March 20th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Agenda 2019


Registration, Exhibition and Networking


Welcome and Introduction from Chair

09:50 Session One

Growing STEM Ambitions

In this session we will be exploring the current STEM landscape, scrutinising where we are, what we’re doing, and where we want to be.


Richard Lochhead MSP

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science


Session Speaker


Session Speaker


Questions and Discussion


Exhibition, Networking and Refreshments

11:15 Session Two

Break Out Sessions: Raising the Profile of STEM

In this session, delegates will benefit from a range of interactive breakout options.


First Breakout




Second Breakout


Demo Zone, Exhibition and Lunch

13:45 Session Three

Panel: Delivering STEM Skills for all

Delegates have the choice of which session to attend, in advance of the summit you will register for your preferred session and have the chance to contribute to the agenda to ensure the themes align with key issues you want answers to.

You can choose between our Diversity in STEM or Routes to Employment panels.

From the uncertainties of Brexit to a leaky STEM talent pipeline; Scotland’s STEM workforce is already undersubscribed. Key barriers to uptake remain with traditional STEM careers continuing to be haunted by stereotypes of ‘pale, male and stale’ workforces. In this session, our knowledgeable panel will scrutinise priorities for improving inclusion, uptake and awareness of STEM apprenticeships as a means to meeting the STEM skills demand of the future.

  • Apprenticeships as a means to train, reskill and upskill the STEM workforce
  • Ensuring greater equality and diversity within subject and apprenticeship take-up
  • The impact of ‘Brexit’ on the labour market and priorities for tackling skills gaps
  • Priorities for better links between industry, educators, and skills demand
  • Promoting skills uptake in priority sectors

Panelists Include:

Abbey Thomson, Day Operations Support and Project Technician and former Girls in Energy participant, Shell

Dr Kay Hack, Academic Lead for STEM, HEAcademy



Exhibition, Networking and Refreshments

15:05 Session Four

Building a Head of STEM

We’ve talked about the challenges, potential and priorities for STEM. In this final session we will be celebrating the success stories through case studies and good practice that realise what more we can do. Wonderful work is being done every day in Scotland to inspire, engage and develop the STEM workforce of the future, join us as we share learning and insights on making this a reality for all.

  • Celebrating STEM achievements
  • Linking STEM skills to the wider curriculum
  • Delivering positive impact
  • Getting whole communities involved in STEM activities


Jody Greig, Creative Director, Flummix


Toni Scullion, Computing Science Teacher, St Kentigern's Academy and founder of dressCode and Turing's Testers


Third Case Study


Questions and Discussion


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Close of event