STEM Education Conference 2020

The Deakin STEM Education Conference 2020 will provide a forum for schools and educators to share their innovations and join the discussion about how to use STEM education and entrepreneurship to develop the next generation of creative and innovative thinkers.

November 4–6
Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

The conference will include keynotes, invited presentations, workshops, paper presentations and a bus tour. The conference aims to:

  • unpack the nature of, and possibilities for, STEM and entrepreneurship education for Australia and internationally
  • share best practices for STEM and entrepreneurship education
  • promote quality STEM education and cross-curriculum links
  • explore how schools can stimulate the development of entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and knowledge within a STEM-related context
  • explore how schools can mobilise and benefit from links with industry and the community
  • explore how STEM and entrepreneurship education can interact to contribute to all young Australians becoming successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.


  • Early childhood, primary and secondary teachers
  • Teachers of science, mathematics, engineering design and digital technology
  • Pre-service teachers
  • Entrepreneurship educators
  • Careers teachers
  • Curriculum designers and resource developers
  • University educators from education, science, engineering, mathematics and digital technology
  • STEM industry representatives
  • STEM education bodies
  • Local, national and international STEM Centres

What place does STEM and entrepreneurship have in the future of education in Australia?

With the recent endorsement of STEM education as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda by the Australian Government, the challenge facing educators is how to meaningfully embed STEM-related knowledge, skills and dispositions in all levels of schooling. According to Boosting High-impact Entrepreneurship in Australia, schools play an important role in providing a foundation for entrepreneurial thinking. There is a need to clarify what contribution STEM and entrepreneurship can make to education, and how they can be meaningfully and practically translated into curriculum and pedagogy, particularly in primary and secondary schools.

Educators and researchers are becoming increasingly interested in investigating contexts that support students’ learning in STEM, and identifying the teaching approaches that are most conducive for developing investigative, design and reasoning skills. Linking with local industry representatives and community groups can enhance curriculum design and facilitate delivery of cutting-edge STEM programs. Engaging in entrepreneurial thinking provides young people opportunities to extend their STEM skills and turn their creative ideas into entrepreneurial action.

Considering the value of STEM and entrepreneurship in education acknowledges the diversity of pedagogical approaches, and encourages curricular innovations to address authentic problems arising in this area.

Important dates

February 2020Call for papers
7 August 2020Submission for papers and workshops closes
14 August 2020Presenter notified
15 September 2020Full conference program available
25 September 2020Early bird registration closes
4 November 2020School visits
5–6 November 2020Main conference
19 February 2021Full papers for proceedings due
3 May 2021Conference proceedings published

Contact details

Please direct all enquiries to our event management team.

Email the team

Tel: +61 3 9246 8185