January 2015 Session C Wrap

Session C kicked off two days later, and this Opening Ceremony was significant because of our announcement that Lockheed Martin Australia was coming on board as a major sponsor of the NYSF for 2015-2016-2017.

The NYSF Science Patron, Chief Scientist for Australia, Professor Ian Chubb again welcomed the students and encouraged them to continue their studies in science and to grab with both hands the opportunities and experiences they would have over the coming 12 days at the program.

Lockheed Martin Australia’s Chief Executive Raydon Gates explained the company’s motivation behind supporting the NYSF for the next three years, and was as generous as Professor Chubb in sharing insights with students who wanted to know more about the opportunities available in STEM careers.

Professor Ian Chubb, Senator Kate Lundy and Raydon Gates at the NYSF Session C 2015 Opening Ceremony

Professor Ian Chubb, Senator Kate Lundy and Raydon Gates at the NYSF Session C 2015 Opening Ceremony

National Youth Science Forum Opening Ceremony with Lockheed Martin Australia - Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra

Waiting for the Opening Ceremony to begin

National Youth Science Forum Opening Ceremony with Lockheed Martin Australia - Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra

Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist for Australia

Damien Pearce and Raydon Gates

Damien Pearce and Raydon Gates

Our special guests at this Opening Ceremony were three alumni of the program:

Flying Officer Kim Shearman attended the NYSF in 2006, returning as a student staff member and ultimately the senior staffie for the program. He studied at the Edith Cowan University, and is now a Flying Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force flying fast jets. Kim is converting to F/A-18 Hornets later this year.

Clare Paynter, who attended the NYSF in 2009, and moved to the Australian National University from Darwin. Clare has recently completed her Engineering degree and has much more than a passing interest in renewable energy; she has recently moved to Melbourne to take up a place in the three year graduate program of the Australian Energy Market Regulator.

Brody Hannan, who attended the NYSF in 2014, was selected to attend the London International Youth Science Forum in 2014, and will return to London in July as a staff member. Brody has opted to also study at the ANU doing Advanced Science, and is also one of the six NYSF alumni awarded a Tuckwell Scholarship for 2015. Read more about Brody’s NYSF experience here.

xxx Kim Shearman, Laura Frank and Brody Hannah at Opening Ceremony, Session C NYSF 2015

Christopher Hess,  Kim Shearman, Laura Frank and Brody Hannan at Opening Ceremony, Session C NYSF 2015

All three of our alumni guests said that they valued sharing their stories with the students as well as the opportunity to reflect on what they had been doing since attending the program.

National Youth Science Forum Opening Ceremony with Lockheed Martin Australia - Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra

John Harvey, Managing Director of Grains R&D Corporation, another major NYSF funding partner with students at Session C Opening Ceremony 2015

National Youth Science Forum Opening Ceremony with Lockheed Martin Australia - Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra

Professor Chubb holds forth with students

National Youth Science Forum Opening Ceremony with Lockheed Martin Australia - Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra

Senator Kate Lundy with students

National Youth Science Forum Opening Ceremony with Lockheed Martin Australia - Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra

Raydon Gates with students

Another round of engaging and exciting lab visits and site tours, discussions and social events followed for Session C. The Rotary Dinner speaker, Dr Renee Kidson, (alumni 1992) inspired the students and other guests with her message of continual re-invention and up-skilling to manage the transition through an exciting career of research, travel, teaching and policy development.

The dinner also featured the award of the Bruce and Lois Sharp award to former NYSF Council member, Bob Greeney.

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Dr Renee Kidson and students at the Session C 2015 Rotary Dinner

Rob Woolley,   and Damien Pearce at the Session C 2015 Rotary Dinner

Rotary’s Rob Woolley, Lois Sharp and NYSF Director, Damien Pearce at the Session C 2015 Rotary Dinner

The Session C Science Dinner included the Indigenous Knowledge and Engagement Symposium, with the overall aim of placing western science within the context of Indigenous knowledge. This event was sponsored in part through IBM’s Diversity program, and we acknowledge their support.  IBM has been involved with the NYSF for several years, and understands the importance of encouraging students to think about science, engineering and IT careers.

Our special guest at this dinner was the newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science, the Hon Karen Andrews, MP, who took opportunity to mix with the students and NYSF funding partners.
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Scott Thompson, Lockheed Martin Australia, the Hon Karen Andrews, Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science, students Josh Liaw and Jimmy Fan, and Damien Pearce, NYSF Director

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Students with Penny Calvert and Caroline Bradshaw from ANU Science

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Students with Professor Sandra Kentish, University of Melbourne

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Joe Sambono and Marian Heard, CSIRO Indigenous STEM Education Unit, with Bradley Moggridge and Josie Douglas

Panel speakers were Mr Bhiamie Williamson from the Native Title Research Unit and Dr Rod Kennett, Senior Research Fellow from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Ms Josie Douglas, Aboriginal Research Fellow, CSIRO,

Mr Bradley Moggridge, Aboriginal Water Initiative, NSW Office of Water, and Professor Group Captain Lisa Jackson-Pulver, Chair of Indigenous Health, University of New South Wales and Royal Australian Air force, Specialist Reserve. Each speaker brought a particular personal perspective to the discussion, relating his or her experiences of working within science.

