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Geoscientists study the Earth’s history and are often hired to hunt down gems, oils and other hidden resources. Study up: Employees look favourably on honours degrees in science, engineering, maths and statistics. Check out the government-run Geoscience Australia Graduate Program, too.

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These specialist physicians manage the treatment of patients with diseases compromising the immunise system. Perk alert: Due to an increase in the prevalence of allergies, there’s currently a shortage of immunologists in Australia and New Zealand, which means job opportunities galore.

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Specialised writing for mags, newspapers and online. Career crush: Alice Klein! As the Australasian correspondent for New Scientist, climbing a dormant volcano – and writing about it – is all in a day’s work. Alice Klein

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Kindergarten teachers introduce STEM concepts to the next gen of talented scientists. Warning: experiments can get, er, seriously messy. Study up: A teaching degree is a must, choose science-related electives.


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Technicians head up the maintenance of lab tools and equipment, capture and sort data and ensure efficiency and accuracy. Salary spill: Up to $78,000 a year, depending on the field.


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From blue whales to plankton, marine biologists study all things underwater. Bonus: you get to wear a wetsuit to the office! Perk alert: Each day is different! You could be diving to collect data one morning and buried under research the next. See p14 for more.



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These hospital-based specialists deal primarily with sick or preterm babies. Career crush: Dr Adrienne Gordon! With a medical and public health degree in the bag, she’s currently leading the BABY1000 project – a ground-breaking developmental study of a baby’s first 1000 days.

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Oceanographers use biology, chemistry, geology and physics to conserve, manage, harvest and protect our oceans. Study up: A degree in marine science is usually a minimum requirement.

Statisticians live for data. They play with numbers and stats to aid decision making in science, technology, medicine and government fields. Perk alert: You’re basically solving problems all day.

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With detailed knowledge of the human body, physiologists spend their time treating serious medical conditions through targeted exercise programs. Salary spill: It depends on whether you work in a practice, gym or hospital, but you can expect around $65,000.

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Apart from frothing over volc anoes, these specialised geoscientists study their form ation and activity to help predict future eruptions. Career crush: Macquarie University’s associate profes sor in volcanology and geoche mistry, Heather Handley! She’s smashed a Bachelor of Science in geology, com pleted a PhD on the geochemistry of Indonesian volcanoes and now takes on eruption prediction projects.

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Quantum physicists manipulate atoms, electrons and photons to stretch the boundaries of physics. Perk alert: Studying forces that shape the world? Sign. Us. Up.

Wfois refocar wsteaerther Using specialised scientific techniques to understand what’s up with the weather, is all in a day’s work. Study up : Look out for app lied science and engineering degrees.


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Fluent in computer science and human-computer interaction design, roboticists conceptualise, build and program robotic systems, contributing to a variety of industries. Career crush: Associate professor, Denny Oetomo! The deputy head of Monash University’s engineering department has devoted his career to developing medical robots that assist clinical professionals in providing better patient care.

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Medical imaging profession als operate X-ray and imaging equipment to diagnose, monitor and trea t patients. Salary spill: Average pay is around $86,000 mark.

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Solar scientists advise companies, corporates and governments on cutting-edge systems. Study up: Start with a Bachelor of Science; you can specialise from there.

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talent for science is an obv ious choice when it com es to working in a STEM technolog y, eng ineering (science, and maths) field, but did you know, according to Economic For um*, hum a recent World an-based ski lls – such as critica l thinking, creativ ma nagement – have rea ity and people ched top-10 status when it comes to scoring a coo If you’ve wondered what l career. it even means to be par t of the science scene, rea to the experts and paid d on. We talked attention when the big gun s sha red their smarts! – Pippa Duffy

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( ) Decision making riosity ( ) Intellectual cu ( ) Flexibility ( ) Argumentation – supporting your claim focus ( ) Entrepreneurial ( ) Tech knowledge

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Education and training: It’s the job that keeps on giving. Pass on your love and knowledge for the STEM world by teaching the next wave of grads (and get paid handsomely to do it!).


Electricity, gas, water and waste: Yep, the services are all over the STEM employment movement. Go on, make a difference.


What are STEM skills exactly?

