Updated: Feb 4, 2020

Welcome back for Term 4!

This is a busy time for all of us and there’s lots of news from the CEA too:

  • Would you like us to send you to Hawaii? (or Cape Town!)

  • Have you met an outstanding pre-service teacher?

  • Have you already registered for the November Lectures?

  • Do you have feedback on VCE Unit 1 (the VCAA is asking…)

  • Would you like to celebrate the end of the year at our Annual Dinner?

  • We’re announcing our Chemical Educator of the Year!

Travel Scholarship: Applications are now open

The CEA will provide up to $5000 for a practicing teacher to attend a major international conference with a chemistry or chemistry education theme. The application form is here and applications close 25 November 2019.

Conferences could include

- International Conference on Chemistry Education, Cape Town, South Africa, 13-17 July 2020. See

- Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education, Oregon State University, USA, 18-23 July 2020. See

- Pacifichem 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 15-20 December 2020. See

- European Chemistry Conference, Rome, Italy, 19-20 March 2020. See

Have you worked with a great pre-service teacher?

Nominations are open for the Ken Mappin Prize for the best pre-service teacher. Nominees should be in their final year of an education qualification that will allow them to teach chemistry. Applications close 1 November and the application form is available in Adobe pdf format or in Microsoft Word format. The prize is $1000 and a certificate.

Registrations for the November Lectures are still open

22 November 9am – 4pm in the Chemistry Building, University of Melbourne.

The registration form is here.

Cost: $165 (full) $100 (students/retirees)

Speakers are

A/Prof Jenny Pringle, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University.

Prof Andrew Gooley, Enterprise Professor, School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne and Chief Scientific Officer, Trajan Scientific & Medical

Prof Jan van Driel, Professor of Science Education and Associate Dean (Research), MGSE, University of Melbourne

Four afternoon workshops are available and you can choose one of these workshops with your registration: 

Workshop 1: Environmental Science Outreach Meets Chemistry: An Approach To Extended Investigation for Unit 2 [Lab Workshop]

Workshop 2: Studying Essential Oils by TLC and Mass Spectroscopy [Lab workshop]

Workshop 3: Overcoming the Literacy Hurdle in the VCE Chemistry Classroom: strategies for teachers and students

Workshop 4: Systems Thinking and the Molecular Basis for Sustainability

New VCE Chemistry Study Design

The VCAA has started the process of making the new chemistry study design and they have asked us to survey our members on Area of Study 3 of Unit 1. We’ll be collecting opinions on other aspects of the study design next year. The current study design is accredited until 2021. The survey will close This Monday 14 October.

The survey is anonymous and we will send VCAA with a report on the aggregated data.

To complete the survey click here.

CEA Annual Dinner

November 12, University House, University of Melbourne

Join the committee for a post-exam discussion and celebration of the end of the VCE year.

We will be honouring Jenny Sharwood as the Chemical Educator of the Year.

To RSVP, email

AND The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2019

The prize was awarded overnight in Sweden for the development of lithium ion batteries to John Goodenough (USA), M. Stanley Whittingham (USA) and Akira Yoshino (Japan) who each made major strides towards this “everywhere” technology. There’s useful information on the Nobel Prize website particularly the page on “Popular Information”

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