PIONEERS IN SCIENCE: Professor Alan Mackay-Sim

Queensland Museum Theatre


Great minds inspire greatness. The Pioneers in Science program gives high school students – in person and online – rare access to some of the world’s most renowned scientists.

This year our special guest is 2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim, an international expert on the human sense of smell.

Mackay-Sim was a pioneer in the discovery and use of adult stem cells from the nose for medical applications including spinal cord injury and understanding brain diseases.

This intimate gathering allows students to address some of the most important topics in science with Alan Mackay-Sim, who will share his personal stories, life challenges and career highlights, giving students a chance to imagine what their future in science might be. There is also a special opportunity for students to submit questions online prior to the event. Some of these questions will then be chosen for the student to ask in person during the show.

Submit your questions – now closed.

To submit questions please fill out the online form before Wednesday, 28 February.


Alan Mackay-Sim


Alan Mackay-Sim

Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist. He graduated with a PhD from Macquarie University in 1980 and worked at the University of Sydney, the University of Pennsylvania,...

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Tanya Ha


Tanya Ha

Tanya Ha is an award-winning Australian environmental campaigner, best-selling author and science journalist. She is also a media commentator on science and environmental issues, a behaviour change consultant, and was...

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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Information for Teachers

The most beneficial learning opportunities for students will occur when the associated links to the Australian Curriculum are pursued in conjunction with World Science Festival Brisbane events. Download Curriculum Links for this event.

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