“Most people who work in STEM are practical and think logically about problem solving. People in STEM are incredibly diverse, but we all tend to have that logical thought process running throughout.” Marlee Hutton, Marine Scientist, Bardi Jawi woman from the Kimberley region in Western Australia, Research technician with CSIRO’s Coastal Ecosystems team.



Breaking good

Dr Alice Williamson is not your average chemistry lecturer. She’s leading high school students to break new ground in drug discovery (the helpful kind!) while spreading the good word on science

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carry this parasite, but in people with HIV /AIDS it can be really dangerous ,” says Alice. You might remember when American businessman Martin Shkreli bought the rights to produce Daraprim through his company Turing Pharmaceuticals in 2015, and hiked the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill overnight. “We thought, let’s show tha t you can make this medicine ver y cheaply and that high school students can be the ones to do it,” Alice says. Alice hopes to inspire more than just her classroom full of students. She’s bringing science to the masses by per forming chem talks at Splendour in the Gra ss music TU NE IN TO DR AL ICE: festival, hosting a weekly • In Syd ney: FBi rad science spot io (94.5F M) on FBi radio and recording Tuesdays at 8:15am to hea r Alice’s many an weekly science spot, awesome podcast. ‘Up and Atom’ ( t/up-and-atom/). “I want everyone, whether they’re • Or sea rch: ‘Dear Sci scientists or artists or mu ence’ sicians, to feel like or ‘Up and Atom’ on you r science belongs to them, tha podcasts app. t they can connect with it in some way,” she say s. – Eliza Brockwell



r Alice Williamson, with her PhD and chemistry lecturing gig at the University of Sydney, is on a mission to make science something that everyone can enjoy. Alice began her studies in the UK, emigrating to Australia as a postdoctoral researcher at the Open Source Malaria consortium. It’s here that Alice started Breaking Good, the extra-curricular project for high schoolers and undergrads from around the world that breaks new ground in chemistry. “It shows the students that they have great skills. They’re not just following a recipe, they’re creating something new and they feel the thrill of being part of a research team,” Alice says. The program received a lot of publicity when Alice led a team of students to recreate the drug ‘Daraprim’, originally developed for treatment of malaria, but more commonly used for treatment of toxoplasmosis. “Toxoplasmosis is largely innocuous – almost one-third of the population

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Pay packs in science / Fastest growing salaries Materials /Metallurgy (the study of metallic compounds and extracting metals. AKA big biz in mining!):


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Active learning (ie, learning on the job) VERY MPORTANT

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Research by the Australian Government’s Office of the Chief Scientist* * has found that employers are all over the need for STEM-skilled people (lik e you !) in their workplaces. Here’s why... • Design thinking is a prio rity for bosses in information technology, media and telco sectors


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Chemist to consultant

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hen Michael enrolled in a scie nce degree back home in Canada because he wanted to become a dentist, he also – by chance – decided to tak e an elective course in anim al behaviour. “It completely cha nged my perspective,” say s Michael. Michael went on to complet e a PhD in evolutionary biol ogy. As part of his fieldwork, he studied redback spiders in Australia, forcing him to get over his arachnophobia pretty quic kly! Several years ago, Michae l developed a smartphone app using augmented reality games to better engage his classes. Som e of the first prototypes saw studen ts completely immersing the mselves in the animal world by mimicki ng the behaviour of spiders . The app evolved into the Arlu do startup, which now incl udes a diverse team of programm ers, user experience designe rs, games developers and communica tion gurus. Michael says the biggest challenge as a scientist lear ning to be an app entrepren eur has been developing new skills and stepping out of his com fort zone. Michael suggests volunteerin g some time with PhD studen ts, researchers, or a company to find what you like. “Chanc e opportunities are often the greatest kind.” – Larissa Fed unik

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The fish prefer to breed by lay ing eggs around a sta lked ascidia n (sea squirt) – a species decimated by inv asive sea sta rs, according to CS IRO scientist Dr Tim Lyn ch. That’s where Jane comes in. She’s created 3000 tin y ascidia n sta lk replicas fro m kiln-fired pure white clay, carefu lly handcrafted to imitate the spawning hab itat of handfish. Jane’s pieces are made so that they’re eas y for divers to ‘pla nt’ in the dar k depths of the River De rwent. “I see this project as com ing from a ‘desig n and ma ke’ perspective, col laboratin g and meeting the needs of the scientist, divers and the spotted handfish,” she say s. The good news? Wi ld spa wning has already sta rte d to occur on the ceramic hab itats that have been pla ced. “It looks like the spotted han dfish approve!” she say s. Jane was awarded a thr ee-month art/science residency at the Universit y of Tasma nia, one of a range of art/sc ience col laborative programs in Austra lia.

