Welcome to Women in STEM Seminar at Science Alive!

This is an exclusive invitation for female high school students in Years 10-12 to join us for an evening of presentations from leading female scientists, engineers and professionals from a diverse range of STEM careers.

Presenters and keynote speakers include:

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Professor Caroline McMillen

Chief Scientist for South Australia

Opening Address & MC

Professor Caroline McMillen commenced in the role as Chief Scientist for South Australia in October 2018 after serving as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle for 7 years from 2011.


She is committed to building collaborations between research, government and industry to deliver economic, environmental and social impact. In her role as Vice-Chancellor, she has been a frequent national commentator on the critical role of STEM in driving innovation and national and regional economic and social transition. She was honoured at the end of her term to be presented with the Key to the City of Newcastle by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle.


Professor McMillen is an active champion for science, science education and for the next generation of scientists and she is a strong advocate for increased participation of women in science. She was a member of the Expert Advisory Group for Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) formed under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Science. 


Professor Alice Gorman

Associate Professor at Flinders University


Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology and author of the award-winning book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (MIT Press, 2019). Her research focuses on the archaeology and heritage of space exploration, including space junk, planetary landing sites, off-earth mining, and space habitats.


She is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide and a heritage consultant with over 25 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities in Australia.


In collaboration with NASA and Chapman University, she is part of a team conducting the first archaeological study of the International Space Station. Gorman is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia and a Vice-Chair of the Global Expert Panel on Sustainable Lunar Activities (GEGSLA). She tweets as @drspacejunk and blogs at Space Age Archaeology.


Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and Professor of Practice in Science Communication at UNSW Sydney

Key Note Speaker

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice in Science Communication at UNSW Sydney.

Her role as Women in STEM Ambassador is to work with the Federal Government and the STEM sector to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM education and careers across Australia. Her Office is achieving this through a combination of education, research, advocacy and policy advice.

Harvey-Smith uses radio telescopes to study the birth of the biggest, hottest stars in the Milky Way and to probe interactions between colliding galaxies. She previously worked on the mega-telescope project the Square Kilometre Array – a continent-spanning next-generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history.

Lisa was a presenter on ABC's Stargazing Live and has appeared live on stage with Apollo astronauts including Buzz Aldrin. She is a TEDx speaker, regular science commentator on TV and radio and author of popular science books When Galaxies Collide, Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime and The Secret Life of Stars.


She won the 2016 Eureka Prize for Promoting the Understanding of Australian Science Research and was awarded the CSIRO Chairman’s Medal.


Professor Nicola Spurrier

Chief Public Health Officer


Professor Nicola Spurrier is the Chief Public Health Officer for the Department for Health and Wellbeing, being appointed in 2019. The Chief Public Health Officer is responsible for public health and communicable disease issues. Professor Spurrier’s role also includes advising the Minister and the Chief Executive of SA Health about proposed legislative or administrative changes in relation to public health.


Nicola is a dual qualified Medical Specialist, Public Health Physician and Paediatrician, with 30 years’ experience within SA Health including 10 years in the Department for Health and Wellbeing.


Nicola has specialised in developing and implementing policies and programs across child health, obesity prevention and Aboriginal health. She also has extensive experience in health protection and promotion, public health partnership and health diplomacy activities.


Dr. Stephanie Lamont Friedrich

SA Account Manager/Business Development Manager for SA Government, Energy and Natural Resources


Steph is currently the Account Manager and Business Development Manager for SA Government and Energy and Natural Resources for KPMG Australia. Before this she worked as a Senior Advisor within KPMG’s Accelerating Business Growth team. Prior to this she worked at Deloitte Australia within their R&D team where she was responsible for preparing eligible R&D Tax Incentive applications, as well as establishing the SA Grants practice as the sector lead for Life Sciences. Steph has also worked within research for 6 years, completing a PhD in Biomaterials, Engineering and Nanomedicine, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nano-and Biomaterials) from the University of South Australia (UniSA, and a Double Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Science and Business and Technology.

During her time at UniSA, she was heavily involved in a number of committees and activities including the Golden Key Society, UniSA’s TEDx event, UniSA Mentoring, the Australian Society for Microbiology National Conference and UniSA’s first International Women’s Day event in 2018. Steph was a part of the founding Executive Committee for the first Women in STEM club at UniSA, being chosen as the face for UniSA’s Women in STEM club and UniSA’s Science and Mathematics degrees, being officially recognised by Women in STEMM Australia on International Women’s Day in 2020.

Steph is at Science Alive! for the 7th year representing the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) at their booth – Microbiology Matters. The ASM is a not-for-profit professional society with close to 2000 members. The ASM brings together all microbiologists to advance the science and footprint of microbiology, highlighting its importance, particularly in a COVID-19 world. Steph is deeply passionate about driving and supporting gender equality in STEM, through creating opportunities and sharing experiences of the exciting diversity of STEM study and career pathways.


Miss Amy Stringfellow

Defence Scientist specialising in Cyberwarfare Research


Miss Amy Stringfellow is a Defence Scientist specialising in Cyberwarfare research.


Working with an international team of scientists, Amy’s research in natural language processing and automated military workflow modelling has contributed to the state-of-the-art in Cyber Mission Assurance technology. 


Amy joined Defence Science and Technology Group through the cadetship program in 2017.

This panel will be supplemented with several additional leading female scientists and engineers.

An opportunity to engage with participating organisations and presenters will also be available during interval.

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All other students are encouraged to attend with their families and/or caregivers on Saturday 7th or Sunday 8th August. 
Tickets for our family event can be purchased here.

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