As part of National Science Week in 2016, we invited all Advance Queensland fellowship recipients to visit a school in Queensland to talk about their research and career path–to ultimately inspire our next generation of thought leaders.
Over 20 scientists visited schools across Queensland. The Queensland Chief Scientist visited 4 schools during National Science Week in the Ipswich and Brisbane areas, while the Advance Queensland Fellows visited schools in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Stradbroke Island, Yeppoon and Bundaberg.
Before the visit, participants were offered communication training on how to talk to students.
As part of World Science Festival Brisbane and Queensland Women’s Week 2016 early-mid career female researchers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields participated in an interactive LinkedIn workshop.
LinkedIn experts highlighted how to improve a public profile, job search and increase professional networks using LinkedIn. A professional photographer was also made available to researchers to acquire a head shot for use on their LinkedIn profile.
Following the workshop, the STEM research community was invited to a panel discussion entitled – Bucking the sySTEM: the myth of merit. The event combining a moderated discussion, the Queensland Women in STEM Research Prizes and a networking function. The discussion explored the challenges and strategies for women in building a successful career in research roles and the STEM industries.
Queensland Women in STEM Research Prizes were awarded to:
- Dr Shyuan Ngo – Saving the Ageing Brain
- Professor Josephine Forbes – Sticky toffee causing power "outages" in diabetes
- Dr Linda Pfeiffer – STEM education and engagement