Jane Bamford, creates ceramics for the sea



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e taps into her rlee Hutton, ma rine scienc For CSIRO researcher Ma Kimberley Coast, the m a Bardi Jaw i woma n fro as e itag her s nou ige Ind rock pools and fish. where she loved to explore iversit y in Per th deg ree from Murdoch Un Her Bachelor of Science science. While al ent nm in ma rine and env iro includes a double major eans and Atmospheres was par t of CSIRO’s Oc interning in a team that aerial sur veys. to track dugongs using Flagship, Ma rlee helped ping researchers hel in e e been invaluabl Indigenous rangers hav wledge to track ial sur veys wit h local kno combine science and aer to continue working es rlee points out. She hop Ma s, tion ula pop ong dug ring knowledge igenous communities, sha in a liaison role wit h Ind m thrive. about science to help the about their ch valuable information mu so “Local people hold tinue working con to e abl be to like “I’d rea lly env ironment,” she says. r groups.” – Fra n Molloy wit h Indigenous Ra nge Read on… Which area of science should you study?



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Science called: ool rocks are c With state-of-the-art facilities on hand, why wouldn’t you suss the science on geology at QUT? head. The geologist has at Giosef fi has rocks in her iosity about how the world cur always had an ‘insatiable’ never waned – even when works, so the lure of science directions. life pulled her in different is) the GFC (global financial cris “When I graduated from uni e am bec ved to London and hit,” Kat explains. “So I mo shake my calling.” ’t ldn cou I a travel agent, but g her Bachelor of Applied Fond memories of studyin ecology) at QU T meant it Science (biotechnology and back there when she was an easy choice to go ning. decided she wasn’t done lear Science (Earth of or Kat enrolled in a Bachel le-degree science sing five science ), one of QU T’s in cinated by what’s involved majors, because she’s fas th. Ear the in ing resources transporting and concentrat


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When Kat decided she wan ted to pursue a Master of Applied Science to “get ahead of the pack” in a competitive job market, she knew QU T was the plac e to do it. “QUT has state-of-the-art laboratories, lecturers from around the globe with all sor ts of experience, opportunity for vac ation work, exchange programs and student-run organisat ions who run events and can connec t you with industry,” Kat say s. With her Master’s comple te, Kat has secured a gradua te position as an operations geologist with natural gas company, Santos. But before she sta rts, she’s in SA for a three-w eek NExUS (National Exploration Undercover School ) course to further develop her minera l exploration knowledge und er the tutelage of world-class experts in the field. The course offers no form al assessment, but it’s em blematic of Kat’s key advice for scie nce students. “Take advant age of every opportunity,” she say s. “Don’t let the thought of not having experience in someth ing hold you back.” – Jake Dean

Masters in Applied Science, QUT


resources tely dependent on energy “Modern society is comple ut ve your smartphone? Abo and minerals,” she says. “Lo g stin every one. Want long-la 15 grams of copper goes into n Eve . um . Drive a car ? Petrole bat teries? You need lithium and are dependent on metals ces our renewable energy res ed.” need to be min rare Ear th elements, which r one, tures common units in yea fea ree deg QU T’s science – jors ma er oth the lore to exp providing Kat the opportunity and nce scie l nta me iron try, env biological sciences, chemis her specialisation. on g idin dec ore bef – physics g ctical and theoretical learnin pra “There’s a great mix of m,” Kat says. in the Ear th science progra and doors – learning from rocks out the “Geology’s about travelled ’ve We r. este rs trips every sem landscapes – and QUT offe of st coa rn the sou the land coast, the north and south Queens ia.” tral Aus th Sou in ges Ran Flinders New South Wales and the le whi knit family” that develops Kat also credits the “closewas “I s. ree, as a key to her succes progressing through the deg ts,” den stu h the lecturers were wit blown away by how involved ses, clas of side made time, even out she explains. “They always t.” ntis scie a as you and help develop to answer your questions

