Ecolinc Victoria’s Emerging STEM for Women — Speed-Daters Needed

The Ecolinc Science and Technology Centre is running another Emerging STEM for Women event on Wednesday 14 June, at their centre in Bacchus Marsh in Melbourne.

The event is already fully booked with ca 90 year 9 and 10 students coming to hear about a range of study and employment opportunities in STEM. A key element of the day is the speed-date event, which runs from 1-2pm. You will meet with a small group of students for about 10 minutes at a time, talking about your study and work experiences before the group rotates off to the “next speed-dater”.

The key-note speaker on this occasion is Colleen Filippa, one of two Victorian women who are involved in the Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica. Homeward Bound is a women’s leadership and climate change research project, in which NYSF alumna Sandra Kerbler is also a participant.

Several NYSF alumna helped out at the Ecolinc event in October last year. Ideally, you will have  tertiary study and work experiences to share.

Ecolinc director Linda Flynn says, “The success of the day is attributed to the many women who are prepared to share their stories with these girls and we truly appreciate the volunteers’ time on the day.  In appreciation, we always provide a yummy lunch prior to the ‘speed dating’ session!”

If you can help out as a speed-dater on 14 June, please contact Linda at, and let her know you are an NYSF alumna!

NYSF supports Ecolinc seminars to target girls interested in STEM study

Twice a year, Ecolinc, the Science and Technology Innovations Centre in outer Melbourne, runs a very successful program – Emerging STEM for Women. Participants are girls in years 9 and 10 from both government and independent schools and the program includes presentations from guest speakers about studying particular areas of science, workshops, and a speed-dating session.

In October, the NYSF was able to support the program through a number of ways. NYSF alumna, Rebecca Johnson, gave the afternoon keynote talk about her STEM study pathway since attending the NYSF in 2009. She also attended the London International Youth Science Forum, has completed her undergraduate studies, and is currently studying for her PhD, based at the CSIRO.


NYSF 2009 alumna, Rebecca Johnson            image courtesy Ecolinc

Meg Lowry, who will be the NYSF 2017 Session A Student Chief of Staff, is currently studying at the University of Melbourne. She talked to the participants about the NYSF and how to apply for the January program opportunity, and some of her own experiences that attending has offered.


NYSF 2013 alumna, Meg Lowry                        image courtesy Ecolinc

Other NYSF alumni participated in the speed-dating event, sharing their insights and knowledge with the students – we thank them for their willingness to be involved to promote STEM to the next generation of young women.

For further information about the Ecolinc Emerging STEM for Women program go to