ACDS Annual General Meeting and Conference Program

The 2022 AGM and Annual Conference for Deans of Science will be held in Canberra on 24-25 October.

We have a program of impressive speakers as well as sessions that will provide a forum for discussion and debate, including between Deans and other senior Science colleagues about the extraordinary changes that have transpired since the last face-to-face meeting of the ACDS.

Monday 24 October

9.30 – 9.45amPresident’s welcome Professor Melissa Brown, President ACDS
9.45 – 10.30amUniversities – emerging from uncertainty – the road ahead in 2022 and beyond
Ms Catriona Jackson, CEO, Universities Australia
10.30 – 11.00amOutlook for Australian University science
Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Deputy Chair, Universities Australia
11.00 – 11.30amMorning Tea
11.30 – 12.00pmScience & Technology Australia: A strong voice for science
Misha Schubert, CEO STA
12.00 – 12.30pmScience is never Basic!
Professor Caroline McMillen, AO, FAHMS, Chief Scientist for South Australia
12.30 – 1.00pmIndigenous science in the curriculum  
Associate Professor Brad Moggridge, University of Canberra
1.00 – 2.00pmWorking Lunch: Discussion groups on “Top 3 issues for science in their institution”
2.00 – 3.00pmReport of issues from the working lunch 3 Deans reflect on top 3 issues   Debate from the floor
3.00 – 3.30pmAfternoon Tea
3.30 – 4.30pmThe ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre: Fostering national leaders and policy leadership
Professor Merlin Crossley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of New South Wales
Professor Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Deakin University

Q&A Panel:
Chair: Professor Susan Howitt (ACDS Director T&L Centre), ANU
Professor Melissa Brown (ACDS President), University of Queensland
Professor Brian Yates(ACDS Past President)
4.30 – 5.30pmAnnual General Meeting
Reports (President, Executive Director, Treasurer)
Motion to amend the Constitution: Change of budget cycle
Election of Office Bearers
T&L Centre Plan and Budget
Discussion: Constitutional definition of science areas
7.00 – 10.00 pmDinner: Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon
Speaker: Professor John Rice, Executive Director, ACDS “The Australian Council of University Science?”

Tuesday 25 October

9.00 – 10.00amApprenticeship and training models in higher education:

Challenges and opportunities in developing dual sector pathways
Professor Andrew Woodward, Executive Dean, School of Science, Edith Cowan University

Work Integrated Learning for High-Tech Apprenticeships
Associate Professor Craig Priest, University of South Australia, SA Node Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF-SA) and Deputy Director of the ARC IDEAL Research Hub
10.00 – 10.30amAustralia’s Skills shortages: What can Australian university science do to meet them?
Claire Field
10.30 – 11.00amMorning Tea
11.30 – 12.00pmARC outlook
Ms Judith Zielke PSM, Chief Executive Officer – Australian Research Council
12.00 – 1.00pmAudience Table Discussion ACDS Strategic Priorities: What would help us most in our institutions?
1.00 – 2.00pmLunch
2.00 – 2.30pmPolicy at the Australian Academy of Science
Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb, AC FAA FTSE, Australian National University
2.30 – 3.00pmThe ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program
Liz Visher, Director, Major Investments, Australian Research Council (ARC)
3.00 – 3.30pmInvesting in Australian public research and development: problems, challenges and opportunities
Dr John Howard, MD Howard Partners, Visiting Prof – UTS Business School
3.30 – 4.00pmConference Close