HEA STEM: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013: Where practice and pedagogy meet

  • Date: 17 Apr 2013 - 18 Apr 2013
  • Location/venue: University of Birmingham

The Higher Education Academy's second annual learning and teaching STEM conference entitled “Where practice and pedagogy meet” will take place on 17-18 April 2013 at The University of Birmingham.

Higher education has changed dramatically over the past ten years with advances in technology, the changing expectations of students, growing diversity and the increasing variety of higher education institutions. This conference aims to disseminate evidence based, effective practice and to examine how this impacts on STEM disciplines.

Martyn Poliakoff has accepted our invitation to be the Keynote speaker on day one this year. Martyn is a Research Professor in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and is the narrator of a series of over 400 short videos called The Periodic Table of Videos. Martyn's videos on YouTube are worth watching and are very popular, his one on supercritical fluids has had 153,748 hits!

Carl Gombrich is the Keynote speaker on day two. Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. He enjoys making interdisciplinary links between all these areas (and more!) and has taught maths, physics, music and philosophy at a number of institutions in the UK and privately. Carl was the Principal of UCL’s international preparatory certificates before being appointed to Programme Director, Arts and Sciences (BASc) in September 2010.

The Conference will explore the relationship between pedagogy and practice across the full range of HEA STEM disciplines (see below for the full list of HEA STEM disciplines).

Areas for consideration at the conference will include, but are not limited to;

  • Improving the employability skills of STEM graduates;
  • Innovative approaches to teaching and assessing large classes;
  • Giving effective feedback to students;
  • Growing diversity in the student population;
  • Practices in peer mentoring;
  • Impact of information technology in learning and teaching;
  • Students as partners
  • Lab skills There are dedicated laboratory learning and teaching sessions at the conference aimed at technical staff from all STEM backgrounds - these will look at lab teaching innovations and issues across a range of disciplines
  • Pedagogic researchers in STEM (Facilitated networking)

Important dates/deadlines:

1 March 2013 - at least one presenting author must be registered.

Conference rates

Rates are for attendance at the conference only and do not include accommodation.

Delegates from institutions which subscribe to the Higher Education Academy
Full conference with conference dinner on 17th April - £210

Delegates from institutions which do not subscribe to the Higher Education Academy
Full conference with conference dinner on 17th April - £260

The Conference dinner will be held in the stunning Banqueting Suite of the Council House in Birmingham's Victoria Square. This beautiful Grade II* listed building, boasting some of the city's most talked about design. Since its opening, this venue has received and welcomed members of the Royal family, world leaders, media and film stars, people from the literary world and every type of business and organisation. Attendance at the dinner is £60 and must be booked at registration. Places at dinner are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Submissions for the conference are now closed.

STEM Subjects 
Biology, Zoology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry, Others in Biological Sciences, Psychology, Forestry, Food and Beverage studies, Agriculture, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Forensic and Archaeological Science, Geology, Ocean Sciences, Others in Physical Sciences, Human Geography, Physical Geography and Environmental Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Operational Research, Computing, General Engineering, Mechanical, Production and Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Naval Architecture, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, Others in Engineering, Materials and Minerals Technology, Maritime Technology, Others in Technology, Architecture, Building, Landscape Design, Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional), Others in Architecture, Building and Planning.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities

Following on from the success of the 2012 conference which attracted 340 delegates over two days, the STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference is back for 2013. The conference provides a unique opportunity to network and promote your product, or organisation, within the STEM sector. There are several packages available at the 2013 conference, these can be viewed in the conference flyer (PDF, 258KB). For an informal chat about any of the packages please call Demelza Triffitt on 01904 717500 or email demelza.triffitt@heacademy.ac.uk.

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