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Theme: Symbiosis

This event occurred on
July 12, 2021
Crawley, Western Australia

Symbiosis: any relationship or interaction between two dissimilar organisms.
It's all about synergies – unlikely comrades joining forces to make each individual stronger and better.
Introducing TEDxUWASalon: Symbiosis!

Join us for an evening of eye-opening, engaging and even enlightening conversations with industry leaders and like-minded changemakers, aimed to create a synergy of ideas within the STEAM and education industries. Alongside 4 speakers, where will be several stallholders presenting their amazing STEAM creations!

Registration begins at 5:00 PM for a 5:30 PM start. We encourage you to interact with fellow curious attendees, speakers and stallholders.

Light refreshments will be provided during intermission.

Given the uncertainty of the recent circuit-breaker lockdown, we are thrilled that this event can go ahead. While the WA Government has advised there will be a significant easing of capacity restrictions for venues and events by Monday 12 July, we strongly encourage our attendees to continue practicing social distancing and maintain good levels hygiene. Being COVID Safe is everyone's responsibility. Please follow COVID Safe practices when attending TEDxUWA events and check-in on the SafeWA app or Contact Registers. The safety of our audiences, crew and speakers is our highest priority. So please don’t attend any TEDxUWA events if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms.

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EZONE UWA Student Hub
Crawley, Western Australia, 6009
Event type:
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Amber Boyatzis

Molecular Scientist
Dr. Amber Boyatzis is an early-career teaching-intensive academic in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. The research which they undertook during their PhD was focused on using mass spectrometry to detect in vivo changes to the oxidation status of protein thiols. Dr. Boyatzis is consistently delighted by the opportunities which teaching biomedical sciences offers: to work with knowledge in ways which are interdisciplinary, curious, playful, and urgently important.

Demelza Ireland

Biomedical Scientist
Dr Demelza Ireland is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Western Australia (UWA) in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Medical School’s Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is a biomedical scientist by training with research experience in cancer immunotherapy and the prevention of preterm birth. Demelza designed and now coordinates a unique Minor in Women’s Health at UWA for which she was awarded the 2019 Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence – Early Career. She also teaches infection and immunity to undergraduate and postgraduate students in medical sciences, medicine, dentistry and podiatry. She is the Chair of the School of Biomedical Sciences learning and Teaching Committee and academic member of the UWA Student Achievement Working Party. She is currently completing a Master of Education on the education of Australian undergraduate students on women’s health.

Kim Flintoff

Educator + Futurist
Formerly an internationally recognised high school Drama teacher and teacher educator, then inaugural Learning Futures Advisor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, in 2021 Kim returned to a role in school leadership (TIDES Coordinator) and his work continues to engage him in global advisory and consultation roles in all education sectors. As well as establishing and coordinating the Learning Futures Network, Innovative Schools Consortium and shared development of STEM4Innovation, Kim is also a founding member of the ShapingEDU community and continues as Neighbourhood Mayor for the Connect Education and the Workforce of the Future group, advisory board member to Consortium of Schools Networking Driving K-12 Innovation initiative, FutureWe, NetEDU, OneHE and other projects around the world. Kim's current research is considering the impact of educational collaborative networks on school innovation and transformation.

Simon Fittock

Teaching and Learning Consultant
Simon is a dedicated educator who has established a specialty in the areas of STEM and educational leadership. He has worked in a range of global settings underpinned by different sets of values and dearly values his experiences in Western Australia. These include working with some of the most isolated Indigenous communities and educators from all walks of life. As a result, Simon has developed a keen interest in the role of good education and the opportunities for success for all learners. Simon works for the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia as a teaching and learning consultant and at Edith Cowan University as a sessional academic. He is a PhD candidate researching system-level social justice leadership and the unjust reality faced by disadvantaged students in Australia.

Organizing team


Perth, Australia


Perth, Australia