International Region Virtual Conference

Mark you calendars  You are invited to attend the 2024 International Region ASTE Virtual Conference, being held April 22 (Earth Day) starting at 7 AM Pacific Daylight Time. 

We have 14 presentations representing research from 8 different countries!

A Conference Schedule with Zoom link can be found International ASTE Conference.

Join the Zoom meeting here.

There is something for everyone (equity, AI, technology, PD, etc.).  It is free, so come enhance your own PD and support your colleagues.

Please spread the word!

We look forward to seeing you at this event!



2025 International Conference

Join Us!

The Far West ASTE region and conference planning committee invite you to join us in Long Beach, California at the Westin in downtown Long Beach in January 2025! Pre-conference adventures begin on Wednesday, January 15th and conclude with the ASTE awards and business luncheon on Saturday, January 18th.

Here are some reasons to join us in Long Beach:

  • Fabulous field trips: Attendees can register for pre- and post-conference field trips including a behind-the-scenes STEM tour of Disneyland, a whale-watching excursion narrated by a biologist, and an experience learning about the science of brewing beer. But you’ll need to register quickly as these are sure to fill up fast
  • Lots to do nearby: The Westin in downtown Long Beach is in walking distance from the beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific. While you’re here you can rent kayaks and stand up paddle (SUP) boards to explore Naples Island canals, rent a bike or walk along the beach boardwalks, visit the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) or the Long Beach Museum of Art, walk along the pedestrian promenade with its shops and restaurants, take the ferry/catamaran to Catalina Island, or visit the famous Queen Mary to tour its engine rooms, restaurants, bars and museum, – and so much more!
  •  Delicious food: There are lots of delicious restaurants nearby so come hungry, walk to the Pike, Pine Avenue and the Promenade.
  •  Sunny weather: The weather in Southern California should be sunny (with an occasional rain shower) and mild so you can leave your parka at home.
  • Stimulating conversations: Of course we’re there to learn too.  Reconnect with our science teacher education community to share and build knowledge together!

Looking forward to seeing you in Sunny Southern California!

2025 Conference Proposal Submission Information

Proposals Due: Midnight, Pacific Daylight Time, the night of July 10th, 2024.


2024 International Conference

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Ready to attend the Association for Science Teacher Education Annual Conference? We will use an online platform called Whova for our event. You can Download the Whova app to access the event:

  • View the event agenda and plan your personal schedule
  • Access to documents and slides shared by organizers or speakers
  • Find who else is attending this event and reach out to people ahead of time
  • Plan some social activities such as a morning run, coffee hours, or meet-ups with your fellow attendees. You can even post job openings.
  • Receive updates such as last minute session changes from the organizers

The SASTE region and conference planning committee invite you to join us in New Orleans at the Sheraton on Canal St. near the historic French Quarter next January! Pre-conference adventures begin on Wednesday, January 10th and conclude with the ASTE awards and business luncheon on Saturday, January 13th.

Here are some reasons to visit this unique southern city.

  1. Weather: The weather is mild and you can leave your parka at home! 
  2. Food: There are over 1,400 restaurants in New Orleans. The city is home to some of the world’s most unique cuisines. When you come to New Orleans, come hungry.
  3. Music and nightlife: Jazz bands play live music on the street and in venues such as the famous Preservation Hall.
  4. History: The city’s historic architecture was constructed over a period of almost three hundred years. New Orleans is home to the National World War II Museum and the Backstreet Cultural Museum among others. 
  5. Nature: Visit the Audubon Aquarium, Insectarium and Zoo, which are all in the city. Take a short drive to explore the swamps, marshes and bayous of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

We look forward to hosting you in THE BIG EASY!

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Additional Meeting Activities

Field Trip 1 – Coastal Education Research Facility 

Wednesday, January 10; 8:00am – 4:00pm
Limit: 20 [All Full]
Cost: $80
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Field Trip 2 – Honey Island Swamp Tour

Wednesday, January 10; 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Limit: 22 [All Full]
Cost: $68
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The 2024 ASTE Science Teacher Shuffle – 3 mile Fun Run/ 2 mile Walk 

As you are in the thick of this academic year and start thinking ahead to ASTE? Remember there’s a great way to start off the conference. Yes, it’s the Science Teacher Shuffle!  Join us for a 3 mile fun run or a 2 mile walk. We’ll again be meeting in the conference hotel lobby (Sheraton on Canal St.) on Thursday, January 11th at 6:30 AM to kick off the conference. Start the day with a little exercise in a non-threatening atmosphere, with terrific company! The race is free!

So all you need do is complete the waiver and email to Erin Peters-Burton at See you there!

ASTE New Orleans 2 mile walk (Map My Run)

ASTE New Orleans Fun Run 5K (Map My Run)

3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition & Graduate Student Forum (GSF) Social

The 3MT will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024 from 6-7 PM at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.
The GSF’s social will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024, following the 3MT competition at an offsite location from 7-9 PM. 
Here is the link to Google Sign up Form for 3MT and GSF Social.

