VAPS Conference 2018

Cultivating Curiosity: Philosophy and STEM

The biennial VAPS Conference will be held on Friday 14th September & Saturday 15th September at Siteworks in Brunswick.

We are still welcoming proposals for papers and workshops. If you would like to submit a proposal to present, please fill out the form here.


Keynote Speakers:


Friday Keynote: Dr Tim Sprod, Chair of the Association for Philosophy in Tasmanian Schools on “Why engage in philosophical inquiry in STEM subjects?”

Saturday Keynote: Krystal De Napoli from Monash University on “Indigenous Astronomy and Ethics”

Click here to register and secure your tickets now


We are proud to announce the launch of the Ethical capability Resources!


Also featuring:

  • Presentations, workshops and sessions relevant to both Primary and Secondary School Philosophy
  • Exploring critical issues in STEM via the Ethics Olympiad
  • Naturalism and Philosophical Thinking: Promoting Curiosity by Confronting Intuition and Common Sense
  • Pedagogy of Community of Inquiry
  • For VCE teachers, we’ll have plenty of focus on the 2019 – 2023 VCAA Philosophy Study Design, including lectures on ALL the new texts
  • Delicious catering by the ASRC
  • A social evening on the Saturday night
  • Travel and accommodation subsidies available for teachers at rural and regional schools


In-action day at Scienceworks, Thursday 13th September (10am-2pm). Come and observe expert facilitators conducting philosophical Communities of Inquiry with Year 5-6 students in STEM areas, including a planetarium show!

If you have any inquiries, contact Lucas McGauran:
Phone: 0400906688