Event

Women in Science Symposium

For International Women’s day 2017

Image of a female student raising her hand in class

In partnership with UNSW, our Symposium will encourage girls to embark on careers in science. Photo: (c) Maja Baska 2014.

  • About

    About

    On Friday 3rd of March the Australian National Maritime Museum together with the University of New South Wales and Science 50:50 will running the annual Women in Science Symposium. The aim is to encourage high school girls to look beyond the lab coats and to see the possibilities for careers in science. 

    Two groups will rotate through two sessions – a Young Scientist’s talk and exclusive tours through the Museum with activities. An optional afternoon tea will conclude the day with representatives from industry to find out about internships, mentoring and competitions for women in science. 

    This free symposium for high school girls will be presented at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Afternoon tea will be provided; students can bring or buy their own lunch from the range of options nearby in the lunch break.

    Event information

    Who: Targeting female stage 5/6 students

    Date: Friday 3 March

    Time: 9.30am–4.00pm

    Cost: Free

    Where: Australian National Maritime Museum. See our Plan Your Visit page for everything you need to know about a trip to the museum.

    Bookings: Limited spaces are available. Please book through our Booking Officer on 9298 3655 or bookings@anmm.gov.au

    Teachers can choose which colour group they would like at the time of booking, however group allocation is on a first come first served basis.

    Please indicate if your group intends to join for the afternoon tea and if there are any dietary requirements for catering purposes


    On Twitter? Follow @ANMMedu and join the conversation with the hashtags #science5050 #unswscience #anmm

    Live video streaming

    Women in science panel

    We will be streaming both of the Young Scientists talks via YouTube live and both morning and afternoon talks will be available via YouTube after the event.

    Please book via the DARTConnection website. 

    Schedule for the day

    Blue Group

    Red Group

    9.30am Registration opens

    10:00am-11.30am

    Young Scientists talks and Q and A
    • Solange Cunin
    • Nicky Warton
    • Parisa Sowti Khiabani
    • Catherine Beehag
    • Dr Shane Cox

     

     

    10.00am- 12.00pm

    Museum Conservation talk
    Behind the scenes tour
    Science experiments and activities
    Museum visit

    Lunch 11.45am – 1.00pm

    Lunch 12.00pm- 1.15pm

    1.00pm -3.00pm

    Museum Conservation talk
    Behind the scenes tour
    Science experiments and activities
    Museum visit

    1.15pm-2.45pm

    Young Scientists talks and Q and A
    • Dr Bronwyn Graham
    • Nathan Adler
    • Tilly Boleyn - Had to withdraw due to family emergency.
    • Warren McKenzie
    • Heather Catchpole

     

    3.00pm Afternoon tea

    Optional industry afternoon tea (all students and speakers are invited to attend)

    4.00pm Event conclusion


    Presenters and Panellists

    Veena Sahajwalla
    Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
    Host and panel Chair for both sessions

    Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla’s research interests include sustainability of materials and processes with emphasis on environmental benefits. She is an international award winning engineer who has widely presented on her research and experiences throughout the world and has published in excess of 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings. As the Director of the SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology) and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) faculty of Science, UNSW, Veena provides leadership in research programs on sustainable materials, with strong emphasis on the science urgently needed to enhance sustainability.

    She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow (2014). In 2013, Veena won AIST Howe Memorial Lecture Award. In 2012 she was named Overall Winner of the Australian Innovation Challenge Awards for tackling real world problems with imaginative solutions that offer positive environmental and community benefits. She was awarded the 2012 Banksia Award, the GE Eco Innovation Award for Individual Excellence, and the 2012 CRC Australian Collaborative Innovation Award.  She also won the won the National Nokia Business Innovation Award and the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award from the Indian Government in 2011. In 2005 she received the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.

    Veena has a MASc, Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada; and PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, USA.

    Morning Speakers

    Solange Cunin
    Solange Cunin

    Solange Cunin is a 23-year-old, self-confessed space geek who grew up ‘off the grid’ on her parents’ farm in northern NSW. She was given her first telescope at the age of eight and told herself at fourteen said that she would become an aerospace engineer. But it wasn’t until she watched the live stream of a SpaceX rocket launch four years later that she knew her long fascination with space would become a reality.

    Solange has three years’ experience in the space industry including roles in management, research and operations. Solange is currently an undergraduate student at the University of New South Wales and will graduate with a Bachelors in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering. Solange co-founded Cuberider, a leader in innovative STEM education, which brings access to space down into the classroom. 

    Nicky Warton

    Nicky Warton

    My name is Nicky and I have just recently completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science at UNSW. With a major in Geography, I have studied the physical processes that occur in the environment, as well as how humans interact with the world around them. In my Honours year, I focused my study on the coastal environment and explored methods of beach safety education. Since finishing my degree, I have continued to concentrate my research on the coastal environment as I study beach safety and coastal erosion. 

