2017 Symposium


The SAGE 2017 Symposium focused on practical solutions for implementing change in the STEMM sector. This included bringing experts together to identify mechanisms to address the barriers for women of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; sharing views and inputs to support best practices for on the ground action; and continuing the dialogue on national policy enablers to support continuous improvement through measurement.

The plenary session featured keynote speakers Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Professor Alan Duffy, and June Oscar, setting the  scene for the importance of equality, diversity and inclusivity in the STEMM higher education and research sector.

Sessions on ‘Changing Culture from Within’, ‘Value in Equality: Innovation, Productivity, Success…’, ‘Empowerment for All’, ‘Collective Action’ featured speakers from the higher education and research sectors, as well as industry, government, and the inclusion and diversity sector. Session’s comprised of short presentations from each speaker, followed by a facilitated panel discussion and Q&A. Audience members were encouraged to ask questions via wandering mikes and the online platform ‘Slido’.

Learn more about our speakers here 



Lack of access to childcare is, unfortunately, one of the barriers preventing primary caregivers from attending conferences, symposiums and other events.

Thanks to the generous support of our childcare sponsors, we were able to provide an onsite creche, free of charge, to #SAGE17 attendees. We plan on providing this service at all of our future symposiums, and hope that other conferences and events are inspired to follow suit – with the aim that one day best practice becomes standard practice.


Films showcased during the plenary session of the symposium can be found here. Featured videos include a short film highlighting the value of SAGE, a film produced by a SAGE regional network on the importance of retaining talent in STEMM, as well as films promoting the gender equity and diversity work of our platinum sponsors – University of Tasmania and Monash University.


Download a pdf copy of the agendas here: Day 1 & Day 2

The ‘Become a Super STEM communicator’ workshop agenda is available here

Our sponsors

#SAGE17 was made possible thanks to the support of our generous sponsors.

More information about our sponsors can be found here