JTSI encourages outstanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to be ambassadors for science, inspiring and engaging others with STEM. Ambassadors include Premier's Science Award winners who have been recognised as the State’s top STEM researchers, educators and communicators. Ambassadors have listed their areas of expertise and the types of engagement activities they undertake below.

If you would like to invite an Ambassador to participate in an engagement activity, you may contact them directly. Please provide plenty of advance notice for any requests. In your email, introduce yourself and let the Ambassador know you found their details through the JTSI website.

 Directory of WA Science Ambassadors

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Name Mrs Natalie Birrell
Position Teacher/ Science Learning Area Coordinator
Organisation

Huntingdale Primary School

STAWA Primary Science Committee Member

Contact Natalie.Birrell@education.wa.edu.au
Expertise

Primary Science Generalist

Early Childhood

Sustainability

Engagement activities
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards

2005 - Premier's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching - Primary

2009 - Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools (finalist)

2009 - De Laeter medal for contribution to science education

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Name Dr Tristan Clemons
Position Research Fellow
Organisation School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Western Australia
Contact tristan.clemons@uwa.edu.au
Expertise Nanotechnology applications in biology including in cancer, wound healing and scarring
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards

2013 - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year

2014 - WA Young Tall Poppy Science Award (Aus Institute of Policy and Science)

2016 - UWA Faculty of Science Rising Star Award

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Name Mrs Mady Colquhoun
Position Primary Science Specialist
Organisation Armadale Primary School
Contact marion.colquhoun@education.wa.edu.au
Expertise

Science education - primary level, Year 1 - 6

Educating about Dieback in the primary setting

Engaging the whole school community in Science

Making Science relevant to students

Engagement activities
  • Teacher Development School for (primary) Science
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards 2012 - Science Educator of the Year

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Name Dr Jacinta Delhaize
Position Postdoctoral researcher
Organisation University of Zagreb, Croatia (previously UWA)
Contact jacintadelhaize@gmail.com
Expertise

Astronomy

Radio Astronomy

Galaxies

Galaxy evolution

Physics

Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • TV interviews
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
Awards 2008 - Student Scientist of the Year

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Name Prof Kliti Grice
Position John Curtin Distinguished Professor
Organisation Curtin University
Contact K.Grice@curtin.edu.au
Expertise

Earth Sciences

Evolution

Mass Extinctions

Ecology

Geobiology

Biomarkers

Stable C, H, S and N isotopes of organic molecules

Organic Geochemistry

PaleoClimate

Petroleum, Mineral Exploration

Plant biochemistry

Ocean, Climate and Life

Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards

2001 - International Pieter Schenck Award presented by the European Association of Organic Geochemistry for outstanding contributions in Organic Geochemistry

2002 - Premier's Prize for Early Career Achievement in Science

2002 - JG Russell Award, Australian Academy of Science for QEII research

2013 - Curtin John de Laeter Research Leadership Award

2014 - Organic Geochemistry lifetime achievement medal

2016 - Gibb Maitland medal from the Australian Geological Society for Outstanding Contributions to the Resources sector WA


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Name Mr Richard Johnson
Position Science / STEM specialist teacher
Organisation Rostrata Primary School
Contact richard.johnson@education.wa.edu.au
Expertise Everything hands on in primary school STEM Learning, from lessons where children use recycled materials to discover and build to testing the most advanced technologies and their application for inclusion into the primary AC.
Engagement activities
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
Awards

2008 - Premier's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching; Primary

2009 - Shine Dome Award

2013 - Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary

2016 - Global Teacher Prize (Top 10)

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Name Dr Myra Keep
Position Associate Professor
Organisation School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia
Contact myra.keep@uwa.edu.au
Expertise

Geology

Plate tectonics

Earthquakes

Petroleum in WA

Geology and development in East Timor

Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards 2013 - Science Ambassador of the Year

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Name Associate Professor Ryan Loxton
Position Associate Professor
Organisation Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Curtin University
Contact r.loxton@curtin.edu.au
Expertise

Applied mathematics

Data analytics

Optimisation

Engagement activities
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
Awards

2014 - Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year

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Name Mr Warwick Mathews
Position Teacher
Organisation Shenton College
Contact warwickmat@gmail.com
Expertise Science mentorships
Engagement activities
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
Awards 2007 - Premier's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching - Secondary

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Name Dr Ajmal Mian
Position Associate Professor
Organisation School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, The University of Western Australia
Contact http://staffhome.ecm.uwa.edu.au/~00053650/
Expertise

Computer Vision

Machine Learning, Biometrics

Image analysis (including satellite images)

Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
Awards 2012 - Early Career Scientist of the Year

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Name Professor Harvey Millar
Position Director ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
Organisation The University of Western Australia
Contact Harvey.millar@uwa.edu.au
Expertise Plant biology, plant biotechnology, respiratory metabolism, protein technology and analysis.
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards

2003 - Premier's Prize for Early Career Achievement in Science

2005 - Prime Minister's Prize – Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year

2012 - Academy of Science Fenner Medal

2013 - Charles Albert Shull Award, (USA)
Prof Millar was the first Australian to win this award which recognises outstanding investigations in the field of plant biology by a scientist younger than 45.

