The 'Strong in STEM' series is a four part virtual event showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement and participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

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The Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy recently held a series of panel discussions, 'Strong in STEM', featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. During each discussion, our guest speakers share their stories and the pathways they have taken to becoming STEM professionals. You'll also hear first hand what it's like to be an Indigenous woman working in STEM and what exciting career pathways can be achieved through STEM.

Strong in STEM - Science

Date: 23 July 2020

In our world today, science can be found in our environment, in agricultural settings, in the food we eat, our oceans and waterways and much more. The four Indigenous women on this science panel will take you through a journey of exploring science in different ways.

Panellists: Bernadette Melton (CSIRO); Taha Cowen (Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources); Marlee Hutton (CSIRO) and Tiahni Adamson (Primary Industries and Regions South Australia).

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Strong in STEM - Technology

Date: 6 August 2020

Technology is at our fingertips and a major factor in our future careers, lifestyles and the way we live our lives. Listen and learn through the lens of the four Indigenous women on our Technology panel to improve outcomes, guide and support the security of Australia and the opportunities in technology.

Panellists: Renee Cawthorne (The Australian Museum); Rebekah Taylor (BAE Systems Australia); Candice Bowditch (Cydarm Technologies); Mikaela Jade (Indigital).

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Strong in STEM - Engineering

Date: 20 August 2020

Building, constructing and planning is one part of being an Engineer. Did you know you could be a Chemical Engineer, Electrical and Electronic Engineer, Aerospace System Engineer or even work on one of the biggest mining plants in the Northern Territory as a Mechanical Engineer? These four amazing Indigenous women will take you through their achievements and celebrate their successes as Engineers in different fields.

Panellists: Beth Webber (University of Newcastle); Tahlia West (Muru Management Consulting); Rikki Bruce (INPEX); Kylie Close (University of Queensland).

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Strong in STEM - Maths

Date: 3 September 2020

Maths is a fundamental part of everything we do....from cooking and art to dancing, music and fashion design. Join our panellists as they discuss their passion for mathematics and how it has led them to some unexpected career opportunities!

Panellists: Jodey Brockhurst (Chevron); Dr Rowena Ball (Australian National University); Karlie Noon (Sydney Observatory Astronomy Ambassador).

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