Join us for lunchtime networking from the comfort of your own Zoom room!

Next event: 12-1pm 20 Sept

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Looking for networking? So are we. Join us for this month’s STEM Lightning Lunch for short inspiring talks followed by networking opportunities for industry, education, STEM outreach, STEM marketing and research.

Brought to you by Refraction Media, publishers of Careers with STEM and Science Meets Business and by Fizzics Education, and Inspiring Australia NSW, the STEM Lightning Lunches are an opportunity to talk about your program, meet thought leaders in the STEM space, speak to like minded people and come up with collaborative practise in STEM programs.

“Really well done to you and colleagues on a successful and engaging session just now. It was as close as humanly possible to an actual in-person networking event. I have fired off a number of LinkedIn requests and Simon and I have made some good connections. So thank you very much for your organisational wizardry.”Paul Holper, Director, ScieTell Pty Ltd

What’s on the program?

20 Sept: Exploring STEM through nature

In the age of AI, deep tech, virtual learning and stay-at-home networking, how do we stay connected with nature? What are the ways we can use nature to inspire and engage people with science? For this session, we encourage you to take your device outdoors, step into the spring sunshine and hear from three leading STEM outreach and education professionals on how we can build nature into our STEM engagement programs.

Brought to you by Refraction Media, publishers of Careers with STEM and Science Meets Business and by Fizzics Education, and Inspiring Australia NSWSTEM Lightning Lunches are an opportunity to talk about your program, meet thought leaders in the STEM space, speak to like-minded people and come up with collaborative practise in STEM programs.


Christian Eckardt – Manager of Education and Community Programs at Greater Sydney Parklands, Christian is a leading voice on the NSW nature play movement. He will share highlights from Nature Play in NSW-Insights and Recommendations a report due for release later in September and discuss the development of a Greater Sydney Parklands’ new online Nature Play program Going Bush – Online.

Combining his background as teacher and event manager with the passion for the outdoors, Christian easily fits into Centennial Parklands’ education philosophy of Nature Play. Having grown up in Germany, he is well acquainted with the model of forest schools and outdoor education. He loves to see urban kids and adults re-connecting to nature.

Meridith Ebbs – Meridith is an experienced teacher. Currently she is exploring applications for STEM and technology while learning outside and applications for STEM in real world projects. She facilitates #STEMnNature and #STEMinTheWorld on social media and shares knowledge and ideas using the handle @iMerinet.

She worked for 4 years as the CSER NSW Project Officer on the Digital Technologies project for the University of Adelaide. Meridith is accredited as a Makey Makey ambassador, an Apple Teacher, an Apple Teacher in Swift Playground and Sphero Lead Educator. Meridith has experience teaching students K-10 and she is an experienced facilitator of adult workshops, with experience working in both school and corporate environments.

Dieter Hochuli

Ecologist Dieter Hochuli will discuss how he and colleagues encourage us to get to know the wildlife that exists all around us and become Urban Field Naturalists by sharing stories of the wildlife that exists all around us – in our backyards, on our balconies, in parks and disused industrial areas.

Dieter Hochuli leads the Integrative Ecology research group at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on how biodiversity responds to the unique pressures of urbanisation, identifying how conservation and restoration strategies can better support nature in cities. Current projects examine the ecology of iconic birds, mammals, insects and spiders, and their interactions with the environment. His recent work also examines how human activities in cities affect ecosystem health, and conversely how human wellbeing is affected by nature in cities.

Share your own experiences and network with peers in small breakout rooms.

  • Mentoring
  • Advice
  • Connections
  • Exposure
  • Friendliness

Have an ask – what are two things you’d like to get help with?

Be conversational – introduce yourself, share your asks, help us to AMPLIFY STEM.

Who should go?

  • STEM communicators
  • Educators (teachers/Career Advisors/Librarians)
  • Tertiary sector (researchers, lecturers and student recruitment / marketing)
  • Industry
  • Outreach/events organisers
  • Corporate recruiters with an interest in the STEM talent pipeline

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STEM Lightning lunch