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Queensland Museum

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South Brisbane, QLD 4101

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The Young Scientists of Australia, Brisbane Chapter Inc. would like to announce the YSA Open Day!

What is the YSA open day?

The open day is an opportunity for new members and general public to come and interact with current members of the YSA in a free and relaxed environment. Although the open day is targeted at youths (age 12-26), the event is open to the general public. You can visit various tables and learn about the different opportunities within YSA and how you can get involved. From upskilling at our science events through to staffing our giant science camps, there is always something fun to get involved in.
As apart of the open day, YSA will be running some fun interactive events which will be ticketed. Tickets are limited to 100 as this is the room capacity. All events throughout the day are completely free. Tickets will be required for the YSA networking event from 4pm – 5:30pm AND for the ‘Experience Science’ talks event from 5:30pm – 6:45pm. Both events are included within the one ticket. To book tickets, please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Basic overview of the Open Day

Open Day Interaction, 2pm – 4pm

YSA Networking, 4pm – 5:30pm (ticketed event)

Experience Science Talks, 5:30pm – 6:45pm (ticketed event)

What to experience at each event

Open Day Interaction, 2pm – 4pm

YSA will have various representatives and members scattered throughout the main floor of the Queensland Museum where you can interact and learn about what YSA is and how we benefit the community. Visit each table and learn about the various aspects of YSA. From the fun socials and science activities we can provide, through to personal development programs and volunteering at science camps, you can ask our volunteers anything about what we do.

Not only this, but each table will have one of our fun hands on experiments for you to enjoy and explore basic concepts in science.

YSA Networking, 4pm – 5:30pm (ticketed event)

Networking is a crucial skill to have in any career. We are providing the opportunity for all our members and general public youths to develop their networking skills with some of Brisbane’s best STEM professionals.

All attendees will get to converse with various STEM professionals from multiple backgrounds and gain insight into what it’s like as a professional who has finished study and is working in the industry. YSA has invited a wide range of STEM professionals to come and inspire the next generation of fantastic STEM enthusiasts. From engineers through to students completing their PhDs, there is a wide range of experience available for attendees to gain a wealth of information about their future.

Some noteworthy STEM professionals in attendance will include:

  • Dr Christine Williams, Queensland Acting Chief Scientist
  • Sidney Hooker, Science on the GO! Program Coordinator and Chemistry Lecturer at Griffith University
  • Nick Campbell, Electrical Engineer at Accenture Australia
  • Emma Sievwright, BSc(Hons I) and current Dentistry Student at UQ
  • A/Prof Sarah Cresswell, BSc (Hons) PhD and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Subjects at Griffith University
  • William Nak, PhD candidate at Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at UQ
  • Cory Beaman, Cardiac Sonographer
  • Prof Alan Macky-Sim, B Arts(Hons) PhD, Director of the National Adult Stem Cell Research Centre at Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery and 2017 Australian of the Year
  • With many more to be announced!

Experience Science Talks, 5:30pm – 6:45pm (ticketed event)

The experience science talks will see 4 fantastic STEM enthusiasts present to you a short ‘Ted Talks’ styled 10-15 minute talk about an engaging topic of their choice. Each presenter has come from a various walk in life and will be present a talk aimed to inspire the audience and break down the stereotype of a STEM career being difficult and boring.

With the theme of the talks series being ‘Science is Cool!’ we hope that all attendees can take away something new and interesting that sparks imagination into a future that involves STEM.

Speaker 1 – Professor Darryl Jones presents Can cities be wild?
Professor of Ecology; PhD from the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University

Darryl is a professor at Griffith University where he lectures in various ecology subjects. Darryl also researches all aspects of the way that humans and nature interact, what are the conflicts of the co-existence. In particular Darryl is interested in urban ecology and making the roads safer for wildlife.

Speaker 2 – Kate O’Sullivan
Science Education Officer at Fizzics Education
BSc (Nanotechnology) - UWA, GradDipSciComm - UWA, MSciComm Outreach - ANU

Kate is a total science nerd and with a background in theatre, so naturally becoming a science communicator was a perfect fit. Currently based in Sydney, Kate works as a Science Education Officer for Fizzics Education, one of Australia's leading science outreach providers of interactive science workshops and shows. She gets a kick from seeing students engage with new ideas - especially when there's slime, liquid nitrogen or EXPLOSIONS involved.

Kate has presented science shows and workshops with Questacon and is a former member of the Shell Questacon Science Circus team, touring regional and remote Australia. After studies at UWA in Nanotechnology, Chemistry and Science Communication, she ventured to this side of the country to complete her Masters at ANU in 2015.

Kate was YSA Perth President for 2 years in the late 2000s, and also volunteers her time with kids from at risk backgrounds as well as getting involved in local theatre and performance.

Speaker 3 – Shane McMaster presents Science isn’t just cancer cures
STEM secondary school teacher
BSc. MSciComm Outreach Grad. Dip. Ed Secondary

As a general science enthusiast from a young age, Shane went through being a scientist and a science communicator before settling with science teacher... for now! A passionate STEM educator who takes every opportunity to talk about science. At school Shane has started up a STEM club where students worked with longer projects than they would usually see in the classroom, learning about the scientific process.

While no longer an active science communicator, Shane uses his skills in the classroom to try and inspire the next generation of scientists.

Speaker 4 – To Be Announced!


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