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5th Network Gender & STEM biennial conference: STEM Education for the New Work Order: Policy, practice and partnerships

Conference theme: ‘STEM Education for the New Work Order: Policy, practice and partnerships’


Dates/location: 30 July – 1 August 2020 at The University of Sydney, Australia


Website (including proposal guidelines and submissions):



Key dates for your diaries:


- Proposals: due Friday 1 November 2019 - formats include Symposia, Individual papers, Posters, Workshops

- Acceptance decisions: early December 2019

- Registration will open: February 2020


The focus of the conference is on tackling the issue of girls’ and women’s under-representation in STEM, through the pipeline beginning with early school experiences until the workforce. The 2020 Network conference represents a partnership with the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy to bring together researchers, educators, policymakers, industry representatives and the public to interrogate person-in-context influences towards, or away from, diverse STEM pathways across stages and settings. What are the needs for a STEM workforce of 2030? New, interdisciplinary drivers are transforming work and education policy and practice in response to social and environmental challenges and technological advancement. What is the role of STEM for the new work order, and how can we engage and prepare all young people including girls and women?


Themes will include:

- individual, family, teacher and peer processes which impact STEM engagement and participation;

- key factors and good practices to promote vs. deter STEM engagement and learning within school, university and workplaces;

- positive action measures: STEM initiatives, schemes, networks and organisations;

- developments in STEM & preparing workers for the future;

- the role of higher education institutes, government, industry, public policy and career development policies to enhance women’s and men’s participation in STEM research, commercialisation and public impact.


Keynote speakers include:  

  • Professor Sue Thomson (Deputy CEO Research, ACER),
  • Professor Ana Deletec (Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, UNSW),
  • Professor Mustafa Özbilgin (Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Brunel Business School) 
  • Network Patron Professor Jacquelynne Eccles (Distinguished Professor, UC-Irvine).


Further details will soon be available including the conference registration and dinner.  For now - we hope to welcome you in Sydney in 2020!


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact  



Type of event: 
STEM, Gender and STEM network