BioLive-ChemEd 2017 is the tandem biennial conference for primary, secondary and tertiary biology and chemistry educators run by the Biology Educators Association of New Zealand (BEANZ) and New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC). Both organisations are part of The New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) .  Following the success of 2015, this biennial conference combines chemistry and biology educators for a second event, this time in Cambridge from Monday the 10th to Wednesday the 12th of July.

The Biolive-ChemEd 2017 Conference is a uniquely inclusive event with all delegates, speakers and hosts sharing conference life at the beautiful St. Peter’s School resulting in a collegiate atmosphere in which ideas and professional relationships can flourish.  Affordable accommodation with meals options are available at St Peters allowing a unique opportunity to mix more informally with conference delegates.


Follow conference updates on the official Facebook page. Share ideas and ask questions. This page will be active throughout the conference for people to follow if they are unable to attend.

Keynote Speakers

We have three Keynote speakers who are presenting.
Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinists Thumb.
Associate Professor Michèle Prinsep, University of Waikato.
Sir Ray Avery, scientist, inventor and entrepreneur.


We will co-ordinate a range of workshops and presenters that are interactive, collaborative and informative.  Our aim is to cover a range of interests including IT, pedagogy, demonstrations and innovations.

We welcome contributions for workshops from a range of practitioners.  If you have done something that is worth sharing, please let us know.

A resource you have developed.
A teaching technique that has worked.
Research you have explored.
How you have effectively used IT.


This year, we will offer a select range of morning experiences that people may wish to join in. These will be within a short travel distance of the venue and occur on Wednesday morning.

For those who do not wish to participate in an experience, there will be some workshop sessions available.


A stellar line-up of keynote speakers, interactive workshops and an incredible conference dinner!
— NZASE President Chris Duggan