2019 Science Summit Workshop and Presenters

The Keynote Address for the 2019 PLC Sydney Science Summit will be: "The rich history of medicine and health”, presented by Dr Nial Wheate. Program Director, Undergraduate Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Dr Wheate undertakes research into the design of drug delivery systems and pharmaceutical formulations and also encompasses the quality use of medicines with a specific focus on chemotherapy agents in the acute care setting. The keynote address will be followed by a series of Workshop Sessions, including: 

Ain't nobody eating my food! Food choice in fruit fly larvae: ‘ain’t nobody eating my food!’ Dr Juliano Morimoto, Macquarie University, Department of Biological Sciences. 
We all crave for pizza, pasta, or chocolate, but humans are not the only animals to choose what they eat. All animals choose their food, no matter the animals’ size or shape, even wiggly little larvae. In this workshop, we will put our hands on some larvae, and see food choice happening in real time. We will discuss how the concepts that explain larvae food choice can be used in our lives. 
Just a cough of your breath Just a cough of your breath, detecting disease using your breath. 
Dr Noushin Nasiri from Macquarie University School of Engineering is presenting this workshop She will discuss how nanotechnology improves our quality of life.
Mars 3D simulations

Mars 3D simulations: Associate Professor Craig O'Neill Associate Professor from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Macquarie University is presenting a workshop using 3-D simulations of Mars. Discuss the latest information available on Mars. Could Mars support life?

The science and jobs involved in creating a KitKat
The science and therefore jobs involved in creating a KitKat with Ms Nina Cleeve-Edwards from Nestle
Desert Island Drugs Desert Island Drugs, what would you take and why? presented by the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Andrew McLachlan from the University of Sydney and Mrs Linda Badewitz-Dodd, who is a partner in a pharmacy at Merimbula.
Searching for Alien Molecules
Searching for Alien Molecules presented by Dr Laura McKemmish is a quantum chemist and molecular physicist. 
Explore the science behind the restoration of Victorian Watercolours 
Ms Emma Rouse and Ms Analiese Treacy from the NSW Art Gallery will discuss the restoration of major Australian artworks that were exhibited last year. How was fluorescence used? what did they find out about the chemicals used in paint in the nineteenth century?  Complete some hands-on activities to show how the restoration of major Australian artworks occurs.
Code a Tamagotchi
Code a Tamagotchi. Ms Nicky Ringland will be presenting a coding workshop. Please bring your own laptop with USB input/output to code a tamagotchi.
A day in the life of a volcanologist
Earth and Environmental Science, the adventure science: A day in the life of a volcanologist.
Professor Heather Handley from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Macquarie University will do a hands-on workshop on the life of volcanologists and all things volcano!
Robotics UTS Faculty of Engineering will be bringing ZUMO robots for a workshop.
Floating Houses UTS Floating houses workshop. How can you build a house to survive a tsunami and floods in the third world. Work with civil engineers and find out about engineers without borders.
Illuminating the invisible
Illuminating the invisible: studying biological and environmental systems via fluorescence with Veronica Lin (Recommended for Year 11 and 12 Chemistry students)
Veronica will be explaining the development of fluorescence-based probes and techniques to analyse and image complex environments. She studies elements and biochemicals in cells and tissues as a result of disease processes and their treatment. She will discuss the research she is doing to complete her PhD and what is involved in undertaking a PhD. There will be hands-on activities illuminating the invisible.
Lasers, a modern tool Lasers, a modern tool presented by Dr Stephanus Van Heerden, PLC Sydney's Scientist in Residence.



Professor Katherine Belov is an Australian geneticist, Professor of Comparative Genomics in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor of Global Engagement at the University of Sydney. She is head of the Australasian Wildlife Genomics Group and research expert in the area of comparative genomics and immunogenetics, including Tasmanian devils and koalas, two iconic Australian species that are threatened by disease processes. She is also a PLC Sydney Alumni (1991). In her role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement at the University of Sydney she supports researchers to build international collaborations and multidisciplinary teams to solve today’s complex global challenges, such as planetary health or inequality. 

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Associate Professor Nial Wheate joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1995 as a midshipman and air combat officer. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the Australian Defence Force Academy, he was the first graduate to go on to complete his PhD. Currently, he is the Program Director, Undergraduate Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Dr Wheate research interests include the design of drug delivery systems and pharmaceutical formulations, which also encompasses the quality use of medicines with a specific focus on chemotherapy agents in the acute care setting.

DR Juliano Morimoto

Dr Juliano Morimoto, from Macquarie University, Department of Biological Sciences, investigates a wide variety of topics ranging from host-bacteria interactions, nutrition, evolutionary biology, and animal behaviour. His main research topic focuses on the effects of the gut microbiota on reproduction and sexual selection in the Queensland fruit fly. Juliano is a Doctor of Philosophy, obtaining his PhD in Zoology and Animal Biology from the University of Oxford, UK in 2016. He originally came to Australia as a visiting researcher with the University of Sydney in 2016-16 before becoming a Research Fellow at Macquarie University in 2017. He is also a certified Data Scientist and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London ( is a society dedicated to the study of, and the dissemination of information concerning, natural history, evolution, and taxonomy. Queen Elizabeth II is the patron of this very old and prestigious society.)

