Join us for a celebration of the incredible work being done by women across various scientific fields.

Just in time for International Women’s Day in March 2021, this event aims to inspire and equip the next generation of women toward achievement in Science and STEM.

This event will encourage High School aged girls to look beyond the lab coats and learn about some of the many possible careers in STEM. It will introduce students to inspiring speakers and presenters from a range of fields. Onsite activities on Friday, 5 March will give students the opportunity to attend live panel talks and discussions, go behind the scenes on exclusive tours and discuss future career possibilities with leading science organisations and universities.

This year will also see Women in Science going online with streamed panels and new virtual programs running from 5–12 of March. Check out our range of free talks and classes at: https://dartconnections.org.au/providers/australian-national-maritime-museum

Virtual Talks and Activities

Friday, 5 March

10.00am – Southern Ocean Scientists: RV Investigator

Research Vessel (RV) Investigator is Australia’s only dedicated off-shore marine science ship. Right now it’s over 6000km south west of Sydney in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. On board are a crack team of young researchers looking at the distribution and density of krill populations to help estimate how many there are so that we can sustainably manage them. Join us as we chat to them live from the ship – the researchers that is, not the krill!

11.00am – Young Scientists and Museums Panel Discussion

Hear from inspiring, female scientists and science communicators and discover that everyone can take part in science. Learn about what goes on behind the scenes at museums and science organisations while learning about the real value of citizen science and education programs. Our speakers will tell you about their study pathways and exciting journeys and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

1.00 and 1.30pm – 7 STEM Jobs set to Boom Presentation

Gain a glimpse into today’s biggest, brightest and best careers. Including Data Scientist, Future Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer, Space & Defence Specialist, Robotics and Automation Engineer, Software Engineer and Future Cities Shaper. Go ahead, choose your future! The creators of Careers with STEM magazine will share insights, pathways and real-life career pathways for these in-demand jobs.

Tuesday, 9 March

10.00am – Scientists of RV Falkor

This panel will celebrate International Women’s day by bringing together women in the marine sciences of all career levels and background to discuss their diverse paths and experiences, and promote the visibility of women in the marine science community.

2.00pm – Women in Science Communication: Making connections with communities

Join us for a conversation with a team of pioneering female geologists, ecologists and botanists from the University of Tasmania who will be discussing their experience as women working in Science and the ways of communicating and raising awareness of science-related issues and topics. 

Wednesday, 10 March

11.15am – Adventures in Marine Science: Tackling global challenges

Find out more about the career opportunities in marine science from a group of inspiring female scientists at the University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science and the Centre for Socioecology. Find out more about the career opportunities in marine science from a group of inspiring female scientists at the University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science and the Centre for Socioecology. 

Thursday, 11 March

10.00, 11.00 am, 12.00, 1.30 and 2.30pm – The Science of Swimwear: Properties and performance of textiles

This interactive class mixes Textiles with Science, exploring almost 100 years of historic swimwear by getting a closer look at the properties of their fibres, yarns and fabric. 

Friday, 12 March

10.00 and 11.00 am – An Ocean Journey with Plankton (Raissa Gill UTS)

This education activity developed by scientists from the University of Technology Sydney will delve into the world of plankton – a group of microscopic plants and animals with incredible importance for aquatic food webs worldwide. 

Booking information for excursions on Friday, 5 March

Cost: $5 per student, accompanying teachers free
Ratio: A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies.
Arrival time: To assist with COVID safety measures, you will be allocated an arrival time between 9:30 and 10:30 am. 

To book, please select up to 4 activity preferences and complete the form below. All activities are subject to COVID-safe venue capacities and our team will then be in contact to confirm your registration. 

Onsite Program – In the theatre

Southern Ocean Scientists: RV Investigator

Research Vessel (RV) Investigator is Australia’s only dedicated off-shore marine science ship. Right now it’s over 6000km south west of Sydney in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. On board are a crack team of young researchers looking at the distribution and density of krill populations to help estimate how many there are so that we can sustainably manage them. Join us as we chat to them live from the ship – the researchers that is, not the krill!

Young Scientists and Museums Panel Discussion

Hear from inspiring, female scientists and science communicators and discover that everyone can take part in science. Learn about what goes on behind the scenes at museums and science organisations while learning about the real value of citizen science and education programs. Our speakers will tell you about their study pathways and exciting journeys and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

7 STEM Jobs set to Boom Presentation

Gain a glimpse into today’s biggest, brightest and best careers. Including Data Scientist, Future Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer, Space & Defence Specialist, Robotics and Automation Engineer, Software Engineer and Future Cities Shaper. Go ahead, choose your future! The creators of Careers with STEM magazine will share insights, pathways and real-life career pathways for these in-demand jobs.

Onsite Program – Around the museum

Behind the Scenes Tour

Gain a unique insight into the work done by scientists here at the Maritime Museum and go behind closed doors to experience the museum’s Conservation and Registration departments.

Science in the Museum Tour

Hear from museum staff about the science featured in some of our exhibitions, such as the spectacular Sydney Harbour Gallery. Explore above and below Australia's most famous working harbour and discuss how museums are great places to share science with the world.

Float Adventure: Explore the Global Ocean through the Plankton
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Experts from the University of Technology Sydney will help you to explore the tiniest marine organisms that form the base of our ocean’s foodweb. You’ll hear about their adventures on ships, being an oceanographer in a virtual world and have a chance to take a look at these fascinating organisms under the microscope.

Dive Underwater Drones (ROVs)
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Dive under the surface of Sydney Harbour to discover the vivid marine life that’s active in the museum's Darling Harbour Basin. Each student will get a chance to pilot a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) and explore the underwater wonderland at the museum’s doorstep. 

Note: All students will also visit our science communicators and careers expo, as well as have the opportunity to explore HMAS Vampire and museum galleries.

 

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