ISSUE NO: 9       AUGUST 2001             ISSN: 1032-9196

Editor: Prof. R. L. Wallis, School of Ecology & Environment, Deakin University, Warrnambool, Victoria, 3280. AUSTR




Notes from Executive Committee Meeting of Asian Association for Biology Education


4 August 2000, Hong Kong Polytechnic University



Executive Members

Professor Pak Tang (Executive Director)

Professor Robert Wallis

Dr Carmen Kanapi

Dr Salvacion Angtuaco

Prof Morakot Sukchotiratana


In Attendance

Professor Masanobu Tara

Mrs Kyoko Katayama

Ms Sudarmi Rini

Dr Ngyuen Quinh


Executive for 2001-2002

Professor Tang (China –Hong Kong)*

Professor Wallis (Australia)*

Professor Morakot (Thailand)

Dr Kanapi (Philippines)

Dr Angtuaco( Philippines)

Dr Katayama (Japan0

Ms Rini (Indonesia)

Dr Kim (Korea)

Dr Quinh (Vietnam)


2002 Conference

Either Tsing Gtao (China) or Warrnambool (Australia)

*Executive Director dependent on site of conference.

Decision to be made about feasibility of conference to be held in China shortly.


Theme: ‘Biology Education for Ecologically Sustainable Development”

Forum theme: “ New technologies in education – do they help in enhancing learning?”


Subsequent meetings

(possibilities only)

2004:    Thailand

2006:    Hanoi

2008:    Japan

2010:    Philippines (Cebu?)

2012:    Indonesia

2014:    Korea

2016:    Australia



1. Membership

At subsequent conferences organisers must include a US$10 membership fee to be included with the registration fee.


2. Journal

Executive approved the plan to establish an electronic journal containing refereed and non-refereed sections. Proceedings of conferences would in future constitute an issue of the journal to be called The Asian Journal of Biology Education. Editor: N. Katayama. Editorial Committee: members of the Executive, plus Dr Laurenson who will advise and liaise on setting up the electronic format (site etc.). Access should be free to everyone for at least two years. The Proceedings from the Hong Kong conference could be the first issue but Dr Tang is keen for it to be also produced in hard copy as he believes he may have support to do so.


The Society will endeavour to set up its own web site as well as part of the process.


3. Newsletter

Prof Wallis to prepare next newsletter. (This may be incorporated into our web site in future?)


4. Finances

We have about US$800 in the bank. Dr Kanapi is the account’s signatory.



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Delegates at the 18th Biennial Conference of AABE held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Successful Conference Held in Hong Kong


A highly successful 18th Biennial Conference was

held between 31 July and 4 August in Hong Kong at the HK Polytechnic University. Executive Director and Chair of the local Organizing Committee, Professor P. L. Tang and his main helpers (Dr Patrick Lai, Ms Sonia Wong and Mr Franco Tang) worked hard to enable all delegates enjoyed their stay as well as gained enormously from a very successful and rewarding conference.


Delegates from eight nations made presentations at the Conference whose theme was “Biology Education in the New Millennium”. The Vice President of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Philip Yeung welcomed everyone and declared the conference officially opened. His plenary lecture was followed by a lively forum chaired by Professor Y. S. Wong, Vice President of City University of Hong Kong.


A range of instructive, informative and interesting oral and poster presentations were made by delegates. I believe overseas delegates were especially impressed by the range of exciting talks given by Hong Kong participants, especially pleneray lectures and talks by representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (Hong Kong) and WWF.


Cultural and tourist events are always popular with delegates. The Hong Kong true hospitality came to the fore with a welcome function, conference dinner, farewell dinner, night tour and a cultural experience in the evening of the 4th August.


To the ten members of the Conference Organizing Committee and to Professor P. L. Tang in particular, many thanks for a most memorable conference!



19th Conference to be held in Australia


I am delighted to announce that the 19th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association for Biology Education will be held at the Warrnambool Campus of Deakin University from Wednesday 27th November till Friday 29th November inclusive. A welcome function is planned for the evening of Tuesday 26th. On the Thursday 28 November a one day field trip is planned to visit education institutions and other sites of interest, including a State Game Reserve and a wildlife park.


The conference theme is:

‘Biology Education for Ecologically Sustainable Development”

A sub-theme will be ‘Molecular Biology and Education’.

As well, we hope to hold a forum similar to that which was held at Hong Kong. Its theme will be: “ New technologies in education – do they help in enhancing learning?”

There will be an opportunity for delegates to present oral papers as well as posters.


Registration will be A$210, and in line with a decision of the Executive, will include a US$10 membership fee for the two years. (1A$ = US52c at present). The fee will include the welcome function, conference dinner, BBQ, two lunches, morning and afternoon teas, set of abstracts and excursion costs. Accommodation is not included. There is a range of accommodation available – details will be provided upon your registering interest in attending.


Authors have the opportunity to have their papers published in our new electronic journal, The Asian Journal of Biology Education. Such papers will be refereed. All other contributions, including posters, will have their abstracts published in the journal, but will not be refereed.


A local organizing committee has been established from Deakin University comprising Prof Rob Wallis, Associate Prof Brad Mitchell, Dr Anne Wallis, Dr Laurie Laurenson and Mrs Christine Harris.


Please email Mrs Christine Harris to register your interest and to receive a registration form.[]


For those who have not visited Warrnambool, details can be found at

Deakin’s Warrnambool campus can be viewed at


Travel to Warrnambool is best by train (West Coast Rail) which runs three times a day. Trains leave Melbourne’s Spencer Street Station three times a day (there is a Skybus from the airport to the station). Train times are available on









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