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STEM 2022 Conference

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Monday 18th July 2022  |  Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

STEM 2022 is an initiative of Hunter Academy of STEM Excellence based at Maitland Grossmann High School. The conference is supported by the NSW Department of Education’s STEM Industry School Partnerships program, and brings together leading experts in STEM education, innovation and creativity.

The STEM 2022 live, in-person conference will be held on Monday 18th July 2022 (Term 3 Staff Development Day), at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

STEM 2022 will feature inspirational keynote addresses from the likes of Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Executive Dean – Faculty of Education, Southern Cross University and Nathan Towney, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Indigenous Strategy and Leadership at the University of Newcastle.

Numerous deep dive workshops will be delivered by renowned STEM and education experts and there will be plenty of opportunities for professional networking during and after the conference.

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Who should attend STEM 2022?

STEM 2022 is for educators, students, professionals and STEM enthusiasts alike. 92% of previous delegates would recommend the event to their colleagues and 80% of delegates have indicated that STEM 2021 On Demand has assisted them to increase the amount of STEM instruction in their school or classroom.

The speakers will offer engaging content for educators at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. For school principals, executive staff and teachers, STEM 2022 offers an excellent opportunity for whole school professional development.


The below speakers are already lined up and we continue to confirm additional speakers. 



Comedian and radio personality Adam Spencer’s passion for Mathematics runs deep and he is known as Australia’s funniest and most famous mathematician. For close to 20 years he has been entertaining us on triple j, ABC radio and television.


DR KARL KRUSZELNICKI, Julius Sumner Miller Fellow, School of Physics, University of Sydney

Australia’s favourite scientist, Dr Karl has qualifications in science, maths, engineering, medicine and surgery. He is the author of over 40 books as well as a popular broadcaster and media personality. He is known for his unique ability to make science relatable and engaging and is a passionate advocate for science and STEM education.

PROFESSOR AMY CUTTER-MACKENZIE-KNOWLES, Executive Dean, Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles is a Professor of Sustainability, Environment and Education at Southern Cross University, Faculty of Education, Australia. She is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, as well as the Research Leader of the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster. Amy has also been recognised for both her teaching and research excellence in environmental education, including an OLT Teaching Excellence Award, Citation and the Australian Association for Environmental Education Fellowship (Life Achievement Award) for her outstanding contribution to environmental education research..

NATHAN TOWNEY, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership - The University of Newcastle

A Wiradjuri man, Nathan’s appointment at The University of Newcastle follows 20 years with the NSW Department of Education managing the Aboriginal Education team and as the Principal of Newcastle High School. As a STEM 2022 Keynote Speaker, Nathan will explore the concept of Aboriginal Education from a historical and personal perspective and share practical strategies to strengthen understanding on Aboriginal Education.

Deep Dive Sessions

STEM 2022 Deep Dive workshops go beyond content knowledge and emphasize skill development in a range of STEM areas. These could include skills in leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, or the use of technology.

Curriculum deep dives will look at the development of rich teaching and learning programs or practical skill development in STEM-based subjects. The extended nature of the workshops allows the participants to develop a deep understanding or knowledge of the topic being presented.

Explore the STEM 2022 Deep Dives >>>

Event Details


In-person event: Monday 18th July 2022


Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Dr, 

Lovedale NSW 2325

(02) 4991 0000


  • Standard registration: $350 per person
  • NSW Department of Education staff: $175 per person




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