JumpStart Your Science Career!

It’s never too early to be thinking about the next step in your career, so prepare yourself by doing your research, asking questions and attending some of the careers events on offer this year! You will also have the opportunity to hear from industry representatives and recent Science graduates who were in your shoes not too long ago!

Join us for a conference style careers information evening designed for Science students from all disciplines. Come and meet employers and industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries to get the answers to all of your career related questions.

We have representatives from Morgan Stanley Australia, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Heart Research Institute (HRI), Stockland, Westmead Institute for Cancer Research and Taronga Zoo Conservation Society – just to name a few! You are also invited to network and mingle with presenters over complimentary drinks and canapés at the conclusion of the sessions.

It’s FREE to attend, so register now and come along for some careers advice to get ahead of the rest!

When 5:15pm-7:30pm, Thursday, 16 September 2010
Where Level 1, New Law School
Cost FREE
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About the Sessions

Careers in Finance and Investment Management

Attention maths and statistics students! You are invited to come along and talk to representatives from the banking and finance industry about the graduate positions on offer for science graduates.We also have Terry Miu (B Sci Adv Maths, 2009 graduate) coming to speak about her experience in a graduate position at Morgan Stanley, a global investment bank with an office in Sydney.

Careers in Sustainability

Do you have a passion for the environment and an interest in conserving it for future generations? Sustainability is a key global issue and as a result governments and large organisations are seeking to employ individials to develop and implement solutions to the complex problems facing an increasingly resource-constrained society.

Find out more about working in this sector and the skills required from Stockland’s Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Ms Christina Hughes. Ms Samantha Mostyn, Directorof the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, will also be discussing her extensive experience within the Sustainability sector where she sees future demand.

Psychology Outside of the Clinic

If you are working towards a psychology major but aren’t sure you want to be a clinical psychologist this session will provide you with information about your options within the corporate world. Psychology graduates are in demand in areas such as market and social research, organisational psychology and human resource management.

Representatives from the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) will be presenting information about working in this exciting area as well as useful hints and tips on how to identify and present your related skills.

Careers in Science Communication

What do Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Warrick Angus from Taronga Zoo Conservation Society and Paul Willis, TV Science reporter and producer have in common? They are all science communicators who help improve science literacy within the community. You will hear their perspectives and advice on science communication as a career at this session as well as some hints and tips on how to find jobs and work experience in this area.

A Career in Science Teaching

Want to impact the lives of hundreds of young Australians? Want to inspire our next generation of scientists? Teaching will allow you to do this everyday.

Hear from Trent Wallis, a Sydney Science graduate who is now working as a science teacher at Sydney Grammar School and also holds the position of Deputy Director of the Australian Science Innovations Chemistry Olympiad Program.

Rose Khalilizadeh from Teach for Australia, will discuss the opportunities available to science graduates through their teaching program that enables you to train to become a teacher and obtain full salary, benefits and qualifications at the same time.

Careers in Biomedical Research

Make your dream of finding the cure to a disease a reality- with a career in biomedical research. Untangling the mechanisms of how diseases occur, progress and treatment is an incredibly rewarding field with the potential to impact millions of lives around the world.

Dr Clare Hawkins from the Heart Research Institute (HRI) will provide useful information about the biomedical industry as well as hints and tips on how to find graduate positions.

Renee Simms, Research Assistant with the Leukaemia Cell Therapies Group at Westmead Institute for Cancer Research, will provide an insight into what it is like working within this exciting industry.

Where Can a Physics Degree Take Me?

If you are studying Physics and would like to know more about your options after graduation, then come along to this session to hear from inspiring leaders working in research and industry.

Matt Francis (B Sci/BA Hons, 2004 graduate) will talk about his career path and his current role at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in the Ionospheric Prediction Service branch, where he works on space weather monitoring and prediction systems.

Professor Marcela Bilek (Physical Scientist of the Year 2002) will share her experience of how she became a leading researcher in Applied and Plasma Physics as well as advice for those seeking a career in research.

Careers in the Resources Industry

To find out more about career opportunities in the resources industry, come along to this session and hear from science graduates who are now working in the areas of mining, geology and geoscience.

