Internationally speaking

Congratulations to the NYSF 2014 students who were selected to take part in the NYSF International Program, attending science extension activities in Canada, South Africa, London, Heidelberg, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Geoff Burchfield wrote in our last newsletter about the difficulty in selecting the students who will attend these programs – the standard of applications is always so high.  We look forward to hearing about the students’ experiences in the coming months.

Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) – 9 – 25 May 2014

Tarra Brain, NT

Riley Le Lay, NT

Emily Grace Nicholson Gartley, SA

Courteney Paton, NSW

Kenny Purohit, NSW

Shoshana Rapley, NSW


Euro-Science Open Forum (ESOF) – 17 June – 6 July 2014

Andreas Baruhas, Vic

Sam Glazebrook, NSW

Harley Gray, NSW

Aaron Murphy, Qld

Charlie New, NSW

Jake Sheath, NSW


Research Science Institute (RSI) – 21 June – 2 August 2014

Lochie Ferrier, ACT

Lachie Oberg, Qld


London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) – 20 July – 6 August 2014

Amy Behrendorff, ACT

Charlott Brew, NSW

Emily Chen, NSW

Jordan Epstein, NSW

Brody Hannan, NSW

Savannah Reali, NSW

Hannah Ryan, Vic

Bec Spillane, NSW

Ainsley Sydun, NSW

Michael Valceski, NSW


National Youth Science Week (NYSW), South Africa – 23 July – 11 August 2014

Andy Douw, Qld

Sarah Morcom, Qld

Veronica O’Mara, NSW

Lee Schultz, SA

Jake Silove, NSW

Erica Soon, NSW

Ben Webster, Qld

Karli Williamson, Vic


International Science Summer School Heidelberg (ISSSH) – 27 July – 25 August 2014

Timothy Gilchrist, NSW

Lachlan Patterson, NSW

Scott Watts, NSW


Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) – 21 November – 22 December 2014

Matt Snell, Vic

Dechlan Victory, SA

Our thanks to NSW Trade & Investment for the funding support it is providing to the NSW students.


We also need to thank the three chaperones who are accompanying the students this year on the programs where provision of a supervisor is a program requisite:

Canada – Matt Dodds (a science teacher from Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth, New South Wales who attended the National Science Teachers Summer School in 2014);

South Africa – Tayla McKechnie (an NYSF alumna and 2014 Chief of Staff [Session C]); and

Copenhagen – Sebastian Kohli, (a science teacher from Charleville State High School in Queensland, who also attended the National Science Teachers Summer School in 2014).

These chaperone roles are voluntary and it takes a special kind of person to give up their free or holiday time for a job like this … really!

To those people who put in the time and effort to apply for the chaperone roles, please note that we are keeping your applications on file for future opportunities as they arise.

Another international opportunity came our way recently when our colleagues at Australian Science Innovations (ASI) asked NYSF to identify two of our alumni to be part of an Australian delegation to attend the World Science Conference Israel in August 2014.  WSC Israel is initiated by Nobel Laureate Professor Roger Kornberg (USA), in collaboration with the Hebrew University, the Ministry of Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the state of Israel.  The WSCI will bring young students from all around the world for an intensive five-day program. During the conference the participants will have a chance to attend lectures, to interact, and to be inspired by 20 Nobel Laureates and other leading scientists from around the world. The students will also experience a unique opportunity to meet and get to know some 300 bright students from around the world.

Again, identifying NYSF candidates was a difficult task; ultimately Rebecca Ainscough (2013 alumna) and Alec Pokarier (2013 alumnus and staff member 2014) are heading off to Israel, along with Shoshana Rapley (2014 alumna) who was selected by ASI to attend.  This promises to be a very unique experience, and we wish them well.