2014- Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Scientist (Plant and Animal Science)


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Name Dr Hannah Moore
Position Head Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases
Organisation Telethon Kids Institute
Contact hannah.moore@telethonkids.org.au
Expertise

Data linkage

Epidemiology

Infectious diseases in children

Respiratory infections

Engagement activities
  • Women in Science / Leadership
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards 2015 - Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year  


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Name Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger
Position Head of Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology
Organisation Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The University of Western Australia
Contact kevin.pfleger@perkins.uwa.edu.au
Expertise Understanding how hormones, neurotransmitters and pharmaceuticals work in the body at the molecular and cellular level.
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards

2009 - Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year

2010 - Dimerix Bioscience: Finalist for Western Australian Innovator of the Year

2010 - NHMRC 10 of the Best Research Projects

2011 - Australian Museum 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science

2012 - Endocrine Society Early Investigators Award

2012 - Western Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award

2014 - Endocrine Society of Australia's Mid-Career Research Award

2014 - NHMRC Research Excellence Award

2015 - Vice-Chancellor of UWA’s Mid-Career Research Award

2016 - British Pharmacological Society Novartis Prize

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Name Professor Cheryl Praeger
Position Professor of Mathematics
Organisation The University of Western Australia
Contact cheryl.praeger@uwa.edu.au
Expertise Mathematics, women in science.
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café

Awards

2009 - Scientist of the Year

2015 - Inductee to WA Science Hall of Fame


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Name Ms Karina Price
Position Science Communications Officer
Organisation ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, The University of Western Australia
Contact karina.price@uwa.edu.au
Expertise Plant Energy Biology's Science Communications Officer represents the Centre and its researchers, whose expertise lies in plant energy biology including plant biology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics/epigenetics, food security and crop improvement.

The Science Communications Officer's expertise lies in science communication, education, outreach, training, media and PR.
Engagement activities
  • Public science demonstrations and science outreach through novel resources and activities, including Bio-Bounce inflatable, planetarium movies and virtual reality.
  • Participation in significant science outreach events throughout Australia (e.g. as part of National Science Week).
  • Delivery of hands-on school and public workshops.
  • Researcher engagement in education and outreach activities such as public lectures, student mentoring, Science Café etc.
  • Production of media articles for print or online publication.
  • TV and radio interviews.
  • Photography exhibits.
  • Contributing to science discussion through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Providing laboratory and facility tours to key stakeholders.
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Providing training and support to PEB researchers to enhance science communication and dialogue with public.
  • Science teaching resources and PD.
Awards 2013 - Chevron Science Communication Initiative of the Year


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Name Professor Peter Quinn
Position Executive Director
Organisation International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
Contact peter.quinn@icrar.org
Expertise Astronomy, technology, computing, data, space
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards 2012 - Scientist of the Year  


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Name Mr Richard Rennie
Position Science Communicator
Contact science@lightandsound.net.au
Expertise To research, display and interpret to the public examples of technologies that use light and/or sound, with special emphasis on light and sound technologies that were used for the recording, retrieval and transmission of information. To use these light and sound technologies in educational and entertaining programs for people of all ages.
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards 2006 - Premier's Prize for Excellence in Science Communication


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Name Dr Thomas Russell
Position Veni Fellow
Organisation University of Amsterdam (previously Curtin University)
Contact tom.david.russell@gmail.com
Expertise Astronomy, black holes.
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Student mentoring for university and high school students
Awards 2015 - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year

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Name Professor Ian Small
Position Chief Investigator Plant Energy Biology, ARC Centre of Excellence
Organisation The University of Western Australia
Contact ian.small@uwa.edu.au
Expertise

Plant science, molecular agriculture, biodiversity (plants), synthetic biology

Engagement activities
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards

2006-2010 - WA State Premier's Fellow

2014 - Scientist of the Year

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Name Mrs Brooke Topelberg
Position Teacher
Organisation Westminster Primary School
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Expertise Primary School Science
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards

2010 - Science Educator of the Year - Primary

2011 - Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools

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Name Ms Joanne Watkins
Position Chief Executive Officer
Organisation Earth Science WA
Contact

jo@earthsciencewa.com.au

www.earthsciencewa.com.au

Expertise Earth Science Education
Engagement activities
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Assisting with science engagement events (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Small group discussions
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
Awards 2015 - Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year


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Name Professor David White
Position Shell EMI Professor of Offshore Engineering
Organisation The University of Western Australia
Contact david.white@uwa.edu.au
Expertise

Offshore engineering

Oil and gas industry

Offshore decommissioning

Offshore renewables

Industry-academia collaboration

Geotechnical engineering

Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
Awards

2011 - Early Career Scientist of the Year

2011 - Tall Poppy Award

2015 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

2015 - Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering 


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Name Dr Mark Zammit
Position Postdoctoral Fellow
Organisation Los Alamos National Labs (previously Curtin University)
Contact mzammit@lanl.gov
Expertise Atomic and molecular physics, which has applications in astrophysics, radiotherapy for treating cancers, plasma and fusion technology.
Engagement activities
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
Awards 2014 - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year





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