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Josie Douglas from CSIRO

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Brad Moggridge, from NSW Office of Water

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Bhiamie Williamson, IATSIS

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Professor Group Captain Lisa Jackson-Pulver, UNSW and RAAF

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The Panel answering questions from               NYSF students

Stories about many of the activities in January are available on our Outlook website (http://outlook.nysf.edu.au) – take a moment to explore to learn more about what the 2015 cohort learned.

National Youth Science Forum announces new funding partner

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) held a launch event today at Parliament House officially announcing Lockheed Martin Australia as their major sponsor for the next three years.

“This investment by Lockheed Martin is significant and reflects an understanding of the important role of outreach and extension programs in encouraging young Australians to continue their studies in the science, technology and engineering spheres,” said Damien Pearce, Director of the NYSF.

“The NYSF is a mature and unique program that mixes science related activities with personal development and early career professional networking. After thirty years we know that coming to the NYSF does make a difference to the participants and their understanding of what might be possible after year 12, and how furthering their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields can lead to an interesting and fulfilling career. We welcome Lockheed Martin’s vision in joining with us to continue our support for young people.”

Joining the various distinguished guests at the launch today were Raydon Gates AO CSM, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia and Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist for Australia and Science Patron of the NYSF.

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Professor Ian Chubb AC addresses NYSF 2015 Session C students at the Opening Ceremony 22 January 2015

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Mr Raydon Gates, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand with students from Session C of NYSF 2015

“Lockheed Martin is committed to the future success of Australia’s technical talent by supporting STEM education initiatives, like the NYSF. We believe that this commitment to our youth is critical to keep Australia competitive for generations to come,” said Lockheed Martin’s Raydon Gates.

In his inspiring address to more than 200 NYSF students, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb highlighted the importance of supporting students in their pursuit of future careers in STEM fields.

“The young scientists who come through the NYSF are impressive. They represent the best traditions of the scientific method being curious, logical, analytical and always considering the evidence. Supporting their development is an investment in the future and I look forward to seeing where their journey takes them…and us,” said Professor Chubb.

Professor Ian Chubb speaks to students at NYSF 2015 Session C Opening Ceremony

Professor Ian Chubb speaks to students at NYSF 2015 Session C Opening Ceremony

 

The NYSF began operating more than 30 years ago to help students moving into Year 12, who wish to follow careers in science, engineering and technology by introducing them to research and researchers, by encouraging the achievement of excellence in all their undertakings, and by helping to develop their communication and interpersonal skills.

ENDS

More information: Chris Newman, +61 421 477 297; chris.newman@fleishman.com.au

From the Director

Welcome to the June 2014 issue of NYSF Outlook. It has certainly been a busy time for the NYSF.

Firstly, I am pleased to advise that Australia’s new Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd) has accepted an invitation to become the Patron of the NYSF. Sir Peter’s acceptance follows on from that of Dame Quentin Bryce, AD CVO, and we are honoured that Sir Peter has agreed to take on this role.

In addition, the Chief Scientist for Australia, Professor Ian Chubb AC has accepted our invitation to become the NYSF’s Science Patron.  Professor Chubb has had a long involvement with the NYSF, both in his current and past roles, and we value his engagement with the program.

In May, we made the difficult decision to cancel Session B in Perth for 2015. When it was decided to conduct a third session of the NYSF in 2009, Perth was identified as a reasonable host location due to the booming West Australian economy and the perceived interest in a range of study and career opportunities associated with that. This was certainly the case and the program was very successful, offering a different NYSF experience for those who travelled to Perth. But with the passage of time, increased funding pressures and the current uncertainty within the higher education policy settings, our major university partners in WA have been unable to continue supporting the NYSF.

While this situation is regrettable, through the support of The Australian National University, the NYSF will be able to offer 80 additional places in sessions A and C for students from the 144 allocated to Session B. So instead of offering a total of 432 places in 2015, there will be 368 places available. This reduction in numbers does place pressure on our selection processes, however, we are confident that those students who will benefit most from coming on session will be selected by our Rotary partners to attend.

The NYSF International Program (see story below) is in full swing at the moment. A group of students has recently returned from the Canada-Wide Science Fair, after reportedly having a rewarding experience. In the coming weeks and months we have young people heading to South Africa, London, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Boston and for the first time, Israel.

With the decision to cancel Session B, we have sadly farewelled Tom Grace and Francesca Phillips from the NYSF Corporate team. We thank them for their hard work and commitment to the program during their time with us. Additionally, Professor Jo Ward from Curtin University has resigned from the Council. Dr Elisabeth Truswell has retired from the Council, and that position has been assumed by Professor Jenny Graves as the representative of the Australian Academy of Science. We also welcome Julie Maynard to the Corporate team’s Communications and Partnerships portfolio.

Applications for the NYSF 2015 January Sessions have recently closed; we received about 1,200 applicants, which is consistent with previous years’ numbers. With the oversight of the respective Rotary District Chairs, selection for places on session has commenced and will be finalised by the middle of August.

Until then, we continue to work hard developing the program and planning for the next tranche of work associated with NYSF 2015 and into the future.

Damien Pearce