March 20th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Agenda 2019


Registration, Exhibition and Networking


Welcome and Introduction from Chair

09:50 - 11:15 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.


Scottish Government Address: STEM - Unlocking Opportunities For All

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


Expert speaker


How To Get ‘A Head’ In STEM: Facial Depiction For Forensic/Archaeological Investigation – An Art-Science Fusion​

  • Art in STEM
  • Women in STEM

Professor Caroline Wilkinson, BBC History Cold Case, Director of Face Lab and Liverpool School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University


Questions and Discussion


Exhibition, Networking, and Refreshments

11:45 - 13:00 Session Two

Break Out Sessions: Challenges & Opportunities in STEM

In this session, delegates will benefit from two interactive breakout sessions.

11:45 & 12:30

Breakout A: Gender in STEM

Scotland has a problem with gender equality in STEM. Societal assumptions about who is suited to STEM subjects often leads to girls being steered away from them. Those girls that do pursue STEM subjects face numerous barriers in their careers that result in lower and lower proportions of women at every stage of seniority in STEM. 

Our expert panel will examine what can be done to smash the barriers that girls and women face in pursuing STEM careers. 

Panelists include:

Dr Mhairi Crawford, Development Director, WISE Campaign 

Cllr Kathleen Leslie, Member of the Board of Directors, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre

Talat Yaqoob, Director, Equate Scotland 

Breakout B: Industry in the Classroom 

This session examines the role of industry in STEM education. In the latest PISA report, science education in Scotland had fallen to 'average'. Our panel of experts will analyse the current contribution of industry to inspiring children and young people in STEM subjects and what opportunities exist for further engagement between industry and schools. 

13:15 - 14:15

Demo Zone, Exhibition, and Lunch

14:15 - 15:00 Session Three

Panel: Creating the STEM Workforce of the Future

The Scottish Government has a vision of an economy driven by a workforce with STEM knowledge and skills. This vision includes women and traditionally underrepresented groups. It is an expansive vision of STEM, where young Scots are equipped with the skills to learn, adapt, and maintain new processes. But is this vision is set against a backdrop of the uncertainty of Brexit, low take-up and low achievement in STEM subjects in Scottish schools, and the stark reality that changing young people's attitudes to STEM subjects is a long-term, gradual project. 

Our panel of experts examine how we can create the STEM workforce of the future. 

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

Heather Pritchard, HR Strategic Project Manager, Diageo

Matjaz Vidmar, PhD Researcher, Higgs Centre for Innovation, Royal Observatory 

15:00 - 15:20

Exhibition, Networking, and Refreshments

15:20 - 16:00 Session Four

Building a Head of STEM

We’ve talked about the challenges and opportunities for STEM. In this final session, we will be celebrating STEM success stories by exploring two case studies . 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


Case study 1: Flummix

Jody Greig, Creative Director, Flummix


Case study 2: dressCode and Turning's Testers

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


Questions and Discussion 


Expert speaker


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Close of event