Tuesday, 12 November 2013

FW: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey



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The Higher Eduction Academy

HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey - Final Call for papers

12 November 2013

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Dear Colleagues,

It is only two weeks until the call for papers for our conference closes and we are delighted with the response so far!  The HEA STEM conference entitled "Enhancing the STEM Student Journey" will take place at the University of Edinburgh on 30 April – 1 May 2014.

Presentations are accepted in the following formats;

  • Full paper – a maximum of 6 pages including references & eligible for publication afterwards,
  • Oral presentations - only an abstract is required and should not be more than 200-250 words,
  • Workshops - only an abstract is required and should not be more than 200-250 words,
  • Posters- only an abstract is required and should not be more than 200-250 words, we have three prizes available for Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Staff.

Topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment in STEM disciplines
  • Enhancing the employability skills of STEM graduates
  • Innovative STEM education
  • Transitions within the student experience
  • Students as partners
  • Laboratory and technical skills
  • Mathematical and Statistical skills in the disciplines
  • Internationalising STEM education


Important dates/deadlines:

  • 22 Nov 2013 deadline for the submission of full papers, abstracts for oral presentations and workshops
  • 10 Jan 2014 notification of acceptance of full papers, abstracts for oral presentations and workshops
  • 24 Jan 2014 deadline for submissions for poster competitions
  • 21 Feb 2014 deadline for the submission of camera-ready copies of full papers (undergraduates, postgraduates, support staff/technicians and lecturers)
  • 14 Feb 2014 notification of acceptance of poster abstracts
  • 14 Mar 2014 at least one presenting author to be registered.


Presentation Format: Pecha Kucha

This year, we're taking a new approach to presentations, using a Pecha Kucha (literally translated: chitchat) presentation format to allow more time for interaction and discussions.

Submissions should be made via EasyChair ; https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=heastem2014


Poster Competition

Posters (A1 841 x 594 mm) will be displayed throughout the conference. There will be prizes for the best posters from Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Staff – good luck!

Further details on the conference can be found at; http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/stem-conference-2014


Technician of the Year Awards

Launch; 2 September 2013
Closing date; 1 February 2014

In recognition of the valuable role technicians have in supporting the student learning experience the Higher Education Academy (HEA) is sponsoring annual awards for technicians who have provided outstanding support for the student learning experience.  The awards ceremony will take place at the conference and we are excited to announce that Professor Iain Stewart of BBC Earth fame will presenting the awards for the STEM Technicians of the Year and will be giving a talk after dinner about his subject area.

Further details can be found at; http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/HEA_STEM_Technician_of_the_Year_2014


STEM Subjects


Biology, Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry, Others in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Forestry & Arboriculture

Food and Beverage studies, Agricultural Sciences

Built Environment

Architecture, Building, Landscape Design, Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional), Urban Design, Others in Architecture, Building and Planning.


Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Health Informatics, Games, Computer Generated Visual & Audio Effects, Others in Computer Science

Engineering and Materials

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,


Geology, Physical Geographical Sciences, Science of Aquatic & Terrestrial Environments, Human and Social Geography, Development Studies, Environmental Science.


Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics Support, Others in Mathematical Sciences

Physical Sciences

Chemistry, Physics, Forensic and Archaeological Science, Astronomy, Others in Physical Sciences


Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy



About the Higher Education Academy

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The HEA supports staff in higher education throughout their career from those who are new to teaching through to senior management. We offer services in 28 disciplines and throughout the UK, and have offices in England, Wales and Scotland. Through the partnership management team we work directly with institutions to understand individual circumstances and priorities and bring together resources to meet them.

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