Science the for­mula for the fu­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.”

Pic­ture: Sandy Herd

Prof Lyn Bea­z­ley (2015 WA Aus­tralian of the Year) with Year 11 stu­dents Sasha Fur­tado and Lau­ren Fassetta.

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