• STEM in Defence Summit

    Growing the STEM workforce: Filling the well

    15 August 2022
    The Emporium Hotel, Brisbane

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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.

SPONSORS

Platinum Sponsor

EXHIBITORS

PARTNERS

Thought Leadership Partner

Speakers


Major General Wade Stothart DSC, AM, CSC,
Head People Capability,
Department of Defence


Dr Melanie Fuller
Director Workforce Capability and Talent,
Defence Science and Technology Group


Bob Teunisse
Manager – Science, Technology & Innovation – Air Domain Centre
Department of Defence


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


Julia Dickinson
Chief Engineer – Military Satellite Communications,
Lockheed Martin Australia


Jackie Carpenter
Managing Director,
One Giant Leap Australia Foundation


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


Dr Kelvin Ross
Board Member,
Queensland AI Hub


Dr Huon Curtis
Analyst & Project Manager,
ASPI


Sandra James
Senior Manager – University Relations & STEM,
Boeing


Teresa Janowski
CEO & Founder,
STEM Fast Track


Mel Ireland
Policy & Project Lead – QLD,
AI Group


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


Lee Davis
General Manager Tactical Tracked Vehicles, Rheinmetall Defence Australia


Michael Holmstrom
CEO,
STEM Punks


Katherine Ziesing
Strategic Communications Manager, Hanwha Defense Australia

Agenda

Monday 15 August 2022

09:00

ADM Opening

Kylie Leonard, Associate Publisher, Australian Defence Magazine Group

09:05

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Michael Holmstrom, CEO, STEM Punks

DEFENCE POLICY

09:10

KEYNOTE | Defence’s next generation of technology and capability

  • 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?

Dr Melanie Fuller, Director Workforce Capability and Talent, Defence Science and Technology Group

09:35

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 Senior Representative, Department of Defence

Major General Wade Stothart DSC, AM, CSC, Head People Capability, Department of Defence

10:00

You can’t be what you can’t see: women in STEM and Australia’s Space Industry

Julia Dickinson, Chief Engineer – Military Satellite Communications, Lockheed Martin Australia

10:25

Morning Tea & Networking Break

10:50

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

Lee Davis, General Manager Tactical Tracked Vehicles, Rheinmetall Defence Australia

11:15

Hanwha & Deakin MoU

Katherine Ziesing, Strategic Communications Manager, Hanwha
Genevieve Reid, Director, Research Sectorial Partnerships, Government and Industry, Deakin University

11:40

ROUNDTABLE | Developing a diverse and inclusive STEM 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
Teresa Janowski, CEO & Founder, STEM Fast Track
Jackie Carpenter, Managing Director, One Giant Leap Australia Foundation
Moderator: Michael Holmstrom, CEO, STEM Punks

12:15

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 Kelvin Ross, Board Member, Queensland AI Hub

12:40

Lunch

13:35

ADM Student Program Check-In

13:40

KEYNOTE | Modelled after the long running Defence & Industry Study Course, the Defence & Industry STEM Study Course (DISTEM-SC) is a collaborative program between Defence, Industry and the Tech Schools in Victoria. The program seeks to:

  • engage Year 9 students from all strata of society and all regions of Victoria to explore and discover the manifold STEM career opportunities; and
  • enable aspiring Year 9 STEM students to establish and nurture meaningful friendships with peers from around Victoria and create useful networks with professionals in the STEM sector.

DISTEM-SC will run over an academic year with three residential elements to enable students to experience what real-life STEM careers look like through site visits to Defence and Industry facilities; explore a variety of STEM career paths through visiting the various Tech School in Victoria; and collaborate with peers and STEM professionals as they solve Defence-themed problems.

Bob Teunisse, Manager – Science, Technology & Innovation – Air Domain Centre, Department of Defence

14:05

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

  • What are the key attributes 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?

Mel Ireland, Policy & Project Lead – QLD, AI Group
Sandra James, Senior Manager – University Relations & STEM, Boeing
Major General Wade Stothart DSC, AM, CSC, Head People Capability, Department of Defence
Moderator: Michael Holmstrom, CEO, STEM Punks

14:40

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

15:05

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

15:25

ADM Student Program Check-In

15:30

Building a STEM pipeline for the Defence Industry from Primary School

Teresa Janowski, CEO & Founder, STEM Fast Track

15:55

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

16:20

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 Life Saving NSW

16:45

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Michael Holmstrom, CEO, STEM Punks

16:50

End of Conference & Networking Drinks

Pricing

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

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$1,495 + GST

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Venue

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

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