PLC Sydney Science Summit

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PLC Sydney’s inaugural Science Summit was a hit! On Saturday 3 June 2017, over 200 students from across Sydney were given the opportunity to extend their scientific understanding and connect with like-minded students. This Summit was a student initiative with the help of the Science department, particularly Mrs Fiona Hendriks. 

The committee had a brilliant time at the initial brainstorming session late last year and worked diligently through the first half of 2017 to design, film and edit promotional material, negotiate the specifics of the day, invite speakers, liaise with other schools and finally pull the whole event together. Year 11 and 12 Science students took great initiative and were fantastic leaders of the project. 

Attendees heard Dr Burgis present on the theme 'Being a Human Being' followed by keynote speaker Chas Licciardello, of the Chasers fame, and Dr Jocelyn Laurence, physicist and ex-PLC Sydney student. Students were then privileged to choose two of the following scientists to meet in small lectures:

  • Professor Elaine Sadler, Astrophysicist at the University of Sydney
  • Ana Maria Daoud, Electrical Engineer with Cochlear
  • Dr Damith Herath, specialist in the field of Robotics, from the University of Canberra 
  • Professor Kay Double, Biomedical Scientist from the University of Sydney who researches Parkinson's Disease
  • Dr Steve Abbott, from the Heart Research Institute, Sydney
  • Dr Alice Williamson, Principal Synthetic Chemist for the Open Source Malaria Consortium at the University of Sydney
  • Dr Jaz Lawes, Ecologist from UNSW
  • Jackson Nexhip, entrepreneur and book writer

Afternoon tea was provided by the Pet Show Committee, followed by a lecture from Dr Jennifer Moss, Vice President Research and Development Asia Pacific for Arnotts. Finally, there was an ethics panel comprised of PLC Sydney community members and led by Dr Lesley Ashton, Executive Director of Research Operations and Coordination at the University of Sydney. 

We are incredibly grateful for the support of the school in this endeavour and found it a valuable experience both as organisers and participants. Thank you to our teachers, the attendees, the speakers and the students who presented their award winning posters. The experience was informative and we hope that next year’s Summit will be even bigger and better! 

Jade Lin (Year12)
PLCSSS Committee

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