Moving Forward—Looking Back,
through connecting and inspiring

Inaugural Face-to-Face Gathering — 6-9 November, 2022
University of Technology Sydney

Cover Image: Noongar Country
By: Ashley Marino

NISTEMPN Inaugural face-to-face Gathering

Moving Forward – Looking Back, through Connecting and Inspiring

National Indigenous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Professional Network (NISTEMPN) Leadership Group have scheduled our Inaugural Gathering at

University of Technology Sydney

Building 8, UTS Business School, 14/28 Ultimo Rd, Ultimo

6-9 November 2022

We have secured part funding from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and RMIT University Melbourne, Griffith University, Sydney University, CABAH, WEHI, Thiess to ensure we can bring us all together

Thank you Toula & Melinda !!!

We said it on the home page and we're saying it again ... A huge thank you to Toula Elfes from UTS and Melinda Pearson from ATSIMA for all the administrative and logistical expertise and advice to help bring this event together. We are deeply appreciative of your time and efforts. Everyone will meet Toula on the Registration desk though the week for your registrations and to answer any questions you may have


Download a PDF version of our Gathering Agenda or view the Agenda below:

Sun 6th & Mon 7th Nov

Tue 8th & Wed 9th Nov

Registrations have closed

Your Actions for the Gathering

  1. Register to attend

    • Registrations have now closed This will tell us if you are attending and whether you need financial assistance to attend

      • answer all relevant questions

      • seek funding from your organisation, to assist with reducing our costs. Ask if your organisation will pay for you to attend national conferences, please apply for financial assistance from them for travel and accommodation, if possible

        • Download the NISTEMPN introduction and save the date documents to assist in applying for your Organisation’s funding

        • If your organisation won’t pay for your attendance, we will make every attempt to fund you

  2. The Form also has places to:

    • suggest ideas/topics to discuss

    • offer assistance with, reviewing EOIs, coordination of speakers, ideas for and managing the COVID strategy

    • preparation of enduring Conference Message Stick, Ideas for the Message Stick


The gathering creates an environment of meeting and getting to know each other, to share stories from the past, and to talk about how we plan to build the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM in Australia. Languages and yarning will be a part of the Gathering.

Those who attend will:

  • Travel to Sydney on Sunday 6th, and travel home Wednesday afternoon 9th Nov

  • Attend small welcoming by UTS and Gadigal on Sunday evening (this will include a light meal, Welcome and/or smoking ceremony)

  • Attend at the gathering 6-9 November (gathering events on Monday, Tuesday and half day Wednesday)

  • Attend a Plenary begins each day, by inspiring leaders

  • Listen to UTS senior people (PVC ILE, Dean of Science, Dean of Engineering & IT, and others) will speak at the start of the gathering

  • Attend a Conference Dinner after Day 1 (Monday)


We need Members' input on several items, including:

  • Registrations have now closed to attend and indicate financial assistance if necessary

  • The form also has place to provide:

    • Ideas or topics for discussion

    • Offers to assist reviewing EOIs, coordination of speakers and ideas for the COVID strategy

    • Ideas for the enduring Conference message stick and assistance in the preparation of a conference message stick, that travels with gatherings, is handed over at the end of the second day to the successor (first in best dressed for next gathering)


We are building a strong network to promote and build capabilities, with mentoring at the core, and to share, facilitate success, and to collaborate on and advance our work, research, Knowledges and practices. This gathering will assist in influencing the Academies to shift their thinking on our Knowledges


This is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Elders, Knowledge Keepers/Holders, practitioners, academics and students

  • Registrations have now closed, previously open to all NISTEMPN members, which is currently 70 members

  • Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander STEM Elder, Knowledge Keeper / Holder, practitioner, academic or studentjoin NISTEMPN now―it's free for you!

  • Invites for Gold external partners will be distributed including Academy Presidents and CEOs.

Past events

First National online Gathering

Image: Yinggarda Baiyungu Thalanyji Country
By: Ashley Marino

Key aims from our first national online Gathering were:

WHY have an Indigenous STEM network? What purpose do we want it to serve?

  • Share stories and experiences and facilitate the success of each other in the STEM space

  • Protect and showcase Indigenous scientific Knowledges

  • Provide policy advice on Indigenous science agenda

WHAT would be the 3 top priorities that the network should focus on?

  1. governance/establishment

  2. securing funding

  3. plan work program

Second National online Gathering

Image: Malgana Country
By: Ashley Marino

Next Steps

  • The meeting was handed over to the leadership committee to set a date for the next meeting. This will be done offline, led by Landon

  • The expanded interim leadership group to start meeting fortnightly to progress work and can take up the offers of support from the supporting STEM organisations as needed

  • Many members of the wider group did ask if the names, contact details, and disciplines/specialties of all the attendees could be shared so that further connections could be made

  • At the end of the 3 hour Zoom session, Brad Moggridge thanked all who attended and expressed hope and excitement for the future of this network. Misha Schubert from STA reiterated the support of the three STEM sector supporting organisations to support this Indigenous-led initiative. The Zoom session closed at 3.10pm