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4th Annual STEM Education Conference

Informa’s STEM education conference involves highly practical and interactive series offering solutions for the biggest challenges in STEM.

26-27 July 2017 | InterContinental Sydney

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K-12, Government & Higher Education rates available - see pricing below


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Delivering the World’s next generation of Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, and Mathematicians is no easy feat. Business demands these skills more than ever, yet there is a sizeable gulf between the current STEM curriculum and the skills and knowledge required for STEM professions.

How does one inspire and prepare a young student for a career in Nanotechnology, Aerospace Engineering or Microbiology, for example? How can we create STEM innovators through high quality educational programs? And how can we encourage females to pursue careers in these male-dominated industries (currently just 20% of STEM leadership positions are fulfilled by women).

These are some of the key topics being addressed at Informa’s 4th Annual STEM Education Conference.




8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Empowering the next generation to create the world they want to live in

Jan Owen AM, CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

9:45 am


  • Making STEM accessible for teachers and students
  • STEM education in rural areas
  • Creating collaborative STEM connections between schools
  • Methods for attracting high-quality teachers to areas/schools with high proportions of at-risk pupils

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am


  • NZQA’s flagship program Āmua Ao
  • Engaging Māori students to the world/industry of STEM
  • Experiences offered, such as a week long STEM camp in Silicon Valley, USA

11:30 am

Hear the strategies put in place throughout Australia and globally to increase indigenous involvement in STEM Education and close the gap in skills for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

12:00 pm


  • How to ensure women are fairly represented in STEM leadership
  • History of women’s participation in STEM – success stories
  • Why women leave STEM – what can be done?
  • The implications of greater diversity in STEM leadership, for the industry

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm


  • Key changes since the NSS’s inception, in 2013
  • Key updates and how they’ve transpired since the latest amendments in 2016
  • Are we moving in the right direction to create and innovative and connected STEM industry, through education?

2:00 pm


  • Being an adaptive leader
  • Challenging embedded norms to promote policy making inclusive of diversity
  • Strategies to make school leadership in STEM more effective

2:30 pm

An interactive workshop conducted by FIRST Australia and Lego Education, showcasing innovative practices using the world-famous building bricks.

3:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break


4:00 pm

We have all heard how critical STEM skills are for Australia’s future. How can we inspire students to pursue, be engaged or even get excited about STEM? One solution is bringing the real world context into the classroom through classroom resources. This can be powerful, particularly to engage girls in STEM fields and answer the question ‘why do I need to learn this?’ in maths class. This presentation will demonstrate ways to create real world contexts that are relevant for students and provide an overview of how you can create your own real world resources.

4:30 pm

Richard Johnson is making a difference with the pupils he’s teaching and with many teachers throughout Western Australia. He’s the science specialist teacher at Rostrata Primary School, Perth, Western Australia and winner of numerous science teaching awards including the Premier’s Prize for Science Teaching 2008 and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools 2013. More recently he was a top ten finalist in the 2016 Global Teacher Prize. Hear him talk about some of his experiences with eminent personalities in science and his extraordinary journey in creating a new way of teaching STEM in primary schools.

5:00 pm


  • Lauriston Girls’ School’s adoption of Stanford University’s initiative – the fab lab
  • How problem solving has been applied to areas such as robotics, 3D printing and software programming
  • The fab-lab cross-curricular approach

5:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:40 pm

Networking drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

Hear from students/pupils about what motivates them to be involved in STEM studies. An introduction into what people currently studying think of practical STEM innovation.

9:15 am


  • The current climate of innovation throughout levels of education, in Australia and globally
  • How to ensure girls and children with lower SES to pursue STEM studies
  • The importance of school/academia/industry collaboration
  • Possibility of a global STEM platform

10:00 am


  • Term biohacking and what it means
  • How biohacking can be adopted in the classroom
  • Results of using the innovative new practice

10:30 am


  • What ‘digital’ really means and how it is vital to future employability and innovation
  • The importance of children being digitally literate
  • Women in Digital and its work

11:00 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:30 am


  • Giving all Australian schoolchildren access to outstanding mathematics teachers
  • Guaranteeing high standards of mathematical sciences teaching at Australian tertiary institutions
  • Achieving both global and local impact for Australian research in the mathematical sciences
  • Ensuring that Australian society is capturing the benefits of mathematics-based technologies

12:00 pm

A discussion looking into the lesser known mathematical equivalent to dyslexia.


