Australian Embassy

Alumni Leadership Conference

                            2022 Alumni Leadership Conference:
            Celebrating Australian
Alumni Advances in STEM


  • When: Tuesday 23 August and Thursday 25 August 2022, 18:00 – 20:00
  • Where: Online by Zoom 
  • Cost: Free to all alumni. Register here.


Every year the Australian Embassy in Brazil hosts an Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) which brings together Australian-Brazilian alumni for seminars and workshops to provide professional development, networking, and future research opportunities. Last year’s online format was positively received, and the Embassy was pleased to engage several new alumni!


This year’s online conference, Celebrating Australian Alumni Advances in STEM, provides participants:


  • Opportunities to showcase how their academic backgrounds, expertise and experiences are contributing to positive societal impact, and enhancing the Australian-Brazilian bilateral relationship
  • A forum for current Alumni Grant Fund recipients to present their current research and projects
  • Recognition for alumni champions for their service to the Study in Australia video campaign
  • Exposure to Executive Coaching and expert tips for leaders in STEM
  • Networking opportunities among alumni and Australian statewide and territory study destinations


Day 1 features keynote and special guest, Helena B. Nader, PhD, first woman to become president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2022-2025), followed by a panel of female leaders in STEM focusing on their unique experiences as leaders in academia, science, and industry.


Day 2 shines a spotlight on alumni and the impact of their STEM-related research and projects. Professional and personal networking time is built into both days.


The Embassy is thrilled to welcome all this August! Register today.


                                         Please check below to view the full Conference schedule.


Day 1 – Tuesday 23 August 18:00 – 20:00

Day 1 explores topics related to women in academia, science, research, and work.   


Overview: The ALC kicks off with special keynote guest and speaker, Professor Helena Nader. Professor Nader will focus her remarks on “How academia and industry are promoting equity and inclusion in STEM across Brazil. Next, alumni panellists will discuss their own experiences in STEM. The alumni panel will comment on the keynote address, share their own challenges and how they have overcome these obstacles, as well as tips for others in STEM to remain resilient into the future. The alumni panel is followed by a special professional development session program related to leadership in STEM. Day 1 closes with alumni networking rooms organised by specific STEM topics.


Day 1 Schedule

18:00 – 18:10 – Welcome Remarks  

18:10 – 18:40 – “How academia and industry are promoting equity and inclusion in STEM across Brazil”, featuring special guest and keynote speaker Helena Nader, PhD, first female nominated to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and current President of the ABC. Prof. Nader’s remarks will be followed by a short Q&A session.

18:40 – 19:20 – Alumni panel: “Our Experience as Women in STEM”

Moderated by Australian alumnus, Vassiliki Boulomytis, PhD, panellists will discuss their own experiences in STEM, focusing on challenges and opportunities for maintaining equity and access across academia and industry.

19:20 – 19:40 – Professional Development Session: “Understanding Ourselves as Leaders in STEM: Communicating and Influencing Others, “ Delivered by Linda Scott, Principal and Founder of Thinking Leaders,

This session will focus on helping alumni discuss their research outside academic and industry circles. How do alumni communicate their key objectives, accomplishments, and impact with the public? With funders? How can they best position themselves to form partnerships? This short session focuses on ways to improve communication and networking with top takeaway tips.

19:40 – 19:45 – Day 1 Closing Remarks and transition to networking rooms

19:45 – 20:00 – Alumni networking rooms.

Breakout rooms organised by industry focus and/or research interests. A great opportunity for alumni to exchange ideas and discuss future collaborations.


Day 2 – Thursday 25 August 18:00 – 20:00

Day 2 explores research topics in STEM, including applied research and the impact on communities, academia, and industry.


Overview: Day 2 focuses continues to celebrate alumni advances in STEM. Sessions promote alumni participants and their projects supported by the Embassy’s 2022 Alumni Grants Fund. The Alumni Showcase provides a backdrop for learning about additional alumni projects and how the projects have demonstrated impact in communities, academic and industry. We will also shine a spotlight on alumni volunteers who champion alumni engagement year-round. After official remarks from the Embassy, we invite alumni to join virtual cocktails hours co-hosted by Austrade Offices in Brazil, Australia, and several Australian State/Territory Study Partners. This is an optimal time for alumni and their families to learn about study opportunities in Australia. Breakout rooms will be hosted by specific study destinations/regions representing educational institutions across Australia.


Day 2 Schedule

18:00 – 18:05 - Welcome remarks with highlights from Day 1 and a review of Day 2

18:05 – 18:40 – Alumni Grants Fund: A Spotlight on Alumni and Impact

After a brief overview of the Alumni Grants Fund (AGF) and its objectives, a moderated panel provides the four recipients of the current AGF Alumni an opportunity to share their current projects and any early findings/achievements. Grantees will also provide tips for alumni interested in preparing for the next round of the grants.  

Moderator: Kassia Hare, Counsellor for Education and Science, Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Australian Embassy, Brazil 

Confirmed panellists and their topics include:

  • Paulo Nascimento – Grant focus: Financing education
  • Thiago Pierobom – Grant focus: Reducing gender-based violence
  • TBC - Grant focus: Improving decision making around sustainability  

18:40 – 19:00 - Alumni Showcase: Celebrating Alumni Achievements and Success

Selected alumni will present their research and passion projects related to hot topics and trends with an emphasis on how the alumni network can work together on cross-disciplinary projects involving Australian and Brazilian partners. The short presentation is followed by an open Q&A with conference participants.

19:00-19:15 – Celebrating our Champions and Volunteers

The Embassy will recognise alumni for their collaboration and support in hosting alumni events over the last year and promoting the Study in Australia campaign.

19:15-19:20Closing Remarks

19:20 – 20:00 – Virtual Cocktail Hours

Co-hosted by Patricia Monteiro, Austrade’s Business Development Director for Education in Brazil and Australian State and Territory Study Destinations

Network with fellow alumni who studied in the same state and/or learn about study opportunities in Australia. Breakout rooms will be organised by specific study destinations/regions so alumni and their families can meet professionals representing educational institutions across Australia. Come meet representatives from Study NSW, Study Gold Coast, Study Cairns, and Study Tasmania!