Speakers & Presenters

Meet the STEM 2021

Speakers & Presenters

Our speakers and presenters are world-renowned experts on creativity, innovation and STEM. This year’s program includes content delivered as Keynote videos, EdTalks, Workshops and Case Studies. This content is curated across a range of industry verticals to align with the Global NSW strategy.

Virtual MC

Adam Spencer

Comedian and radio personality Adam Spencer’s passion for Mathematics runs deep and he is known as Australia’s funniest and most famous mathematician. For close to 20 years he has been entertaining us on triple j, ABC radio and television.

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Keynotes:

Our keynote speakers are world-renowned experts on creativity, innovation and STEM. We hope their stories and ideas will inspire you.

STEM Education:

Corey Tutt
DeadlyScience
On Demand Video:
Our world. Our DeadlyScience!
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STEM Education:

Laureate Professor Jennifer Gore
University of Newcastle
On Demand Video:
Quality teaching matters for the future of STEM
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STEM Education:

Assoc. Prof. Dr Catherine Ball
The Australian National University
On Demand Video:
Education for a rapidly changing world
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STEM Education:

Professor Tim Bell
University of Canterbury
On Demand Video:
Digital technologies: Hidden in plain sight
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STEM Education:

Dr Andrew Hagan & Dr Eleanor Gates
Charles Sturt University
On Demand Video:
Get real with virtual projects
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STEM Education:

Nick Minto
Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP)
On Demand Video:
Showcasing regional STEM businesses
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STEM Education:

Leanne Robertson & Rebecca Vivian
Girls in STEM Toolkit (GiST)
On Demand Video:
Classroom strategies for inclusive learning environments
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Amy Lo & Katie Walker
Google
On Demand Video:
Careers in tech FAQ with two Google engineers
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Jason McKenna
VEX Robotics
On Demand Video:
VEX Robotics continuum for grades K – 12+ 
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Michelle Price
AustCyber
On Demand Video:
Future job opportunities in cyber security and emerging tech
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Jacqueline Tate
Tech Girls Movement Foundation
On Demand Video:
Connecting women and girls through STEM to build the workforce of the future
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Aerospace:

Dr Adrian Brown
NASA
On Demand Video:
What it’s like to work on the M2020 mars mission
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Clean Energy:

Dr Jessica Allen
University of Newcastle
On Demand Video:
The future of clean energy
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Agtech & Food:

Luciano Mesiti
PIEFA
On Demand Video:
How to use a food and fibre perspective in teaching STEM in the classroom
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Agtech & Food:

Peter Crane
Food Futures Company
On Demand Video:
STEM in agrifood: Nurturing a better world
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Surveying & Geospatial Engineering:

Narelle Underwood
NSW Surveyor General & Director Survey Operations
On Demand Video:
Surveying and geospatial engineering
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Advanced Manufacturing:

Jan Dobbie
Varley
On Demand Video:
Varley Group: Leading the way in Australian engineered solutions
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MedTech:

Kathryn Greiner
Luminesce Alliance
On Demand Video:
Futureproofing our workforce – Luminesce Alliance
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EdTalks:

EdTalks are Ted-talk style videos from STEM experts that are passionate about what they do and want to share their knowledge and interesting ideas with you!

STEM Education:

Professor John Fischetti
University of Newcastle
EdTalk Video:
Seven priorities for the post-pandemic education world
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STEM Education:

Assoc. Prof. Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
University of Newcastle
EdTalk Video:
Gender and STEM: One step forward with HunterWiSE
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STEM Education:

Professor Peter Howley
University of Newcastle
EdTalk Video:
Leveraging STEM through systems thinking
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STEM Education:

Camille Thomson
STELR
EdTalk Video:
The STELR classroom 
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STEM Education:

Jackie Randles
Inspiring Australia
EdTalk Video:
Connecting big audiences to science and technology
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STEM Education:

