Allan Blackman is a Professor at the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He obtained his BSc(Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has taught all levels of undergraduate chemistry, in the areas of inorganic and physical chemistry, for over 24 years. Allan’s research interests lie mainly in the field of coordination chemistry, where he studies the synthesis, structure and reactivity of coordination complexes.
Dr Daniel Southam is a Senior Lecturer in chemistry at Curtin University and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He completed his bachelor and PhD degrees in chemistry at the University of Tasmania, where a passion for chemistry education was sparked. Daniel has an interest in the dynamic relationship between chemistry education research and its application to practice, especially in foundation chemistry classes.
Gwen Lawrie is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) at the University of Queensland (UQ) and was the Director, First Year Chemistry (Curriculum & Assessment) between 2012–18. Gwen’s research in chemistry education explores strategies to address student diversity and engagement in very large classes through collaborative inquiry tasks, blended learning and mechanisms for the provision of formative feedback to support self-regulated learning.
Dr Natalie Williamson is an Associate Professor and the First Year Director (chemistry) at the University of Adelaide. She teaches at all undergraduate year levels, with a particular interest in synthetic organic chemistry. Natalie enjoys helping students get to that ‘lightbulb’ moment through their own endeavours, using a mixture of interactive classroom activities, humour and immediate feedback to engage students in the learning process
Dr Chris Thompson is a Senior Lecturer from the School of Chemistry at Monash University, and holds degrees from the Australian National University and Monash University. Chris has over 50 research papers to his name, across the fields of spectroscopy, computational chemistry and chemistry education. His particular interest is in active learning in university classrooms, and he is specifically passionate about enabling students to harness their imagination to visualise chemistry.
Dr Adam Bridgeman is Director of Educational Innovation in the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) Portfolio and an Honorary Professor of chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. He is currently an Australian National Learning and Teaching Fellow. As a devoted teacher, he strives to actively engage students in class and online. Alongside his interests in enhancing education and the student experience, he uses computational approaches to solve chemical problems such as the design of nanomaterials for applications in medicine.