STEM in Defence Summit

Growing the STEM workforce: Filling the well
30 November 2017 | Hyatt Hotel, Canberra





Conference Day – Thursday 30 November 2017

8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair



9:00 KEYNOTE | The need for the Defence industry to have a national strategy in STEM

—— The importance of co-ordination and collaboration between the STEM industry and Defence
—— How a national strategy can both utilise and standardise high-quality students/graduates already excelling in STEM
—— Avenues of collaboration between existing programs under a national STEM strategy

Dr Ian Dagley, Chief of Science Partnerships and Engagement, DST Group, Department of Defence

9:30 Putting together Defence’s first STEM Strategy

A perspective from the Department of Defence, on the importance of a STEM strategy exclusively for Defence.

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Needham AM, Department of Defence

PANEL | What a ‘National STEM Strategy’ looks like for Defence

—— How can policy be put in place to act as a win/win for industry and individuals working/studying in STEM?
—— Global examples and how they may be applied to Australia
—— I ndustry pathways that allow easy movement from education to a role in Defence community
—— How to incorporate diversity ideals within the strategy to clos the gender gap in STEM and promote diversity, as well as encouraging leadership to all.

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Needham AM, Department of Defence
Todd Mansell, First Assistant Secretary – Strategy Policy and Intelligence Initiatives, Department of Defence
Major Brian Merton, Specialist Recruitment – Engineering, Department of Defence

10:45 Networking and refreshment break


11:10 Retention of students at every step of education

—— How can Defence ensure that the pathways into the industry remain clear and accessible throughout all stages of education?
—— How can education play a role in teaching the skills required for a viable future in the Defence industry?
—— What are the common denominators in both sectors (Defence and Education) that can work together to create dynamic and high-quality individuals?

Captain Jenny Daetz, Director – Education and Training, Australian Defence Force Academy

11.30 CASE STUDY | How industry can engage in education for a mutually beneficial outcome

A closer look at Aviation High and the aviation study stream and how it provides a win/win/win situation; creating opportunities for Boeing, UQ and its students

Sandra James, Senior Manager – University Relations, Boeing

12:00 Balancing the Future: The Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy

A closer look at Action 2 of ‘The Strategy’ specifically referring to agencies developing programs that support women’s progression into senior leadership positions – with priority being given to specialist functional areas affected by gender imbalance, such as STEM occupational disciplines.

Barbara Phelan, Director of Diversity Directorate, Department of Defence

12:20 Lunch and networking break


13:15 CASE STUDY | Army Drone Programs

—— The Australian Army is Australia’s biggest user and operator of drones, and many of our soldiers race drones in the civilian drone racing association on weekends. The Army Drone acing Team was formed to bring together our racers to compete in the national competition framework and additionally to form a central element of Army STEM outreach.
—— Drone racers are self-taught through YouTube and collaboration how to solder, code, manage datalinks, construct videos, maximise battery and motor efficiency, use hand tools and understand mechanics and aerodynamics. These are the kids who are the face of modern STEM and are the young adults we want to recruit into an ever more technical Army.

Brigadier General Chris Mills, Director-General, Army Modernisation, Department of Defence

13:45 PANEL | What does industry need from STEM graduates?

—— A discussion on how industry sees STEM students adding value to the sector
—— How can a STEM strategy be shaped to benefit both private and public interests?
—— How is success measured? What are the KPIs and metrics for deciding which industry/department programs are successful?
—— Is WIL (Work Integrated Learning) the future of education/industry collaboration; Successes and challenges within this area?

Shelley Willsmore, Director – Human Resources, BAE Systems
Dr Michael Myers OAM, Executive Chairman, Re-Engineering Australia
Amanda Holt, CEO and Chief Engineer Defence & Aerospace, SYPAQ Systems
Pauline Richards, Director- Human Resources, Navantia

14:30 CASE STUDY | Defence Industry Skilling Program

Spotlight on the ME Program and how it has successfully created the Defence Industry Skilling Program, specifically designed to train and mobilise graduates into the Defence industry – prepared and knowledgeable about the expectations of a career in Defence.

Rick Evans, Industry Development Officer, ME Program

15:00 Network and refreshment break


15:30 CASE STUDY | TAFE and Defence Industry

How TAFE and the Department of Defence have created, sustained and improved on offering a pathway for VET students to enter the Defence sector; What lessons are there to be learnt from this program and how could they be applied across all areas of Defence and Education?

Robin Murt, CEO, TAFE SA

16:00 CASE STUDY | Moonhack

—— A closer look at Code Club Australia and how they capture the imagination of Australian students to help improve digital literacy
—— How can educational enterprises innovate to promote a future in the Defence industry?
—— How can initiatives such as this move forward together with Defence to create more valuable and educational opportunities for young Australians?

Kelly Tagalan, CEO, Code Club Australia

16:30 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:45 End of Conference