outreach program manager
Contact me for
- sitting on boards or committees
- providing an expert opinion
- outreach activities
- conference presenting
- opportunities to collaborate
I am currently the outreach coordinator for the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide. In this role I have created and now manage Why Waite, a lab-based STEM outreach program for secondary schools. I am immensely proud of the product I’ve created; it is the direct result of my hard work and determination to create a sustainable program to encourage young minds to see themselves as the future of science.
I was inspired to pursue a future in science when I attended the CSIRO student labs at Wayville, SA, during my secondary schooling. I used equipment I couldn’t even spell! The excitement bubbled when I understood how each piece worked and I appreciated my place in a lab.
Encouraging students to feel they are a part of the world of science has been a strong passion of mine for many years. I completed my PhD in 2014 and worked for several years in plant cell wall research. I have since dedicated my time to the development of the Why Waite program. I have undertaken several official and unofficial roles attempting to immerse myself in this role over the past decade. I am constantly trying to take on more roles just to improve or learn new skills. It’s creating havoc with my stress but I can’t help it- I love it!
Trying to unite people in science, whether it's on the Waite campus, or in secondary school transitioning to tertiary education is important to me. I like to see it as though I'm joining people together..in matrimony...Hence, I have decided to call myself, a Science Celebrant! I love science, and I want everyone to celebrate in science too!