The Australasian Science Education Research Association hosts an annual conference in Australia or New Zealand, drawing science education researchers from around the world.

The 2020 conference was to have been hosted by the University of Wollongong at Novotel Wollongong, but the COVID-19 crisis required that the conference be moved to online hosting. 

Presenters have created short video presentations or other media reporting their research, and the conference will include Zoom discussion sessions for sets of papers and posters. There will also be some longer video presentations.

We hope that all participants will have the opportunity to put aside time to actively and deeply engage with the ASERA 2020 Conference across its three days.


This year has been a remarkable test of our resilience, innovative capacity, community connection and hope for the future. In this environment, we have all shifted our work and life routines both quickly and in ways not previously imaginable. In this context, ASERA2020 moved to a wholly online format while mid-stream in planning for the usual F2F conference. In the meantime, we have learned to work online for our teaching and research activities and hopefully, some of our learning will translate into how we engage with our science education research community at this year’s conference. We have endeavoured to make access to the conference simple, yet familiar in terms of how a F2F conference normally runs.

Putting together a conference is a team effort. Wendy Nielsen and Helen Georgiou (the conference committee) acknowledge the support from Claire Kembrey at UOW, Jo Burke at Monash and David Geelan and Ange Fitzgerald as extra hands that helped us move to the online format for ASERA2020. Thank you also to all those who reviewed abstracts and posters. Mostly, we thank you the presenters and delegates who have been brave and willing to try something new.