The Kids' Conference is supported by an amazing group of dedicated volunteers and contributors
Stephen Spain Chair & Convenor
Stephen is the principal founder of the Kids' Conference and has taught Master of Teaching at ACU to Early Years Humanities, History Methods and Core Curriculum across the university. Stephen has also taught in Oxford and graduated MA in Education from Oxford Brookes University and studied education at the Bodleian, University of Oxford. Stephen is completing his PhD in Systems Thinking and History Pedagogy and has also lectured at The University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of The Arts. He serves on the Outreach and Partnerships Committee of The Royal Society of Victoria and has been commissioned to write human rights curriculum for the Australia Council for Human Rights Education and has just published a national curriculum model as an alternative to the Australian Curriculum. Stephen has published internationally on curriculum in academic journals and written feature articles for the London Guardian and the Melbourne Age on education.
Professor Kate Smith-Miles, Committee Member, The University of Melbourne.
Kate Smith-Miles is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Melbourne and holds a five year Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. She was also President of the Australian Mathematical Society, from 2016-2018 and a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts from 2017 - 2019. She also served as Head of School of Engineering and Information Technology at Deakin University (2006-2009). In 2017 Professor Smith-Miles made history when she became the first woman and first Australian to give the annual Alan Tayler lecture in its 31 year history at University of Oxford.
Dr. Carolina Castano Rodrigeuz Committee Member, Australian Catholic University.
Carolina is originally from Colombia where she lectured for 3 years in Los Andes University, before moving to Australia to carry out her PhD at Deakin University on the topic, 'The role of science education in reducing violence towards others.' Her M. Ed. is from Los Andes University, Colombia on the topic 'Socio-Scienctific discussions as a way to improve the comprehension of science and the development of empathy towards nature.' Carlina holds a Bachelor of Biology from Los Andes University.
Associate Professor Richard Price Committee MemberRichard is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment & Society, the Portfolio Director (Research) at the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, and CEO of Kiri-ganai Research P/L. He is also a Board member of Soap4Life, a Laos-based NFP. Richard has dedicated his career and philanthropic life to building the capacity of next generation influencers and scientists, supporting women’s science leadership initiatives, children’s engagement in science and social science, and quality of life and empowerment programs in developing countries. He has worked as an academic, senior public servant, political adviser and business entrepreneur.
Phillipa Beckett Committee Member MC
Phillipa is a Primary School teacher and an Australian Catholic University alumna. With Bachelors Degrees in Medieval Studies, Classical Languages and Neuroscience, and a Masters Degree in Information Systems, Phillipa is passionate about learning everything. She is currently studying her Masters in Expert Teaching Practice and raising two wonderful sons.
Linc Yeh Yow is a Kids' Conference adviser.
Linc is the Indigenous Higher Education Unit Coordinator and brings his extensive teaching skills for the benefit of students, ACU and First Peoples. He see immersion in the environment as necessary to influence and evoke change for all. Linc was appointed Indigenous Coordinator of Jim-Baa-Yer in March 2015. He is a proud Aboriginal South Sea Islander Murri man from Queensland and of Goreng Goreng/Gunja heritage, where his great grandmothers’ traditional countries are situated. Goreng Goreng country is located in Bundaberg and Gunja country, is in Cunnamulla, south-west Queensland. He was born and raised in Jagera/Turrabul country, Brisbane, and graduated in the early 90s as a Physical Education/English teacher at Queensland University of Technology. Linc draws on his culture, experiences & expertise to transfer skills & knowledge through his current role at ACU.
Dr. Bill Miles, Committee Member Bill has a BMusEd from University of Colorado at Boulder, an MA (Prelim) from Latrobe University majoring in music composition and analysis, and a PhD in Music Education from Monash University, where he was a teaching fellow from 1997-99. He has lectured at Melbourne, Monash and RMIT universities and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) where, from 2007-15, he was the lecturer-in-charge of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) and Master of Teaching - Secondary (Music). From 2012-18 he lectured in music pedagogy at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. Bill was Chairperson of the Examination Setting Panels and one of the Chief Assessors for the Victorian Certificate of Education Music Performance (Solo & Group) study designs (1995-2010) and for the Music: History & Styles study design (1995-2003) and has been a performance assessor for the various VCE and VCE-VET music performance subjects since 1992 and has been the External Advisor (Music) and Examinations Vetter for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma since 2010.