DR Noushin Nasiri

Dr Noushin Nasiri has received her Bachelor and Master of Engineering in Materials Engineering from the University of Tehran in Iran and then pursued her research at the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory of the Australian National University (ANU) where she received her PhD in Nanotechnology, in 2017. In 2017, she took a postdoctoral position at University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Science where she continued working on nano-structured materials for health and energy application. In September 2018, she joined the School of Engineering at Macquarie University as a Lecturer. She is a passionate science communicator and her research has been recognized with several awards including the First Place in the 2017 AMP Amplify Ignite Competition, the Runner-up Award in the 2016 Famelab Australia Grand Final and the People’s Choice Award for the 2015 ANU 3MT Grand Final.

Prof. Craig O'Neill

Prof. Craig O'Neill is the Director of the Planetary Research Centre at Macquarie University, and an Associate ProfesSor in Geodynamics and Planetary Science, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Macquarie University. He is a Chief Investigator and board member of the Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS) ARC Centre of Excellence. Prof Craig O’Neill has been at Macquarie for the good part of a geological epoch (the Anthropocene is a short epoch). His background is in geophysics and computational fluid dynamics, which he applies in simulating the interiors of terrestrial planets. Before coming to Macquarie, he completed a PhD at Sydney University, and then a NASA-funded postdoc at Rice University in Houston, where he survived 2 hurricanes. Coincidently, he moved back to Australia soon after, to Macquarie, on an ARC postdoctoral fellowship, and later a Future Fellowship. 


Nina Cleeve-Edwards, BSc, MCom, FAIP, CPP is Manager – Oceania Innovation Acceleration Team, Nestlé Australia Ltd Nina commenced in the packaging field with Nestlé, the world's leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company, in 2006, working across various product categories. She then spent four years based in the Nestlé Research Centre in Switzerland, rolling out a global packaging ecodesign tool and performing research on bioplastic applications for Nestlé packaging. She returned to Australia in 2013, and is currently managing the Nestlé Oceania Innovation Acceleration Team, looking after product and packaging developments for co-manufactured and imported products.  She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, was the second recipient of the Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) designation in Australasia, and in 2017 received the joint Young Packaging and Processing Professional of the Year Award and was commemorated as Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging.

Dr Nicky Ringland

Dr Nicky Ringland is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy and Outreach Officer at the National Computer Science School. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney in 2015, and is a co-founder of Grok Learning, an online learning platform that teaches coding and technology. Nicky is passionate about teaching the next generation the skills they need to become the creators of tomorrow.
Awards and honours include: 
2018 - The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence
2016 - Young Alumni Award for Achievement, Engineering & IT, University of Sydney
2015 - “Making IT Happen” award, International Society for Technology Education
2013 - Winner “30 Under 30” Warren Centre Australia Competition
2010 - Google Anita Borg Scholarship

Dr Ringland was taught by Mr Trimble!


Dr Laura McKemmish is a Quantum Chemist and Molecular Physicist. After completing a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Sydney in 2010, Laura was awarded a University Medal for her Honours research in Chemistry and completed a PhD on "Mixed Ramp-Gaussian Basis Sets" at the Australian National University's Chemistry department. From September 2014 - June 2016 Laura carried out post-doctoral research in the ExoMol group in University College London's Physics and Astronomy department, and was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow from July 2016 - December 2017. She is currently a Lecturer at UNSW Chemistry.

Professor Andrew McLachlan

Professor Andrew McLachlan is the Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy in the Sydney Pharmacy School and a Member of the Order of Australia. He is currently the Program Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing. He is the former Professor of Pharmacy (Aged Care) (2006-2018) in the then Faculty of Pharmacy and at Concord Hospital’s Centre for Education and Research on Ageing. He is a pharmacist, academic and researcher experienced in clinical and experimental pharmacology and research on the quality use of medicines. His research focuses on understanding the variability in response to medicines and how this can be managed to optimise patient care, particularly in special patient populations such as older people, the very young and the critically ill. He is interested in translating clinical pharmacology research and high quality clinical trial evidence into real-world practice. 


Veronica Lin is the highest achieving PLC SYDNEY student in Chemistry ever. Veronica topped the state and has completed an honours degree in Chemistry at the University of Sydney. She is currently completing her first year of a PhD at USYD.

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If you would like further information about PLC Sydney's 2019 Science Summit, please contact:
Ms Fiona Hendriks
Science Faculty
Tel: 9704 5686
E: fhendriks@plc.nsw.edu.au 


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