Mark Bayada & James MacDiarmid 
Maitland Grossman High School & Curiious
EdTalk Video:
Maitland Grosssman High and Curiious collaborate using Wise: Emotional Fitness Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Virtual Reality
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STEM Education:

Sonia Stitt
Narangba Valley State School
EdTalk Video:
Using targeted pedagogy and strategic learning environments to inspire Australian primary school girls to maintain long-term participation in engineering 
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STEM Education:

Kylie Organ
Lismore South Public School
EdTalk Video:
Design Thinking – Through the lens of our students 
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Maria Ysabel Urbano & Kavika Singhal
Western Sydney University
EdTalk Video:
The Cyber World: Viewing Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) through the human lens
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

John DiChiara & Binaisha Daruwalla 
Tata Consultancy Services
EdTalk Video:
goIT – Digital innovation & work experience programs 
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Tony Vizza
(ISC)², Inc.
EdTalk Video:
Does cyber security have an image problem? 
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Dr Arash Mahboubi
Charles Sturt University
EdTalk Video:
Ransomware cyberattacks are on the rise 
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Jeff Whitton
Yirigaa
EdTalk Video:
Cyber security – Yirigaa
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Jadon Routley
NSW Cyber Security Ambassador
EdTalk Video:
STEM Education: Faked futures
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Tim Kitchen
Adobe
EdTalk Video:
Creativity for all: Preparing for student success
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MedTech:

Mikhaila Halford
Ampcontrol
EdTalk:
Industry Supporting Career Pathways
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MedTech:

Dr Donovan Jones
Charles Sturt University
EdTalk Video:
Transformative technologies, in nursing, midwifery and health care education 
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Agtech & Food:

Frank Sammut
Central Coast Food Alliance
EdTalk Video:
The Benefits of the food Industry and schools working together  
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Engineering:

Dr Alexander Gregg
University of Newcastle
EdTalk Video:
Lessons from Twitch streamers, YouTubers, and research findings from 6.9 million MOOC views.
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Engineering:

Michael van Koeverden
Engineers Australia
EdTalk Video:
Tomorrow’s engineers
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Engineering:

Ian Webster
Ampcontrol
EdTalk Video:
Emergency engineering
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Surveying & Geospatial Engineering:

Lloyd Pilgrim
University of Newcastle
EdTalk Video:
Point Clouds: Raining coordinates
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Surveying & Geospatial Engineering:

Dr Craig Roberts
University of New South Wales
EdTalk:
The wonderful world of surveying and geospatial engineering 
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Advanced Manufacturing:

Simon Took
BlueScope
EdTalk:
Focus on science, technology, engineering, maths STEM careers at BlueScope 
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Workshops:

Workshops are providing you with the unique opportunity to directly engage, learn first-hand and collaborate with people who are experts in their field.

STEM Education:

Assoc. Prof. Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
University of Newcastle
Workshop:
Computational thinking, coding and mathematics
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STEM Education:

Ella McPhee
STEM Punks
Workshop:
STEM sisters
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STEM Education:

Damian Aldridge
STEM Punks
Workshop:
Hybrid learning
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STEM Education:

A collection of TAS teachers
NSW Department of Education
Workshop:
Why we love TAS!
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STEM Education:

Dr Natalia Bilton
Charles Sturt University
Workshop:
Alternative pedagogies for the teaching of anatomy and physiology 
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STEM Education:

Stephen Forrest 
Murrumbidgee Regional High School
Workshop:
Urban experiments
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STEM Education:

Felicity Abbey, Rebecca Dark, Ingrid Clements, Camilla Staff 
Crookwell Academy of STEM Excellence
Workshop:
Implementing STEM in your rural/regional school
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STEM Education:

Peter Pentland
STELR
Workshop:
Multiple workshops presented
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STEM Education:

David Bugden
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School
Workshop:
Physical computing: innovative solutions to real world problems
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STEM Education:

