Education Symposium

ASBMB Education Symposium


10:30 – 14:30 AEST Online, Tuesday 29 September 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has challenged educators around the globe to continue to support teaching and learning. It has been a time of significant learning and innovation. Teaching Remotely: Sharing Practice provides a platform for educators and students to share their insights and experiences to recognise good practice and to transform the student learning experience as we move forward.

Participants will hear from students and educators through expert presentations, panel discussion and interactive workshop sessions designed to allow educators to reflect on their teaching and learning practice. The themes of the symposium include innovative approaches to online biochemistry practical teaching, online assessment strategies, synchronous active learning tutorials or approaches to live lectures.


We are pleased to advise that the Opening Address, The new normal in science teaching: blended learning for 21st century graduates, will be given by Professor Elizabeth Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Deakin University.


Abstract Submission Deadline 24 August 2020
Notice of Acceptance 1 September 2020
Registration Deadline 25 September 2020



Abstract submission



Symposium Site Opens: 10:30

Welcome and Introductions: 10:40-11:00

Keynote Address: 11:00-11:30

Session 1: 11:30-12:30
Short-form Presentations
A series of concurrent 8 min lightning talks and 5 min Q&A

Lunch Break 12:30-13:00
Take a break and chat with participants

Session 2: 13:00-13:30
The Student Perspective
Panel discussion by three undergraduate students

Session 3: 13:30-14:30
Workshop sessions (30 min each), run concurrently



Nirma Samarawickrema Monash University

Organising Committee
Matthew Clemson University of Sydney
Amber Willems-Jones University of Melbourne
Maurizio Costabile University of South Australia
Tracey Kuit University of Wollongong


The Program Committee invites members of the ASBMB community to submit an abstract to present their practices. We invite submission for:

1. Short-form presentations (8 min) and Q&A (5 min) should address the following points:

  • Educational challenge(s) addressed
  • Actions taken to address the challenge(s)
  • Evidence of what you learnt
  • Next steps and future actions

2. Workshop sessions (25 min) and Q&A (5 min). The sessions should comprise an interactive format that encourages active participation and interaction with the workshop attendees. Ideally, the workshops will showcase ideas that other members, especially those who are currently transitioning to online teaching, could readily adapt and use in their own online delivery.

Whilst every effort will be made to accept an abstract for a workshop presentation if nominated, the committee reserves the right to allocate a different presentation type if more appropriate, and if program space is limited


Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author via the abstract submission portal.

  • Abstracts must not exceed 250 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations).
  • Abstract title and author information is not to be included in the body of the abstract.
  • Name, address and contact details of presenting author, and name/s of all author/s, affiliation/s of all author/s should be provided in the Word document.
  • Abstracts should not contain any tables, figures or pictures.
  • Abbreviations: Standard abbreviations may be used. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full wording at the first instance it appears in the body of the text.
  • There can be up to two references in the body of the abstract. References should be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end according to the following style: 1. Locard E. Rev Int Crim, 1929; 1:176-249.
  • All abstracts and presentations must be submitted in English.
  • Multiple abstract submissions are permitted.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract; absent of any errors in spelling, grammar.
  • For an abstract to be formally accepted and included in the program, the presenting author must be registered to attend the Meeting by Friday 4 September 2020.



The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in the ASBMB Education Symposium.

  • Lodgement of an abstract acknowledges your consent to publication of the abstract on the ASBMB Education website accessible to all delegates (if accepted).
  • All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
  • All authors of the abstract grant permission to ASBMB to record Zoom presentations and make recordings available online.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • The presenting author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The presenting author will immediately notify the Committee if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author changes.
  • Submission of the contact details provided are those of the presenter of the abstract. He/she will be notified about the status of the abstract and is responsible for informing the other authors about the status of the abstract.
  • Submission of the abstract constitutes consent of all authors of the abstract to publication (e.g, ASBMB website, programs and other promotions).
  • All authors of the abstract warrant and represent that they either are the sole owners of, or have all necessary rights to sublicense all the information and content in the abstract provided to ASBMB and its organisers, and that publication of the abstract does not infringe any rights, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights, or of any third parties.
  • All authors of the abstract grant ASBMB a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, distribute and display the abstract.
  • ASBMB reserves the right to remove from any publication any abstract that does not comply with the above.



Abstracts will be evaluated based on the information included in the abstract and all abstracts need to be based on available data. Abstracts will be peer reviewed using a standardised abstract review scoring system, and this process will be managed by the Organising Committee. Accepted abstracts will be selected by the Organising Committee for a short form Zoom presentation or Zoom workshop session. Authors will be invited to indicate a presentation preference, however the final decision on presentation format will be made by the Organising Committee.

All abstracts are to be submitted through the abstract submission portal.