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STA member workshop: Brisbane

10 October, 2018

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As a result of the STA member survey conducted in March 2018, we have brought together a series of sessions to enhance the operational capacities of our members - covering communications, diversity and inclusion, advocacy, grants, risk and compliance, events and sponsorship, organisational best practice, and so much more.

The workshop is also being held the day before Science meets Business to enable as many members as possible to attend both events.


0845 – Registration / Arrival Tea & Coffee

0920 – Welcome and setting the scene

0930 – Utilising data to ensuring your message is heard

There is a range of ways to collect data to assess the success of your communications. In this session, learn what types of data can inform your PR and communications work, and help you assign your budget (whatever size) in the most meaningful and effective way.

We will step you through a few easy ways to begin collecting data, and show you an example of where this type of data has informed success for a STA member organisation.

Mr Dion Pretorius, Communications and Policy Manager - Science & Technology Australia

Ms Tara Roberson, Communications and Engagement - ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

1015Unconscious Bias: Unplugged

Designed to debunk the myths around unconscious bias and to help you better understand what can be done in a workplace to ensure that biases (conscious or unconscious) are neutralised.

Dr Jane O’Leary, Research Director - Diversity Council of Australia

1115 – Morning Tea

1140 – Morning Concurrent Sessions

Stream One Stream Two
1140 – Creating enduring government relationships through advocacy

Hear from a member of STA of how they ensure they create long last government relationships through advocacy.

Ms Elizabeth de Somer, CEO – Medicines Australia


1210 - Rethinking engagement in a time of technology disruption

The opportunity for universities, researchers and research institutes to engage the public directly with their research and research impact.

This session will centre around the opportunity to connect your target audiences with the value of research to ensure continued government funding, industry connections, industry demand for PHD students, public awareness and student recruitment. Kylie will focus on creating and deploying content that people engage with and we will clearly explain the difference between a PR strategy and a content strategy.

Ms Kylie Ahern, CEO & Founder - STEM Matters

1140 – Repositioning a society for the future – Case Study
STA member, the Australian Freshwater Sciences Society (formerly the Australian Society for Limnology), recently underwent a rebranding of their society. Hear how they engaged with their members and key stakeholders to make their transformation a success, what challenges they faced, and the early benefits they are seeing as a result.

Dr Catherine Leigh, Secretary - Australian Freshwater Sciences Society (AFSS)


1210 – Government grants, when, where and how?

 Knowing where to look, when to apply and how to complete applications for government grants can be confusing and sometimes impossible. This session will give you the where, when and how to enable to effectively apply for upcoming grants.

Ms Robyn Porter – President – Professional Scientists Australia


1240NFP Risks and Compliance

STA Member Benefits Partner Hill Rogers will guide you through some of the potential risks and general compliance requirements for Not-For-Profits.

Hill Rogers Accountants + Advisors

1310 – Lunch

1350 – Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Stream One Stream Two


Events & Sponsorships

Events deliver knowledge, networking and inspiration to members, plus profits to the association. Key factors including content, delivery methods, marketing, logistics and sponsorship income generation are addressed in this presentation.

Mr John Peacock, CEO - Associations Forum


Industry Engagement
(limited to 30 participants)

A comprehensive workshop in empowering researchers to understand industry expectations and motivations; define the value proposition for a compelling pitch to industry and initiate and maintain productive business relationships.

Ms Natalie Chapman, Managing Director – gemaker

Short Break

1605 – Open session on member best practices

Who better to tell you what services works well and what services don’t? Our STA Members of course. This open session will be a great opportunity to ask for example about what event services they use, what member portals are working well and what new services might better help them engage with their own members. After the session you can catch-up one-on-one during the networking drinks for a more detail conversation.

Mr Mitchell Piercey, Events & Membership Manager - Science & Technology Australia

1635 – Close and networking drinks with the National Youth Science Forum



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Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane
23 Leichhardt St
Brisbane City, QLD 4000 Australia


Science & Technology Australia
02 6257 2891