Dates: 30-31 January 2019
Venue: Millennium Point, Birmingham
Who: STEM higher education professionals
Join leading speakers and thought leaders for this vibrant conference.
The Annual STEM Conference returns at the end of January 2019 after a fantastic event in 2018 which welcomed more than 200 speakers and delegates from across HE STEM disciplines.
Student success in higher education depends on a careful balance of factors including engaged learning, environments conducive to learning and the desire to develop in students the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes expected of graduates. The conference is the ideal opportunity to collaborate and learn from other higher education professionals within STEM disciplines and to share best practice.
This two-day conference, featuring a mix of peer-led workshops, presentations and respected keynotes will provide a forum for each of the individual STEM disciplines as well as opportunities to learn from cross-disciplinary practice.
Call for Papers
The call for papers is now open
We are asking for proposals that address one of five propositions, which explore themes around covering topics such as: interdisciplinary approaches to learning and teaching in STEM; innovation; technology; equality, diversity and inclusion; and leadership.
The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018
Full details of the propositions and session types are available below. Once you are ready, please use our online form to submit your paper.
Day 1 - 30 January 2019
Chris Warhurst PhD FRSA, Professor and Director, Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER), University of Warwick
Chris Warhurst PhD FRSA is Professor and Director of the Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER) at the University of Warwick, one of Europe’s leading multi-disciplinary centres for employment research. Chris is also a Trustee of the Tavistock Institute in London, an Associate Research Fellow of SKOPE at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is an internationally recognised expert on job quality and skills. He has published 16 books, including The Skills That Matter (2004), Are bad jobs inevitable? (2012) and the Oxford Handbook of Skills & Training (2017). He has undertaken around 70 research projects and, with colleagues, is currently working on projects examining: the future of work for the European Commission’s Joint Research Council, the graduate labour market for the Nuffield Foundation and investments in new technology for the CIPD. His work is cited in the UK Government’s 2017 Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and over 2018 he was part of a working group developing job quality measures for the UK Government led by the Carnegie UK Trust. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Skills Policy Analysis Academic Panel for BIS, now DfE. He has also been an expert advisor on skills to the UK, Scottish and Australian Governments as well as to the OECD. Working with the UK Government and the OECD he is hoping to start work on regional pilots to improve skill use in firms in 2019.
Day 2 - 31 January 2019
Elizabeth Pollitzer, Co-founder and Director, Portia Ltd
Elizabeth Pollitzer trained originally in Biophysics and obtained PhD in Information Science from the University of London (Kings’ College). She spent over 20 years as researcher and lecturer at the Department of Computing at Imperial College. In 2000 she co-founded an IT security solutions company for SMEs. Elizabeth is director of Portia, a not-for-profit organisation she co-founded in 2001 with a group of women scientists and engineers at Imperial College, to focus on evidence- and consensus-led actions to raise awareness of and remove gender bias in science knowledge and practice. Elizabeth has advised the European Commission on a variety of gender and technology issues, and contributed to many peer review panels. In 2011, she established the Gender Summit platform for dialogue to bring scientists, gender experts, and policy makers together to improve understanding of gender issues in science. Today the Gender Summit is present in six global regions with 7000-strong community of experts and practitioners. Her current preoccupation is how to reconcile the aspirations of the UN Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda and the ambitions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
STEM Conference 2018: Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement
The conference programme for 2018 was made up of sessions from three themes:
- Driving teaching excellence: How can we improve our practice to ensure the best learning experience for our students?
- Cross-disciplinary practice: What can we learn from successful initiatives undertaken in other disciplines?
- Creative pedagogies: How can we enhance student engagement through creative practices?
View the programme, presenter information and abstracts for last year's conference.
Last's year's keynote speakers
Floriane is a student at the University of Warwick studying Mechanical Engineering. Her interest in engineering stemmed from her team’s success at the National Science and Engineering competition in 2013 where they won the Shell prize. She joined the British Science Association’s CREST youth panel and was a keynote speaker and essay contributor for their ‘Not just for Scientists’ Campaign. As part of her role she led the ‘Future Forum’ held at the Siemens Crystal’s London. She is passionate about encouraging young people into STEM and is a strong advocate of more women in engineering. She has also been recognised by the Black Youth Awards as the STEM Award winner, voted NCS Teen Idol 2017, participant in the BBC Digital Innovation Series, is Junior Board member of The Institute of Engineering and Technology and finally has been shortlisted for the WISE ‘One to watch’ Award 2017. In September 2016 Floriane appeared on BBC Woman’s hour to discuss women in STEM education.
Dr Gareth Loudon
Gareth is a Principal Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Director (and co-founder) of the Centre for Creativity. Gareth’s research interests focus on understanding the factors and processes affecting creativity, combining ideas from anthropology and psychology, engineering and design. Gareth has been active in academic and industrial research for almost 30 years and has taken several research ideas all the way through to commercial products for companies such as Apple and Ericsson. Gareth has several patents and over 70 publications. Gareth has won many awards including Best Software Product Award at COMDEX Asia, and for his concept design work from IDSA/BusinessWeek. Gareth is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Higher Education Academy.