News from UNSW

UNSW Science 50:50 Symposium at the Maritime Museum – 8 March 2016

UNSW Science is co-hosting a free Women in Science Symposium at the Australian National Maritime Museum, with the aim to encourage high school girls to look beyond lab coats and see the diversity of careers and opportunities in science.

Chaired by Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the morning session will include a range of speakers from areas including marine science, climate, ecology and innovation.

This free symposium for high school girls will be presented at the Australian National Maritime Museum to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016.

Limited spaces are available. Please visit this page for details.

UNSW Science & Engineering Parent/Student Info Night – 23 March 2016

UNSW Departments of Science and Engineering have teamed up to present an informative evening for future students and their parents. This event will include presentations from academic staff and students, exciting science demonstrations, exhibitions and a careers expo. Refreshments will be served and there will be many opportunities to speak to students and staff about science and engineering degrees and life at UNSW.

Visit the website to register your interest.

News from The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Science has recently added two new majors to the Bachelor of Science: Computational Biology and Mechatronics Systems.

Computational Biology Major

In the Computational Biology major, students will gain an understanding of the analysis and interpretation of biological phenomena using mathematical and statistical models, computational tools and the algorithmic design and analysis of such models and tools. Based in the Parkville biomedical precinct, students will learn from academics who are experts in their field and use the latest theories and technologies in their teaching practices. The Parkville biomedical precinct is also home to the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) which houses one of the fastest super computers in the southern hemisphere. The IBM Blue Gene/Q has 836 teraflops of processing power, which is equivalent to over 20,000 desktop computers. For more information, visit the Computational Biology website.

Mechatronics Systems Major

What is Mechatronics? Think exciting new developments like self-driving cars or drone imagery. Mechatronic engineers are some of the people behind these new technologies, using their expertise in computing, electronics and mechanical engineering to design and maintain machinery with electronic and computer control systems, such as aircrafts, robots, motor vehicles, cameras, power generators and chemical plant machinery. In the Mechatronics Systems major students will develop strong skills in the mathematical modelling of the behaviour, response, and control of mechanical systems that can perform physical tasks. Students will also learn about electronic sensors used for sensing of the environment and the instrumentation required to support them and use of computer programming skills for interfacing computers with machines. To learn more, visit the website.

Getting started in science videos

The Faculty of Science has also released a range of helpful new videos designed to help students learn more about the various areas of study available through the Bachelor of Science. These colourful, engaging videos will help students to make more informed decisions about which subjects and majors to select as they plan their undergraduate course enrolment. To watch the videos, visit the Getting Started in Science webpage.

Science and Technology Internships

Bachelor of Science students can now undertake a Science and Technology Internship subject which will offer real experience working in a science or technology related workplace. The internship will help students to identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant contexts and work-settings, produce original work in an appropriate format which demonstrates analytical, research and problem-solving skills, understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to lifelong learning and career progression and develop greater confidence in their ability to contribute to a science-related workplace, awareness of the strengths they offer to a future employer as well as areas to further develop beyond their degree. To learn more about his exciting new subject, visit the website

News from The University of Queensland

CSI: BrisScience – 7 March 2016

Ever wondered what Brisbane’s forensic scientists are actually working on? BrisScience has invited four of the best to cut through the hype and give us an insight into the real life world of forensic science. Register to attend this free event.

World Science Festival 20169-13 March 2016

The World Science Festival is coming to Brisbane for four days of exploring the intersection of science and art. As a major event partner, we will be hosting events featuring UQ speakers, street science, school programs and more.

Pi Day at UQ – 12 March 2016

The annual UQ/QAMT 2016 Problem Solving Competition will be held around Pi day with an optional sitting on Saturday, 12 March at UQ’s St Lucia campus. In addition to the 2-hour competition there will also be professional development provided for teachers and a free BBQ lunch.

UQ Science Virtual Careers Fair – 16 March – 23 March 2016

Are you thinking about a career in Science? UQ lecturers from a range of disciplines will be online for an hour between 4.30-5.30pm to talk to students about career options, study paths and life at UQ. For more details, and to get a copy of the chat room timetable, email us at science.events@uq.edu.au