Defence science: a world of opportunities

The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) provides the Australian Government with scientific advice and innovative technology solutions to meet Australia’s Defence and national security needs. It is part of the Department of Defence.

As the country’s second largest publicly-funded research organisation after the CSIRO, DST employs 2,100 scientists, engineers and researchers, all of whom have in-depth knowledge and experience in many science and technology disciplines.nysf-sessiona-partnertalks2-46-dstg

Whether it is improving personal protection armour and ration packs for the army, designing missile decoys to protect navy ships, putting wings on bombs to increase the Air Force’s missile range or building the world’s largest over-the-horizon radar network to keep a watch on our borders, DST scientists continually come up with clever science solutions that work.

It was a defence scientist who invented the black box flight recorder in the 1950s. Among other innovations, today’s DST scientists are developing equipment to protect Australian soldiers from improvised explosive devices and extending the life of fighter aircraft beyond their use-by-date.

The Director of Science Outreach and Inclusion at DST, Rebecca Halliday, says a skilled and motivated workforce is an essential prerequisite for the organisation to continue delivering outstanding scientific support to Defence.

 

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DST is committed to attracting talented people such as those who attend the NYSF. We believe we can offer them a unique opportunity to pursue a rich and rewarding career in science while contributing to Australia’s national security.

”There are many different career pathways available within DST including cadetships and scholarships for students, a summer vacation placement program, an industry experience placement program, and a graduate program.”

Industry Experience Placement student Stephen Pidgeon says that it’s a great opportunity to work within DST, as it is such a unique experience that you will not find anywhere else.

“It’s allowing me to develop and implement the skills I have learnt during my university studies and will assist in my final year before graduation,” he said.

There is an amazing breadth and depth of scientific research undertaken by defence scientists in Australia today, with great career opportunities on offer.

For more information  please refer to: www.dst.defence.gov.au/careers/career-options, or email your enquiries to: DSTGroupSTEMCoordinator@dsto.defence.gov.au.

Science meets Business 2016

The second annual Science meets Business will take place on 24 October  in Melbourne, with a range of outstanding speakers representing politics, industry and research.

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, Vice-President and Lab Director for IBM Research, Dr Joanna Batstone, and CEO of ANSTO, Dr Adi Paterson are just a few of the speakers who will join us for this forward-looking and engaging day of information, brainstorming and networking. Click on the link above to learn more.

News from UNSW

UNSW Women In Engineering Camp 

Are you a young woman currently in Year 10 or 11 and want a career where you can be at the forefront of positive change for society? Do you enjoy using lateral thinking, creativity and design? Or do you love problem-solving, working in teams or have an aptitude for mathematics and science?

UNSW Women in Engineering Camp

UNSW Women in Engineering Camp

Join us for a five-day camp and find out about the exciting careers available to professional engineers. The next camp will run Monday 9 to Friday 13 January 2017.

Applications for the 2017 camp open on 1 July 2016 and close on 25 September 2016.

For more information, visit UNSW Women in Engineering Camp event website.

Taste of Electrical Engineering 

Do you love solving problems?

UNSW Engineering is offering a three-day workshop for Year 10 and 11 students with an aptitude for mathematics, a passion for science and a love of problem solving.

UNSW Electrical Workshop

UNSW Electrical Workshop

The workshops will include:

Engineering design challenges and an introduction to the basics of electrical engineering disciplines; such as signal processing, electronics design, computer programming, and power, control and telecommunications systems.

Tours of the school facilities, including the photonics, high voltage and educational laboratories, and a field trip to an industrial organisation providing insight into the importance of complex electrical and electronic systems in everyday life.

When: 26th – 28th September 2016 (3 days)

Where: School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, UNSW.

Cost: $125

To register your interest, visit the UNSW Engineering event website.

 

GSK inspiring the next generation of scientists

With much of the world’s future innovation to come from science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), it is important that the innovators of tomorrow are supported and mentored.

The funding partners of the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) play an important role in supporting the organisation and the programs it delivers.

GSK Australia has provided funding support for the NYSF over several years.

