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22 March 2018 Concert Hall, QPAC

Age Recommendation

School Years 5 to 10

Venue

Concert Hall, QPAC

Location

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Session Times

Cost

$10
Robert Bell
Moderator

Robert Bell

Moderator

Robert Bell

Doctor Robert Bell has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a PhD in materials chemistry from the University of Queensland. He says that his love of science (and particularly...

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Justin Marshall
Participant

Justin Marshall

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Justin Marshall

Professor Justin Marshall leads the Sensory Neurobiology Group at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, specialising in neuro-ecology. As an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Professor Marshall is an...

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Veena Sahajwalla
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Veena Sahajwalla

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Veena Sahajwalla

Veena Sahajwalla is an X-ray vision superhero whose work is revolutionising recycling science to unlock the wealth of resources embedded in the many complex and toxic wastes currently destined for...

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Chris Ferrie
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Chris Ferrie

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Chris Ferrie

Dr Chris Ferrie is a Quantum Physicist at the Centre for Quantum Software and Information, University of Technology Sydney, who researches the characterisation and control of quantum devices using machine...

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Jennifer Wiseman
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Jennifer Wiseman

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Jennifer Wiseman

Doctor Jennifer Wiseman is a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she serves as the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. Her primary responsibility is...

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Summary

The future of our job market is changing – so what does it take to do some of the coolest jobs on Earth? Meet four amazing scientists with some of today’s most innovative jobs. Learn how they got there and what inspired them to choose their exciting and inspiring careers. Joining us for 2018 will be:

DR CHRIS FERRIE –  Quantum Physicist at the Centre for Quantum Software and Information, University of Technology Sydney, who researches the characterisation and control of quantum devices using machine learning. Dr Ferrie has also authored several best-selling children’s books on science, with titles such as Quantum Physics for Babies and Rocket Science for Babies.

PROFESSOR VEENA SAHAJWALLA – Australian Research Council Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is revolutionising recycling science to unlock the wealth of resources embedded in the many complex wastes currently destined for landfill. As a materials scientist engineer and founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at the University of New South Wales, she is producing a new generation of green materials, products and resources made entirely, or primarily, from waste.

PROFESSOR JUSTIN MARSHALL  leads the Sensory Neurobiology Group at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, specialising in neuro-ecology. As an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Professor Marshall is an expert in understanding the visual system of marine animals including the amazing mantis shrimp. He is also the founding director of a citizen-science project – Coral Watch – a public awareness and participation group that aims to save the reef, has worked as a scientific consultant for various documentary makers including National Geographic and BBC Blue-chip documentaries, and with Sir David Attenborough on several series including one on the recent Great Barrier Reef as chief science consultant.

DR JENNIFER WISEMAN – is a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she serves as the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. Her primary responsibility is to ensure that the Hubble mission is as scientifically productive as possible. Previously, Doctor Wiseman headed Goddard’s Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics. Doctor Wiseman studied physics at MIT, where she co-discovered the comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff. She then earned a PhD in astronomy at Harvard University, with research on star formation.

 

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