The First BCU International STEAM Conference 2020

  • Sophia Karner

About this Event

Join us on Monday 13th July for The First BCU International STEAM Conference, our free online event exploring what happens when ScienceTechnologyEngineeringArts and Maths collide.

Responding to current concerns around virtual collaboration and communication, the conference is aimed at all those curious about interdisciplinary thinking. We invite researchers, teachers, innovators, industry representatives, artists, scientists and those not bounded by their sectors to register for tickets today and share in how Birmingham City University is shaping conversations around cross-sector working.

The day runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (BST) and is centred on four themes - Makerspaces and Communities of Practice; Creativity, The Arts and The Sciences; Innovation and Industry; and Courses and Curriculum - with presentations, conversations and live Q&As from international experts and Birmingham City University staff. Only one ticket per person is required for the entire event.

Attendees will receive a complimentary conference support pack outlining, in more detail, sessions, speakers and schedule, alongside log-in instructions. Additionally, the event will offer the opportunity to join an exclusive networking group for follow-up discussions on STEAM approaches, theory and practice.

We look forward to seeing you!


The programme for the First BCU International STEAM Conference features (times in BST):

Makerspaces and Communities of Practice

9:30 am Learn about STEAMhouse, our centre for collaborative innovation, through an introductory talk from Prototyping and Operations Manager James Hannam.

10:15 am Hear from Deborah Hustic, Director at Radiona makerspace in Zagreb, Croatia as she outlines her work in STEAM, making and creative investigation.

Creativity, the Arts and the Sciences

12:00 noon Gain insight from Jo Berry-Frith, artist and BCU academic as she discusses demystifying art and science through the use of playful creative technologies.

12:45 pm Join STEAMhouse Extended Reality Technician Adam Paigge in his talk about XR, how this can support STEAM collaboration and how STEAMhouse is leading such approaches in the West Midlands.

Innovation and Industry

2:45 pm Explore connections between academia and industry, learning about our PhD Hub and how STEAM thinking can help businesses tackle challenges with deeper perspective, with Rehan Bhana, Associate Professor at BCU.

Courses and Curriculum

3:30 pm Meet Dr Steve Harding, coordinator of BCU’s STEAM Fellows Programme, as he holds a conversation with Fellows about their transdisciplinary projects and how they are stimulating engagement across the University.

4:15 pm Live from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Califonia, attend Dr David Gillette's KEYNOTE PRESENTATION on future-focused storytelling, interactive design and sustainable futures. Dr Gillette is co-founder of the California Polytechnic State University's Liberal Arts and Engineering Programme.


Birmingham City University is recognised as a leader in STEAM thinking with recent achievements including opening STEAMhouse, the UK’s first innovation centre dedicated to Arts and Science practice in 2018, and being nominated as Knowledge Exchange Initiative of the Year in the Times Higher Awards 2019.