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GSK’s David Herd, Director of Healthcare Environment talks to NYSF participants

In 2015, GSK’s David Herd, Director of Healthcare Environment, presented to the NYSF participants as part of the Partners’ Day activities. His presentation made an impact on one of the students, Nikita Bungay from Victoria. Now studying at Monash University’s Science Advanced Global Challenges program, and as part of her studies, Nikita needed to interview someone who inspired her; she decided to reach out to David.

“One of the greatest experiences I had was at the NYSF Partners’ Day, where I heard David talk about what had inspired him, and how his company reaches out to the broader world through their work. His talk motivated me to do something which would also make a difference, and that is why I chose my course, which I am confident will help me to achieve this goal,” Nikita said.

NYSF CEO, Dr Damien Pearce highlights this as an example of the ways that the NYSF’s funding partners go that extra mile in supporting the organisation and its programs. “Organisations such as GSK really understand the kind of support that our young people need, and are willing to provide.”

GSK Australia is proud to regularly host tours for NYSF students during the Melbourne Next Step program. They visit its Boronia manufacturing facility in Victoria and see how life-saving medications are made; in 2016, they will see GSK Australia’s new and innovative blow-fill-seal vaccine technology.

Since 2012, over 150 school students have toured GSK Australia’s facilities.

“These site tours contribute to what makes the NYSF unique for Australian STEM students,” said Dr Pearce, “and our corporate partners are key to our and the program’s success. Having access to view the kinds of innovations made in industry all of the time contribute to inspiring our young people.”

CSL celebrates 100 years

National Youth Science Forums (NYSF) partner CSL, Australia’s largest biotechnology company celebrated 100 years of operation in April 2016.

This iconic Australian company has a proud history of pharmaceutical and health product development in Australia, including the manufacture of vaccines, insulin and anti-venoms.

Six NYSF alumni are featured in this inspiring video released in conjunction with the celebrations – thanks Tayla, Meg, Kushani, Michael, Lachlan, and Charlie for agreeing to be involved. We are proud of all of our alumni, and thank them for representing the organisation on this occasion.

 

NSW Department of Industry supports NSW-based NYSF students

For several years, the NSW Department of Industry, through the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, has supported travel costs for NSW-based NYSF students travelling on international programs.

In 2015, the Department’s grant contributed to the travel costs of 15 NYSF students, who attended the Canada-Wide Science Fair, Research Science Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National University of Singapore Science Summer Camp, the London International Youth Science Forum, and the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar.

The students who were fortunate enough to participate in these programs all indicated that there was significant value in attending, and were grateful to the NSW Department of Industry for the support that was provided through its Research and Acceleration Program.

Responses to our annual survey of students indicate that all of the students participating in the International Programs have gone on to study STEM fields at a tertiary level – or intend to after gap-years. They also report that participating in the International Programs offered a very unique opportunity, and one that would not have been available to them had they not attended the NYSF.

Tammy Cai from Sefton attended the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar in November 2015. “Attending the NYSF in year 12 has opened many doors for me, and has given me many opportunities to engage in my passion for science, and network with like-minded youth around the world. The experiences, memories and friends I have gained at SIYSS are priceless.”

Thomas Ellis, from Medowie attended the London International Youth Science Forum 2015. “The theme of the LIYSF forum for 2015 was ‘global endeavour’; attending the Science Bazaar – where students from around the world showcased the research they have undertaken – has galvanised my interest in not only pursuing my own research endeavours but to work with others to collaborate and try to help them to reach theirs.”

In 2016, 11 students from New South Wales are being supported by the Department of Industry, travelling to Research Science Institute, Canada Wide Science Fair, National University of Singapore Science Summer Camp, and London International Youth Science Forum.

News from The University of Queensland

Future Students Contact Centre

For many future students, University can seem like a different world with a different language. The Future Student Contact Centre combines friendly service with helpful information on UQ programs, study options and applications.

Chat with us live

Our friendly student advisors are waiting to chat with you about study and life at UQ.

Visit us at www.uq.edu.au/ask.

Give us a call

Call our dedicated call centre team or book a call back for support and advice.

