Students ‘speed meet’ Victoria’s leading scientists

14 October

More than 40 students from Mooroopna and Kyneton Secondary Colleges were among the first Victorians to meet the leading researchers awarded the 2013 Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation and the 2013 Victoria Fellows on Tuesday 8 October 2013.

The students were part of a unique ‘speed meet the scientist’ event before the official announcement. As part of veski’s inspiring students (& teachers) program, each student had the opportunity to ask the leading researchers questions about their career, their research and the challenges they face.

Students arrived with their teachers at the Parliament of Victoria in the early afternoon and were briefed to become junior science journalists for the afternoon with the opportunity to interview some of Victoria’s leading scientists and the possibility of having their articles published by veski.

Students, teachers, and the scientists convened in the historical Queen’s Hall, the venue for the evening’s announcement event. veski’s special guest and Master of Ceremonies Mr Robyn Williams from ABC Radio National's The Science Show provided the students with a number of interviewing tips and had the room buzzing with excitement.

In small groups of three, the students interviewed and discussed ‘anything science’ with the scientists who included 2013 Victoria Prize recipients Professors Alan Cowman and Lloyd Hollenberg, the 2013 Victoria Fellows, and Victoria’s Lead Scientist Ms Leonie Walsh.

The students were all very enthusiastic about their conversations, with teachers and veski staff eagerly listening in. An additional round had to be added with students wanting a few more minutes to ask their final questions. The students and scientists were then invited to share their experiences and what they learnt from the speed meet.

There was extremely positive feedback from both students and teachers, who highlighted the unique opportunity the event provided to share ideas and experiences around the field of science that went far beyond the classroom.

Following this highly interactive session, students polished up their articles and were then invited to attend the official event where the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business announced to family, colleagues and representatives of Victoria's science, business and innovation communities that Professors Alan Cowman and Lloyd Hollenberg had received the 2013 Victoria Prize, and awarded the 2013 Victoria Fellowships to the same scientists students had interviewed earlier that day.

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