• STEM in Defence Summit

    Growing the STEM workforce: Filling the well

    14 October 2021
    The Emporium Hotel, Brisbane

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EVENT POSTPONED TO 14 October 2021
In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in NSW the ADM and Informa Australia believe it is the best interests of public safety to postpone the ADM STEM in Defence Summit until the 14th October 2021. All existing bookings will transfer to the new date. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact: info@informa.com.au or call 02 9080 4307

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


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


Dr Sue Keay
CEO, Queensland AI Hub


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


Teresa Janowski
CEO & Founder, STEM FastTrack


Rick Evans
Manager, Skilled Workforce Programs, RDA Hunter


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

Pricing

Early bird available until 27 August 2021

* SME- Fewer than 200 global employees

STANDARD
$1,495 + GST

Early Bird Rate

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Defence/SME/Academia
$995 + GST

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Virtual Access
$495 + GST

Early Bird Rate

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STANDARD
$1,695 + GST

Standard Rate

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Defence/SME/Academia
$1,195 + GST

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Virtual Access
$595 + GST

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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?

Senior Representative, Defence Science & Technology Group

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

WGCDRE 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

Senior Representative, BAE Systems
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

Senior Representative, 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