About the presenters

Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts AM and Professor Peter Howley are national and international award-winning leaders, educators and practitioners in Statistics, Sustainability, Systems Thinking and STEM.

Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts AM

  • Professor of Immunology, Microbiology, Environmental Science and Biology
  • Founder of SuperNova (Australia’s first regional, and second nationally, hands-on science centre)
  • $3 million in grants surrounding microbiology, sustainability and STEM


  • Patron, Hunter Region Botanic Gardens (2022 – current)
  • Founding Director, InnovAAte Pty Ltd (Biotechnology Company) (2018 – current)
  • President, Hunter Innovation & Science Hub Inc (2014 – current)
  • Creator and Coordinator – Annual Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival (2010 – current)
  • Director, Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (2010 – 2018)
  • Inaugural Dean, UON Singapore Campus (2006 – 2009)

National and International Awards

  • 2022 Member of the Order of Australia
  • 2022 University of Newcastle Convocation Medal for Exceptional Contribution
  • 2022 Bekantan Award for Research and Bekantan (Nasalis larvatus) Conservation
  • 1998 First Recipient of Award of Excellence, Friends of Newcastle Regional Museum
  • 1997 Convocation Medal, Flinders University
  • 1987 Churchill Fellowship for assessing “hands-on science centres” in USA, Singapore & Europe
  • 1982 Vice Chancellor’s New Initiatives Innovation Prize (University of Newcastle)
  • 1979 Heinrich-Bechhold Medal (West Germany) for science communication

International and National Advisory Boards

Head-shot of Peter Howley.

Professor Peter Howley

  • Professor of Statistics and Systems Improvement
  • Practitioner and consultant since 1994
  • Over $3 million in Commonwealth grants surrounding improved higher education access and success, teacher professional development and holistic teaching practices, initiatives and resources
  • Expert advisor to ACARA, NESA and ACT Education

National Leadership

  • 2019-20 Director, National Science and Engineering Challenge
  • 2019-20 Inaugural UON STEMM Ambassador
  • 2018-19 Inaugural Science and Technology Australia STEM Ambassador
  • Chair – Statistical Education, Statistical Society of Australia (2014 – current)
  • Program Creator and Coordinator – National Schools Poster Competition (2014 – current)

National and International Awards

  • 2018 Statistical Society of Australia Service Award
  • 2017 International Statistical Institute’s Best Cooperative Project Award
  • 2015 National Office of Learning and Teaching Citation – Contribution to Student Learning

International Advisory Boards

  • Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistics and Data Science Education
  • International Statistical Literacy Project
  • Data Science in Schools

STEM 2021 on Demand – EdTalk – Peter Howley

Leveraging STEM through Systems thinking

Teachers’ Guild of NSW, Expert Panel

STEM Education: What does the future of STEM learning look like?

Suggested timepoints to view include 4:00, 6:30, 14:12, 22:14, 27:05, 36:35, 46:00, 49:49, 56:00