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Testing the waters king Tom Cresswell is ma stigating ve in by ct real-world impa ion on local the effects of pollut using nuclear aquatic ecosystems science techniques


om Cresswell had a lightbulb moment while snorkelling with manatees (dugongs) in Florida at the ripe old age of 13. “I thought, yep. This is exactly what I want to do,” says Tom. Tom studied a Bachelor of Science in ocean science at the University of Plymouth, and later a Master’s degree and PhD… but chose to take the scenic route to study. Five years between degrees was spent exploring the world and doing jobs that had “nothing to do with science”. “Too often we rush young people to go to uni and they end up doing things they’re not interested in,” he says. “All those years travelling reinforced the fact that science is my passion.” As a research scientist at ANSTO, Tom is investigating the effects of coal and gold mining run-off on the local ecosystems and animals, like yabbies for example. He tracks the amount of pollution absorbed by the yabbies through food and water, and how quickly the pollution is later released, when the yabbies are placed in clean water. “We can do this using live-animal radioanalysis,” says Tom. That’s one of the great things about nuclear science; the yabbies don’t have to be sacrificed for testing and can be analysed multiple times for more accurate data. Tom’s research is helping to protect precious local ecosystems from the consequences of human pollution. “My number one driver is to make a difference,” says Tom. “I’m not single-handedly saving the world, but I’m taking incremental, realistic steps to affect change.”

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to Did you know that according absorbs an oce the s, ing find TO ANS ed over 40% of human-produc rt sta ’t carbon emissions? Don y terl wes ng celebrating yet. Stro our of te sta the winds are altering h oceans, bringing carbon-ric ting limi and e fac sur the waters to the from ed orb abs t oun the am chers atmosphere. ANSTO resear iment sed are analysing sea-spray er wild of cts to determine the effe s ade dec of iod winds. “Over a per in es eas incr her to millennia, furt faster wind strength will lead to ide in diox bon car of tion accumula styna Kry Dr s say e,” her osp our atm ntal me Saunders, a senior environ TO. research scientist at ANS

system (includ Rot tnest Island’s entire eco ulation ) relies on the world-famous quokka pop lenish streams for island’s groundwater to rep nts. ANSTO’s scientists drinking and to nourish pla water is becoming have discovered the ground falls and more water rain increasingly salt y as less peratures. Increased evaporates due to rising tem s to the microorganisms salinity could mean change have a snowball effect living in the soil, which will animals that live there. on the types of plants and

Unearthing the past

Slow growers Just like the rings that ind icate the age of a tree, you can figure out the age of mosses and historic growth conditions using radiocarbon measurem ents. Scientists at ANSTO have discovered that moss growing in the East Antarctic has experienced its own side-eff ect of the ozone hole in the atmospher e. It has introduced higher wind spe eds, which pick up water from melted sno w that would otherwise trickle down to give the moss a drink. Don’t forget, it doe sn’t rain in Antarctica, so icy run-of f is the mosses’ only source of water.


hen instrument scientist Pat ricia Gadd looks into the contents of a sediment cor e, it’s like looking back in time. Patricia, along with other researchers at ANSTO and around the world, takes dee p slices of lake sediment by dredging up the layers of soil , sand and rock and uses them to tell us things about the past. These cross sections of ear th are placed into ANSTO’ s Itra x core scanner, which hums away, using an X-ray radiograph to track differe nces in density, the compos ition of elements (eg, if there’s a high concentration of calc ium or silicon) , and the magne tic proper ties of the soil. “By studying these sedime nts, we can infer things like precipitation rates, ecolog ical changes and types of vegetation, as well as polluti on events that might have taken place. If we’re to und erstand the environment we live in and what we might face in the future, we nee d to understand how we got here in the first place.” From looking at the past, to shaping the future, Patrici a has a passion for igniting STEM (science, technolog y, engineering and maths ) inte rest in young women. Taking on the role of mento r, she recently had six Year 10 girls visit her lab to investigate sediment cores for themselves and see what a career in STEM might be like . “A career in STEM will gua rantee that you will never be bored,” says Patricia. “ST EM careers equip you with skills that instil curiosity. You ’ll continue to look for answers and solve real pro blems, whether they be big or small, for the rest of you r life.” – Eliza Brockwell

