Science cafe dishes up feast of careers at UWA

NEARLY 300 secondary school students banded together to pick the brains of some of Perth’s top science, engineering and mathematic specialists at the Science Cafe event hosted at UWA last month.

Students listened to success stories from special guests, including YouTuber and TV presenter Derek Muller, Chief Scientist of WA Professor Peter Klinken and Chevron’s Joseph Doleschal Ridnell.

The motivational morning tea was held at UWA’s Winthrop Hall as part of National Science Week 2015.

Scitech Science Cafe co-ordinator Colleen Kleinschmidt said studying science could lead to careers in a range of industries and the event helped connect students to industry professionals from leading organisations.

“From astrophysicists through policy advisers, it’s pretty inspiring to hear what pathways these people took and what a day in their job actually entails; it doesn’t always involve a white lab coat,” Ms Kleinschmidt said.

“Science covers such a diverse range of fields and is something that can really help make a difference to our world.”

Science Cafe was one of hundreds of events held during National Science Week.