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2024 Science in the South Annual Conference

(in partnership with ISTA)

April 19, 2024

John A. Logan Community College

Carterville, Illinois

(Early Bird Pricing Ends April 5th)


  • Changing the Climate of Education is the theme for this year’s Science in the South Conference. Our conference goal is to support K-12 educators with content knowledge, educator growth, and student learn.
  •   Whether you are a first year teacher looking for new ideas or a veteran teacher looking for ways to energize your classroom, the Science in the South Conference provides ample opportunities to connect with other educators, explore ways to share science information, earn PD credits, and to just have a great time learning. Earn up to 5.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending and participating.


8:00 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00 am: Featured Speaker, with Dr. Justin Schoof

10:00 am: Sessions (1 & 2)

12:00 pm: Lunch and Making the Most of Your ISTA Membership

1:00 pm: Sessions (3, 4 & 5)

4:00 pm: Wine/Beer & Cheese Reception and Giveaways!

Featured Speaker

Dr. Justin Schoof

Dr. Schoof is the Director of the School of Earth Systems and Sustainability at SIU, where he has worked since 2006. He is a climate scientist who teaches and conducts research on regional climate variability and extremes. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed climate studies. He also enjoys talking about climate science with community groups and other interested parties. He lives in Carbondale with his wife and son.

This year ALL early-bird participants receive a  Free Science in the South t-shirt with registration!

All registrants receive a free 1-year ISTA membership or membership renewal.


CLICK here to REGISTER for the conference

CLICK here to submit a PRESENTATION PROPOSAL (due by March 15, 2024)

CLICK here to register as an EXHIBITOR

Once you have completed the registration form, you will be able to either pay immediately at our secure site with a credit card or at a later date via check/PO from you or your employer. The confirmation of registration you receive via email serves as either your receipt or bill.

Check Payable to: ISTA

Mail Payments to:

Bob Wolffe, ISTA Finance Director

230 East Green Acres Ct.

East Peoria, IL 61611


Come talk with many commercial and non-commercial exhibitors.  There displays will be open from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

Innovations in STEM Grant Application

We encourage you to submit a project proposal for this year’s Innovations in STEM Education Teacher Grant Program. For more information or to apply, use the link below. Open to formal or informal educators in ISTA Region 6.

CLICK here to submit a grant application

Media Permission

By registering for this event I grant the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) the right to take photographs, videos, and/or other recordings of me at this event. I understand such media can be used for any lawful purpose, which may include publicity, marketing, illustration, advertising and Web content related to the work and responsibilities of ISTA. Published information may include names, school, city/state, and other identifying information. 

If I do not wish to allow for above I will notify ISTA via email:


Cancellations after April 5th will not receive a refund.

About us

We are a membership-based organization dedicated to promoting excellence in science teaching and learning throughout Illinois.   As the state chapter of the NSTA, the Illinois Science Teaching Association (ISTA) serves as a local resource for science educators in Illinois.

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