fbpx Skip to main content

AVID Australia and National Science Week is offering you the chance to hear from prominent physicist and education innovator, Professor Eric Mazur from Harvard University on what the future holds for science and education.

Last year, a report commissioned by PWC found that “75% of the fastest growing occupations require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills”. In stark contrast only 16% of Australian secondary school students pursue studies in the STEM disciplines, and this number continues to decline. If this trend continues, will Australian students be ready for the future job market?

These statistics make for particularly alarming reading when we consider that not only will science create more jobs in the future but scientific developments are also likely to replace many existing jobs. A recent Four Corners investigation revealed that experts now predict robots and the automation of manual labour will replace 40% of Australian jobs in the next 20 years (that’s 5 million jobs by today’s figures). Will this phenomenon extend to teachers? How should we prepare Australian students for their future? Will robots replace teachers? Join us as we investigate these questions and more.

AVID Australia and National Science Week proudly present Robots won’t replace teachers…will they?. This is the second seminar in The Victoria Institute’s Controversies seminar series for 2016. The panel of experts features Professor Eric Mazur from Harvard University, Lead Scientist Victoria, Ms Leonie Walsh, and Dr Peter Goss from the Grattan Institute who will ask probing questions of the panel.

Secure your seat for what is certain to be a fascinating discussion.

Register Now!

Event Details

Date: Thursday 18 August 2016
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm (arrive at 5:30pm)
Venue: Experimedia, State Library Victoria
328 Swanston St
Melbourne VIC 3000
RSVP: 18 August 2016


Professor Mazur is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate experts in the field of Science and the art of teaching it well. His award-winning work in teaching science in an engaging and interactive way, known as “peer instruction”, is recognised worldwide for driving dramatic improvements in students’ learning outcomes (in some cases tripling student improvement outcomes).

He has won numerous prestigious accolades for his work and has published nearly 1,500 papers in peer-reviewed journals and a number of other books. Professor Eric Mazur simultaneously holds three Chairs at Harvard: he is both the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and was recently appointed as the Chair of the Graduate School of Education. It is rare to find someone as qualified in both Science and Education as Professor Mazur.

Joining Professor Mazur on the panel will be:

  • Dr Peter Goss, Grattan Institute
  • Ms Leonie Walsh, Former Lead Scientist, Victoria
  • Mr Andrew Peach, Principal Marsden Secondary College and Chair of National Science Week, Queensland
  • Professor Ian Solomonides, PVC Learning Innovation and Quality, Victoria University