Phone: (07) 3346 9872

Ask us a question

Email us your query and receive helpful advice about study and life at UQ – ask@uq.edu.au

For information, contact:

Linda Edwards

Phone: (07) 3346 8196

Email: l.edwards2@uq.edu.au

Web: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/

UQL Cyberschool – Library services for secondary schools

UQL Cyberschool is a free service for secondary schools, run by The University of Queensland Library.

For Students:

  • FREE borrowing of books – Year 11 and 12 students who live in Brisbane can join the UQ Library and borrow books
  • Links to free online resources are available from our website for most senior secondary subjects:

For information, contact:

Diane Nibbs

Phone: (07) 3365 6064

Email: cyberschool@library.uq.edu.au

Web: http://www.library.uq.edu.au/schools

BrisScience

When: 11th July

Is science any use for saving species and habitat? Environmental conservation is a big challenge facing our planet. Isn’t it time to stand up and take action, rather than do more research? Why shouldn’t we just use the knowledge we already have to save threatened species?

This month we discuss the value of monitoring and information for achieving nature conservation outcomes. Is some research more useful than others, and should utility factor into decisions about research funding?

Join us as Professor Hugh Possingham, now chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation group, looks at how optimisation can be used as a framework to make the tough decisions.

For information, contact:

Leonie Small

Phone: (07) 3365 6455

Email: science.events@uq.edu.au

Web: https://brisscience.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/is-science-any-use-for-saving-species-and-habitat/

Experience Science – Last few places left

When: 15 July 2016

Experience Science is a free event which provides students in Years 10 – 12 the opportunity to discover what studying science is like at UQ and how science is applied in industry and everyday life.

The event is facilitated by experts from UQ and industry through a series of hands-on, interactive science workshops. All workshops are held at the UQ St Lucia campus.

For information, contact:

Experience Science Team

Phone: (07) 3365 6455

Email: science.events@uq.edu.au

Web: http://www.science.uq.edu.au/expsci

UQ Geography and Environment Day

When: Friday 22 July 2016

Where can studies in geography, planning and environmental management take you?

The UQ Geography and Environment Day is designed for high school students to experience the applications and relevance of geography, planning and environmental management and see how studying these subjects can lead to a career with real world impact.

Sign up to the mailing list at the link below to be contacted when places open for the 2016 event.

For information, contact:

Science Events

Phone: (07) 3365 6455

Email: science.events@uq.edu.au

Web: https://www.gpem.uq.edu.au/geography-day

You’re invited to UQ’s Open Days in August

Your students will discover a world of exceptional opportunities at UQ’s Open Days. Students can explore the campus and world-class facilities, learn about the range of programs and courses, receive personalised advice about study options, and get a feel for how great uni life can be.

  • St Lucia – Sunday, 7 August, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Gatton – Sunday, 21 August, 9.30am – 3.00pm

For information, contact:

Jessica Glass

Phone: (07) 3365 1535

Email: openday@uq.edu.au

Web: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/open-day

WE Explore Engineering Regional Schools

Are you an engineer of the future? Join us at UQ St Lucia and be inspired by engineering’s possibilities!

UQ’s Women in Engineering program is thrilled to offer students living outside of Brisbane the opportunity to come to UQ St Lucia and see if engineering could be the career for you.

If you’re in year 10, 11 or 12 and love maths or science but you’re not sure how it applies to a career, this is the event not to be missed.

We will provide return transport to Brisbane from six pick-up locations – Warwick, Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Torbanlea, Maryborough and Gympie.

Please note there will be one pick-up point in each town that you will need to make your way to.

Program

Thursday 21 July 2016

You’ll arrive to UQ St Lucia by 3pm and attend Engineering Futures Evening from 4:30pm-7:00pm. Be inspired as you hear about the journeys of female engineers from:

  • Google – Anna Emmerson
  • Boeing – Rhianna Ferguson
  • Cochlear – Samantha Lichter
  • Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology – Claudia Vickers

Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in either The Women’s College or Duchesne College, located within the UQ St Lucia campus.

