Keynote Speakers

P John Williams
Science and Mathematics Education Centre (SMEC)
Curtin University
Perth, Western Australia

Keynote Speech
The role of research in ensuring the sustainability of STEM

Professor P John Williams is the Director of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Research Group at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he teaches and supervises research students in technology education. Apart from Australia, he has worked and studied in a number of African and Indian Ocean countries and in New Zealand and the United States. His current research interests include STEM, mentoring beginning teachers, PCK and electronic assessment of performance. He regularly presents at international and national conferences, consults on Technology Education in a number of countries, and is a long-standing member of eight professional associations. He is the editor of the Australasian Journal of Technology Education, advisory editor of the International Journal of Technology and Design Education, series editor of the Springer Contemporary Issues in Technology Education and is on the editorial board of five other professional journals. He has authored or contributed to over 220 publications, and in 2011 he was elected to the International Technology and Engineering Education Association’s Academy of Fellows for prominence in the profession.

Berinderjeet Kaur
Professor of Mathematics Education 
National Institute of Education 
Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Keynote Speech
Mathematics knowledge for the future – what is key for school mathematics curriculum

Berinderjeet Kaur is a professor of Mathematics Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Her primary research interests are in the area of professional development of mathematics teachers, assessment and comparative studies in mathematics education. She has been involved in numerous international studies of Mathematics Education and was the Mathematics Consultant to TIMSS 2011. She is also a member of the MEG (Mathematics Expert Group) for PISA 2015. She has contributed significantly towards Mathematics Education in Singapore both through her teaching and research at the institute. She is the founding chairperson of the annual mathematics teacher conference since 2005 and also the founding editor of the Association of Mathematics Educator’s yearbook series that started in 2009. In 2006, she was conferred the Public Administration Medal by the President of Singapore, for contributions in education made to the nation.

David Zandvliet 
Faculty of Education 
Simon Fraser University 
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC Canada V5A 1S6

Keynote Speech

David Zandvliet is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and the founding Director for the Institute for Environmental Learning. An experienced researcher, he has published articles in international journals and presented conference papers on six continents and in over 15 countries. His career interests lie in the areas of science and environmental education and learning environments. He has considerable experience in the provision of teacher development and has conducted studies in school-based locations in the US, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.