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2023 Mid-Atlantic Meeting

The MA-ASTE 2023 planning committee is excited about welcoming you to the beautiful Meadowview Conference Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, for our Fall 2023 Conference. We will meet on Sept. 21 and 22, 2023. (Participants can arrive on 9/20 Wednesday evening for dinner on their own.) The conference will include paper and poster sessions and all meals on Thursday, September 21, and Friday morning, ending after lunch on Friday, September 22.

Below you will find information about proposal submission, the Obenauf Graduate Student Award, conference registration, and lodging. We know many of you are making your plans for the next academic year and need to use travel funds before July 1st.

Proposal/Abstract Submission

Proposal/Abstracts are due June 30 (10 days before the ASTE proposal—this could be your warm-up for proposal writing!). Your proposal should include a title and a 150-word abstract. We are accepting proposals for 15-minute presentations and poster presentations. The link to submit your proposal is here: PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Graduate Students – Patricia A. Obenauf Graduate Student Research Presentation Award

Eligible graduate students should consider applying for this travel award to the International ASTE conference in New Orleans. For more information see the link to the information on the MA-ASTE site: OBENAUF AWARD.

Conference Registration

The registration due date is August 10, 2023. Your registration covers the cost of the meeting spaces, all meals on Thursday and Friday through lunch.

  • Faculty registration is $135
  • Student registration is $100
  • Meal-eating non-conference participant $100

The link to register for the conference is here: REGISTRATION


Here is the link to the Meadowview Conference Center and Resort in Kingsport, TN

Book My Hotel Room for MAASTE

Anastasia Bark is our Group Housing Coordinator – she will be able to assist you with any of your hotel room needs.  Please feel free to reach out to Anastasia directly at 423.578.6613 or via email at

Lodging reservations must be made by August 21, 2023.

2023 Southeast Meeting

Timeline and Format

SASTE 2023 will follow a similar timeline to past meetings, with social events occurring on Friday (Oct 6), formal conference events occurring on Saturday (Oct 7), and working group meetings occurring on Sunday (Oct 8). We’ll also continue to conduct this meeting as a hybrid event, with in-person and virtual attendees participating in the same activities to the extent possible. Please use this link to register for the meeting. (Note that you must be a current SASTE member to attend.)

Travel and Accommodations

The Miami area is served by two major interstates (I-95 and I-75) as well as two major airports (MIA and FLL). You’re invited to book your stay at the Courtyard Miami at Dolphin Mall Hotel using this link for a special SASTE rate. (Please book no later than Sep 8 to guarantee this rate of $189.) A scheduled shuttle service will transport attendees who stay at this hotel to and from the university campus where SASTE 2023 will take place.

Submit a Proposal

Proposal types include traditional papers, works in progress, or “advice from the trenches,” and formats include poster presentations, traditional in-person presentations, and virtual presentations via videoconferencing. Please use this link to submit your proposals. All proposals are due Aug 14.

2024 Far West Meeting

The Winter 2024 Far West ASTE Regional Meeting will be held in collaboration with the Hawaii International Conference on Education (January 3-6) in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
We will have a business meeting and conference presentations. There is no cost to participate, but you must register for the Hawaii International Conference on Education.

Additional meetings details and instructions for submitting a proposal can be found here on the ASTE Far West Region website


Travel and Accomodations

Details about travel and hotel reservations can be found here on the HICE conference website. If you plan to attend, we urge you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible, as the group rates/ rooms are limited. Note that you must register for the HICE conference before receiving the group rate hotel reservation link.

Submit a Proposal

Proposals are due July 15, 2023

Please use this form to submit your proposal (Do not use the HICE proposal system)


Contact Donna Ross ( with any additional questions



2024 North-Central Meeting

Join us at NC-ASTE in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on September 27 and 28, 2024! The conference will be held on the University of Northern Iowa Campus. When we aren’t at the conference, you can experience the local shopping in downtown Cedar Falls, the Cedar River with numerous trails, and enjoy fall in Iowa!



2022 Southeast Meeting

Following the success of the 2021 hybrid event, the SASTE 2022 meeting is planned to be hybrid. However, it will be difficult to refuse this TWO day face-to-face, beach front experience. This year the venue is The Lodge at the Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The meeting will pilot a two day event with the majority of the presentations taking place on Friday and a more low-key networking environment on Saturday. There are a variety of room choices; from the typical king/double rooms to bunks. Because of the unique and beautiful location, rooms at the conference hotel are anticipated to sell out. If you plan to attend in person, it is recommended that you reserve your room now. Details are below.

