March 10th 2020 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Conference Theme

Inspiring Interest in STEM

Conference strands:

  • Excellence
  • Inspiration
  • Equity
  • Connection


Registration, Exhibition and Networking


Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Chelsea Jarvie, Cyber Security Consultant and STEM Ambassador

Session 1

Implementing Scotland’s STEM Strategy

Scotland’s STEM Strategy was designed to deliver excellent STEM education and training, close equity gaps, encourage collaboration, and inspire interest in STEM. In this opening session, we explore the progress that has been made in the first two years to implement the STEM Strategy – exploring the challenges and solutions facing schools, colleges, and universities. 


Scottish Government Address

Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science 


Questions and Discussion with the Minister 


Headline Sponsor


Leadership Panel (Excellence)

In this forward-looking panel, senior leaders from Scottish schools, colleges, universities, and local government discuss the challenges and opportunities that have come from implementing the STEM Strategy – exploring the next steps for delivering excellence in STEM education and training in Scotland.  


Carrie Lindsay, Executive Director of Education and Children's Services, Fife Council and President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland
Nick Antonopoulos, Vice Principal of Research & Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University 
Grant Ritchie, Principal, Dundee and Angus College
Dr Paul Thomson, Rector, Jordanhill School


Neil McLennan, Senior Lecturer and Director of Leadership Programmes, University of Aberdeen


Exhibition, Networking and Refreshments

Session 2


In a series of 40-minute interactive workshops, delegates will explore the latest innovative solutions to improving STEM education and training in Scotland, delivered by leading experts in the field. 

Delegates will select two masterclasses to attend prior to the event.


First breakout




Second breakout


Lunch, Exhibition, and Networking


Demo-Zone Presentation in the Exhibition Area

Session 3

Interactive Panel Sessions

In this session delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a range of experienced panellists drawn from across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – from schools, colleges, universities, and government. 

In advance of the conference, you will register for your preferred panel session and have the chance to contribute to the agenda to ensure that the themes align with the key issues that matter to you


Panel A: Grow, Nurture, and Keep STEM Talent (Inspiration, Excellence)


Professor Abigail Marks, Professor of Work and Employment, University of Stirling 
Tom Harley, Education Programme Manager, Skills Development Scotland


Panel B: Supporting the Curriculum Through Science Engagement (Connection, Excellence) 


Kraig Brown, Partnerships & Development Manager, Digital Xtra Fund 
Jane Cerexhe, Headteacher, Oakgrove Primary School
Frances Docherty, Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Glasgow

Chair: Dr Margaret Ritchie, Lecturer in Chemistry, Associate Tutor in Education, University of Glasgow and Teacher Co-ordinator, Royal Academy of Engineering 


Panel C: Enabling Digital Classrooms: Using Educational Technology to Inspire an Interest in STEM (Inspiration, Excellence)


Stephen Phee, Headteacher, St Mungo's High School
Tracy Atkinson, Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde 
Damian Nicholas, (Acting) Head Teacher, St John Paul II Primary School
Tommy Lawson, Education Officer (Digital Learning), Learning Technology Team, Midlothian Council 


Chelsea Jarvie, Cyber Security Consultant and STEM Ambassador


Exhibition, Networking and Refreshments

Session 4

Full STEM Ahead

Our journey has taken us through space, virtual reality, and climate science, exploring how we can create positive STEM role models, and how schools can best engage with them. In this inspiring final session, we explore some of the fantastic work already happening across the country to deliver excellent STEM education – and the next steps to improve STEM education and training in Scotland. 


Case Study 1: Can we power classroom objects with renewable energy? (Excellence, Inspiration)

David Rigmand, Principal Teacher, Brediland Primary 
Paul Tyler, Principal Teacher (Acting), Kirkhill Primary School


Case Study 2: Young STEM Leader Programme (Inspiration, Connection)

Graeme Rough, Project Manager: Young STEM Leader Programme


Case Study 3: Robots in the Classroom (Excellence, Inspiration)

Colin McLean, Headteacher, James Gillespie’s Primary School 


Case Study 4: STEM Academy – Launching a Training Academy Initiative to Broaden Teacher and School Students’ Exposure to STEM Subjects (Inspiration) 

Dr Margaret Ritchie, Lecturer in Chemistry, Associate Tutor in Education, University of Glasgow and Teacher Co-ordinator, Royal Academy of Engineering 


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Helen Czerski, Physicist, Oceanographer, Broadcaster 


Questions and Discussion 


Chair's Closing Remarks

Chelsea Jarvie, Cyber Secutiry Consultant and STEM Ambassador


Close of Event