Welcome to CEA

Promoting Chemistry in Victorian Schools

This website was created to provide secondary school teachers and students with a web-based resource to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Chemistry. We hope you find it useful. Comments and suggestions are welcome and can be made by contacting CEA.  

What's new?

Annual General Meeting

The CEA AGM was held on 4 May 2016 at University House at the University of Melbourne. It was a successful night and the winner of the 2015 Ken Mappin Prize gave a most interesting address.

CEA November Lectures

The November Lectures 2016 will be held on Friday 18 November at the University of Melbourne.

The conference is now fully booked and registrations are closed.

Download the program here

Implementation Workshops for Unit 3 & 4

Workshops to assist planning and development of Unit 3 & 4 programs for the new Chemistry Study Design will run at host schools throughout Victoria in late August, September and early October 2016. Hosts are confirmed for workshops in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Belgrave, Bendigo, Berwick, Bright, Brighton, Charlton, Churchill, Clayton, Coburg, Eltham, Euroa, Geelong (Newtown and Waurn Ponds), Hawthorn, Horsham, Ivanhoe, Keilor Downs, Keilor East, Kew, Mildura, Mt Eliza, Mulgrave, Nathalia, Portland, Ringwood East, South Yarra, Springvale, St Kilda, Swan Hill, Werribee and Wodonga.

The full list of 2016 dates, venues and contact teachers are here.

Summary of Developmental Workshop Minutes from 2015

Chemistry Conference La Trobe 29 February 2016

The Annual STAV Chemistry Conference was a most successful day. This conference offered a wide range of workshops to teachers, covering most aspects of the new VCAA Study Design. There are two Key Note speakers who presented lectures on some of the latest research in Chemistry. The research chemists were Professor Andrea Robinson and Professor Spencer Williams. Material from some of the workshop sessions is available under VCE Chemistry under the New Study Design. More will be added over the next few weeks. The Units 3 and 4 possible timetable has replaced the one from last year and been updated again on 4 March 2016.

Olympiad Training Program for the Australian Science Olympiad Examination in Chemistry

The 14 week training program offered by CEA and The School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, covers all concepts in Year 12 Chemistry as well as a significant number of first year university topics. Students who have attended this program in the past have reviewed it enthusiastically and have achieved excellent results in the Australian Science Examination in Chemistry, with High Distinctions and Distinctions. This year, as in past years, some students were selected to attend the Summer Olympiad Program at Monash University, from which the team of 4 will be finally selected.

In 2015, one of the students from the 2014 Training Program, who was selected into the Summer School, was chosen as one of the 4 people to represent Australia in the Chemistry Olympiad in 2015. These students won a bronze medal. Congratulations to the Australian Chemistry Olympiad Team.

In 2016 the program is well underway and finished on 15 July.The exam will be held on 3 August 2016.


Early Careers Chemistry Network

The cocktail party will be held at the Pumphouse Hotel in Fitzroy on Wednesday 20 April. Please reply to Drew Chan if you intend going.

'Science while Sciencing'

Please follow this link to see some short videos explaining how research scientists work and what they do. They are amusing and helpful and Careers Teachers might also find them useful when discussing career options with Science students.

Science while sciencing

CEA Dates for 2016

Advance notice of the following events:

  • Annual General meeting: Wednesday 4 May 2016
  • Annual Dinner: Friday 11 November 2016
  • November Lectures: Friday 18 November 2016


Penny Commons receives Chemistry Educator Award 2015

In an evening of story telling and laughter, CEA members recognised the 2015 CEA Chemical Educator of the Year, Penny Commons, for her contributions to chemistry and science education. The dinner was held on 13 November 2015, marking the end of the teaching year.


RACI for Teachers and Students

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute is the Voice of Chemistry in Australia and provides information on latest developments and opportunities in Chemistry and the chemical sciences.

Teachers and schools are encouraged to consider RACI membership in order to gain access to advice on careers and tertiary courses for their students, discounted entry to RACI seminars and conferences and useful information on upcoming RACI sponsored lectures and other events. The RACI Victorian Branch is also committed to providing fun and educational chemistry-based opportunities to Secondary and Tertiary students, in the form of lectures, competitions and activities. 

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