Speakers include Charmaine Thomas, a geoscientist at Woodside Petroleum who will soon be returning to Sydney to commence her PhD investigating basin prospectvity.

Peter Buckley will talk about his work experience in the WA gold industry, underground mine geology, exploration management in gold and base metals across Australia and iron ore exploration in NSW and QLD.

Some like it Hot: Life in the Central Deserts of Australia

Speaker
Professor Chris Dickman

Australia’s central deserts support rich assemblages of animals and plants: add water, and the seemingly barren landscapes transform and pulsate with colour and activity. In this lecture, Professor Dickman will take us through the extraordinary ‘boom’ and ‘bust’ cycles that characterise inland Australia and examine how life persists during good times and bad. You will see the amazing adaptations that frogs and desert mice use to cope with the extreme conditions, how floods, wildfires and invasive species affect the native small mammals, and how so many species seem to appear and disappear at different times and places over the desert landscape. With the spectre of climate change looming, life in Australia’s central deserts may provide a glimpse of what the continent’s coastal fringes can expect in future.

When 5:45pm-6:45pm, Thursday, 12 August 2010
Where Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Cost FREE
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The Plastiki Expedition

Speaker:
David de Rothschild (UK environmentalist)

David de Rothschild, leader of the Plastiki Expedition, reveals his motivation for the making the 7,500 nautical mile journey from San Francisco to Sydney on a unique 18.3 mertre catamaran made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic soft drink bottles.

Adventure Ecology founder and environmentalist David de Rothschild conceived the idea of the Plastiki after reading a report Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which indicated that the world’s oceans were in serious threat from pollution, in particular plastic waste. He invited a team of experts to help answer the question: “Could a fully recyclable performing vessel be engineered almost entirely out of reclaimed plastic bottles, cross the Pacific whilst demonstrating real-world solutions?”

The Plastiki is part-inspired by the famous 1947 Kon-Tiki voyage – the expedition, led by Thor Heyerdahl, that sought to prove that Polynesian settlement by South American explorers was possible. A multi-disciplinary team from the fields of marine science, sustainable design, boat building, architecture and material science have taken the Kon-Tiki inspiration one step further and designed a boat that fits all the principles of ‘cradle-to-cradle’ design, and biomimicry, a method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.

When 6:30pm-7:30pm, Thursday, 29 July 2010
Where The Seymour Centre
Cost FREE for USYD students (SID required)
$20 Adult/$15 Concession
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Careers in the Resources Industry

Speakers:
Michael Edwards (NSW chair, AIG)
Mike Smith (geologist)
Wendy Corbett (managing geologist, Platsearch NL)

Are you studying geology, geophysics, environmental science, agricultural science, resource economics or maths & statistics? Are you interested in careers in natural resources, alternative energy, renewable energy, mining or environmental management?

Come along and hear from industry speakers about their career pathways and options, the importance of further study, the types of graduate employers and their recruitment processes.

When 5:00pm-7:00pm, Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Where Carslaw Lecture Theatre 175
Cost FREE
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Strategies for A Climate-Friendly Life

Speaker:
Dr Saul Griffith (inventor)

Dr Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering. He has received numerous awards, including the National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventor’s Award and a MacArthur Genius Fellowship.

Come and hear award-winning inventor Dr Saul Griffith examine strategies for a climate-friendly life.

When 6:00pm-7:00pm, Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Where New Law School, Lecture Theatre 101
Cost FREE
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Energy for Breakfast: Renewables Advance in Europe

Speaker:
Alfredo Picano (founder, INNOVA)

Share Energy for Breakfast with experts in the field of energy and develop a greater insight into how energy issues will affect Australia and the rest of the world.

This lecture will discuss some of the latest developments in renewable energy and present an overview of the directions taken by European governments to resolve the problems they must deal with in the short, medium and long terms.

Free breakfast is provided at the start of the talk!

More information

When 7:30am-8:50am, Thursday, 25 March 2010
Where Conference Rooms, Darlington Centre
Cost FREE
RSVP Please email Skender Bregu