many of you have had to do some amazing transformations to the delivery of your teaching in 2020 and 2021, and we want to hear more about it!

If you are interested in presenting a 5 minute (3 slides) “Covid-bite”, please let Melissa Cameron know at

We will also organise a few lunchtime breakout rooms, with suggested topics for discussion.

Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN) forum is (attempting to) continue its national tour… and this year’s forum is being run in dual mode, with a small F2F gathering at QUEENSLAND MUSEUM, Southbank Brisbane on Friday, 10 December 2021. Registration cost is $85 to attend the one-day forum and lunch in Brisbane. You can register for this via the Eventbrite link above.

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.

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Look forward to seeing you online at BEAN 2021.

Professor 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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