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Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

Queensland Government

Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

Flying Scientists

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

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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, 1.0M) commissioned by OQCS which highlights this.

2017 visits

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Flying Scientists (Dr Shihu Hu and Dr Soi Law) met with over 400 people across various schools and the community in Weipa to talk about waste water and careers in STEM during August.

Calen (near Mackay)

In September, Flying Scientist, Dr Alice Hayward performed a strawberry DNA extraction with students from Calen State College.

Mt Isa

As part of the Digital Skills for all Queenslanders Roadshow, Flying Scientist Dr Paul Shaw discussed his research into sensors for detecting explosives and provided activities with glow-in-the-dark solids and liquids.


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.

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.

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