• STEM in Defence Summit

    Growing the STEM workforce: Filling the well

    15 August 2022
    The Emporium Hotel, Brisbane

    BOOK NOW REGISTER INTEREST

Overview

Now in its fourth year, the ADM STEM in Defence Summit is a cornerstone event that brings together Defence, defence industry and education to discuss the future of the Defence workforce.

What the Defence Force will look like in the future and how industry, education and Defence work together to achieve this is the core focus of the Summit. We will explore:

  • Defence Force recruiting and skilling
  • Building a Defence Force for the information era
  • The role of cyber and artificial intelligence
  • Industry and government engagement with educational institutions to develop attractive career pathways
  • What a successful STEM program looks like for Defence and defence industry
  • Attracting and retaining diverse talent and Australia’s brightest minds
  • Raising the profile of trades and vocations, particularly in the shipbuilding context
  • Keeping Defence and industry at the forefront of innovation

Join us as ADM hosts this integral event aiming to strengthen resolve, cultivate relationships and take exciting next steps to deliver a future-ready, STEM-skilled Defence workforce.

Speakers


Dr Peter Sawczak
First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy, Department of Defence


Ruth Carr
Director – Education & Outreach, CSIRO


Katherine Ziesing
Strategic Communications Manager, Hanwha Defense Australia


Genevieve Reid
Director, Research Sectorial Partnerships, Government and Industry, Deakin University


Sandra James
Senior Manager – University Relations & STEM, Boeing


Mel Ireland
Policy & Project Lead – QLD, AI Group


Paul Hardy
AUAVS Manager & Chief Remote Pilot, Surf Life Saving NSW


WGCDR Keirin Joyce
Chief Engineer – RPAS, Royal Australian Air Force


Kelvin Ross
Board Member, Queensland AI Hub


Dr Huon Curtis
Analyst & Project Manager, ASPI


Dr Bobby Cerini
Deputy Director and General Manager of Science and Learning, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

Pricing

Early bird available until 30 June 2022

* To qualify for the SME rate, your organisation must have fewer than 200 employees globally

Bring a junior rate
Register for STEM in Defence and you can bring a junior colleague along, anyone employed in the same organization under the age of 25, for only $295+GST.

STANDARD
$1,495 + GST

Early Bird Rate

BOOK NOW

Book by 30 June 2022

Defence/SME/Academia
$995 + GST

Early Bird Rate

BOOK NOW

Book by 30 June 2022

STANDARD
$1,695 + GST

Standard Rate

BOOK NOW

Book from 1 July 2022

Defence/SME/Academia
$1,195 + GST

Standard Rate

BOOK NOW

Book from 1 July 2022

Agenda

CONFERENCE DAY ONE | Thursday 14th October 2021

08:45

Opening Remarks from the Chair

DEFENCE POLICY

08:50

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | An update on the Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy

Dr Peter Sawczak, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy, Department of Defence

09:15

KEYNOTE | Defence’s next generation of technology and capability: What skills will the workforce require to operate and utilise these?

  • How is technology and innovative capability developing and what does this mean for Defence employees?
  • Where will significant changes in technology be felt most?
  • What does this mean for Defence Science and Technology Group?

Richard Bartholomeusz,A/Chief Technology Officer S&T Capability, Defence Science & Technology Group, Department of Defence
Maree Mahoney, Director Workforce Capability and Talent, Defence Science & Technology Group, Department of Defence

09:40

KEYNOTE | The Future Structure of the Defence Workforce

  • How will the changing capabilities of the ADF impact Defence recruitment?
  • Structural and skill changes needed to combat future threats – cyber, intelligence, AI etc.
  • Engagement with industry and education providers

Major General Natasha Fox, Head of People Capability Division, Department of Defence

10:05

CSIRO Education & Outreach Programs

  • Partnering with industry to deliver STEM programs
  • Delivering STEM education across Australia
  • A look at specific CSIRO programs such as the STEM Professionals in Schools project

Susan Burchill, Director – Education & Outreach, CSIRO

10:30

Morning Tea & Networking Break

CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATION

11:00

Hanwha & Deakin MoU

Tim Pickford Director – Business Development & Strategy, Hanwha
Genevieve Reid, Director, Research Sectorial Partnerships, Government and Industry, Deakin University

11:25

ROUNDTABLE | Defence, Industry & Education’s Collaborative Investment in STEM

  • What are the key skills Defence employers will require in the future?
  • How best can STEM programs be coordinated between sectors?
  • Cross-sector competition for the brightest minds: How should Defence & Industry approach this?

Rebecca Andrews, Head – Queensland, AI Group
Dr Peter Sawczak, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy, Department of Defence
Susan Burchill, Director – Education & Outreach, CSIRO
Sandra James, Senior Manager – University Relations & STEM, Boeing

12:05

Investment in STEM education and building a workforce around Rheinmetall’s Queensland hub

Gary Stewart, Managing Director, Rheinmetall Australia

12:30

Lunch

STEM PROGRAMS & SKILLS IN PRACTICE

13:30

CASE STUDY | Classroom Drone Essentials Program

  • Our team of UAV Educators explores applications of UAV technology, through their experience of flying UAVs for wildlife surveillance, emergency response, event safety, and swimmer safety
  • Exploring how UAVs are used for our other business areas away from the beach, like mapping, 3D modelling, and surveying
  • Considering and explaining unconscious bias
  • Practical learning through experience: we guide the students to fly UAVs in a safe indoor environment, and start to integrate some coding and automated flight missions

Paul Hardy, AUAVS Manager & Chief Remote Pilot, Surf Lifesaving Australia

13:50

CASE STUDY | ADF Drone Racing in 2020 – Our best year yet, despite COVID

  • ADF Drone Racing STEM Outreach objectives did not stop during 2020
  • ADF Drone Racing was the only STEM / Recruiting / Sport to not take a hit in 2020
  • Let’s talk about why: Innovative pilots and flexibility were key

WGCDR Keirin Joyce, Chief Engineer – RPAS, Royal Australian Air Force

14:15

How AI and Machine Learning can transform the delivery of Defence capability

  • Opportunities for improving remote-sensing, situ­ational-awareness and battlefield-maneuverability through AI and machine learning
  • Global achievements for AI use in Defence
  • Lessons learnt from AI deployment in other sectors
  • Exploring Ethical AI issues for Defence

Dr Sue Keay, CEO, Queensland AI Hub

14:40

CASE STUDY | STEM Sista

 Teresa Janowski, Founder & CEO, STEM Fast Track

15:05

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

15:35

ROUNDTABLE | Developing a diverse and inclusive STEM skilled workforce

  • Improving opportunities for women in STEM
  • Recruiting and developing older workers and those returning to the workforce
  • STEM pathways and programs for Indigenous students

Dr Huon Curtis, Analyst & Project Manager, ASPI

16:15

Strategic projects and community engagement programs at Questacon

  • Inspiring young people to enjoy science
  • Initiatives in the wider community and creating opportunities for people to become involved in programs close to home
  • Continuing the work of Questacon throughout the pandemic

Dr Bobby Cerini, Director Science & Learning, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

16:40

Defence Industry Skilling and STEM projects in the Hunter region

  • Focus on RDA Hunter’s ME Program
  • Multi-prime and SME industry-schools partnership
  • Industry case studies

Rick Evans, Manager, Skilled Workforce Programs, RDA Hunter

17:05

Closing Remarks from the Chair

17:10

End of Conference & Networking Drinks

Venue

The Emporium Hotel, Brisbane
267 Grey St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101
(07) 3556 3333

Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.