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Science Academy Teacher Workshops

We run a four-day professional learning and development programme for up to 24 secondary school teachers in Dunedin during the summer school holidays.

The next Teacher PLD workshops will be run from Monday 23 January to Thursday 26 January 2023.

Apply for the Science Academy PLD Programme 2023

Sessions will be run by academic teaching staff at the University and invited speakers who specialise in science outreach. The focus will be on practical sessions and current academic research linked to the New Zealand Science Curriculum.

Workshop experiences in January 2023 will include:

  • Practical lab sessions for senior Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers
  • Using Sport and Exercise Science to teach scientific concepts
  • Field trip to Orokonui Ecosanctuary for hands on learning about Mātauranga Māori and ways to incorporate your local native plants and animals into your classroom.
  • Resource sharing, networking and programme planning with other teachers
  • And much, much more!

Teachers on a field trip to Otago Peninsula, January 2021
Teachers on a field trip to Otago Peninsula, January 2021.

To date, our professional development workshops have been very well received and we will continue to work hard to ensure the programme provides you with new skills, insights and resources to enhance your classroom teaching.

The overall aim is to present tools and techniques that teachers can apply back in their classrooms. We also aim to foster links, discussions and support between teachers and academic staff at the University of Otago.


Accommodation will be at Arana College, University of Otago, Dunedin campus, with the workshops and activities on and around campus.


$450 plus travel
This covers your programme costs, transport during the programme, accommodation and meals. Transport will be provided to and from Dunedin airport or bus station.

Travel funding may be available for teachers attending Utaina! A hui about learning and exploring science in te reo Māori on Friday immediately following the Science Academy programme.

Withdrawal of Ministry of Education funding in 2019 means we are no longer able to cover travel costs to and from Dunedin.

Online applications for our January 2023 Teacher Professional Learning and Development Programme are open from 15 August 2022 to 11 November 2022:
Teacher application form

Teacher workshop interviews

Hear from teachers who have attended our PLD workshops in the past.

For further information, contact:

Emily Hall MSciComm
Science Teaching Co-ordinator
Science Academy
Tel +64 3 244 8487