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Professional Development
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Regional Professional Development

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Professional Development

Southern Biological offers a monthly workshop program at our Knoxfield premises. Come and join us for an afternoon of information, a chance to network with colleagues and a nice afternoon tea.

Bookings are essential. To make a booking click the red "Book Now" button. To ensure that we can maintain the low cost of each event, a credit card will be required for the on-line booking. Should your school not have the flexibility of a credit card, please contact us and we will make an alternative arrangement. For these bookings, the cost will be slightly higher to accommodate the extra processing work involved with a non-credit card registration.

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

October
2017

Event:

Professional Development Day, Wisconsin Fast Plants - The lifecycle and genetics of plants

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 26th October 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)
Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled.

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

Participants in this workshop will explore plant life cycles and genetics by working with varieties of Wisconsin Fast Plants (WFP). In their short life cycle (seed to seed in just 35-45 days), WFP rapidly pass through all the stages of a flowering plant and exhibit a wide variety of physical traits. This makes them ideal for exploring plant growth and development, physiology, reproduction, photo responses, evolution and ecology. They are also a great way for students to study Mendelian genetics with hands-on experimentation. The workshop will cover setting up, growing and pollinating WFP. Monohybrid and dihybrid crosses will be explained using different strains across two generations, and participants will examine seedlings and germinating seed plates for genetic cross analysis.

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

November
2017

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Event:

Professional Development Day, Understanding and measuring pH with OHAUS

Location:

Southern Biological, Knoxfield Vic

Time:

Thursday, 16th November 2017, 1:30pm to 4:00pm (arrive from 1:00pm)

Cost

Self managed on-line bookings via credit card, $28 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $38 per participant.

Workshop Details:

The concept of pH is a fundamental aspect of chemistry that students hear about from an early stage. Even people with very little scientific knowledge are aware of pH as a result of activities such as maintaining a swimming pool. For those studying or working in a scientific field, it is important to know not only the theory behind pH, but also the practical aspects of measuring it. This workshop will present some tips for correctly measuring pH and maintaining and trouble-shooting pH meters and electrodes. We will also look at preparing standard solutions, understanding how buffer solutions work, the usefulness of indicators and other ways of measuring pH. To conclude, we will also consider testers for measuring salinity and conductivity of solutions.

This workshop will be co-presented by Corinne Winch, technical representative from OHAUS Australia

This workshop is suitable for teachers and technicians.

Regional Professional Development Days

Southern Biological offers a regional workshop program. Come and join us for a day of information, a chance to network with colleagues and a nice morning and afternoon tea.

Bookings are essential. To make a booking click the red "Book Now" button. To ensure that we can maintain the low cost of each event, a credit card will be required for the on-line booking. Should your school not have the flexibility of a credit card, please contact us and we will make an alternative arrangement. For these bookings, the cost will be slightly higher to accommodate the extra processing work involved with a non-credit card registration.

If you are from regional Victoria, Southern Biological would like to bring a Professional Development day to your area, if you can assist in the organisation of the event. We offer regional workshop opportunities in terms 1, 2, and 3.

If you would like to be involved and you think there would be a minimum of 12 participants from a least 4 different schools in your location, then we would like to have a conversation and arrange a day.

The day will incorporate three workshops of 1.5 hours each, starting at 9am and finishing at 3:30pm. Morning and afternoon tea is provided by Southern Biological, with participants bringing their own lunch.

Cost: Self managed on-line bookings $55 per participant.
Booking via phone, purchase order or cash etc. $65 per participant.

Watch this page to see our next Regional Victorian Professional Development day.

Newly announced regional professional development dates for 2018

Events in 2018 are being arranged presently.  Details will be published as they come to hand.  If your region is interested in participating please contact Southern Biological.  We look forward to seeing you in 2018.

June
2018

Event:

Regional Professional Development Day, Thurgoona NSW
Subject to minimum number of registrations

Location

Trinity Anglican College
421 Elizabeth Mitchell Drive
Thurgoona, NSW 2640

 

Date:

21st June 2018

 

Schedule:

Time:

8:30AM - 9:00AM

Arrival, tea and coffee.

9:00AM - 10:30AM

First Workshop : To be advised

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Morning Tea provided by Southern Biological

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Second Workshop : To be advised

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch
(Participants to bring their own lunch.)

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Third Workshop : To be advised

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Afternoon Tea provided by Southern Biological

3:30PM

Departure

Conferences and Exhibitions

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November
2017

Event:

LABCON 2017

Location:

Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Queensberry Street, Melbourne

Time:

Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November 2017

Workshop Details:

Fun With Fungi and Bacteria
The first part of this workshop will cover some basic aspects of working with micro-organisms - aseptic technique, subculturing, preparing a bacterial lawn, and safe waste disposal. From this base, we will introduce some practical activities that lend themselves to classroom activities and individual student projects. These will include culturing fungi, studying antibiotic resistance of bacteria and using Petrifilm in student experiments. If you have not used test discs, Mastrings or Petrifilm, nor cultured the intriguing fungus, Phycomyces blakesleeanus, then this workshop is for you.

Human Evolution: Where did we come from?
Although evolution via natural selection was proposed by Charles Darwin way back in 1859, much of our current knowledge about the way humans evolved has come about in just the last few decades. Vested interests, inflated egos and even conspiracy and scientific fraud hindered advancement for more than 100 years after Darwin published On The Origin Of Species. The story of our understanding of human evolution is as controversial as it is compelling. This presentation will examine the way the present state of knowledge has been shaped and influenced by the personalities behind the discovery of key hominid fossils. Their amazing stories make an enthralling context in which to present this topic. Students are able to make enduring connections when they can associate the discovery of particular fossils with the people, places and events that were involved at the time. The state of current thinking will be illustrated with a range of high precision reproductions that demonstrate the path our evolutionary journey has taken. To conclude, with one eye on the evolutionary pressures that brought us to the present, we will speculate about factors that might influence the survival of our species in the future.

Website:

www.ltav.org.au/labcon/