Friday 22 July 2016

After breakfast, you’ll attend WE Explore Engineering Day from 8:15am-2:00pm and tackle three of our hands-on engineering workshops to discover why engineers are society’s problem solvers.

From rockets to programming robots to developing a prosthetic limb, you’ll get great insight into the many fields engineers work in. You’ll be able to select the workshops that interest you.

Buses will depart UQ St Lucia shortly after 2:00pm and return to the six pick-up locations. You will need to be picked up from the pick-up location by your parent/guardian.

Cost

The cost to attend WE Explore Engineering Regional Schools is $50 per person. This includes return transport to Brisbane (from pick-up locations), accommodation, meals and activities.

We do have bursaries available for students in financial need – please email us for further information.

Check out the photos from this year’s WE Explore Engineering Day and last year’s Engineering Futures Evening on our Facebook page!

For further information, please contact:

UQ Women in Engineering – we@eait.uq.edu.au

When: Thursday, 21 July, 2016 to Friday, 22 July, 2016

Where: Advanced Engineering Building, Staff House Road, UQ St Lucia

Overnight accommodation in either The Women’s College or Duchesne College, College Road, UQ St Lucia

Registrations: Register by Friday 15 July

Engineering Futures Evening

Whether the seed to study engineering was planted by a teacher, parent, family friend or someone unexpected, every journey is a little different.

If you’re in year 10, 11 or 12 and love maths or science, come along to discover if engineering could be the career for you.

Be inspired by the journeys of female engineers from Google, Boeing, Cochlear and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). One of the speakers just may help you to decide your future path.

  • Anna Emmerson, Site Reliability Engineer – Google
  • Rhianna Ferguson, Avionics Engineer – Boeing
  • Samantha Lichter, New Product Industrialisation Engineer/ProcessEngineer – Cochlear
  • Claudia Vickers, Senior Research Fellow – AIBN

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and then over a light dinner, speak with students and industry representatives at our industry booths. Students, parents and teachers are welcome to attend.

Engineering Futures Evening for regional students

Registrations are now open!

If you live in Warwick, Toowoomba, Bundaberg or Gympie, we will be arranging transport to/from UQ St Lucia campus so you can come along to Engineering Futures Evening on Thursday 21 July, stay overnight on campus and attend WE Explore Engineering Day on Friday 22 July.

Enquiries

For further information, please contact: UQ Women in Engineering – we@eait.uq.edu.au

News from GSK

$80,000 GSK Award for excellence in medical research

GSK are looking for leaders in medical research who are working to improve human health, to award their annual $80,000 grant.

This award recognises outstanding achievements in medical research and facilitates career development.

Last year’s winners Jim McCluskey and Jamie Rossjohn discovered how vitamin B provides an early warning to our gut’s immune cells.

Other past recipients include Chris Goodnow, Ingrid Scheffer and David Craik.

Nominations close Monday 4 July. See the website for further details.

News from CSL

Two new $1.25million CSL Centenary Fellowships for mid-career researchers

CSL are celebrating 100 years in science by establishing two new annual fellowships – each worth $1.25 million over five years.

These generous fellowships will cover a full-time salary, plus research costs and/or a postdoc assistant.

They are open to mid-career (three to six years post-doctoral) medical researchers for discovery and translational research with a focus on rare and serious diseases, immunology, and inflammation.

Applications close Sunday 31 July. For further details and to apply, visit the CSL Centenary Fellowship website.

 

Good2Give

Good2Give is a workplace giving donations program developed by Charities Aid Foundations Australia enabling employees to donate pre-tax pay to any eligible Australian charity or not-for-profit organisation like the National Youth Science Forum.

NYSF is a deductible gift recipient registered charity with Good2Give and has been receiving regular donations from a number of donors keen to support our activities. These contributions are relatively small – between $5 to $10 per pay per donor, but they make a big difference to the opportunities the NYSF provides for students and Alumni.

Good2Give also offers an employer matching service, with businesses having the opportunity to match the donations of its employees.

All tax deductible donations made to NYSF go directly to supporting NYSF and its STEM outreach programs for young Australians.

To learn more or donate to the NYSF, visit the Good2Give website.