Events and Conferences

STEAM Education Summit 2018

Date: 9th – 10th May 2018
Host: Conferenz
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Auckland
Further information: Please visit the conference website
The inaugural STEAM Education Summit will bring together experts to discuss the shift in teaching to 21 st
century learners. STEAM is a teaching method that educates students in five disciplines – Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths – in an integrated and applied approach. This year’s two-day
conference is divided into four themes, which are as follows:

  • Integrating STEAM into the New Zealand curriculum
  • Applying the STEAM paradigm
  • Resourcing for STEAM: Professional development for teachers
  • Future focus: Shaping New Zealand schools for the students of tomorrow

Featuring insights from:

  • 21C Skills Lab
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Royal Society of New Zealand
  • MindKits
  • The Mind Lab by Unitec

Thought leaders at the conference

Nick Pattison,
Learning Designer,
Ormiston Junior College

Professor Tim Bell,
Computer Science and Software Engineering,
University of Canterbury

Claire Amos,
Deputy Principal,
Hobsoville Point Secondary School

Graeme Aitken,
Director of Educational Initiatives,
University of Auckland


NZIP 2017 Conference

Date: 10th – 12th July, 2017
Host: NZIP
Venue: Otago Museum, 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin, New Zealand
Further information: Please visit the conference website

The NZIP is unique as a professional body in that it brings together physicists from across the entire spectrum from schools to universities to the myriad industries and businesses that use physics or the skills physics graduates bring to those ventures. At this year’s conference, as well as sharing and celebrating our innovations in science and science education, we will be highlighting some of the potential career paths for those who choose to study physics. The skills and traits physicists possess are widely recognised and we will use a new session at our conference to explore some of the perhaps more exciting or surprising jobs in which physicists find themselves engaged.

It’s a pleasure to announce the 2017 NZIP biennial conference to be held at the Otago Museum in Dunedin. Please see below the Keynote Speakers joining us for this conference.

To cap it all off we will have our conference dinner at the wonderful Larnach’s Castle, included in the registration fee so that everyone can attend, mingle with old friends, and generate new connections and friendships.

I look forward to seeing you in Dunedin.

David Hutchinson
President – New Zealand Institute of Physics

Speakers at the Conference

We are excited to announce that “Physics Girl” Dianna Cowern from the US and Nigel Latta are joining us at the conference plus some more interesting and inspiring guest speakers.

Dianna Cowern “Physics Girl”

Dianna aka “Physics Girl” is a high profile science communicator and educator connecting and inspiring youth to love Physics. She is the primary content creator with PBS Digital Studios for her YouTube channel, “Physics Girl” which has 620k YouTube subscribers and over 37 million views. Check out her profile here and her videos ‘for every atom and eve’ at


Nigel Latta


Well known in New Zealand for his TV series “Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up’, Nigel has had a varied and colourful career which spans all the way from a brief episode as a busker in the eighties, to over two decades working as a clinical psychologist, an author, speaker and more recently, a documentary maker. Check out more about Nigel here.



Other guest speakers include Dr Katie Foote of the University of Auckland and Dr Jessica Wade of the UK Institute of Physics.

Biolive-ChemEd 2017 Conference

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Date: 10th – 12th July, 2017
Host: Biolive-ChemEd
Venue: St Peter’s School, Cambridge, Waikato
Email: [email protected]
: +64 21 024 77554
Further information: Please visit the conference website

Mark July 10th-12th onto your 2017 diary to attend the upcoming biennial conference for Biology and Chemistry educators. Following the success of 2015, Biolive and ChemEd have decided to join forces once more. The 2017 conference will be hosted at St Peter’s School, Cambridge running from mid-morning Monday to Wednesday afternoon.

Start thinking and planning for your workshop or seminar. The call for submissions will open in the new year and close March 31st. We will seek to cover a broad range of opportunities from cutting-edge Science, classroom practice, IT support and pedagogy; along with great social events and fun.

The conference dinner will take place in Hamilton (transport provided) and will include plenty of dancing to a live band!  Affordable accommodation at St Peter’s School will be available during registration.

Questions? Email [email protected]

See you all in the Waikato for 2017!


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