Up in the air

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When radioactive elements like uranium in the Earth break down, radon is produced. It’s a colourless, odourless gas that decays quickly, so finding radon in the air is a good indicator the air has recently been in contact with land. Using the world’s best radon detectors (built and installed by ANSTO), Antarctic researchers are getting an idea of how air and pollution circulate globally. The verdict? Most of Antarctica’s air pollution comes from countries in the Southern Hemisphere, and air that has been out of contact with land the longest is the cleanest air you can find.

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Reef rescue

Super shield Fact: coral can get sunburnt. Yep! An ultra-thin ‘Sun shield’ on the surface of the water could reduce sunlight and prevent coral bleaching. The ‘Sun shield’ is 50,000 times thinner than human hair, and was designed by the same scientists who made Australia’s polymer bank notes.

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f runs for more ustralia’s Great Barrier Ree rn Queensland’s than 2000km along nor the largest living organism coastline. Oh, and it’s the bleaching from warmer on Ear th. However, mass els algae living in its waters – when the coral exp g with ocean alon – tissue and turns white species are sive inva acidity, pollution and 2016 alone, In re. futu f’s ree threatening the died as a result of one-third of shallow corals mass bleaching. onto it. Researchers Thankfully, scientists are ARC Centre of the from organisations such as (Coral CoE ), dies Stu f Excellence for Coral Ree Institute ian tral Aus ’s James Cook University rier Reef Bar at Gre the and of Marine Science e remediation Marine Park Authority all hav tect the reef and pro help to ay erw programs und a few of them... keep it healthy. Here are just


#2 The terminator RangerBot Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) – created by QUT and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, along with the support of the Google Impact Challenge – uses artificial intelligence technology to protect the reef. From hunting down the deadly crown-of-thorns starfish, gathering helpful data and distributing fertilised coral larvae to promote growth, AUV has this landmark covered.

#3 Sun(screen) safe For every 10,000 summer beachgoers, there’s roughly 4kgs of sunscreen chemicals washing into the waves. These minerals react to produce hydrogen peroxide which bleaches our coral. The solution? Safe sunscreen made from blue-green algae. Slap it on!



Barrier babies The mass release spawning strategy of coral usually results in most coral spawn being swept out to sea. So, Australian Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University has come up with a way to provide a helping hand. The concept: growing millions of coral larvae in the lab first, then securing them to degraded reefs using fine mesh nets to prevent the larvae from drifting away. #winning.


#4 Dive in Want to do your part to save the reef? Join the 6000 visitors who have taken part in the University of Queensland initiative, CoralWatch. This citizen science project aims to help gather info on marine health and flag problem areas within the reef, using a specialist colour chart available to tourists. It’s a massive area, so scientists are super grateful!

#5 Reef rehab Coral doesn’t grow on trees, but the Reef Restoration Foundation is aiming to change that. They’re using underwater ‘trees’ to propagate and harvest coral.

#6 Charity vibes


Marine science students from James Cook University (left) will be donning their togs for a cheeky swimwear calendar that aims to raise awareness of the threats facing the reef as well as funds for the Great Barrier Reef through the GBR Legacy organisation.


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age Image analysis – makin g sense of the complex dat a satellites provided of our land, oce an and air – is one major growth area within space science. Bu t many other existing ind ustries will be transformed as space bec omes more accessible. For instance, opportunitie s around services (devel Lawrence Trevor, and nut oping medicine rition for astronauts and launches satellites space tourists) will grow and graduates can also build space resear into space ch careers. Lawrence say s networking and attending the Southern Hemisphere Space Studie s Program (SHSSP – hosted by the Universit y of South Australia and International Space University) were key to launching his career. “I attended lots of confere nces and workshops for the opportunity to learn and meet the righ t people,” Lawrence says. He even met Fleet’s CEO, Flavia Tata Nardini, while at the SHSSP, and reconnected once he learnt they were hiring. “I’ve never met another group of people so like-m inded, kind, ambitious and welcomin g as the space communit y, and I love that every day presents a new challenge.” – Jake Dean