    Parisa Sowati Khiabani

    Parisa Sowti Khiabani

    Parisa Sowti Khiabani graduated with a B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Tabriz and got her M.Sc. from Materials and Energy research Centre of Iran. Then she joined Prof. Justin Gooding’s group in school of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales.

    Her Research interests are developing gas sensors and biosensor and recently she developed a wearable sensors based on TiO2 for monitoring of daily UV exposure. Currently she is postdoctoral research associate founded by Smart sensor network and she is working on commercialization of the wearable UV sensor.  

    Catherine Beehag

    Catherine Beehag

    Catherine Beehag manages the Science Engagement and Events unit of the Australian Museum, steering the Australian Museum Science Festival to grow into one of the largest festivals of its kind in Australia. Prior to this she worked in various science education roles across Australia and Internationally. She has engaged hundreds of thousands of people in STEM through interactive educational activities. Passionate about science communication and education, she has worked in the field for over a decade across private, public and the university sectors. In her spare time she enjoys scuba-diving, underwater rugby and travelling.

    Dr Shane Cox

    Dr Shane Cox

    Dr Shane Cox competed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UNSW in 2007 and is the founder and current CEO of Instrument Works Pty Ltd, a start-up company focused on improving research tools.

    Associate Professor Darren Curnoe   Darren Curnoe is a scientist, writer and educator with an insatiable curiosity for understanding the kind of creature we are and how we came to be this way. 

    He is a biological anthropologist and archaeologist fascinated with all aspects of human evolution and prehistory. Darren believes science isn't complete until it has been communicated to the wider community. Therefore, he has made writing, broadcasting and making films about science, especially human origins, a major part of his professional endeavours.

    Afternoon Speakers

    Dr Bronwyn Graham

    Dr Bronwyn Graham

    Dr Bronwyn Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of New South Wales Sydney and a practising clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on the role of female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone in the susceptibility to, and treatment of, anxiety disorders. 

    Nathan Adler

    Nathan Adler

    Nathan Adler graduated from UNSW in 2015 with a combined Bachelor degree in Engineering and Commerce. From an early age, Nathan was passionate about science, and especially enjoyed exploring the disciplines of robotics and renewable energies. In high school, Nathan studied physics and chemistry, and was selected to participate in the National Youth Science Forum as well as the Physics Olympiad team training program. As a student at UNSW, he was a founding member and later President of student maker-club CREATE NSW, in which he ran workshops on programming, electronics and 3D design for students and members of the public, and coordinated projects that ranged from unmanned aerial vehicles to Vivid Sydney lighting installations. 

    Since graduating, Nathan has launched a start-up company called Surf Sense, which is building ocean wave data-streaming infrastructure for popular beaches, rock fishing spots and surfing competitions. His career experiences include developing with medical wearables, computer vision and drone technology. He also wrote the software package for an experiment module launched to the International Space Station in 2016 by Australian space education start-up Cuberider. Nathan is currently working as a graduate engineer at Telstra.

    Tilly Boleyn

    Tilly Boleyn - Had to withdraw due to family emergency.

    Tilly’s research interests focus mainly on science. She is particularly passionate about researching all aspects of health, medicine, pseudoscience, science education, technology and new knowledge that can develop from art/science collaborations. Her main focus in the next few years is in researching infectious diseases, public perception of risk and public health in historical and contemporary contexts. In addition to these topics she will be investigating the impact of interactive gaming in museum exhibitions. Drawing on her expertise as a previous science broadcaster in radio and TV, Tilly has an interest in expanding understandings of festival management, audience engagement and the impact of these in a museum environment.

    Warren McKenzie

    Warren McKenzie

    My ambition is to help science and engineering deliver new innovation, thus my career has been built between the scientific and commercial sides of nanotechnology. I am also a volunteer Surf Life Saver at Tamarama and South Curl Curl beaches.

    My career journey started after growing up in country Sydney (Glossodia) on a farm breeding horses when I got accepted into a Materials Science degree. Loving the science, and university life, I did two more degrees (PhD in Nanotechnology and Masters in Commerce). My first real job out of University was at Trinity College in Dublin where I saw Europe, studied nanotechnology applications of diamond, started a company (now called Adama Innovations), and built one of the world’s top microscope laboratories.

     
    I am business development manager for nanotechnology research facility ANFF. In my spare time I am developing  two companies, one which is developing the world’s first high entropy metal alloy (AAH), and the other based in Silicon Valley developing a device to deliver a new generation of medicine called gene therapy (Indee).

