PIONEERS IN SCIENCE: Professor Fiona Wood



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 2005 Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Wood, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialising in burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction. Professor Wood co-pioneered the world’s first ‘spray on skin’. She is Director of the WA Burns Service of Western Australia and a consultant Plastic Surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

This intimate gathering allows students to address some of the most important topics in science with Professor Wood, who will share her 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.


Fiona Wood


Fiona Wood

Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in the field of burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction. She is Director of the Western Australia Burns Service...

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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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Age Recommendation

School Years 10 to 12

Live Streaming

COMING SOON – Thanks to support from AARNet, regional and remote areas can watch a live stream of this event here.

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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