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Come face-to-face with amazing scientists doing some of the most amazing jobs on the planet. You’ll hear from a palaeontologist who discovers new species of Jurassic marine dinosaurs, what it’s like to hunt for volcanos from a volcanologist, how a conservation forensics expert from Australia’s one and only Taronga Zoo is saving threatened species and why a Boeing systems engineer fell in love with the exciting world of aerospace engineering. These uber-cool scientists will share their fascinating journeys of land, sea and fire.

Joining us for 2020 will be:

  • Espen Knutsen is the Senior Curator of Palaeontology at the Museum of Tropical Queensland (Queensland Museum Network) and holds a joint appointment with the James Cook University in Townsville, QLD. He has described five new species of Jurassic marine reptiles, and was part of an international multidisciplinary research team studying a newly discovered Jurassic marine ecosystem from the high-arctic archipelago of Svalbard, as featured in two TV documentaries – Predator X (History Channel/BBC) and Death of a Sea Monster (National Geographic).
  • Heather Handley is a volcano scientist at Macquarie University in Sydney. Her research unravels the chemical secrets held in volcanic rocks and their crystals to answer questions such as: What triggers volcanic eruptions? How fast does molten rock (magma) travel from its source to the Earth’s surface? And what causes some eruptions to be explosive and others not? Heather received an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2012 and NSW Young Tall Poppy Award in 2014 in recognition of her research excellence and passion for science communication.
  • Phoebe Meagher Phoebe Meagher works as a Wildlife Conservation Officer at Taronga Conservation Society Australia in Sydney. As a conservation biologist she manages recovery programs as well as population management for native mammals and aquatic animals. Her particular passion is for sharks and stingrays, completing an Honours degree and PhD studying the grey nurse shark and shovelnose rays, and currently managing the Australian Shark Attack File at Taronga.
  • Taylah Griffin became the first Indigenous person to graduate with an Honours degree in Electrical and Aerospace Engineering in 2018, and the first Indigenous female to graduate from any Engineering degree from QUT in Brisbane. Taylah was the recipient of the 2018 CSIRO Indigenous STEM Tertiary Achievement Award, and currently works as a Test Engineer on the Wedgetail platform at Boeing Defence Australia.

    Recommended for school years 4 to 7.


    Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable time during the performance.

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