    My career is now getting very interesting with ANFF, AAH and Indee all taking off at the same time!Business Development Manager, ANFF Nanotechnology
    Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), Advanced Alloy Holdings Pty Ltd, Indee Pty Ltd

    Heather Catchpole

    Heather Catchpole

    As Co-founder and Head of Content at Refraction Media, Heather runs a team of passionate science communicators, designers, and developers. She created Careers with Code, supported by Google and mailed to 225,000 Australian high school students, the sciencemeetsbusiness.com.au website and has created custom publications for Australia's Chief Scientist, the Australian Academy of Science, ANSTO, the Co-operative Research Centres Association, University of Melbourne and many more. 

    She is an award-winning editor, journalist and author, and prior to founding Refraction Media was the Managing Editor of COSMOS, Australia's leading popular science magazine. Refraction Media was awarded Small Publisher of the Year by Publish Australia in 2015.

  • Past events

    Past events

    2015

    Friday 6 March, from 11.00am


    Girls are born problem solvers and, more than ever, they want to make a difference in their world, making them natural scientists and innovators. It’s up to us to harness their talent and energy with hands-on experiences, real-world role models and a focus on the possibilities that science can make in their lives and the lives of others”.
    – Eileen Sweeney, 2008

    "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."
    – Carl Sagan, Scientist and Astronomer (1934-1996)


    With the current research indicating a trend for young female students to opt out of science in the senior secondary years, the Australian National Maritime Museum in conjunction with the University of New South Wales is hosting a Women in Science Symposium to encourage high school girls to look beyond the lab coats and see the possibilities for scientific careers.

    The Symposium will also play host to the Sydney launch of UNSW's Science 50:50 program with panellists from industry meeting together to discuss internships, mentoring pathways, networks and competitions for women in science.

    Science 50:50 is a program that aims to inspire young women to pursue degrees and careers in science and technology so they can succeed in an innovation-driven future. Science 50:50 makes the simple point – since half the population is female, why not half the scientists and technologists? By informing and engaging young women with the power of science and technology to solve complex problems and transform lives, and by introducing them to Australian scientists and innovators who are doing just that, Science 50:50 can help recalibrate the gender balance.


    Booking and Video Conference information

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    Can’t get here? We're offering a FREE VIDEO CONFERENCE of the 11.30am and 1.30pm sessions. Please register with DARTconnections


    Schedule for the day

    10.00am – Possible Museum and lab tours with Maritime staff, depending on numbers (bookings essential).

    10.45am – Students begin arriving at the museum. 

    11.15am – General introduction.

    11.30am – Presentation by panel scientists with a discussion chaired by Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology) and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) faculty of Science, UNSW.

    12.30pm – Lunch break / Museum and lab tours with Maritime staff, depending on numbers (bookings essential).

    1.30pm  – UNSW's Science 50:50 program launch. 

    1.40pm Keynote address by Professor Merlin Crossley, Dean UNSW Science.

    1.50pm – Industry talks with partners CSIRO, IBM, Cochlear, Woolworths, Arrium, Brickworks, Australian Museum Research Institute, Global Product Stewardship Council.

    2.30pm – Q&A and panel discussion hosted by Prof. Veena Sahajwalla

    3.00pm – Afternoon tea. Industry meet and greet afternoon tea proudly supported by Arrium.


    Presenters / Panellists

     Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
    Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
    Director of the SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology) and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) faculty of Science, UNSW.

    Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla’s research interests include sustainability of materials and processes with emphasis on environmental benefits. She is an international award winning engineer who has widely presented on her research and experiences throughout the world and has published in excess of 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings. As the Director of the SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology) and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) faculty of Science, UNSW, Veena provides leadership in research programs on sustainable materials, with strong emphasis on the science urgently needed to enhance sustainability.

    She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow (2014). In 2013, Veena won AIST Howe Memorial Lecture Award. In 2012 she was named Overall Winner of the Australian Innovation Challenge Awards for tackling real world problems with imaginative solutions that offer positive environmental and community benefits. She was awarded the 2012 Banksia Award, the GE Eco Innovation Award for Individual Excellence, and the 2012 CRC Australian Collaborative Innovation Award.  She also won the won the National Nokia Business Innovation Award and the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award from the Indian Government in 2011. In 2005 she received the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.

    Veena has a MASc, Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada; and PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, USA.

     Dr Katherine Dafforn
    Dr Katherine Dafforn
    Researcher at the University of New South Wales and Sydney Institute of Marine Science

    “My marine career aspirations began at the age of 17 on a chilly dive in Cornwall, UK. After high school I spent 2 years collecting marine experience and qualifications in the Caribbean and the Whitsunday Islands. My academic career has been based at UNSW, but I have collaborated with researchers in Canada, Italy and Singapore. My research interests include invasive species, marine artificial structures, green engineering, stormwater pollution, estuary health monitoring tools, marine debris and microplastics. A ‘normal’ workday for me could include meetings with students, reading scientific literature, exploring data or fieldwork on and under the water."