  • Hotel name: The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel
  • $179 per night for the Park View King Bed. If you would like a different style room, try calling early to book and negotiating for the same price within our block.
  • Do not book online, call the hotel directly, 251-540-4000.
  • We have a block of rooms for Thursday October 6th,  Friday October 7th  and Saturday October 8th.
  • When you call, provide the group name SE Association for Science Teacher Education. Book within this block for the special room rate.
  • If you have any issues, email

2023 International Conference

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Conference Schedule PDF

The Conference Committee invites you to journey to Utah and join us at the 2023 ASTE conference in Salt Lake City. Pre-conference adventures begin on January 11th, and the conference continues until January 14th. Numerous hiking trails and ski slopes are accessible within a short drive from Salt Lake. Conference rate hotel rooms will be available from January 9th through January 16thso that you may fully explore all the many wonders Utah has to offer.

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Conference Details

Register now (Registration will reopen on January 11th. Thanks for your patience.)

Presenters: Upload Paper or Poster

Fun Run

Why not kick off the 2023 conference on the “right foot?” I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a little exercise in a friendly atmosphere with terrific company! We will be holding the 5K fun walk/run on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 am in the Lobby of the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel (conference hotel). The “race” is free! So all you need do is complete the waiver and email it to If you can’t decide now, we will have waivers in the hotel lobby on the morning of January 12th. Recent Honors: Top Ski Resorts: Snowbird and Alta (Forbes) #1 US Hiking City: Salt Lake City (National Geographic) #1 Mountain Town: Park City (Travel + Leisure) #1 Board Gamers: Salt Lake City (BestPlaces) #2 Friendliest US City: Salt Lake City (Travel + Leisure) Utah hosts the Utah Jazz, Utah Grizzlies, REAL Salt Lake, 6 National Parks, and 7 National Monuments. And for patrons of the arts, Salt Lake offers nationally recognized professional companies: Ballet West, Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Opera Company, Pioneer Theater Company, and the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Company. We look forward to hosting you at higher elevations!

2023 Covid Policy

The 2023 ASTE Salt Lake City Conference is an international event that will draw together many members of our ASTE family, some of whom are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Although there is no current mask mandate or proof of vaccination requirement from the state of Utah or Salt Lake County, we strongly recommend (but do not require) that participants wear high-quality masks (KN-95) while indoors in crowded areas, and ASTE will have high-quality masks available to participants. Also in line with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we strongly recommend (but do not require) that participants be fully vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated is defined as having received a completed full primary series (two shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine, or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson) plus at least one booster.

ASTE will also employ other measures to keep each other safe during this gathering:

  • Large spaces for eating to allow for physical spacing in the conference hotel
  • Virtual options for large group gatherings so that vulnerable members can watch from their rooms to minimize risks
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue.

The ASTE leadership will reevaluate the COVID situation and make needed policy changes according to CDC guidelines closer to the conference date

2022 International Conference

2022 Conference Theme: Why science education?

Physicist James Trefil suggested that before we can answer the question of what constitutes good science education and how to teach, we must first consider the why.  As we heal from the pandemic, consider the impacts of climate change, social justice issues, and learn from robots exploring the surface of Mars, we have chosen as the conference theme “Why Science Education?” as an invitation to reflect upon and explore the why, what and how of science education in the 21st century.


Conference Registration

Hotel Reservation

Need to cancel or switch to virtual? Please contact our Executive Director.

See the latest Message from the Conference Planning Committee 12.22.21


2022 Conference App

2022 ASTE Conference Program 12.1.21

FINAL 2022 ASTE Conference At-A-Glance

Virtual Conference At-A-Glance

Finding Virtual Conference Sessions in the App: Go to Menu -> Sessions By Room then choose either ASTE Zoom Room for Sessions or Virtual Poster Hall for the Posters

Full Conference Details

Science Teacher Shuffle

As you are in the thick of this academic year and start thinking ahead to ASTE, remember there’s a great way to start off the conference. Yes, it’s the Science Teacher Shuffle! We’ll again be meeting in the conference hotel lobby on Thursday at 6:45 AM to kick off the conference on the “right foot!” Join us for a 3 mile fun run or a 2 mile walk. Swamp Rabbit trail is about a 4 minute walk from the hotel, and I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a little exercise in a non-threatening atmosphere, with terrific company! The race is free! So all you need do is complete the 2022 Fun Run Waiver and email or snail mail it to me! Hope you will join us!

Conference Planning Committee

  • Committee Chair, Andrea Carneal Burrows
  • Local Conference Chair: Michael Svec
  • Program Coordinator, Brooke Whitworth
  • Graduate Student Member, Drew Gossen
  • Ex Officio Members:
  • ASTE President, Debi Hanuscin
  • Director of Electronic Services, John Rhea
  • Equity Committee Representative, Phillip Short 
  • Executive Director, Kate Popejoy

Local Planning Team:

  • Jennifer Albert, Nate Carnes,  Cynthia Deaton, Merrie Koester, Christine Lotter, Stephen Thompson, Meta Van Sickle, William Veal

Conference Volunteers: 

Learn more about how you can volunteer to serve as an ASTE Thread Coordinator, Conference Proposal Reviewer, or Session Presider for the upcoming meeting!