veski joins teachers and scientists under the dome

11 June

veski's new program coordinator James Newton joined Australian Academy of Science Fellows, teachers, policy makers and early career researchers at the annual Science at the Shine Dome conference in Canberra in May 2013.

The three-day program began with the formal admission of 20 new fellows to the Academy along with informative presentations highlighting their recent research achievements and celebrating their outstanding contributions to science. 

That evening, James represented veski at a dinner for early and mid-career researchers and teachers which provided an excellent opportunity for individuals to build new relationships and continue discussions.

Career and early-career honorific awards were presented on day two with the prestigious Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture being awarded to Professor Kenneth Freeman from the Australian National University. He received the Medal, which recognises scientific research of the highest standing in the physical sciences and honours the contribution of Australia’s early scientific researchers, for his work on dark matter and the formation and dynamics of spiral galaxies.

Professional development activities included early careers workshops on grant writing, scientific collaboration and communication; and teacher’s workshops with demonstrations by Anita Trenwith, a recipient of a 2012 Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. 

As part of veski's new inspiring students (and teachers) program, James will draw on key learnings from the conference to deliver a program for students and teachers at Kyneton, Mooroopna and Neerim District secondary colleges. The conference was also attended by veski innovation fellow and board member Professor Andrew Holmes AM. 

The annual dinner was hosted at the National Gallery of Australia with Sir David King providing a keynote address entitled: “Science and policy: is there a role for scientists?”

The conference culminated with a fascinating annual symposium covering the science driving the future of power generation. Expert speakers examined thermal power, photovoltaics, next generation fossil fuels, nuclear energy, smart grids and the nexus between power generation, population, economics and sustainability.

Science at the Shine Dome coincides with the Academy’s Annual General Meeting and has developed over its 59 years into a celebration of Australian science.

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