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STEM Conference 2020

STEM graduates for a world of change This two-day conference highlights cutting-edge pedagogies, innovations and research taking place across the STEM sector through a variety of peer-led sessions.


This year’s Advance HE STEM conference looks at how we prepare our students in a constantly changing world, with a focus on how we ensure our graduates learn the appropriate skills and attributes necessary for the global workplace.

The conference will allow individuals to share their experiences, developments in teaching pedagogies and learn from others who share the same commitment to STEM teaching and learning.

Date: 29-30 January 2020
Venue: thestudio, Manchester
Who: All higher education professionals

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Call for papers

Under the overarching theme of ‘STEM Graduates for a changing world’, interactive breakout sessions, oral presentations, ignite sessions, workshop sessions and poster presentations are welcome that address one or more of the following propositions:

Proposition 1: STEM graduates need to develop knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required to create a more sustainable world.

Proposition 2: Curricula should foster students’ understanding of how their discipline intersects with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Proposition 3: STEM graduates need to develop cross-cultural competency and understand how human rights, gender equality and global citizenship impact on the global workplace.

Proposition 4: The changing workplace will require STEM graduates to reflect on their personal goals, skills and attributes, and adopt resilient and flexible approaches to learning.

Proposition 5: Delivering a world of change requires strong individual and team leadership. All students should have the opportunity to develop and evaluate their personal leadership styles or lead and manage individual, team and/or multidisciplinary projects.

The call for papers deadline has been extended and is now 13 November 2019 at midnight (GMT).

If you are considering a submission please download the submission guide to find out more. When you are ready you can submit using the submission form below.

Submission Form

Conference outcomes

The conference will:

  • create space for delegates to engage with creative thinking around STEM teaching and learning issues to enhance the student experience;
  • increase knowledge and confidence of delegates to enhance their STEM teaching practice and have a positive impact on the success of their students; and
  • engage with leaders and influencers from across the HE sector who share a passion for continuous improvement and enhancement of STEM teaching and learning in HE.

Advance HE has acted as a nexus for thought leadership and research into learning and teaching policy and practice in HE. The underpinning evidence base has been built up by and for the sector and is used to inform the work of policymakers and practitioners. With an ever-growing global community of member institutions, a portfolio of thematic and subject-based communities with global membership and a global network of experts and teaching-focused activities, this conference seeks to promote learning between global individuals with a passion for transforming teaching and growing excellence.

Conference structure and strands

The conference will take place over two days, with all propositions running across both days. Delegates are welcome to attend both days, or select either day.

On the evening of 29 January, there will be a networking drinks reception and dinner for delegates, as an optional event that requires booking in advance.

Keynote Speaker: Day 1 

Professor Nazira Karodia

Scientists traversing boundaries: STEM education is social education

Nazira Karodia is Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton and Professor of Science Education. Apart from her focus on green chemistry and heterocyclic chemistry research, her interests in the field of education are directed towards how education can address social injustice. Her specialisms encompass sustainability, widening access to higher education, inclusive curricula, gender in STEM, promoting gender equality in higher education, gender-competent management in research, innovation and scientific decision-making bodies allied to academia, and advancing social justice by examining issues of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and class.

In 2015 Nazira moved to the University of Wolverhampton as a Professor of Science Education; acted as the interim Dean of Science and Engineering in 2016 and is now the current Dean. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Senior Fellow of the HEA.


Keynote Speaker: Day 2

Professor Jim Longhurst 

Jim is Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol.    

In his AVC role Jim leads the university’s sustainability agenda ensuring that sustainability considerations are present in the university’s teaching, research, campus operations and civic engagement work. As part of this role he has led the development of UWE’s innovative Grand Challenge which in 2018/19 and 2019/20 seeks to focus the university community’s attention on the causes, consequences and potential solution to the challenge of homelessness. In 2016 he won the UK and Ireland Green Gown Award for Leadership. In 2019 he is leading the development of UWE’s innovative Climate Action and Sustainability Strategy.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, a Fellow of the EAUC, an Honorary Fellow of Society for the Environment, a Chartered Scientist and one of the first Chartered Environmentalist’s in the UK. 

Recently he was appointed the EAUC Commissioner for the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders and has accepted an invitation from the Mayor of Bristol to co-chair Bristol’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change. 


"It's a good platform that allows academics to share practice across disciplines which fosters innovation, ideas and possible collaborations"

- STEM Conference 2019 delegate 

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