Chemistry News

November Lectures

November Lectures 2017 will be held on Friday 17 November at the University of Melbourne.
A collection of resources from 2015 and 2016 Lectures are available on the VCE Chemistry page

IB News

Victorian IB teachers are invited to be participate in the IB Chemistry teachers network. Discussions include internal assessment and any other topics of interest. Please contact Lanna Derry ( for more information.

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. 

Mentor Program

The CEA has a mentoring program that fosters the development of better networking between Victorian Chemistry teachers and improves Chemistry teaching. Although there are a large number of resources available to VCE Chemistry teachers, it can be difficult for new and/or isolated teachers to find and sort through resources that meet their particular needs. A mentor who can answer specific queries, make specific suggestions and share examples from their own experience can be very useful. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee please read the following information and register.

Mentor Program Overview
Mentor Guidelines
Mentor registration
Mentee application

Early Careers Chemistry Network


The Early Careers Chemistry Network (ECCN) is a new initiative that has been organised by CEA. The central objective of the ECCN is to assist Victorian secondary school Chemistry teachers early in their careers. One of the strategies for achieving this objective is to create a resource website for early careers Chemistry teachers to improve their ease of transition into teaching Chemistry.

Join the Early Careers Chemistry Network

Useful Chemistry websites


CEA Ken Mappin Prize for a Beginning Chemistry Teacher

The CEA Ken Mappin Prize for a Beginning Chemistry Teacher is awarded in December each year to a final year Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma of Education student with a method in Chemistry. The Prize is named in honour of one of the founders of the Chemistry Education Association, Ken Mappin.

Applications need to be submitted by 4 November 2016. Interviews of the short-listed applicants will be held between 5.00 pm and 6.45 pm on Friday 11 November 2016. To be considered for the prize the applicant must be able to attend an interview in person.

CEA Ken Mappin Prize for a Beginning teacher application form
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CEA International Conference Scholarship

The Chemistry Education Association wishes to support Victorian Chemistry teachers to further their knowledge and expertise in the teaching of Chemistry.
For the successful applicant, CEA will provide assistance toward the cost of attending an overseas conference. This scholarship is offered every second year and is available in 2017. Applications will open on March 15.

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Melissa MacEoin from Mater Christi College was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2015 ChemEd Conference in Georgia USA in July/August 2015. This biennial conference is the largest of its kind, bringing together dedicated educators involved in high school and introductory chemistry from across the North America. Educators are immersed in a setting facilitating collaboration, support, the exchanging of ideas, and inspiration over a period of five days. Demonstrations, hands on labs, and workshops, and chemistry sessions are among other activities seeking to further develop teachers in the chemistry field. The conference has grown over the years and has ranged from 400-800 participants. Along with the variety of sessions all focused on teaching chemistry it is a chance to be part of community of dedicated and involved science teachers and educators.

Tutors for Refugee Students

CEA would like to provide support to the Brotherhood of St Lawrence' Homework Club to assist disadvantaged and refugee students in Chemistry. Anyone interested in tutoring such students in Chemistry please look at the link and at the flyer for more details.