Menzies opens its doors to inspire tomorrow's scientists

Menzies encourages science students to take up careers in research

The successes of researchers – both as individuals and as part of organisations – have meant less disease, better care, and improved quality of life for Australians.

The Health of Australian Science report released earlier this year raised concerns about the falling participation and interest of students in science.

To help fortify the next generation of scientists and medical researchers, Menzies is working to ensure our researchers have greater interactions with students.

Our annual student open day ‘Science Sesh’ was held in late August and offered students the opportunity to see some of our research, consider future options for their own careers, and be inspired.

Held as part of National Science week, over seventy Year 11 and 12 students from high schools around Darwin, came to visit our head office.

Students rotated to interactive workshops that highlighted the diversity of our research. The line-up of topics included our work in: Indigenous health, nutrition, childhood development, tropical diseases and youth health.

The event was well-received by students with over 90 per cent of student feedback indicating they either enjoyed or really enjoyed the day.

But the true success of the day can be captured by student comments such as this: “It [Science Sesh 2012] made me interested in studying science so I can help people.”