Date: Monday March 9 2015
Time: 6:00pm (refreshments at 5:30pm)
Speaker: Ms Leonie Walsh – Victorian Lead Scientist
Location: Doherty Institute 792 Elizabeth Street (corner Grattan Street), Parkville
How can we ensure Australia has the necessary skilled workforce to fill the jobs of tomorrow and safeguard the country’s societal and economic wellbeing?
75% of the fastest growing occupations require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. Encompassing specific fields of robotics, bioengineering, Internet security and other areas of critical importance, this rate of growth alludes to STEM’s importance in Australia’s future and our need to remain globally competitive. Yet despite the vital role STEM is set to play in our future, there is a continual decline in tertiary participation in key STEM subjects.
Victorian Lead Scientist Leonie Walsh, describing the value of STEM study for Australia’s innovation, explores this complex issue in her public lecture, ‘STEM Education: Underpinning our Innovation System’.