STEM in Defence Summit

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





2017 Agenda

Conference Day – Thursday 30 November 2017

08:00 Registration and welcome coffee

8:25 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Editor, Australian Defence Magazine




Sen the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence

9:00 KEYNOTE | Pressures and Potential Responses relating to a STEM Strategy for Defence

—— Pressures for Defence to develop a STEM strategy
—— Potential responses to these pressures

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Needham AM, Department of Defence

9:30 The importance of and need for a Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy

Matt Ramage, Assistant Secretary Defence Industry, Department of Defence

9.45 Defence Science and Technology Support for STEM

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

Leading into a discussion on;

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
—— Industry 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.

Matt Ramage, Assistant Secretary Defence Industry, 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
Moderated by; Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Kitchin, Deputy Director Force Options Development (Land), Department of Defence

10:45 Networking and refreshment break


11:10 The ADFA experience; retention of students at every step of education

—— How can Defence and Education sectors work together to create dynamic and high-quality individuals?
—— Opportunities for industry to remain engaged throughout all states of education

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 the Aerospace Gateway Schools program and how it provides a win/win/win situation ; creating opportunities for Boeing, Aerospace industry partners, Schools, Universities and most importantly students.

Sandra James, Senior Manager – University Relations, Boeing

12:00 Diversity in STEM – Enhancing capability through inclusion

—— A closer look at the link between diversity and STEM in Defence – specifically looking at increasing the representations of women in STEM
—— Insight into the whole of government focus on STEM, as reflected in the “Balancing the Future: The Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy” which refers 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.

Alisa Smith, Assistant 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 Australia
Moderated by; Peter Sjoquist, Executive Producer, Teachers TV

14:45 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

15:15 Network and refreshment break


15:45 CASE STUDY | TAFE and Defence Industry

How TAFE and the Defence Industry have created, sustained and improved on offering pathways 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?

Penny Johnston, Director – Defence Industries, TAFE SA

16:15 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

16:45 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Editor, Australian Defence Magazine

17:00 End of conference and networking drinks