[ASC-media] Australian NASA Astronaut and Australia's Top Innovators Mix it with 400 Aspiring Scientists

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Wed Apr 23 03:39:45 CEST 2008


 

MEDIA ALERT

 

ATSE CLUNIES ROSS AWARDS AND EXTREME SCIENCE EXPERIENCE

 

23 APRIL 2008

 

 

WHAT:           “Extreme Science Experience” 

 

WHO:             

Australian-born NASA astronaut Dr Andy Thomas, and 

                        

Australia’s top commercially successful scientists and engineers who will
have been announced the night before as winners of the prestigious 2008 ATSE
Clunies Ross Awards for mastery of new technology and business expertise
with

 

400 students and teachers in lively discussions and challenging workshop
sessions                 

 

WHEN:           10am to 3.45pm, Thursday, 15 May 2008

 

WHERE:        Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Brisbane, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane

 

WHY:  

Australia will face a shortage of 20,000 scientists and engineers by 2012
and the percentage of students choosing to study science in secondary school
is declining. Extreme Science Experience is designed to help stem that
decline by giving keen students a unique opportunity to interact with
Australia's exceptional innovators.

 

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Prior to 15 May and/or at ESE:

 

- Andy Thomas, Australian born NASA Astronaut, with 177 days in space

 

- Robin Batterham, President of the Australian Academy of Technological
Sciences and Engineering and former Chief Scientist of Australia

 

- Dr Alan Finkel, renowned neuroscientist, Chancellor of Monash University
and a previous ATSE Clunies Ross winner, who is driving improvements to S&T
education

 

- Teachers/students to be involved in ESE

 

For embargo 8pm 14 May:

 

ATSE Clunies Ross Award Winners for 2008: names not yet announced but are of
the calibre of past winners such as Dr Fiona Wood, inventor of spray-on
skin; Professor Ian Frazer, inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine,
Professor Graeme Clark, inventor of the bionic ear and Nobel laureate Dr
Barry Marshall, who discovered the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.

 

PICTORIAL OPPORTUNITIES: Andy Thomas and award winners with children at
hands-on workshops

 

FURTHER INFO/INTERVIEWS: Cathy Reade, Media Liaison, 0413 575 934
creade at squirrel.com.au

 

 


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