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2024 ASTEN Conference

Melbourne, 10-11 October

Hosted by

Scienceworks & Melbourne Museum

Children playing in Scienceworks. Source: Museums Victoria Photo: Benjamin Healley

conference INFORMATION



Conference registrations will open soon with early bird pricing available to members, shortly followed by full price registration. Note: Associate members and member organisations will receive a discount for full price registration. 


Conference Fellowships

Want to attend but need some financial support? Conference Fellows will receive up to $2000 to attend the ASTEN conference, including the expense of the conference registration, travel and accommodation costs. In return we ask for some assistance in helping our conference run smoothly. Applications will close 06 August 2024 12:00pm AEST, find out more and apply here.


Call for Speakers

We invite speakers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to share their expertise, insights, and experiences. We are particularly interested in presentations that address the conference theme: Play! Submit your presentation idea below!


AGM/General Council Meeting

The General Council Meeting will take place on an evening of the conference, an agenda, distribution of papers, and proxy forms will be distributed one month prior to the meeting, and we are hoping to have a hybrid option. All members are welcome to attend, but there will be only one vote per member organisation. 
On the agenda will be:

  • 2025/26 membership fee increase

  • ​Constitutional changes

  • Election of Executive Committee


Power of Play:

Pedagogy & Impact


Learning through our mistakes

Playing With Our Future:

AI, digital tech, sustainability & more!  

Playing it Safe:

Taking the right risks

Permission to play:

Engaging grown-ups

Call for speakers:
submit your presentation idea

If you would like to propose multiple presentations, please submit multiple times. 

What format would work for your presentation (select all that apply):
Choose relevant subthemes

Thanks for submitting!

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Interested in sponsoring part of the conference? Support the conference networking night, a travel fellow or a presentation and raise your profile within our community!

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