Welcome to Swan Delta 2019

Conference Proceedings (pdf)

Delta conferences have been held every two years since 1997 across the Southern Hemisphere in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, and Brazil. In 2019 Delta will be coming to Western Australia for the first time.

Delta attracts an international audience of academics interested in mathematics and statistics education, including disciplinary specialists, education theorists, and tertiary education practitioners across the sciences and engineering.

First Announcement 10 November, 2018
Registrations Are Now Open 24 November, 2018
Second Announcement 15 March, 2019
Third Announcement 3 May, 2019
Fourth Announcement 9 August, 2019
Fifth Announcement 27 September, 2019
Registrations are now closed

The Swan Delta Conference will be held from 24 - 29 November 2019 at The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia . Fremantle is a major port city at the mouth of the Swan River. It has a strong historical and cultural link to its harbour and sailing clubs, with the benefits of a vibrant café culture and many open air restaurants. It is blessed with a Mediterranean climate and enviable hours of sunshine to enjoy on local beaches.

The theme of the 2019 conference is Reflections of Change.

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Beach near Fremantle

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Registration Details

Registrations for Swan Delta 2019 are now closed.

Registration Fees

All prices are quoted in AUD $

Early Bird (extended to 31 October 2019)  $750
Full __ (closes 20 November 2019)  $850
Students (closes 20 November 2019)  $600
Teachers Day Only (closes 20 November 2019)  $100
Accompanying Guest Voucher - Option One  $300
Accompanying Guest Voucher - Option Two  $165

Full registration includes:

  • Welcome Function
  • Attendance at all presentations
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, morning tea on Friday
  • Conference Dinner
Note: Wednesday 27 November is an excursion day and so will incur additional costs. See excursions information below.

Special registrations:

  • Students Same inclusions as for Full Registration. Student identification required.
  • Teachers Day Only
    Includes attendance, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Thursday 28 November. Other elements of the conference, such as further days of attendance or the Conference Dinner, can be added at an extra cost by arrangement with the committee.
  • Accompanying Guest Voucher
    Option One includes Welcome Function, conference lunches and Conference Dinner
    Option Two includes Welcome Function and Conference Dinner


Keynote Speakers

Cristina Varsavsky

Cristina Varsavsky

Cristina Varsavsky holds an education focused position and is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science at Monash University. Her interests in the scholarship of learning and teaching include broad areas of mathematics and science education. Her current and recent national Office for Learning and Teaching projects include WIL in Science (a project on work integrated learning within the science curriculum), mathsassess (a project on mathematics assessment), and REMSTEP (a four-institution project to reconceptualise science teacher education).

Janine Sprakel (McIntosh)

Janine Sprakel (McIntosh)

Janine Sprakel is Program Manager, AMSI Schools at the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. She leads CHOOSEMATHS, a careers awareness, mentoring, professional development and schools visit program across the country. CHOOSEMATHS is a five-year project, working with the BHP Foundation, designed to encourage more students, particularly girls and young women to stick with mathematics. Through clusters of schools supported by industry and government partners, Janine’s aim is to encourage more Australians to enjoy and study mathematics.

Harry Wiggins

Harry Wiggins

Dr. Harry Wiggins is a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research focuses on the challenges of teaching and learning mathematics at a tertiary level. Interested topics include student transitioning from high school to university by evaluating students readiness to cope with first year mathematics, exciting ways to enrich topics taught in the undergraduate mathematics syllabus and how students handle the abstractness of proofs seen in various mathematics courses.

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews

Professor Chris Matthews, a Noonuccal man, is passionate about connecting culture and mathematics, having developed a method of teaching maths to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through dance and story. He teaches students to bring maths to life by crafting stories in which characters take actions that add, subtract or divide. As Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA), Professor Matthews organises camps and conferences designed to promote Indigenous participation in STEM and to support mathematics outcomes for Indigenous students.

Chris Sangwin

Chris Sangwin

Chris Sangwin is Professor of Technology Enhanced Science Education at the University of Edinburgh. His interests include automatic assessment of mathematics using computer algebra, in particular the STACK system, and problem solving using Moore method and similar student-centred approaches. In 2006 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. Chris is the author of "Computer Aided Assessment of Mathematics" and "How Round is Your Circle", which illustrates and investigates many links between mathematics and engineering using physical models.
The photo was taken in front of Newton's apple tree!

Tanya Evans

Tanya Evans

Tanya is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland. Her research interests include the design of new modes of delivery in higher education utilising affordances of technological advances (e.g. flipped classroom, blended-learning). Tanya is particularly interested in the professional development of teaching staff and conducts research on an intra-departmental content-focussed professional development project, in which colleagues have the opportunity both to observe others teach and examine their own lecturing practice.


Social Functions

Welcome Reception


Sunday 24th November 2019


6:00pm to 8:00pm


Included in Full Registration and Accompanying Guest Registration.


