Session C’s first workshop has them thinking

Interactive, relaxed, entertaining; all excellent descriptors of the ‘Critical Thinking Skills’ Workshop the NYSF 2017 participants attended this afternoon.

The workshop was presented by Dr Will Grant, a University of Queensland graduate with a PhD in Political Science. Dr Grant currently works at ANU as a researcher, lecturer, and graduate studies convener at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

Critical Thinking is important for everyday life and future careers, and participants were engaged from the start, questioning and delving deeper and deeper into the topic. And developing a thorough understanding of these skills was about to immediately come in handy for the participants, as the practical section of the workshop began.

The opportunity to practice Critical Thinking Skills in a supportive environment encouraged a lively debate. Example scenarios with five possible solutions were shown, with Dr Grant prompting participants to discuss their answer with those around them, before taking a group consensus.  Constructive arguments were presented and rebutted as the scenarios became more difficult, and many differing opinions emerged from the group.

Dr Grant wrapped the workshop up with a discussion on Critical Thinking in everyday life, and as the group exited the lecture hall, the excited chatter confirmed the afternoon was a great start to the many activities and discussions yet to come in Session C.


Meg Stegeman, NYSF alumna 2014 and Communications Intern NYSF 2017 Session C



Importance of science communication

NYSF was represented at a networking event hosted by Inspiring Australia in Sydney last month.  Alumni and student staff leaders, Steven Falconieri and Rhys Kilian were among about 100 people from across New South Wales who attended the event, which was part of a series of talks given by science communicator, Malcolm Love.

Malcolm Love talks about FameLab at the Inspiring Australia event in May 2014

Malcolm Love talks about FameLab at the Inspiring Australia event in May 2014

Malcolm spoke about his role providing media and presentation training for FameLab participants. This international competition is held annually and requires participants to do a three-minute presentation of their thesis topic in layman’s terms.

“This event was very beneficial,” says Steven.  “It gave Rhys and myself an opportunity to learn more about the importance of being able to communicate clearly about our science.  But it also gave us a chance to chat with others about the NYSF and the possible interactions we might be able to have in the future.

Malcolm also talked about the FameLabAcademy, which is a junior version of FameLab, and I believe many of our students would benefit from being involved in this if it was to be available in Australia.”

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