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”

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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