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Inspiring Stories Women and Science Symposium Science 50:50 session 2 - 6 March 2015 Stream 1 - 13:30

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Inspiring Stories Women and Science Symposium Science 50:50 session 2

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Provider: Australian National Maritime Museum

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Date: 6 March 2015

Start Time: 13:30

End Time: 15

Duration: 90 minutes

Closing Date: Bookings Close 06-Mar-2015

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 10

Non-DEC Positions: 10

Price: Free

KLA Syllabus: Secondary

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KLA Keyword/s: Science

Modules: Science as a career ;

Event Overview: We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.�� Carl Sagan, Scientist and Astronomer (1934-1996)
���Girls are born problem solvers and, more than ever, they want to make a difference in their world, making them natural scientists and innovators. It��s up to us to harness their talent and energy with hands-on experiences, real-world role models and a focus on the possibilities that science can make in their lives and the lives of others��. Eileen Sweeney, 2008
With the current research indicating there is trend for young female students to opt out of science in the senior secondary years, the Australian National Maritime Museum in conjunction with UNSW for International Women��s Day, is hosting a Women in Science Symposium at the museum and through video conferencing, to encourage high school girls to look beyond the lab coats and to see the possibilities for scientific careers.


The second part of today��s women and science symposium will be chaired by Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) UNSW Science Director Centre for Sustainable Materials.
.As a modern day ���alchemist�� UNSW ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor Veena Sahajwalla is revolutionising the way the world thinks about waste by leveraging high temperature reactions to transform waste into valuable raw materials for production.

Her world-first ���green steel�� process turns waste tyres into commercial quality steel. She��s now turning automotive waste and e-waste into metal alloys, safely and cheaply, with more ���green materials�� in development.

Science 50:50 is being led by Professor Sahajwalla, and is supported by her ARC-funded Georgina Sweet Fellowship.

Science 50:50 is a program that aims to inspire young women to pursue degrees and careers in science and technology so they can succeed in an innovation driven future. Science 50:50 makes the simple point ��� since half the population is female, why not half the scientists and technologists? By informing and engaging young women with the power of science and technology to solve complex problems and transform lives, and by introducing them to Australian scientists and innovators who are doing just that, Science 50:50 can help recalibrate the gender balance.

50:50 Sydney launch Agenda

1:30 pm -1:45 pm: Keynote address Professor Merlin Crossley, Dean of UNSW Science

1:45 pm -2:30 pm: Industry talks

Industry partners:

CSIRO, IBM, Cochlear, Woolworths, Arrium, Brickworks, Australian Museum Research Institute, Global Product Stewardship Council.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Q&A and panel discussion hosted by Prof. Veena Sahajwalla

Students will have the opportunity to learn about scientific careers beyond university, internships and competitions.




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