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Risky business

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men Zoe Condliffe, founder of She’s A Crowd and a PhD candidate at Monash Universit y’s XY X lab, is a gender adv ocate and another data gur u using dig ital mapping to ma ke change. “The biggest barrier to add ressing gender-based vio lence is a lack of data about gen der inequa lity: how it loo ks, feels and operates in our soc iety,” says Zoe. Her dig ital mapping too l ‘Free To Be’, gat hers firs t-hand stories of girls and young women in five major citi es (Sydney, Delhi, Kampala, Lima and Madrid) to identify places where street harassment and att acks occur. That data is then aggregated and analysed to form in-depth insights into where gender-based violence occ urs and help pla nners ret hin k city spaces wit h women in min d. – Brenda n Fitzpatric k

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ustralia is an energy-rich country, producing three times the amount of energy we need. While 63% of our energy is generated by burning coal, renewable energy sources are everywhere, from the heat seeping out from below the Earth’s surface to the energy produced by our tides and oceans. “Renewables have only scratched the surface of their full potential,” says Dr Sven Teske, research director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. There are hundreds of science-based renewables career paths to choose from. You could become an expert in acoustics to help reduce wind turbine noise. Or, join a company like Wave Swell Energy, which converts the energy in ocean waves into clean electricity. Like renewable energy itself, the career options are limitless. Sven believes that while “solar and wind technologies will dominate renewable energy over the coming decades”, water and geothermal energy are also hot topics. “Once you have found your source of motivation, I am sure the renewable industry will find a way to benefit from your individual skills,” Sven adds. – Ben Skuse

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>SCIENCE+MENTORING< Watch a day in the life of Nacho:

Meet your mentor Munty & Nacho dents at Meet Munty: Yea r 10 stu all know ool Sch h Hig a att Parram dhury as the ow Muntaqim ‘Munty’ Ch n for bot h sio pas e -tim kid wit h the big d fin Munty music and science. You’ll time, and re spa writing rap lyrics in his ssmates. cla of s wd cro for per forming them d his way ffle has slid, popped and shu Meet Nacho: Nacho Pop You ink Th You So reographer for to becoming a hip-hop cho Eyed ck Bla The for cer dan a well as Can Dance Austra lia, as a few. Now, and Bliss n Eso to name ms llia Wi ell arr Ph s, Pea dy science stu to how the countr y he’s teaching kids around ckwell using dance. – Eliza Bro you. I’m Munty, ho! It’s a pleasure to meet Munty [4: 52 PM ] Hi Nac questions for you. few a e hav sion for music. I a young student with a pas Nacho [5: 49 PM ] ’Sup ma


as known for dance, as well Munty [6: 32 PM ] You’re nage ma bioethics. How did you maths, par ticle physics and t wan you de n the two? What ma to create a bridge bet wee e? at the same tim to dance and study science

Nacho [3: 49 PM ] Creatin g a bridge for me was all abo ut following my passion – first my pas sion made me dance, and the n it made me science ! All dance has to be motivated by music, or else it looks like junk. And similarly, the foc us, patience and creativity req uire d for science all starts with bur ning questions in a scientis t.

ice do you have really interesting ! What adv Munty [9:13 PM ] That’s STEM? o are into both the arts and for young artists like me wh Nacho [11:07 AM ] Never stop learning! You got ta wor k your but t off in any field you are in, but if you start with a pas sion for learning you hardly even notice. Div e in head first and never slow down. Munty [2:10 PM] Wow thank you Nacho! That sounds like very good advice.

– how do re! Got one question for you Nacho [8: 44 AM ] Pleasu music? for seeping into your passion you see maths and science Munty [10:51 AM] I love how science explains how audio and radio waves work; I’m fascinated by the idea of sound.

Munty [3:44 PM] Haha you too Nacho, thanks for your time!




man, All the best for the future Nacho [12 :03 PM ] Nice! n. ic sound waves soo I hope to hear your scientif

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