  • What dyscalculia is and how it can be identified in the classroom
  • Strategies to support dyscalculic learners
  • The need for educators to approach dyscalculia with the same vigour as dyslexia to ensure children aren’t dissuaded from studying mathematical subjects

12:30 pm


  • The status of mathematics education throughout primary, secondary and tertiary education
  • Should mathematics be a prerequisite to enrol on university courses
  • Good practice internationally

1:00 pm

Lunch and networking break


2:00 pm


  • Best practice seen in Australia
  • Examples of effective leadership and successful STEM programs
  • Current challenges and how to overcome them
  • The future of STEM studies and the prospect of Australia being a STEM world-leader
  • Industry links that connect with schools at all levels
  • What is industry looking for from STEM? Why is STEM so important for the future of industry markets?

2:45 pm


  • Optimising STEM education
  • Summer schools for STEM students
  • Second phase of research in the involvement of Scietech

3:15 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:45 pm


  • Current support systems and resources in place for teachers and schools
  • Does STEM require a new approach to assessment, or do current systems suffice?
  • Planning approaches that encourage learning well in STEM subjects
  • Innovations in STEM planning and assessment

4:30 pm

This talk provides a case study of the Bachelor of Science Advanced – Global Challenges (Honours) at Monash University. This degree weaves leadership and entrepreneurship into a traditional science degree with the explicit intent of developing global citizens able to affect change on the global stage.

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:10 pm



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International Speakers


Dr Ellen Jorgensen

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Genspace, USA


Daryn Bean

Deputy Chief Executive – Māori, NZQA, New Zealand



Jan Owen AM

CEO, Foundation for Young Australians


Liz Jakubowski

Director, CSIRO


Dr Bernardo Leon de la Barra

Lecturer, University of Tasmania

Genevieve Lazzari

School Engagement Manager, Swinburne University of Technology

Luan Heimlich

Director, FIRST Australia


Margaret Shepherd

President, Science Teachers' Association of NSW


Daryn Bean

Deputy Chief Executive – Māori, NZQA, New Zealand

Dr Michelle Eady

Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong

Dr Steve Thornton

Executive Director, resolve; Mathematics by Inquiry, Australian Academy of Science


Athena Vongalis-Macrow

Director, Women Leadership Lab


Dr Roslyn Prinsley

Senior Advisor – STEM Education, Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Dorothy Hoddinott AO

Principal, Holroyd High School and Pro-Chancellor and Fellow of Senate, University of Sydney

Sandra Googan

Senior Regional Manager – Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, LEGO


Felicity Furey

Founding Director & CMO, Machinam


Richard Johnson

STEM Specialist Teacher, Rostrata Primary School, WA

Susan Just

Principal, Lauriston Girls' School


Sid Verma

Founder, BrainSTEM

Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham OA

Creative Industries Faculty, QUT

Pennie Stoyles

STELR Program Manager, ATSE

Kelly Tagalan

GM, Code Club Australia


Dr Ellen Jorgensen

Co-Founder, Genspace, USA


Holly Tattersall

Founder & CEO, Women in Digital


Jodi Clements

President and Founder, Australian Dyslexia Association


Dr Scott Sleap

Program Director, ME Program


Dr Michael Myers OAM

Executive Director, Re-Engineering Australia Foundation


Dr Rowan Brookes

Senior Lecturer, Monash University

Dr Jason Zagami

School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University


Dr Karen Murcia

Senior Lecturer, Curtin University

Dr Rachel Wilson

Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

Deborah Palmer

Founding CEO, Integrated Curriculum Solutions

when & where

26 - 27 Jul 2017

InterContinental Sydney
117 Macquarie Street
02 9253 9000

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Christoper Platt
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4037

Alex Cook
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4425

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