Science Careers in the Spotlight
28 September 2011
This year's Ultimo Science Festival was the launching pad for a brand-new Power House Museum science communication initiative, Science Careers in the Spotlight. Presenting their "science life-story" to high school students, the programme uses a panel of energetic, young scientist to inspire youngsters to pursue science and to breakdown stereotypes about who "scientists" are and what we get up to in our mysterious labs.
Festival manager, Tilly Boleyn (Power House Museum, ABC) my long-time 2ser 107.3 radio colleague, invited me to speak at the gala Science Careers in the Spotlight panel day held at Ultimo TAFE, co-run by the ABC, the Power House, and TAFE on the 25th of August.
Peter Macreadie (2011 Eureka Prize nominee and UTS sea-grass scientist); Erika Taylor (Power House Museum's science curator) and myself were the panellists on the day. I spoke of my co-passions for research, conservation, and science education and journalism. Cajoling Q&As from students and panellists, ABC Online's chief science news-hound Darron Osborne hosted the morning session, and the legendary Bernie Hobbs took care of MC honours during the afternoon. The day was a hit, with great participation from the students. Their palpable excitement for science and life was contagious and in turn inspired we panellists.
Video of highlights will be on the PH website soon - including an embarrassing, yet entirely innocent admission that I manage a work-life balance though having, "successfully integrated work and leisure, because my boyfriend is a scientist too, and we love doing biology together on the weekend." The crowd of two-hundred 14 year olds completely lost it, and my feeble correction managed to merely deepen my humiliation, "No, no, not like that! We do it at the kitchen table with our computers". The mind reels.
Science Careers in the Spotlight panel sessions will continue to run via-video conferencing with region schools throughout the coming months. I'm booked in for a virtual session on the 18th of November and can't wait!
Contact: Carla Avolio
Phone: 02 9351 4543