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.