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This exciting full day conference was based at the Alexander Theatre, Clayton Campus. It kicked off with a Future Industries Discussion Panel, followed by keynote presentations, and finished with an E-sports Showcase.


Design, Sustainability, Online Education and Biomedicine

This event provided an opportunity to hear from thought leaders across four areas of growing importance.

  • Dr Ilya Fridman
    Lecturer, Monash Art Design & Architecture

    Find out why design skills are now being sought after in such a wide range of professions and industries.

  • Dr Susie Ho
    Deputy Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Science

    Find out about career opportunities and pathways in sustainability.

  • Dr Gonzalo del Monte-Nieto
    Group Leader, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute

    Find out why biomedicine is a growing industry and what roles are on offer.

  • Cherie Diaz
    Managing Director, OpenLearning Global

    Find out about the growing online education industry and what this could mean for your career.


Is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for everyone? Is the future just about technology, or do the humanities still have a role to play?

The keynote presentation taught students to be open minded. We also heard presentations from a range of students approaching their careers in creative and interesting ways.

  • Prof. Sharon Pickering
    Dean, Faculty of Arts at Monash University

    Sharon Pickering is a highly-regarded leader in Australia’s education sector. She is Dean of Arts, building humanities and social sciences to create the next generation of leaders. She is also Professor of Criminology and a leading expert on Australian criminal justice and criminology and refugee law. She is regarded as a global expert on border crossings, migration and trafficking and is the founder of the Border Crossing Observatory, working with NGOs, government agencies and law enforcement. Previously she worked on counter-terrorism policing, human rights and women. She is an award-winning author, and in 2012 won the Australian Human Rights Award for print and online media on human rights and asylum.

  • Ms. Felicity Furey
    Leading Engineer and Entrepreneur

    Felicity Furey is an award winning inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and engineer passionate about diversity. As a founder of two social enterprises, Felicity has shifted the perception of engineering with thousands of young people and companies. Felicity has been named as a Superstar of STEM, one of the Financial Review BOSS Magazine’s Young Executives of the Year in 2016 and named as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ at just 26 years old. Felicity has been featured on ABC News, Sky News, the Australian Financial Review and the Australian.


E-sports is big business. Thousands of players are involved and even more people watch online and in massive stadiums across the world. Monash has partnerships and teams involved in leading competitions.

This showcase included presentations from a panel of experts involved in the local scene, a Q&A and the opportunity to see e-sports in action.