AI-ming High: SBS to co-host BEAN Forum

The biosciences education forum, where teaching meets technology, comes to Melbourne for the first time.

From smartphones to social networking sites, artificial intelligence (AI) is fast becoming an essential part of everyday life. Yet, as these technologies become more prolific so too do the opportunities they create for the biomedical sciences and higher education.

It’s issues like these that the Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN) Forum aims to address in 2019. The focus “AIming High” – with emphasis on the “AI” – provides scope for exploring how AI technologies can enhance twenty-first-century learning and be incorporated into curricula to better prepare students for future industries.

Mel-BEAN 2019, this year co-hosted by the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of BioSciences, will be the first time the annual forum is hosted outside of Canberra’s Shine Dome.

Flyer for Mel-BEAN 2019, 9-10 December, University of Melbourne, Parkville

The forum is designed to be of interest to those who work across all areas of STE(A)MM, particularly those focusing on teaching and technology. Sessions will include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Embedding Australian Indigenous culture into our curriculum
  • Innovations where science intersects with other disciplines

Forum details

When: Monday 9–Tuesday 10 December

Where: BioSciences 4 (Building 137), the University of Melbourne, Parkville

Cost: $260 + $120 for dinner on Monday night

Poster session

Submissions are welcome for the 2019 poster session, to be displayed across both days of the forum. Proposals should be sent to Dawn Gleeson by Monday 2 December. Read more details here.

Sunday afternoon workshops

For early arrivals and those already in Melbourne, there will be free additional sessions at 3pm on Sunday 8 December, including a virtual reality (VR) buffet in the School of Biomedical Sciences’ Digital Learning Hub showcasing the latest in biomedical VR applications. There will also be a concurrent workshop for those interested in creating their own VR programs using 3D Slicer to convert DICOM images into deployable Sketchfab models.

Monday night dinner

There will also be a dinner for registrants on Monday night at the Rainforest Room, Melbourne Zoo. Dinner is an additional cost of $120.

Register for Mel-BEAN 2019 and view the full program below: