A Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council

Welcome to the Science of Learning Research Centre

The SLRC is a Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council. In the Centre researchers in education, neuroscience and cognitive psychology are working together with teachers to understand the learning process.

Upcoming Events


SLRC Seminar Series CLASSROOM LEARNING: SPEAKING IN AND ABOUT MATHEMATICS CLASSROOMS Date: Wednesday 22nd June Time:  4.30 – 6.00pm (45 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes question time
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Speaker: Ms Stephanie MacMahon Title: CAPTURING THE ‘VIBE’ IN THE CLASSROOM Social synchrony, the shared experience of social, emotional and cognitive states which enables the understandin
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Message from the Director

Sah.1It is with great pleasure that I have taken up the position of Director of the SLRC with the departure of Professor Ottmar Lipp from The University of Queensland to take up a position at Curtin University in Perth. Ottmar has done a fantastic job in establishing the SLRC and we wish him all the best in his new position. Fortunately, he continues to play a role in the management of the SLRC as theme leader of the Measuring Learning theme and as member of the Executive.

The SLRC is a big ideas centre, and integration of neuroscience, education and psychology is not easy. Our challenge is to deliver translational outcomes during the life of the centre. At our most recent meeting of Centre researchers in Melbourne, it was clear to me we are off to a good start with most projects straddling the three themes of Understanding, Measuring and Promoting Learning, as well as researchers from multiple disciplines.

Professor Pankaj Sah

SLRC news

ABC 7:30 Report, New study examines science of how kids learn and the best way to teach

Watch the report aired on the ABC’s 7:30 report. A nationwide research project is underway to gather hard scientific data on which teaching techniques are most effective in Australian classrooms. Watch here Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 21/04/2016 Reporter: Peter McCutcheon
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SLRC Quarterly Bulletin, October 2015

October Quarterly Bulletin The Q3 Bulletin is now available.  It features research being conducted in the Centre and a profile of SLRC Director Professor Pankaj Sah. Click HERE to read  
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npj Science of Learning

npj Science of Learning is an open access journal, published in partnership between Nature Publishing Group and The University of Queensland. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Pankaj Sah, Director of the Science of Learning Research Centre. The journal is now open for submissions. To sign up for regular alerts or submit a manuscript click on the button.