SA Women and Leadership series: STEM vs STEAM

SA Women and Leadership series: STEM vs STEAM

Jun 24
CEDA is delighted to welcome key experts to engage in a critical discussion around the importance of a STEAM education and career for women, with the inclusion of the Arts.


Professor Lyn Beazley AO, Council Member, The Royal Institution of Australia
Jane Danvers, Principal and Presiding Member, Wilderness School and SACE Board of South Australia
Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA)
Dr Kristin Alford, Futurist and Director, MOD. Museum, UniSA

Event overview

There is plenty of discussion about the need for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills as the gateway to employment opportunities of the future.

But emphasising STEM skills may not be enough, there needs to be a greater emphasis on the way people interact with each other and manage our workplace challenges. ‘Softer skills’, including problem solving, collaboration, creativity, curiosity and imagination will be critical to the jobs and the workplaces of the future.

Adding Arts to STEM, making it ‘STEAM’, provides focus around creative and innovative thinking. Unfortunately, women and girls are underrepresented in STEAM education and careers and could miss out on the jobs of the future.

Join CEDA as we host key leaders providing their thoughts on the importance of STEAM for girls and women to help build Australia’s future workforce.


Event presentations

Jane Danvers, Wilderness School and SACE Board of South Australia MP3

Rhana Devenport ONZM, Art Gallery of South Australia MP3

Professor Lyn Beazley AO, The Royal Institution of Australia MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Professor Lyn Beazley AO
Council Member, The Royal Institution of Australia

Professor Lyn Beazley AO is the Former Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor of Zoology at the University of Western Australia and the Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University. Professor Beazley built an internationally-renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage. A passionate advocate of the role of women in STEM, Lyn is a Council Member of The Royal Institution of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Jane Danvers
Principal and Presiding Member, Wilderness School and SACE Board of South Australia

Jane Danvers has served the Australian educational community for over 20 years. She is the Principal of Wilderness School, one of the most recognised girls’ schools in South Australia and was the inaugural Principal of University Senior College.

Jane is the Presiding Member of the South Australian Certificate of Education Board, responsible for the senior secondary curriculum and assessment across South Australia, the Northern Territory and many schools in Asia. In 2013 she was awarded the AISSA Noel Volk Excellence Award and the Principals Australia Institute’s John Laing Award. Jane is also Chair of the Jam Factory.

Rhana Devenport ONZM
Director, Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA)

Rhana Devenport was appointed the new director of the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in October 2018, the first female to be appointed as Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Rhana is an Australian, but relocated to Adelaide from New Zealand where she had been the director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki since 2013. Prior to her role in Auckland she was director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, NZ. She was recently honoured with an ONZM (Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit) for her services to the arts.

Before moving to New Zealand, Devenport worked for many years in Brisbane on the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Gallery of Art. She has also worked with the Sydney Festival and the Sydney Biennale.

Meet the chair

Dr Kristin Alford
Futurist and Director, MOD. Museum, UniSA

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the Director of MOD. at the University of South Australia. MOD. is an immersive museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. Kristin leads a team dedicated to creating dynamic, changing exhibitions showcasing the edge of knowledge and emerging technologies. MOD. opens in 2018 and aims to surprise and delight young adults, opening new possibilities and pathways so that we can all live prosperously and sustainably.

Prior to this role, Kristin was the founding director of foresight agency Bridge8, facilitating futures and engagement on water sustainability, nanotechnology, health, advanced manufacturing, clean technologies and climate futures for government, corporates and not-for-profits.

She is a member of the Board of the Australian institute of Urban Studies, the Inspiring South Australia Steering Group, and the Annesley College Council. She was the inaugural licensee and host of TEDxAdelaide.

Supported by CEDA members

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