Opening Ceremony kicks off Session A NYSF 2015

Session A of the NYSF 2015 program was officially opened today in a Ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.

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Students arriving at Parliament House

 

Rotary Uncle Danny, Aunt Ruth and Uncle Kevin

Rotary Uncle Danny, Aunt Ruth and Uncle Kevin

Professor Ian Young, AO, Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University; Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, Senator for the ACT; Professor Tanya Monro, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at the University of South Australia and the Chair of the NYSF Council; and Rowley Tompsett, District Governor for Rotary D9710 all addressed the students, congratulating them on their achievement in being selected to attend the NYSF.

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Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, NYSF Student staff member Megan Lowry, NYSF Director Damien Pearce, Professor Tanya Monro, and Professor Ian Young AO

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Professor Ian Young AO, Vice Chancellor of ANU

Professor Young identified that many changes were facing the Australia of the future and asked the students to accept the challenge of finding ways to address them.

Senator Lundy encouraged the students to continue their studies in science and to make the most of the opportunities offered during the program.

Rotary District Governor D9170 Rowley Tompsett

Rotary District Governor D9170 Rowley Tompsett

Mr Tompsett reminded the students of the role that Rotary has played in their being selected to attend the NYSF, encouraged them to give back to the community in the future, and to consider how they will be changed through their attendance.

Professor Tanya Monro

Professor Tanya Monro, Chair of NYSF Council

And Professor Monro, an alumna of the NYSF herself, reflected on her own time at the program, and how it impacted on her decisions for future study options, before officially opening the Session and wishing the students well.

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