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