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21st Century Scientist

​Recently our newly appointed UQ Science Ambassadors Chloe Lethbridge-Salt and Wenonah van Damme were fortunate to attend a Girls Shaped flames networking event inspiring young women with an avid interest in science.

Wenonah van Damme, Year 11 provides ​her reflection of the event.

Girls Shaped flames (GSF), a brilliant business created by Tanya Meessmann, organises events designed to encourage and inspire young women. Most recently GSF held an all-day event which allowed high school girls aiming for careers in science, to network and bond with women who have made ground-breaking discoveries in STEM. The event was incredibly successful, and there was a positive and inclusive atmosphere throughout the day.

We were lucky and honoured to be sponsored by one of the scientist speakers herself to attend the event. Candice Michelle Goodwin, is not only a scientist specialising in chemical engineering, biotechnology and other biology studies, but also a producer and writer of her own series. It was inspiring to see a scientist involved in arts, and using her creativity to influence her scientific disciplines.

The 21st century scientist event allowed us to meet and network with 12 amazing scientists in a variety of fields. We listened to a group of women who travelled all the way to Antarctica, not just to advocate and promote women in science, but also to draw attention to issues such as climate change and disease in the 3rd world.

We also had the opportunity to ask questions for people in research fields such as the healing properties of snake venom, marine biology as well as students completing their PhD research. This gave us and other students the opportunity to ask questions and learn about different fields as well as university options.

As the UQ science ambassadors we had so much fun and learnt so much at this incredible event. We would like to thank Tanya and the rest of the Girl Shaped Flames team giving us and other women such an incredible opportunity. We would also like to thank Candice for giving us the opportunity to attend and see her speak.  

...article written by Wenonah van Damme, Year 11