Resort Pool,
The Esplanade Hotel



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Conference Dinner


Tuesday 26th November 2019


6:00pm to 11:00pm


Included in Full Registration and Accompanying Guest Registration.


Fremantle Sailing Club

151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle


Smart casual

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Submission Information



The venue for the conference will be The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Only 20km from the Western Australian state capital of Perth, Fremantle is easy to reach by car, bus or train. Ferries navigate the beautiful Swan River from Perth to Fremantle, and provide options for day trips to the wineries of the Swan Valley or to the holiday island of Rottnest off the west coast.

Information about Fremantle can be found at: https://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/visit https://www.fremantlewesternaustralia.com.au/

Travel information

There are many transport options for getting in and around Fremantle, including public transport, taxis, rideshares, bicycle and walking.

Click on the links below for information courtesy of the City of Fremantle.

Trains and Buses
Free CAT bus

Getting to and from Perth Airport

Information can be found on the following websites:

Perth Airport
Visit Fremantle
Fremantle Travel

Trains and Buses

Fremantle Train Station and Bus Port provide direct walking access to Fishing Boat Harbour, museums and galleries, the shopping district, cinemas, the Cappuccino strip and restaurants.

Trains to and from Perth operate from the Fremantle Train Station by Transperth, with buses connecting to meet with trains. There are bus stops in and around the city making it easy to get around.

  • Transperth has transport information for visitors here.
  • Visit the Transperth website for schedules and service interruptions.

Fremantle has two Central Area Transport (CAT) buses providing free transport around the city. Buses leave every 15 minutes and run from 10:00am to 6:30pm on weekends and from 7:30am to 6:30pm on weekdays (extending to 8:00pm on Friday nights). The Blue CAT runs past The Esplanade Hotel and connects with the Red CAT near the train station.

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Fremantle scenes

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Event Location

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
46-54 Marine Terrace
Fremantle, WA
Phone: (08) 9432 4000

Accommodation suggestions in Fremantle

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Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

Marine Terrace & Essex St,
Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
phone: (08) 9432 4000
Esplanade Hotel entrance

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"Perfectly located in the historic city of Fremantle, the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges offers easy connections to Perth CBD and Perth Airport. Experience numerous local attractions from your Fremantle hotel base, including Rottnest Island, Fremantle Heritage Trail and Markets, and The Round House."

Special rates for conference delegates: The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle is pleased to offer our guests the special accommodation rate of $170 per room. A full buffet breakfast is available from $20.00 per person. Click here to book your room.

Quest Fremantle

8 Pakenham St,
Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
phone: (08) 9433 9400
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"Quest Fremantle provides serviced apartment accomodation just a 2 minute stroll to the conference venue. Walking distance to cafes and restaurants with restaurant chargeback options available. Complimentary unlimited internet included."

Discounted rates are offered to conference delegates from Saturday 23rd November to Sunday 2nd December. 15% discount off Best Available Rate when booking direct with the hotel (phone or email) or through questfremantle.com.au, using the code SDC.

Quality Suites Fremantle

22 Bannister St,
Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
phone: (08) 9435 1288
Quality Suites Fremantle

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"Quality Suites Fremantle is a stylish and sophisticated luxury hotel located in the heart of the historic and iconic Fremantle and Perth CBD.

Quality Suites Fremantle is ideally located 20 metres from the popular Fremantle restaurant and cafe strip on South Terrace and a short distance from most Fremantle attractions including Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Markets, Fremantle Prison and WA Maritime Museum. Explore the nearby friendly cafes and bars, sample some boutique beer at one of the micro breweries or browse for quirky gifts and original artworks in the many eclectic galleries and shops."

Hougoumont Hotel

15 Bannister St,
Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
phone: (08) 6160 6800
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"Business or pleasure, the modern boutique Hougoumont Hotel, offers affordable, luxury Fremantle accommodation for the mobile and modern citizen right in the heart of Fremantle.

If you have come looking for accommodation in Fremantle, chances are you have travelled or will have travelled far to arrive here. Considering our origins in Perth stem from a small, three-mast ship built in 1852 to carry people to Western Australia, it’s not surprising that the Hougoumont welcomes all travellers who are looking for Perth accommodation or a luxury Hotel."

Excursions and Tours


There is a tradition of having an excursion day in the middle of the Delta conference, to give participants the opportunity to explore the local area and form stronger networks. For Swan Delta, this will occur on Wednesday 27 November.

Note: the excursion cost is not included in the conference registration and will be payable separately to the tour operator. A selection of possible excursions are listed below. Please answer the questions at this link to help facilitate excursion bookings.
Prices are a guide only and may change by the date of the conference.

Click on the location to find out what Tripadvisor has to say.

