Girls in Engineering, Maths and Science (GEMS) Conference

15 May 2019

In collaboration with Toyota Australia, Ecolinc recently hosted the GEMS 2019 Conference.  120 girls from 12 western suburbs government schools attended the conference and were given the opportunity to engage with and learn from an outstanding array of female role models.
The two day conference held on May 7th and 8th, provided opportunities for the students to explore career pathways in STEM through:
  1. Keynote addresses
  2. A panel discussion
  3. Overcoming hurdles small group discussion
  4. STEM hands-on workshops
  5. A STEM speed dating activity
  6. A careers expo
  7. STEM industry visits
  8. A new online careers portal
The first keynote, Jessica Vos appeared in real-time via video conference from NASA, USA setting the high standard of presentation that typified the conference over the two days.  Jessica has a diverse background in aerospace systems engineering, project management and human performance. Born and raised in the remote state of Alaska, she grew up with an innate appreciation for human survival in extreme environments. Her NASA career began as a cooperative education student (or intern) in the Fall of 1999 at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. 
The second keynote, Dr Sue Cook, an ice shelf glaciologist with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperation Research Centre, shared her experiences working in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.  She discussed many of the issues that Antarctica is facing due to global warming as well as highlighting the diverse range of women who are working in STEM jobs in Antarctic. 
The Conference concluded with the launch of the new Ecolinc Careers Portal