James Dwyer
MTA
Workshop:
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Robotics Webinar
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STEM Education:

Dr Karen Joyce
She Maps
Workshop:
Map my school: How cool is your school?
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STEM Education:

Fiona Morrison
STEM Ed Magazine
Workshop:
What, why, how: Developing an extra-curricular infants’ STEM program 
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STEM Education:

Stacey Jamieson
Wyndham Central College
Workshop:
Design thinking: Application in the classroom 
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STEM Education:

Surgeon BC
STEM Foundation Nepal
Workshop:
STEM ecosystem in the rural classroom – Nepal
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STEM Education:

Michael Holstrom
STEM Punks
Workshop:
Design thinking as an innovation and problem-solving tool
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STEM Education:

James Davies
Ermington West Public School
Workshop:
Cue the cleverbot: Digital teaching & learning [K-6]
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STEM Education:

Connor Macmurray
NSW Department of Education
Workshop:
CAD in the cloud 
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STEM Education:

Michael Kasumovic
NSW Department of Education
Workshop:
Using technology to easily and quickly teach science and data literacy in primary and secondary classrooms in an engaging way
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STEM Education:

Matt Capp
CAPITALISE Education
Workshop:
Developing inclusive STEM lesson plans for students on the autism spectrum using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) 
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STEM Education:

Daniel Proctor 
NSW Department of Education
Workshop:
Navigating a rapidly changing world with data 
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Aubry Vance
Pitsco
Workshop:
Code cube wearable device
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Jason McKenna
VEX Robotics
Workshop:
Multiple workshops presented
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Karsten Schulz
Digital Technologies Institute
Workshop:
Artificial intelligence and learning
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Jonathan Stucken
Elderslie High School
Workshop:
Coding Anki Overdrive cars in python
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Tim Kitchen
Adobe
Workshop:
Multiple workshops presented
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Chris Betcher + Kimberly Hall
Google
Workshop:
Google: Chromebooks for every class
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Chris Betcher
Google
Workshop:
Google: What’s new with CS first?
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Digital Technology & Cyber Security:

Rebecca Vivian + Marie Efstathiou
The University of Adelaide + Google
Workshop:
Hey Google: How do I teach AI in the classroom?
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Aerospace:

Jonathan Nalder
STEM Punks
Workshop:
Space exploration for all: The dream is now real
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Aerospace:

Cara Karakasch
Dubbo School of Distance Education
Workshop:
Dark Sky
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Aerospace:

Nicholas Shirlaw
North Sydney Boys High School
Workshop:
Low cost, high value iSTEM programs
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Agtech & Food:

Dr Emma Beckett
University of Newcastle
Workshop:
Food & nutrition science
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Agtech & Food:

Luciano Mesiti
PIEFA
Workshop:
Understanding STEM in food and fibre learning
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Agtech & Food:

Michelle Fifield & Meg Dunford
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Workshop:
STEM Education – AgTech in the classroom
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Clean Energy:

Isabel Nelson
BJCE Australia
Workshop:
Building successful industry-school partnerships – an industry perspective 
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Engineering:

Ian Randall
Meriden Anglican Girls School
Workshop:
How to progress a design innovation and have it adopted by others: a practical approach to innovation diffusion theory 
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Engineering:

Helen Link, Jo Withford & Renny Chivunga
Engineers Australia
Workshop:
Women in STEM – Engineering 
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Surveying & Geospatial:

Prue Owen
Saphi
Workshop:
Trigit: Making trigonometry interactive
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Surveying & Geospatial:

Meagan Rodda
CSL
Workshop:
DESMOS Part 1 – Introducing the Desmos teacher dashboard
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Surveying & Geospatial:

David Watson
CSL
Workshop:
DESMOS Part 2 – Managing classes in Desmos
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Surveying & Geospatial:

Jennifer Smith
CSL
Workshop:
DESMOS Part 3 – Creating Desmos classroom activities
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