As a student it’s not everyday that you get to speak to scientists, especially leaders in their respective fields. This open online forum allowed secondary students to easily ask questions to five scientists working in genetic modification, vet science and marine science. Questions were open ended and the scientists generally responded within just a matter of hours. Responses from the scientists were very informative and presented a range of opinions and ideas across those involved.
The forum was open for two weeks and provided a great opportunity for students to ask the questions they have always wanted an answer to. There were some unique debates between the scientists and some very interesting perspectives. It was a great learning enrichment opportunity and I, personally, felt as though I learnt a great deal about the way the scientists work, their views for the future and what it is like to be in such a profession.
At the end of the two weeks, the scientist who was the most engaged in the program, as voted by the students, won an award to continue working and to fuel their research grants. This allows students to interact with the program on a deeper level, and was something that provoked scientists to give the detailed answers that secondary school students wanted to read.
The competition is run twice a year and I would strongly recommend it to those who are interested in tertiary career pathways in science.