Education Symposium

ASBMB Education Symposium

Sharing Practice: A Focus on Assessment and Academic Integrity

12:00–16:30 AEST, Tuesday 28 September 2021, Online

Assessment should motivate and engage students while providing valuable information about student learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged educators to redesign assessment whilst preserving academic integrity. It has been a time of significant learning and innovation.

Sharing Practice: A Focus on Assessment and Academic Integrity provides a platform for biochemistry and molecular biology 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 and panel discussions designed to allow educators to reflect on their teaching and learning practice.

The themes of the symposium include online examinations, student partnerships in assessment design, innovative assessments for practical skills, assessing work-integrated learning, use of learning analytics, student views on academic integrity and addressing student diversity in assessment design.


Abstract Submission Deadline      6 August 2021

Notice of Acceptance                    27 August 2021

Registration Deadline                   24 September 2021


Abstract Submission Page

Registration Page


We are pleased to advise that the Keynote Address, Cheating and online learning, will be given by Professor Phillip Dawson, Associate Director, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. He leads CRADLE’s research into academic integrity and the security of online assessments. His most recent books are Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World (Routledge, 2021) and Re-Imagining University Assessment in a Digital World (Springer, 2020).



Nirma Samarawickrema Monash University

Organising Committee

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


Symposium Site Opens: 12:00

Welcome and Introductions: 12:10-12:30

Keynote Address: 12:30-13:00

Session 1: 13:00-14:00
Short-form presentations: a series of concurrent 8 minute lightning talks and 5 min Q&A

Short Break 14:00-14:15
Take a break and get ready for the last sessions

Session 2: 14:15-15:15
The Student Perspective: Panel Discussion

Session 3: 15:15-16:15                                                                                 
Short-form presentations: a series of concurrent 8 minute lightning talks and 5 min Q&A

Wrap-up: 16:15-16:30
Take-home messages and continuing conversations


The Organising Committee invites members of the ASBMB community, along with partners from associated organisations across the globe, to submit an abstract to present their practices online via Zoom. We invite submissions for short-form presentations (8 min) and Q&A (5 min). Submissions should address the following points:

  • Assessment and/or academic integrity challenge(s) addressed
  • Actions taken to address the challenge(s)
  • Evidence of what you learnt
  • Next steps and future actions

Whilst every effort will be made to accept an abstract for a short-form presentation, the Organising 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.
  • Indicate if you are an active member of the ASBMB or a similar international organisation (e.g. the American SBMB, FAOBMB, IUBMB, FEBS, NZSBMB, PSBMB).
  • Abstracts should not contain any tables, figures or pictures.
  • 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 and grammar.
  • For an abstract to be formally accepted and included in the program, the presenting author must be registered to attend the Education Symposium by Friday 3 September 2021.


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 the 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 Organising 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. The presenter 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, the 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 the 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 the ASBMB a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, distribute and display the abstract.
  • The 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 Symposium Organising Committee.

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