Five Minutes with Your Future – NYSF at the World Science Festival Brisbane

On Friday 24 March the NYSF had the privilege to be a part of the World Science Festival Brisbane, hosting our very own event “Five Minutes with Your Future”.

The event ran three separate sessions in a speed-date-a-scientist format, with NYSF and University of Queensland alumni speaking to small groups of Year 9-12 high school students about their experiences pursuing a degree and career in a STEM field. It was a humid day in Brisbane, but this didn’t seem to bother the locals, with non-stop chatter and intent discussions throughout each hour. As is the goal of our NYSF Year 12 program, the aim was to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The World Science Festival Brisbane, held from 22 to 26 March, was a huge success with a reported 182,000 attending the various events held throughout the festival. This was an increase of 60,000 compared to the inaugural event held in 2016. As an organisation that supports science in Australia, it is just brilliant to see such a great turn out for this science festival. Attendance at our own event was also excellent, with each session being sold out.

On the Saturday and Sunday (25-26 March), NYSF teamed up with the Young Scientists of Australia Brisbane Chapter, to run a stall at the street science fair. Aimed at younger children, this stall included a magic mud pit and a photo booth with props to dress up as a scientist. The stall was a huge success with hundreds of people coming through to have their photo taken.

A big thanks is owed to all of the NYSF and University of Queensland alumni who volunteered their time and enthusiasm for the event, coming to share their STEM journey with the next generation. Feedback from the volunteers was very positive, with them seeing great value in the events. A big thank you to the team at World Science Festival Brisbane for inviting us to run an event and for all their support along the way. Another big thank you is owed to Jason from YSA Brisbane for his work coordinating the science stall. And finally thanks to all the students, their teachers and for members of the public for participating in the events. We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Join the NYSF at the World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

The National Youth Science Forum is proud to announce that we will be hosting an event as part of the World Science Festival Brisbane to be held in March, 2017.

The event will be for local students in years 10-12 who are interested in studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) at university. And who better to answer their questions than NYSF alumni who are currently studying or have recently graduated from a STEM degree themselves!

The event will be in a Speed-date-a-(young)-Scientist format, giving participants the opportunity to move around and talk to a range of alumni, asking them their toughest questions about completing high school science and what it’s like to study at university.

The event will include three separate sessions, giving more young students the chance to participate, and is currently being promoted through the Queensland schools’ network by the team at the World Science Festival Brisbane.

We are now on the lookout for Brisbane based NYSF alumni who want to get involved with this opportunity to give back to the next gen of young students coming through. We understand it’s a bit early to know for sure if you’ll be available on the day, so for now we encourage you to let us know you are interested,  and we’ll put you on the email list for future updates. Alternatively, if you know someone that you think would be interested, we encourage you to share this article with them.

You can read more about the event here – Five Minutes With Your Future



Title:               National Youth Science Forum – Five Minutes With Your Future

Date:              Friday 24th March, 2017

Times:           There will be three sessions starting at 10am, 11:30am and 1:00pm

Location:       Collectors Cafe, Queensland Museum & Science Centre, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Audience:      High School Students in years 10-12.

World Science Festival Brisbane

Early in March, the World Science Festival took Brisbane by storm. A reported 120,000 visitors participated in the program over the week of activities that covered everything from Nobel laureates to turtles.

The NYSF was there at the Street Science events on the weekend, alongside of the Young Scientists of Australia’s Brisbane Chapter. Much fun was had talking with young children about some basic science – magic mud and coiled spring theory – as well as playing dress-ups at the Photobooth.

World Science Festival Brisbane - NYSF and YSA Photobooth

NYSF and YSA Photobooth

A significant team of Brisbane-based NYSF alumni, some of who are also members of YSA, helped out with the activity. It was great to see so many of them enthusiastically encouraging others to get involved and interested in science.

In addition, two of our alumni, Dr Phil Terrill and Holstein Wong, took part in our Letter to my teen self talk, presented in conjunction with Women in Technology Queensland. They shared their insights and top tips with the audience about how to keep motivated and what they learned through studying science and moving into STEM related careers.

World Science Festival

NYSF Alumna Sam Cridland volunteering at World Science Festival Brisbane

Thanks to the team at the Museum of Queensland who managed the events at World Science Festival Brisbane. They will be back next March with a whole new program. Hope to see you there.

World Science Festival marches in to Brisbane

National Youth Science Forum alumni will participate in the events program as part of the inaugural World Science Festival being held in Brisbane on Sunday 13 March 2016.

The co-hosted event between National Youth Science Forum and Women in Technology, “A letter to my teenage self – what I’ve learned about study and a career in science” will feature a series of five-minute talks from four unique individuals who chose a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Two of the featured speakers are NYSF alumni Holstein Wong and Dr Philip Terrill.

Holstein Wong attended the National Youth Science Forum in 2008 and studied Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, where she was awarded the University Medal and 1st Class Honours in Materials Science Engineering.

For the past two years, Holstein has been working for BHP Billiton, the world’s largest resources company. She started her career as a Graduate Processing Engineer at Peak Downs Mine, which produces metallurgical coking coal used for manufacturing steel, then moved to a similar role at Blackwater Mine. In 2016, she joined the Category Management division in Brisbane to bring her operations experience to the team that negotiates multi-million dollar supply contracts for goods and services needed on site.

Dr Philip Terrill attended the NYSF in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from The University of Queensland where he also received his PhD.

Philip is currently an early career academic employed at The University of Queensland as a lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Electronics with the school of IT and Electrical Engineering. Trained as a biomedical engineer, his overarching interest is the development of novel medical diagnostic tools and therapies that will improve the health outcomes of people in Australia and globally.

His current research is focused on the application of electronic instrumentation, mathematical modeling and signals processing in children and adult sleep medicine – he considers his research strength is the ability to bridge the gap between clinical physiology and biomedical engineering.

World Science Festival Brisbane – A letter to my teenage self

Date: Sunday 13 March 2016

Duration: 4pm – 5pm

Venue: Festival Lab, Cultural Forecourt, Southbank – Brisbane

Speakers: Representing the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) – Ms Holstein Wong (BHP Billiton), Dr Philip Terrill (The University of Queensland);

Representing Women in Technology (Brisbane) (WIT) – Dr Kerrie Wilson (The University of Queensland), Dr Heidi Uytendaal (Rio Tinto).

The inaugural five-day World Science Festival Brisbane presented by the Queensland Museum from 9-13 March, will bring some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to Queensland, showcase local scientists and performers from around the Asia Pacific region, and host the brightest and the best from previous events in New York.