veski provides rare science insight for students

5 June

veski in collaboration with Monash University, Invest Victoria and Federation Square hosted an Opportunities in Science Symposium on 19 June 2007 at BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.

This joint initiative offered a unique opportunity for over 135, Year 10 - 12 Victorian students, with a particular passion for science, to hear first hand of the guest speakers experience in pursuing a career in science.

Key note speaker Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, the Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Biomedical Sciences, Monash University delivered an insightful presentation to the students on aging and her discovery on telemerase.

The following panelists accompanied Professor Blackburn in delivering presentations: 

  • Dr Alyssa Barry - veski innovation fellow, Senior Researcher, International Health Research Group, MacFarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health; 
  • Dr Leslie Yeo - Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University;
  • and Professor James Whisstock - NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences, Monash University and recipient of the Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist for 2006.

Following the individual presentations, the students formed break out groups in which each group, posed one on one questions with each guest speaker. These breakout groups proved to be very successful with the students constant array of questions for the panelists - often making it hard to wrap up the sessions within the allocated time.

The majority of the students indicated that the Symposium helped confirm their thoughts about pursuing a career in science, expressing that they found the panelists to be very interesting and informative.

Through veski's international connections program, veski is able to support leading edge researchers in Australia to facilitate world class education and training through symposiums and seminars to the broader Victorian community.

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