Your school is invited to participate in an
“Australian Science and Engineering:
Reaching for the Stars”
Science and engineering shape so much of our lives and Australia is a great place for discoveries and innovations that are amongst the best in the world. I will tell you about two of them. One is Australia’s $50M program to develop bionic vision, aiming to restore sight to the blind and emulate the Australian success of the Bionic Ear that has given hearing to many from the deaf community.
The other is the largest science project ever planned for our planet: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This multi-nationally supported mega-network of radio telescopes is being built across desserts in South Africa and Western Australia. It will require computing powers that far outreach our present capacity and is likely to generate many technological spin-offs. Its projected completion date of 2025, along with its probable lifespan of some 50-100 years, means that we are building the SKA for you if you chose to become a scientist or an engineer! Even if you don’t, just knowing what Australia can achieve will be exciting.
Who is Professor Lyn Beazley?
Professor Lyn Beazley was appointed Chief Scientist of Western Australia in 2006. She was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2009 and made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering later that year. Lyn is a member of the new Technology and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC) to the Western Australian Government. In March 2011, she was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame.
After her education at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Lyn built up an internationally renowned research team that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of the research done at the University of Western Australia.
Lyn has served on numerous bodies advising State and Federal Governments, including advisory boards to the Australian Research Council, the Australian Synchrotron and Western Australia’s Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund. She is a member of several boards such as The Institute for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA).
What is ATSE?
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) was inaugurated in 1976. Fellows are men or women who are “Australian citizens or persons normally resident in Australia” who are eminent by reason of their achievements in technological sciences or engineering”.
One of the objectives of the Academy is to provide a forum for the study and discussion of issues relevant to the formulation of public policy for technological sciences and engineering based activities, and the communication of expert advice to Government and the community.
The Western Australian Division of ATSE holds annually an Eminent Speakers Seminar to promote this objective and help advance responsible and sustainable development of Western Australia.
Further information about the Academy: www.atse.org.au
Audience: High school science students in year 8 to 10 (and others as there is still space)
Date: 28 May 2013
Time: 10.30 to 11.45am (please arrive by 10.10am)
Location: Curtin University. Building 213 Room 104 – grid reference O,10
Drop off point: Bus slip way off Beazley Ave (near building 200A) – grid reference N,8
Cost: Free plus a limited number of transport subsidies available to schools (via redemption from Scitech)
To book: visit http://curtinatse2013.eventbrite.com/
Questions? contact the Curtin Science Outreach Manager on (08) 9266 1021