Margaret River
- full-day guided tour from your hotel $199

- Full-day Margaret River tour from Perth
- Explore towns such as Busselton, Yallingup, and Margaret River
- Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at a Margaret River winery
- Sample local artisan specialties, including chocolates and coffee
- Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transport

Swan Valley
- half-day guided tour from Perth Train Station $89

- 5-hour food and wine tasting tour of Swan Valley, from Perth
- Go wine tasting at boutique wineries
- Sample honey, chocolate, nougat, nuts, coffee, and more
- Includes entrance fees, tastings, and hotel pickup and drop-off in central Perth

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle
- day trip with 1.5 hour guided tour from $109.50

- Return ticket to Rottnest Island by high-speed ferry and 1.5-hour coach tour
- Visit landmarks such as West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse
- Enjoy informative commentary from your guide as you tour the island
- Observe the local wildlife like seals and dolphins, and the famous quokka

Pinnacles Desert and Yanchep National Park
- full-day guided tour from your hotel $165

- Take in the best of Yanchep National Park and Nambung National Park
- Learn about Aboriginal life in Yanchep and see native Australian wildlife
- Sandboard on the Lancelin Sand Dunes and explore the Pinnacles Desert
- Get wildlife viewing, cultural experience, and outdoor adventure in one day

Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Tour
- full-day guided tour from your hotel $215

- All entrance fees included means no hidden costs
- Aussie-style country lunch included so travelers won't go hungry
- Multi-stop tour of local landmarks with all transportation included
- Hotel pickup and drop-off in Perth makes for a stress-free experience

Penguin Island and Caversham Wildlife Park
- day trip from your hotel $189

- A full-day tour of Penguin Island and Caversham Wildlife Park
- Observe penguins, dolphins, and sea lions in their natural habitat
- Get up close to kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies at Caversham
- Round-trip hotel transfer, lunch, and entrance fees included

The Perth Mint
- guided Heritage Tour and Gold Pour $19

- One-hour tour of the Perth Mint
- View the largest coin ever made — one ton of pure gold
- See exhibits that show more than $25 million worth of gold
- Touch a solid gold bar that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars
- Watch molten gold being poured
- Find out the value of your weight in gold

Perth Bell Tower Experience
- entry $18

- Hear a bell chiming demonstration and try ringing the bells
- Find out why the 14th century church bells came to Australia from London
- Take in sweeping views from the Observation Deck, which looks over the Swan River and city
- Choose from multiple entry times for this family-friendly experience

See other Perth attractions at your leisure

- ExperiencePerth.com
- Viator.com

Suggested places to eat and drink in Fremantle

Kailis Waterfront Fremantle - A great place to have fish and chips on the boardwalk
Cicerellos Fremantle - Another great place to have fish and chips on the harbour
iPho - Yummy Vietnamese restaurant
Modern Eatery - Delicious Japanese food
Little Creatures - Iconic Fremantle Brewery with tasty food
Strange Company - A small bar with scrumptious sharing plates
Fremantle Cappuccino Strip - Have a coffee at one of the many cafes
Sandrino – An enticing Italian eatery on the Cappuccino Strip
Moore and Moore Café – Perfect for breakfast/brunch
Bread in Common – A lovely café with delectable food and bread

Suggested places to visit in Fremantle

WA Maritime Museum
Kidogo Art Institute
WA Shipwrecks Museum - check out some famous shipwrecks such as the Batavia
Fremantle Markets – Great for local goods and souvenirs
The Roundhouse – heritage site that used to be a jail

Ferry Cruise on the Swan River

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The Round House Fremantle

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Kidogo Arthouse

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Rottnest Island

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Contact Us

You can email the Organising Committee at: [email protected]
contact the Conference Chair, R. Nazim Khan, at the University of Western Australia on +61 8 6488 3378.

Organising Committee

Nazim Khan
R. Nazim Khan

University of Western Australia

Heather Lonsdale
Heather Lonsdale

Deputy Chair
Curtin University

Helen Middleton
Helen Middleton

Murdoch University

Anne D'Arcy-Warmington
Anne D'Arcy-Warmington

Curtin College

Alexandra Yeung
Alexandra Yeung

Curtin University

Cristina Varsavsky
Cristina Varsavsky

Monash University

Deborah King
Deborah King

University of Melbourne

Leanne Rylands
Leanne Rylands

Western Sydney University

Don Shearman
Don Shearman

Western Sydney University

International Steering Committee

Marcelo Borba
Tracy Craig
Anne D'Arcy-Warmington
Madalena Dullius
Johann Engelbrecht
Tanya Evans
Ansie Harding
David Holgate
Phil Kane
R. Nazim Khan
Birgit Loch
Victor Luaces
Italo Neide
Greg Oates
Marli Quartieri
Leigh Wood
Cristina Varsavsky
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Past Delta Conferences

International Delta Conference website
Click here for a history of the Delta Conferences

Click on a location below to access past website
2017 - Gramado, Brazil
2015 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2013 - Kiama, Australia
2011 - Rotorua, New Zealand
2009 - Gordon's Bay, South Africa
2007 - El Calafate, Argentina
2005 - Fraser Island, Australia
2003 - Queenstown, New Zealand
2001 - Kruger National Park, South Africa
1999 - Laguna Quays, Australia
1997 - Brisbane, Australia

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