Are you a high school or undergraduate student interested in a career in STEM? Then come along to the CSIRO Careers Panel event and discover what a career in STEM looks like.

Our panellists represent a wide range of research areas at different stages of their careers. They will share their experiences, provide advice and give you their perspective on life as a STEM professional at CSIRO.


  • Free

Event date: 22Oct 2020

Thursday 22 Oct 2020

Online virtual event

  • 5.30pm to 6.30pm AEDT

Webinar login details will be emailed to registrants

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Jane Coram

  Jane Coram

Director, CSIRO Land and Water

Jane has worked in environmental science delivery for nearly 30 years. She has focused on applying scientific solutions to environmental management challenges, particularly in relation to groundwater and groundwater-dependent ecosystem management, whilst working across a broad range of issues including coal seam gas, coal and unconventional energy resources, uranium mining and radioactive waste disposal, groundwater sustainability, dryland salinity, groundwater-surface water dynamics; forest ecology and management; reserve design and biodiversity management.

Jane began her career with formal qualifications in hydrogeology and earth sciences, and over the subsequent years has developed a broad multidisciplinary understanding of land and water sciences, including the complexity of balancing biophysical, social and economic considerations in any environmental challenge. She is now Director of CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit, having also held senior leadership positions including as Chief Executive of the National Measurement Institute and Acting Chief Scientist and leader of the groundwater capability at Geosciences Australia. Jane’s multidisciplinary perspective has also seen her provide scientific advice across numerous committees and boards.

Jane’s interests include science strategy and communication, mentoring emerging science leaders, and working to provide inspired, innovative and impactful science solutions to national problems.

Dr Sara Khalifa

  Dr Sara Khalifa

Research Scientist, Data 61

Dr Sara Khalifa is a research scientist at CSIRO’s Data61. She is also an honorary adjunct lecturer at University of Queensland and conjoint lecturer at University of New South Wales. Her research interests rotate around the broad aspects of mobile and ubiquitous computing, mobile sensing and Internet of Things (IoT). Especially, she is interested in improving the energy-efficiency of mobile sensing systems, and in the design of self-powered wearable devices and systems. She obtained a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from UNSW (Sydney, Australia). Her PhD dissertation received the 2017 John Makepeace Bennett Award which is awarded by CORE (Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia) to the best PhD dissertation of the year within Australia and New Zealand in the field of Computer Science. Her research has been also recognised by multiple iAwards including 2017 NSW Mobility Innovation of the year, 2017 NSW R&D Innovation of the year, National Merit R&D Innovation of the year, and the Merit R&D award at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards, commonly known as the "Oscar" of the ICT industry in the Asia Pacific.

Dr Oliver Mead

  Dr Oliver Mead

Postdoctoral Fellow, NCMI

Oliver is interested in using genetics, biochemistry and microbiology to effect a positive change on the environment and society. He currently works at the CSIRO as Post-Doctoral Fellow investigating the symbiosis between fungi and algae that form lichen. In this role Oliver aims to decipher how the two organisms communicate and discover lichen genes that could produce new antibiotic, antiviral and chemotherapy agents. After high school Oliver completed a Bachelor of Biotechnology with Honours at The Australian National University. He then worked part time as a builder and in a high school teaching physics before returning to ANU to complete a PhD investigating the genetics and biochemistry of crop pathogens. The microbiology, genomics and genetic modification skills he learnt during his PhD lead him to a Post-Doctoral position researching the effects of microplastics and microorganisms on corals and sea sponges and the roles they could play in filtering microplastics from the ocean. Following this position, Oliver wanted research projects with more direct outcomes for the environment and industry, so he applied for his current position at the CSIRO.

Science areas: General Science and Mathematical sciences and Physical sciences

Event type: Online