Flying Scientists

In collaboration with the Wonder of Science, we are excited to deliver the program 'Flying Scientists: Engaging Rural Queenslanders in Science'.

The Flying Scientists are early-mid career researchers that accompany Young Science Ambassadors into regional Queensland centres for community Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) awareness events.

The program was developed to address the shortage of science related events convened outside South East Queensland – see a survey report (PDF, 1MB) commissioned by OQCS which highlights this.

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2017 visits

The program partnered with the World Science Festival regional program to take scientists to regional festival events including Gladstone and Chinchilla.


A Flying Scientist (Dr Paul Luckman) accompanied by the Young Science Ambassadors, took to the classrooms in a 'speed-dating' session with students and talked about STEM career options.


The Flying Scientists (Dr Makrina Totsika & Dr Dimitrios Vagenas) had the community intrigued with fluffy microbes and a mathematical card 'trick' the Monty Hall problem.

Upcoming regions

Further Flying Scientists will visit other regional centres later in the year including Dr Paul Shaw visiting Mt Isa in June

2016 visits

Three scientists (Dr Paul Pounds, Dr Cheryl McCarthy and Dr Kate Hutson) visited five regions across Queensland (Wandoan, Roma, Charleville, Longreach and Cooktown) reaching over 350 people.