WA science the formula for the future

Prof Lyn Beazley (2015 WA Australian of the Year) with Year 11 students Sasha Furtado and Lauren Fassetta. Picture: Sandy Herd
WA science the formula for the future
Prof Lyn Beazley (2015 WA Australian of the Year) with Year 11 students Sasha Furtado and Lauren Fassetta. Picture: Sandy Herd

WA could become the science capital of Australia, according to WA Australian of the Year Professor Lyn Beazley.

Professor Beazley visited Methodist Ladies’ College last Thursday where she spoke to the girls about the importance of following their passion and being “science-literate”.

“Science, technology, engineering and maths are our future – a lot of our jobs will revolve around them in the future,” Prof Beazley said.

“The job you will have in the future probably won’t have been invented yet. I want to help young people appreciate the value of education and science.”

Prof Beazley said many of the students she meets asked for selfies with her and she delighted in explaining that selfies would not be possible if not for science.

“My message for girls is to follow your passion,” she said.

“I think WA is the best place in Australia to study science.

“We have the opportunity to be science central in WA – we can not only share with the world our knowledge, we can learn from the rest of the world.”

Year 11 student Lauren Fassetta said Prof Beazley had inspired her to consider a career in science.

“I’m inspired to go down that path as a career,” Lauren said.

“There aren’t that many women in science-based occupations at the moment so I think it would be a very good career option.”