2017 Symposium


The SAGE 2017 Symposium will focus on practical solutions for implementing change in the STEMM sector. This includes 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 to continue the dialogue on national policy enablers to support continuous improvement through measurement.

The plenary session will include keynote speakers Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Professor Alan Duffy, and June Oscar, and will set 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’ will feature speakers from the higher education and research sectors, as well as industry, government, and the inclusion and diversity sector. Each session will comprise of a short presentation from each speaker, followed by a facilitated panel discussion and Q&A. Audience members will be able to ask questions via a wandering mike, as well as via Twitter.

Learn more about our speakers here 
Who should attend?

Anyone! Everyone! Whether you are a member of the SAT at a participating SAGE institution, or a member of the public with an interest in gender equity and diversity, Day 1 will have something for you.


Lack of access to childcare is, unfortunately, one of the barriers preventing primary caregivers from attending conferences, symposiums and other events. Our mission is to remove this barrier by providing childcare on site, free of charge.

Please indicate your need for childcare when registering for the symposium via the link below. Feel free to contact the SAGE team with any questions at any time via sage@science.org.au 


Ticket prices:

SAGE Members $180 (entry to both Day 1 and Day 2)

General Admission $220 (entry to Day 1 only)

Register via Eventbrite

Our sponsors

Learn more about our sponsors here




 Download a pdf copy of the agendas here: Day 1 & Day 2
The ‘Become a Super STEM communicator’ workshop agenda is available here


Support the symposium through sponsorship – your generosity will enable us to:

  • Attract international thought-leaders in gender equity and diversity in STEMM
  • Deliver a comprehensive agenda including workshops focusing on mechanisms to implement change and professional development
  • Provide onsite childcare for primary caregivers attending the event
  • Provide a networking cocktail party to delegates

Through sponsorship you will:

  • Demonstrate your business’s commitment to supporting equity and diversity
  • Contribute to the national agenda on gender equity and diversity in STEMM
  • Increase your profile across the higher education, research and STEMM sectors

The following packages are still available:

Download our sponsorship prospectus (including packages and agenda) here. All of our sponsorship packages can be tailored for part sponsorship. Contact us if you would like to partner in a package or support the symposium in another way.