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Diversity in Chemistry

Diversity in Chemistry Symposium

To celebrate and encourage greater diversity in chemistry, we will have a dedicated symposium on Sunday 20 November as the entrance pathway leading into OMC2022.

The Diversity in Chemistry symposium will open with a Welcome to Country from one of the traditional owners organised through the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre. WIC have produced a very useful booklet called “You can’t say that” to help guide the use of appropriate language in Aboriginal discussions. The science section of the symposium will commence with an invited lecture by Associate Professor Joanne Jamie on the Eureka prize-winning National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), followed by a plenary lecture by the awardee of the Margaret Sheil Women in Leadership award. 
There will be a networking lunch followed by a lively QnA session with a mixed gender panel selected from international and local conference speakers including industry representatives. The focus of the session will be on career progression particularly for young primary carers facing family issues and strategies around how to champion change. The symposium will conclude with an afternoon tea where discussions can be continued.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Diversity in Chemistry Symposium, which is free for OMC2022 delegates. We hope that the talks and panels session will stimulate further discussion during the evening’s Welcome Reception and the rest of the conference!

Please also see our information on childcare at the conference and our gender balance and code of conduct policies.

Program for the Diversity in Chemistry Symposium:

11:00 - 11:15  Welcome to Country & Introduction
11:15 - 11:45  Diversity lecture (A/Prof Joanne Jamie)
11:45 - 12:30  Plenary lecture (Margaret Sheil Women in Leadership Awardee)
12:30 - 13:45  Lunch and Networking
13:45 - 15:30  Panel discussion (Chair: A/Professor Danielle Skropeta)
15:30 - 16:00  Afternoon Tea
16:00 - 19:00  RACI OMC2020 Conference Opening, Plenary & Welcome Reception 


Childcare at OMC2022

We would like to welcome families to OMC2022! The conference was purposefully scheduled into the school holiday period in NSW as this enables us to connect up participants with a myriad of childcare options and school holiday programs for school-aged and pre-school children ranging from Harry Potter Days to Mindstorm Coding and Robotics Camps.

Childcare / holidays programs are at delegates own cost however there are a wide range of options available on the UOW campus to meet your budget.

Sports Camp

  • With a focus on participation and having a good time this program is excellent for introducing kids to new sports and for keeping them active during the school holidays.Children will learn skills as they play and try out sports such as tennis, hockey, soccer, basketball, cricket and various throwing, catching and dodging games. Suitable for primary school aged children.

Learning Labs

  • Learning Labs is designed for motivated and passionate learners who are performing excellently in their area of interest. Learning Labs offers one or two day workshops during the school holidays that cover a range of interest areas. Workshops are challenging, as well as fun, and are held over one or two days during the school holidays. Suitable for high achieving students from Year 1 to Year 10.

Science Space

  • During school holiday periods, Science Space runs Science Camps in Wollongong where we take STEM learning to the next level. Our campers learn by doing using the hands-on methodology as science is brought to life in our School Holiday Science Camps. Every school holiday period we offer a number of full-day (9am-3pm) Science Camps that members of the public can book into.With themes that range from Superhero to Space, there is something for every aspiring scientist. Please note, these camps sell out well in advance of their operation, so do plan ahead.

Robotics Camps

  • Robo Camps run during school holidays, and are multi-day workshops where students tackle larger robotics projects. The “Introduction to MINDSTORMS®” course is designed for novice students, and the Advanced are for those wanting a more complicated challenge. They also offer a free program for “Rocketing Girls into Robotics”.

Vacation Care (pre-school age)

  • The Vacation Care program caters for school age children 5-12 years and involves lots and lots of fun to deliver an entertaining school holidays. Children will learn new skills, make new friends and have a good time in an expansive environment dedicated to primary school age activities including trips to the cinema or visiting the inflatable world! The service operates between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm during school holidays.