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8th European
Variety in University
Chemistry Education

17-19 July,
Monash Prato Centre,
Tuscany, Italy

About Eurovariety in Chemistry Education

The 8th European Variety in University Chemistry Education will be hosted by an Australian University for the first time, at our European base of the Prato Centre just outside Florence, Italy. This event is run under the auspices of the EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education, and in collaboration with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Societa Chimica Italiana and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This event brings together those passionate about chemistry education to share and showcase best practice in the field, and network across the community. Papers may be submitted relating to research into chemistry education at tertiary level (undergraduate and/or postgraduate), on innovative practice in teaching chemistry, or interesting approaches to outreach. We encourage participants from all levels, from those working in the field of chemistry education research, to practicing educators and doctoral students involved in teaching and research.


The finalised program details the running of events, speakers and registered posters.
The abstract booklet contains full details for each presentation.

Keynote speakers

  • Associate Professor Gwendolyn Lawrie School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience University of Queensland, Australia

    Gwen Lawrie is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) and also the Director, First Year Chemistry Curriculum & Assessment. Her principal responsibility is to lead the implementation of curriculum and assessment quality control and reform. She is the principle interface between the first year teaching team and all of the relevant stakeholders for students enrolled in first-year chemistry courses. Gwen monitors horizontal alignment of content across the five courses and vertical alignment with both high school and second level chemistry. Successfully transferring from bench chemistry research into chemistry education and discipline-based education research, Gwen's projects to date have addressed diversity and engagement of students through collaborative inquiry tasks, the implementation of undergraduate research experiences, and mechanisms for provision of formative feedback to support self-regulated learning (all funded by Category 1 national teaching & learning funding grants).

  • Associate Professor Samantha Pugh,
    STEM Education and Teaching Enhancement Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

    Samantha Pugh is a National Teaching Fellow and the Faculty Lead for Teaching Enhancement. Samantha has an outstanding track record for developing context-based learning and working in partnership with students in the Physical Sciences. She is renowned for inspiring and mentoring colleagues to shape teaching through pedagogic research and scholarship at Leeds and beyond. Samantha’s teaching philosophy focuses on student employability. It emphasises the skills and attributes needed for a successful career and students’ ability to articulate those attributes. To this end, she has pioneered the use of reflective writing in Physical Sciences at Leeds. Samantha is sector-leading in embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship within the curriculum working collaboratively with employers, to inform curriculum development, increase the number of visiting lecturers, develop new learning resources and create summer internships for students with regional employers. Samantha co-leads the Pedagogic Research in Science and Mathematics Group (PRiSM). The group consists of academics from across STEM that champion evidence-based curriculum development, pioneer undergraduate research in STEM Education, support undergraduate education research summer internships and organise practitioners’ seminars.

  • Professor Peter Mahaffy
    King’s University in Edmonton, Canada

    Peter Mahaffy is professor of chemistry at the King’s University in Edmonton, Canada, and co-director of the King's Centre for Visualization in Science (KCVS), which provides digital learning resources used by over a half million students, educators, and the public from over 100 countries each year. Peter’s current research interests include rich contexts for chemistry learning, systems thinking in chemistry education, visualization in science, and climate change science education. He is a past chair of IUPAC’s Committee on Chemistry Education.

Scientific Committee

  • Chris Thompson, Monash University
  • Tina Overton, Monash University
  • Iwona Maciejowska, EuCHeMS Chemistry Education Division, Jageillonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • Glenn Hurst, RSC Tertiary Education Group, University of York, UK
  • Daniel Southam, RACI Chemistry Education Division, Curtin University, Australia
  • Julie Hyde, RSC Secondary and Further Education Group, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Margerita Venturi, Italian Chemical Society, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Giovanni Villani, Italian Chemical Society, ICCOM-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Tina Overton

    Monash University

  • Chris Thompson

    Monash University

Submit an abstract

Abstracts are invited for the following types of presentations

  • Oral presentations; 10 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion
  • Oral bites; 3 minutes with one unanimated PowerPoint slide only
  • Workshops; 90 minutes of participation in activities
  • Posters presentations
Abstracts are due by 31st March, 2019.

Submit your abstracts of no more than 300 words in the following format. Please submit as a MS Word document only.


  • Authors’ names and affiliations inTimes New Roman 12 point
  • Contact email for presenting author  in Times New Roman 12 point italic
  • Abstract text in Times New Roman 12 point

Click here to Submit an abstract

Travel and accommodation

Well served by international flights into Florence with a 30 minute train to Prato or to Bologna with a two hour train to Prato.


Early Bird registration: (Close 31 May 2019)

  • Standard: $470   (approx. euro 300)
  • Student / School teacher:$360  (approx. euro 230)
Full registration: (After 31 May 2019)
  • Standard: $550   (approx. euro 350)
  • Student / School teacher:$440  (approx. euro 285)

Note: 1 AUD ~ 0.64 Euro

Registration fees to Eurovariety 2019 conference include refreshments and lunch on all three days, the welcome reception on Wednesday evening and the conference dinner on Thursday evening.

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