Our Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN) forum will continue its national tour next year!

This year’s forum will be held ONLINE FOR FREE on Friday, 18 December 2020.

Please register via Eventbrite at:


The ZOOM link will be sent to participants prior to the event

Preliminary Program

10 am – Pauline Ross

As Associate Dean Education in the Faculty of Science at Sydney Pauline has led the Faculty through the tremendous challenges of Covid and transitioning to on-line learning. She will share her experiences and thoughts moving towards 2021.

10.30 – David Bowser

David is the CEO of Curio, an education consulting, learning design and platform development business that advises and creates tools for many universities. David will give his expert perspective on the evolving higher ed sector.

11.00 – Martin Kryzwinski

Our favourite bioinformatician and creative from the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center in Vancouver will make a long-awaited reappearance and tell us about Covid:Science:Art.

Look at the things he has been up to! http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/

11.30 – quick break

11.40 – 12.10 – Cissy Ballen

Cissy recently completed a PhD in Zoology in Sydney and is now at Auburn University as Assistant Professor. In an inspiring pivot, she started a lab looking at discipline-based education research on biology education and STEM equity through investigations of the causes and consequences of gaps in science literacy, and how educators can design their courses to minimize barriers to success. Notably, her lab was recently awarded a 5-year NSF grant (USD 5 million) to study the impact of scientist role models in data literacy instruction on student attitudes and learning in biology.

12.10 – 12.30 Bioscience Australia Report

The National Committee for Biomedical Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science has been a long-time supporter of BEAN. We are now in the process of starting a consultation process to report into how bioscience education may look in the near future. This will be a chance for you to have your input into this national project.

12.30 – Lunch / Posters

1.15 – 1.35 – Sarah-Jane Gregory

Sarah-Jane is at Griffith and will share her thoughts on student engagement and motivation as they progress through their degrees and how the sudden shift to on-line learning may compound these issues – particularly in second year.

1.35 – 1.55 – Jean Marc Hero

Jean Marc is at the STEM Academy at Flinders where they have initiated an innovative teaching strategy based on Indigenous Knowledge pedagogies (Respect, Connect, Reflect, Direct), in collaboration with local First Nations peoples (Kaurna Elders and educators), to advance Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in undergraduate teaching.

2.00 – 3.00 – Covid bites

Chair Melissa Cameron 12 x 5 min

3.00++ Drinks / celebration…

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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Professor 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 www.science.org.au