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Future of STEM on show

Kirsty Nash

The University of Tasmania College of Sciences and Engineering will host a celebration of research, people and partnerships at the STEM State Future Forum in Hobart on Wednesday, 18 September.

The inaugural event will highlight the achievements of the College’s PhD and Masters by Research candidates; strong research partnerships with industry, government and non-government organisations; and promotes workplace diversity for all Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) employers.

Around 200 PhD and Masters candidates and another 200 staff and industry representatives are expected to attend.

The STEM State Future Forum will include:

  • A development workshop for PhD and Masters by Research candidates focussed on maintaining wellbeing, improving writing skills and peer support networks during candidature.
  • A training workshop for PhD and Masters by Research candidates delivered by the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) on video, graphics and animation to grab attention, explain complex ideas and share stories for news and online media.
  • A Women and Diversity in STEM Panel featuring seven high-profile Australian women, chaired by Science Broadcaster Tanya Ha:
    • Ms Sera Bray, Indigenous Services Leader, GHD
    • Associate Professor Pippa Connolly, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University
    • Dr Emily Flies, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania
    • Professor Karen Hapgood, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University
    • Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador
    • Dr Kirsty Nash (pictured), Research Fellow, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
    • Associate Professor Irene Penesis, Lead of Marine Renewable Energy Research Group, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania
  • An industry partners networking event, showcasing successful collaboration with our industry, government and non-government partners.

Professor Brian Yates, Executive Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering, said he was proud the College was showcasing its collective research programs, introducing the next generation of scientists and engineers ready to transform the State, and offering innovative ways to help build Tasmanian businesses.

“The College of Sciences and Engineering is a research powerhouse at the University of Tasmania, with a breadth of research ranging from astronomy to architecture, from maritime engineering to plant genetics,” Professor Yates said.

“The Women and Diversity in STEM Panel will discuss important issues facing all workplaces, including diversity, mentoring and visibility. These issues are particularly important for STEM employers.

“Tasmania’s future is dependent upon a highly educated workforce, and we are committed to partnering with industry to develop the innovation and ideas required to enable transformation.

“Our PhD and Masters by Research candidates play a critical role in the College’s research endeavour. This Forum offers candidates the opportunity to forge connections across disciplines, build networks with industry, and share inspirational ideas. The efforts of our candidates to better understand our world – and in doing so improve it – are to be commended.”

A second STEM State Future Forum in Launceston will be held the following week on Wednesday, 25 September, 3–6pm at the Tramsheds Function Centre.

Published on: 13 Sep 2019 2:48pm