SAGE has partnered with Charles Sturt University to present Gina Chick as a Keynote Speaker at the 20th Gender and Education Association conference.

The Conference will be held at the University’s Port Macquarie campus from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2024. Early bird tickets close 10 May.

SAGE CEO Dr Janin Bredehoeft said SAGE is looking forward to hearing Gina’s perspective.

“This conference is a chance to think creatively and expansively about how education can make a more equitable world. Gina is an educator who does exactly that in her teaching: she will break our assumptions wide open,” Dr Bredehoeft said.

Gina Chick
Gina Chick

Gina runs rewilding programs which connect people with each other and their place in nature.​ She recently spent 67 days surviving in the subzero Tasmanian wilderness in the middle of winter, on her own and often barefoot.

“Gina’s willingness to do things differently makes her a great spark for a conversation about how we can all be more powerful agents of change,” she said.

An impressive lineup of speakers

Gina will be part of an impressive, dynamic lineup of keynote speakers. Hailing from all over the world and offering a diverse range of international and local perspectives, speakers will address global and institutional equality in education.

Conference Co-Chair Associate Professor Cate Thomas said the keynote speakers would inspire action to address local, national and global inequalities in education.

“We have selected a great mix of exceptional speakers to provoke, illuminate and motivate conference participants to tackle global and institutional equality in education from multiple perspectives,” Professor Thomas said.

“With an array of different conference topics, a lot will be on offer for participants to resonate with the many and varied presentations and discussions.”


Additional keynote speakers and the respective topics each will address include:

  • Ms Yemi Penn; Engineer and advocate in STEM, ‘Global thought leader on empowerment and resilience’
  • Professor Corrinne Sullivan; Associate Dean (Indigenous Education), University of Western Sydney, ‘Iconoclast and provocateur’
  • Dr Nathan Kerrigan; Lecturer in Sociology, Birmingham City University, ‘Facilitating pathways to inclusion’
  • Dr Colleen P. MacMillan; Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO, ‘Science and transitions leader’
  • Ms Marwa Moeen; Business Administration Graduate and student, Alffie, ‘Journey to freedom’ – escaping the Taliban regime for freedom and education
  • Ms Farhat Kohistani; IT graduate and International Relations student, Australian Catholic University, ‘Fighting for education for girls’ – escaping the Taliban regime for freedom and education
  • Professor Janelle Wheat, Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Charles Sturt University, ‘Designing inclusive and accessible curriculum’
  • Professor Kylie Readman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education and Students) University of Technology Sydney, ‘Building institutional equity and inclusion’
  • Dr Juliette Tobias-Webb, Professor of Practice, Behavioural Science, Charles Sturt University, ‘Leveraging behavioural insights for positive change.’

About the conference

The conference is expected to attract more than 150 people internationally with the format including more than 80 presentations from a vast array of educational experts from the academic, community, government and private sectors.

Register now to access early bird ticket prices. General event enquiries can be directed to

The Gender and Education Association (GEA) is a volunteer-led international intersectional feminist charity. Since 1997, the GEA community of educators, researchers, activists, leaders, artists, and more have been working to challenge and eradicate gender stereotyping, sexism, and gender inequality within and through education.