I presented my Three Minute Thesis to researchers, Deans and benefactors at the UQ Engagement Dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Apparently, you could hear a pin drop!
After winning the Three Minute Thesis, Ryan Stafford (runner-up) and I were asked to “appear” on 612 ABC Radio with Steve Austin. It was great fun.
I’ve taken out the UQ level of the Three Minute Thesis Competition! Ryan Stafford was Runner-up and People’s Choice winner. The thought of presenting three years work in three minutes was daunting. It it even possible? How will I get my point across? Will I fall before the audience in a quivering heap of incoherent babble? I entered the 3MT to overcome my anxiety and learn to talk about my research as plainly as possible.
I presented “Tricks of the Mind” to around fifty people at the Queensland Museum as part of Sharing Science during National Science Week. I discussed how the human mind doesn’t work like a camera and how our perceptions of the world can be distorted with a few simple tricks.
I volunteered and took some shots at the ATSE Extreme Science Experience where over 240 Year 10 Science students and 40 teachers from across Queensland did some science. The day was hosted by the lively Bernie Hobbs with a key note address by Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Geoff Garrett.
As part of the brief to share my passion for science with young people as an ATSE Young Science Ambassador, I travelled to UQ’s Research Centre on Heron Island. I spent a week teaching and giving talks about fingerprints, tricks of the mind, and careers in science. Click for more.
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has selected me as a Young Science Ambassador. Selected on personal qualities and scholarly excellence, Ambassadors engage in a number of science promotion activities such as visiting and giving lectures to schools, meeting parliamentarians and addressing Academy Fellows. These awards aim to encourage talented young scientists and engineers who are currently engaged in research and development to promote science and science education.