Smart(er) Australia - Advancing Skills in S.T.E.M

Smart(er) Australia - Advancing Skills in S.T.E.M

Aug 09

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 Public event
 Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW

 Lunch (11.30am to 2.00pm)

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CEDA welcomes Minister for Resources and Energy, Gary Gray to deliver the keynote address at CEDA's second NSW Energy Series event for 2013.
The energy sector contributes nearly $70 billion of gross value added to the economy, and Australian energy exports account for one-third of total commodity exports (BREE and ABS: 2012).
However, the industry faces stark challenges from productivity concerns through to complex stakeholder needs.
The Minister's address will explore:
Energy reform priorities at government and industry level;
Improving market and regulatory efficiencies;
New technologies and alternative energy sources;
Current and future energy demands; and
Preserving unique resources and consumer education.

Australia is not developing the sufficient workforce skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) required to guarantee our competitive future.

In the 2013 International Institute for Management Development World Competitiveness Yearbook, Australia's international competitiveness was ranked 16 when compared to 60 countries, behind Luxembourg, Singapore and Switzerland.

Increasingly, it is becoming clear that most jobs of the future will require an understanding of math and science. As shown in research conducted by the Australian Government, close to half of all professional occupations with identified skills shortages are in stem core areas.

For economic growth, companies cannot stand still. Now is the time to consider how best to prepare and employ students not only in traditional research but in roles where technology and innovation are playing an increasing part.

This important CEDA briefing will examine:

  • What Australian employers and educators must do to improve STEM outcomes;
  • Who is developing outstanding examples of success in learning environments;
  • How Australia compares internationally; and
  • How public-private partnerships involving major companies, universities, foundations, non-profit organisations and government agencies can drive our future success and long term growth.


Professor Ian Chubb AC
Chief Scientist of Australia

Martin Donnelly
Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
UK Government

Peter Yates AM
Director, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology

Dr Paul Willis (Chair)

Supported by the Office of the Chief Scientist and CEDA member RiAus

Chief Scientist


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$1560.00 corporate table


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$2750.00 corporate table

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