The Innovators’ Tea Party will be delivering 8 speed-networking events on Saturday 11th and 18th August, during National Science Week. Free registrations are now open to all students in years 10-12!
These events will cover a range of STEM career options including medicine and health science, environmental science, engineering, veterinary science, game development, information systems and IT, innovation and entrepreneurship and many, many more.
Students have the opportunity to register for the session that interests them most: you can see which fields are covered by each of the sessions by following the links in the event menu above.
Date: Saturday 11th and 18th August 2018
Times: 1.5hr sessions at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Venue: FLUX, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Year Level: Registrations are open to students in years 10-12 only.
Meet our Mentors!
We will be showcasing some of our 100 Women in STEM mentors who will be attending this event over the coming weeks.
Kari is a Forensic Chemist at ChemCentre, and will be joining us for our Perth 2018 event. We asked her to tell us more about what a Forensic Chemist does.
“My typical day involves analysing trace evidence using chemical techniques for criminal matters. I use a wide range of instruments for a wide range of evidence types, from arson debris to zircons. I issue reports, liaise with police, defence lawyers and prosecutors, and testify in trials as an expert witness if required.
I’m often asked if Forensic Chemistry is like CSI. I am like the lab workers in CSI – I do all the analysis for my specialty. I get to use my chemical knowledge and scientific and I get to help society by contributing to the justice system. But no, I don’t normally go to crime scenes, I don’t interview suspects and I don’t know everything about every area that happens to be needed. It would be good to be able to finish a case in an hour though!”
Aquaculture Research Scientist
Aisling is a PhD Student at Curtin University working with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and volunteered with us at our 2017 Perth event. We asked her to share a bit about what she does, and how she came to study climate change & aquaculture.
“I spend the day culturing algae, looking after scallops, oysters, lobsters, and abalone, building aquaculture systems, and running experiments where I try to make baby abalone or determine how future climate change is going to impact abalone. During nice weather, I can also spend my days on the boat counting abalone stocks along the WA coastline.
I always liked sport, science and maths in high school, and chose to study Marine and Coastal Management and Science Communication at University. Considering I thought I hated biology after doing one term of it in year 11, I don’t think my teenage self would have expected me to be here at all! But I’m very grateful I kept an open mind over the years as I love what I do.”
Breast Cancer Research Scientist
Ciara is a PhD Student at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The University of Western Australia. Ciara has recently won a Western Australian Young Achiever Award for Innovation! Her research is supported by the Cancer Council Western Australia. We asked her to share a bit about how she got to where she is.
“When I was a teenager I had no idea I would be doing what I am doing today. I was originally aiming for medicine, and only realised how much I enjoyed research when I did my Honours year. I am currently researching whether honeybee venom (what gets injected into you when you are stung by a bee) could be used to effectively treat aggressive breast cancer cells. This involves putting the bees to sleep, manually collecting the venom, and then testing its effects on breast cancer cell lines. It’s such a great feeling when you discover something new in your field of research.”
Energy Efficiency Project Officer
Karin is an Energy Efficiency Project Officer at the City of Mandurah.
We asked Karin to tell us how she got to be in her current role, and why she loves it.
“When I left school I had no idea what I wanted to do and didn’t start my degree until I was 28. I spent my 20s travelling and working in hospitality and administrative roles – it took me a long time to discover my passion and decide on a direction. I chose to work in sustainability because I wanted to contribute to climate change mitigation and the only way to do that is to decarbonise our energy supply.
I studied an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Development, and am currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Energy Management. Landing this job at the City of Mandurah doing exactly what I want to be doing was a culmination of many years of study (next to working full time) and working in a related area of the commercial sector. I really feel like all the hard work has paid off and it has turned out to be an amazingly positive working environment. When you get to work every day to contribute to a cause that you genuinely care about and connect with like-minded people you really feel like you are making an impact. I couldn’t be happier with where I am right now.”
Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Developer
Camille is a Lead VR/AR Developer at St John Ambulance WA. She manages all aspects of technical production, and is involved in primary coding and prototype development. We asked her to tell us about how her passion became her career.
“I grew up with 3 brothers and through them was exposed to games from a young age. I loved playing games, and at around 10 years of age I also started making my own art. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do after high-school because no one thought game development was a viable, practical option. After studying a Uni degree that wasn’t for me, I switched over to a Games degree at Murdoch University and felt I had found my place. When I first started my Games degree I didn’t expect my career to be very financially rewarding or secure – I basically took a leap of faith because I knew it was something I enjoyed doing. What I failed to consider was how the future could pan out. The technologies I work with today have tremendous potential and job opportunities in this field are growing every year.”
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.
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