ONLINE EVENT COMPONENT: Women on Mars: a special event for female high school students

Special Events
Friday 18 August, 2017


The below event will have an online component aimed at schools in regional Australia. Once confirmed the live event link will be displayed below:

(Link to be added later)

We encourage science teachers interested in being involved in this event to register their details below. This will help us stay in contact with you with the latest instructions on how to log in, participate and enjoy this fantastic event. 

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As part of National Science Week, UNSW Science will host a special event - Women on Mars - for female high school students at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 18 August.

During the free event hosted by UNSW Science, students will participate in some exciting scientific activities and hear from leading female scientists including Dr Abigail Allwood.

Dr Allwood is the first Australian and the first woman to lead a team at NASA, and she has designed an instrument for NASA’s rover that will land on Mars in 2020.

Other speakers will include UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston, who is a leading marine ecologist, and UNSW PhD student Tara Djokic, who recently discovered the oldest fossil evidence of land-based life on Earth, in the Pilbara in Western Australia.

The school symposium, which is being held as part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival, is best suited for Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students.

It follows a major event in the Concert Hall the previous evening, Thursday 17 August, when the Sydney Opera House and UNSW Big Questions Institute will join forces to present Life on Mars: how Australian scientists are shaping NASA's 2020 mission to the red planet.

Both events are supported by the Australian Government as part of the Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week.

At the Friday event, students will be inspired by meeting a diverse range of female scientists talking about their research passions and careers and by engaging in fun, short activities with scientists and industry partners.

The day’s agenda will be as follows:

·         09:30 am:        Registration @ Northern Foyer, Sydney Opera House

·         10:00 am:        The Journey to Mars begins!

·         11:00 am:        Science Activities

·         12:30 pm:        Lunch

·         01:30 pm:        Lift-off to Mars and beyond!

·         02:15 pm:        Group Photo

·         02:30 pm:        Event Concludes