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STEM Conference 2021

STEM Conference 2021: Rethinking STEM Higher Education

This one-day virtual conference will feature a programme of live keynote speakers and panel sessions, plus live parallel workshops and interactive breakout sessions, an extensive programme of on-demand oral presentations and a virtual poster exhibition.
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Under the overarching theme of Rethinking STEM Higher Education, the 2021 STEM conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on, learn from, and further progress our responses to the COVID-19 crisis, to ensure that our approaches to STEM education are more resilient, effective and inclusive and to identify the new opportunities that have arisen from the pandemic.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has shaken the world and changed our lives, possibly forever. The STEM disciplines, and their staff, have been in the forefront of leading our national response to the virus: working collaboratively with medical institutions and industry to design and update life-saving equipment for the NHS; undertaking national and international research initiatives to understand the virus and its global spread; exploring all avenues to expedite the creation of a vaccine; and not least in redesigning curricula to ensure STEM students receive a learning experience that meets expectations and learning outcomes despite being in lockdown.

The conference will take place over a single day, delivered via our virtual conference platform. It will feature a programme of live keynote speakers and panel sessions, plus live parallel workshops and interactive breakout sessions, an extensive programme of on-demand oral presentations and a virtual poster exhibition.

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Date: 28 January 2021
Location: Online
Who: All higher education professionals

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Call for papers now open

The call for proposals for #STEMConf21 Rethinking STEM Higher Education are now open. Submissions are invited that address one or more of the following themes:

  1. Rethinking practice-based education
  2. Rethinking assessment
  3. Re-Connecting
  4. Renewed

Submissions can be for any of the following session formats:

  • Live interactive breakout session (60 mins);
  • On-demand oral presentation (20 mins);
  • Live workshops (60 mins);
  • Virtual poster presentation.

Submissions can be discipline focused, interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary in nature. Proposals are welcomed from individuals or teams from across a single institution, or involving multiple institutions, employers and other partners. Proposals are also welcomed from students, student unions or other student bodies. Creative collaborations between academic teams and students are welcomed.

More information and a guide to submissions can be viewed here or also downloaded below

The deadline for submissions is midnight on 5 October 2020

Submissions should be made online here

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Conference outcomes

The conference will:

  • create space for delegates to engage with creative thinking, and rethinking, 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. 

STEM Conference 2020 Highlights

To view the highlights of last year's STEM Conference 2020, please visit our web page here.