Expanded program for National Youth Science Forum in 2016

Young scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technology practitioners of the future will benefit from a strengthened program under the National Youth Science Forum for 2016, which will include opportunities to hone their communication, entrepreneurial and critical thinking skills.

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This coming January, The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF 2016) will offer its participants a refreshed and expanded program that focuses on three central ideas: engaging with science, technology and engineering and maths – STEM in Action; understanding the role of STEM in Society; and preparing the next generation of STEM Professionals.

“We have redesigned the program to provide a more cohesive and streamlined experience,” says Chief Executive Officer, Dr Damien Pearce. “By focusing on these three strands, we will lead students through a set of activities, lectures and visits that aim to build an improved understanding of the role of science in our lives, and how studying STEM at a tertiary level can lead them in many different directions.”

In 2015, the NYSF welcomed Lockheed Martin Australia as a major funding partner. “Lockheed Martin is proud to be a major partner of the NYSF, which builds on our well-deserved reputation as an advocate for STEM in Australian and across the globe,” says Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive, Raydon Gates.

Lockheed Martin Australia - Chief Executive, Raydon Gates

Lockheed Martin Australia – Chief Executive, Raydon Gates

 

Lockheed Martin Australia NexGen Cyber Information and Technology (NCITE) Centre Canberra

Lockheed Martin Australia NexGen Cyber Information and Technology (NCITE) Centre Canberra

“Our support for NYSF builds on our mission to help solve the world’s most technically pressing challenges and to advance scientific endeavour for a safer world in the future, but also recognises that we must inspire the next generation to pursue STEM careers by showing today’s students how exciting and rewarding these jobs can be.”

For 2016, the NYSF student interest groups have been realigned to reflect the national research priorities adopted by the Australian government in April 2015 – food, soil and water, transport, cybersecurity, energy, resources, advanced manufacturing, environmental change, and health.

NYSF provides its participants with a wealth of information about university and other tertiary level study options, through access to world leading research laboratories, with an inside view of local facilities where research outcomes are translated into real life products and processes. They also have considerable opportunity to network with the researchers and industry people that they meet, as well as each other.

“The NYSF is basically the young people’s first professional networking opportunity,” says Dr Pearce. “They go home fired up and ready to tackle year 12 with renewed enthusiasm and vigour.”

The range of skills the STEM graduates of the future will need are expanding every day. Also included in the 12-day program are lectures and panel discussions on critical thinking, entrepreneurship, communication skills, and the importance of having the diversity of our community represented in STEM working environments.

“We have also managed to pack into the program an extra lab visit,” says Dr Pearce, “offering even more science to the students! And along with our long-standing and extremely supportive lab and site visit providers across the campus of The Australian National University, it is really exciting to welcome IBM here in Canberra, hosting some groups at their Linux Development Lab; the National Film and Sound Archive, which is able to provide a lab visit for a large group; there’s an expanded program at the University of Canberra; and a really exciting visit to Lockheed Martin Australia’s NextGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Centre.”

The two NYSF Science Dinners will both feature inspirational guest speakers. For Session A, Dr Nick Gales, the Director of the Australian Antarctic Division has agreed to address the students and other dinner guests about his rich and varied career working for one of Australia’s most iconic and unique organisations. At the Session C dinner, acclaimed author, academic, and oncologist, Dr Ranjana Srivastava, has generously agreed to share with the students and guests her experiences of life as a working scientist. Information about  the NYSF Science Dinners is available by emailing nysf@nysf.edu.au

Dr Nick Gales

Dr Nick Gales, Director,  Australian Antarctic Division

Dr Ranjana Srivastava

Dr Ranjana Srivastava, author, academic and oncologist

 

The NYSF acknowledges funding and support provided by

Lockheed Martin Australia

The Australian National University (host university)

Cochlear Foundation

CSIRO

CSL Ltd

Grains R&D Corporation

GSK

Monash University

Murray Darling Basin Authority

NSW Trade & Investment

The University of Melbourne

The University of New South Wales

The University of Queensland

The 2015 program’s lab visit and site tour hosts are acknowledged here: http://www.nysf.edu.au/about/contributors

Additional background

In 2014-15 the NYSF

  • Attracted more than 1200 applicants
  • 600 of these were assessed as suitable to attend the program
  • 400 places were available for students to attend
  • 60 panels of volunteers from 21 Rotary Districts across Australia selected students to attend
  • 135 lab visits and site tours were conducted in January
  • 23 Next Step visits were conducted in major partner centres during school holidays
  • 43% of our participants came from rural and regional areas of Australia, reflecting our national reach, facilitated by Rotary
  • 55% of our participants were female
  • NYSF’s established national networks allows it to reach Australian schools and their students

Information: Amanda Caldwell, 0410 148 173        28/10/2015

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.

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