Monday the 12th of October – Tuesday the 13th of October

The future world of work will demand STEM skills, but what do STEM skills really look like?

This Free virtual conference will explore how STEM is being used in a range of industries and careers and inspire students with stories, presentations, and demonstrations by industry leaders to consider a career in STEM.

Read about our virtual stallholders and presenters below

Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute

Ever wondered where maths can take you? Maths is the hidden tool behind the people making a difference. Solve problems including food security, new fuels, pandemics, fairer economics and the future of transport – with maths. In this session we will chat about selecting mathematics subjects at school and university that can grow an exciting career – the possibilities are infinite!

Session time: Monday 12th October 9:45am- 10:15am

Tech Girls

STEM Entrepreneurship 101

Get the basics of design thinking with Jaq Tate our resident neuroscientist and ‘Superstar of STEM’. In this presentation you will consider important local problems and devise solutions by building an app!!

Session time: Monday 12th October 11:00am- 11:30am

Dr. Michael Wybrow, Monash University

The value of programming skills and the role of software in research and industry.

Dr Michael Wybrow is passionate about software development and the value that these skills provide.  As a Monash University academic, he has taught introductory software engineering to a wide range of undergraduate students.  While overseeing student placements, he has observed first-hand the benefits that programming skills provide in both technical and non-technical organisations.  As a researcher, he has worked on a number of complex practical problems as part of collaborations with industry partners. Throughout this session, Dr Wybrow will draw on personal experiences to talk about the growing importance of software in our society, the value of IT skills and how they can contribute to a wide range of occupations and industries.

Session time: Monday 12th October 11:30am- 12:00pm


Students will have the opportunity to learn what Design Thinking is and explore some examples of it in real life. Students will then move into breakout rooms and have the chance to undertake interactive activities in problem solving and critical thinking.

Session time: Monday 12th October 1:30pm- 2:30pm

Southern Program Alliance, Level Crossing Removal

Discover what its like to be a Project Engineer on the Level Crossing Removals as Simone Bourke shares her career journey and how she got to where she is today. Simone will also talk about how STEM plays an important part in her job.

Session time: Monday 12th October 2:30pm- 3:00pm

2019 Victorian Young Manufacturer of the Year

Starting his manufacturing career in 2014 as a Materials and Processing Engineer at Rosebank Engineering (now RUAG Australia). Nickolas Orchowski moved into the Advanced Technology and Engineering Solutions (ATES) department, with a primary role in designing and implementing innovative additive manufacturing solutions. After moving on from RUAG Australia, he diverted his attentions towards applying his knowledge and expertise towards different fields; most recently becoming involved with a new business with a current core focus to improve community health amid the global pandemic crisis. Join Nicholas as he shares his amazing career journey and experience of being Victoria’s Young Manufacturer of the Year.

Session time: Monday 12th October 3:00pm-3:30pm

Australian Defence Force

In this exciting session students will discover what STEM looks like in the Australian Defence Force.

Harlan Marks is a Warrant Officer 2 in the Australian Army, who by role is a Fitter & Turner, however his current job is a Trade Specialist at Defence Force Recruiting in Melbourne. Harlan has been a huge driving force with the STEM focus and initiatives at Defence Force Recruiting this year, and is very knowledgeable about many the many aspects that STEM incorporates.

Session time: Tuesday the 13th of October 9:00am- 9:30am

TwistedED Science

Follow Ben from TwistED Science as he shows you how STEM is all around us. In every building you have ever walked by, in every bite of food you eat and in every object you touch. Then watch as he shows you some exciting science demonstrations and experiments.

Session time: Tuesday the 13th of October 9:30am- 10:15am

Dr. Brooke Huuskes, La Trobe University

At La Trobe University you’ll learn from experienced academics in immersive learning spaces and graduate ready to solve the problems that face humanity. Hear from one of them in this session, Dr. Brooke Huuskes will talk you through her captivating anatomy research and why she loves science.

Session time: Tuesday the 13th of October 10:30am- 11:00am

Dr. James Driscoll, Monash University

In this session Dr. James Driscoll, Assistant Lecturer, Sedimentology & Basin Analysis Group, School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment, will take students through busting common climate change myths.

Session time: Tuesday the 13th of October 11:00am- 11:45am

Coca Cola Amatil

Mia Spiteri, a Project Engineer for Coca Cola Amatil will talk about exactly what a project engineer does, the skills required for the job and pathways into engineering. Mia will also share some past projects she has worked on discuss why girls and young women should consider a career in STEM through interesting research undertaken in this area.

Session time: Tuesday the 13th of October 11:45am- 12:15pm


Robogals is a student-run global organisation whose aim is to spark an interest in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths) in the minds of the younger generation. The workshops involve an introduction to engineering and its applications in our everyday lives. This is followed by a case study where students propose a solution to a real-world problem such as designing a stable, safe and liveable house on extreme environments, with the guidance of our volunteers.

Session time: Tuesday the 13th of October 2:45pm- 3:30pm