     Dr Inke Falkner
    Dr Inke Falkner
    Community outreach coordinator at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science

    “I am a marine biologist by training and a PhD in marine science brought me to Australia. After a short stint in research and working as a consultant for Geoscience Australia I began working in science outreach and communication coordinated at the University of Sydney. In this role I developed a multidisciplinary postgraduate program in marine science and management and hosted numerous outreach events. In August 2012 I was offered the position of community outreach coordinator at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. I have since developed an extensive marine science program for primary and high school students, an educational harbour cruise featuring the amazing underwater world of Sydney Harbour and am currently curating the content for an interpretive centre at the Institute."

     Dr. Katy Croff Bell
    Dr Katy Croff Bell, Ph.D.
    Expedition Leader Vice President & Chief Scientist Ocean Exploration Trust

    Dr. Katy Croff Bell is an ocean explorer, using deep sea technology to explore what lies at the depths of the ocean. Over the past thirteen years, she has participated in or led more than 25 oceanographic and archaeological projects. Katy’s current work involves the utilization of telepresence technology on ocean exploration projects for remote science and education. She is Chief Scientist of the Nautilus Exploration Program, working with a large team to implement this technology on multidisciplinary expeditions to the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. The expedition will be shared with the world live, revealing the wonders of the undersea world in real time, in an effort to engage and inspire a new generation of young explorers.

    Katy received her S.B. from MIT in Ocean Engineering in 2000. In 2001, she was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, after which she completed her Master's degree in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton. Katy completed her Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in 2011. She is a 2006 National Geographic Emerging Explorer and 2014 MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow.

     Rebecca Dallwitz
    Rebecca Dallwitz
    ANMM conservator

    Rebecca Dallwitz has worked at the Australian National Maritime Museum for 4 years as an objects conservator, and runs the maritime archaeological conservation program.  She previously worked for organisations including the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia.  She completed an MA (Cultural Materials Conservation) at the University of Melbourne in 2007.  Her masters thesis looked at the community use and care of processional Chinese dragons in Melbourne.  She is the third generation of her family to work in a science-based discipline.

     Micheline Nicole Jenner
    Mrs. Micheline-Nicole Jenner
    Marine Biologist and Co-Principal Investigator, Centre for Whale Research (Western Australia) Inc.

    Due to work commitments Micheline will no longer be to attend, however, we will show a 5 minute video on Micheline and her work.

    Born in Double Bay, NSW from 15 months of age Micheline grew up in Auckland, NZ attending the University of Auckland, NZ where she received a B.Sc. in Zoology in 1985 and in 1987 an M.Sc. in Marine Biology.

    Micheline has worked professionally as a cetacean researcher since 1987, firstly in Maui, Hawaii where she met Curt, her husband of 25 years. Since 1990 Micheline and Curt have studied humpback whales and pygmy blue whales in Western Australia, forming their research group Centre for Whale Research (WA) Inc. CWR has employed a variety of research techniques including behavioural observations, photo-identification techniques, biopsy sampling and deploying satellite tags to determine life history data and provide integral information for state and federal governments regarding habitat usage by humpback whales and pygmy blue whales.

    Collaborating with colleagues at Curtin University in various research projects, Micheline is a Visiting Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University, Western Australia.

    Currently Micheline and Curt support Australian Defence Force exercises with their specialised vessel, and as well, they are able to collect world-class, biological acoustic data across open oceans and coastal seas.

     Astha Singh
    Astha Singh

    Astha Singh completed her Masters in research on Cotton Xanthomonas bacteria from India and PHD in Plant Pathology on White Rust of Brassica crops from University of Sydney, both on a merit scholarships. Astha has presented her work in International conferences in Edinburgh, Lisbon, India and Australia. She has worked as a Teaching fellow at the University of Sydney, Faculty of Ag and Envt, and as a Professional officer at UTS, climate change cluster. Astha has been offered the All India Women’s Fellowship at the Government of India, department of science in 2013.

    She in particular is keen in communicating science to the public in innovative ways and the involvement of women in science is of prime importance and she believes that in today’s world women pursue some of the greatest careers in science. Astha strongly believes in pursuing a passion whether it is agriculture, marine science, environmental science or any other area as females are doing exceptionally well in all.

     Emma Johnson
    Professor Emma Johnston
    Australia's leading investigator of human impacts on marine systems.

    Professor Johnston is a marine ecologist and eco-toxicologist at UNSW Australia, where she is Head of the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology Group. Her research group investigates the ecology of human impacts in marine systems, and they approach this research from both an ecological and ecotoxicological perspective using field experimentation wherever possible. Recently they've been studying marine bioinvasion, Antarctic marine communities and the health of estauries.

    Professor Johnston is also the inaugural Director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. In 2014 The Australian Academy of Science awarded her the Inaugural Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science.