Scientists in town for Catch a Rising Star

Dr Emma Gagen, seen here field sampling at Karijini in Western Australia. will be in town  for the Catch A Rising Star science program.

Dr Emma Gagen, seen here field sampling at Karijini in Western Australia. will be in town for the Catch A Rising Star science program.

Where are science and technology’s women role models? And what are their stories?

You can find out the answers to these questions if catch a rising star in Mount Isa next week.

The Catch A Rising Star: Women in Queensland science program sends teams of women scientists to remote and regional venues such as schools, libraries and pubs to talk about their research and bring science to the people.

On Tuesday afternoon two scientists will be at Spinifex State School for a meet-a-scientist afternoon with Q&A, hands on demonstrations and a chance to hear about their research and talk about career pathways.

The session is free and the topics covered will be environment and nature, and innovation and technology.

The topics covered will be environment and nature, and innovation and technology

Dr Emma Gagen from the University of Queensland will cover environment and nature and Dr Angela Daly from QUT will speak on innovation and technology

Emma is a geomicrobiologist (“think rocks and microorganisms”, Emma says).

She completed her PhD in microbial ecology at The University of Queensland in 2010 investigating acetogenic bacteria in the gut of cows, sheep and native Australian marsupials.

Her research was part of a larger project investigating strategies to reduce methane emissions from livestock and she is currently looking at ways to use microbes to speed up remediation of iron ore mine sites.

Dr Angela Daly.

Dr Angela Daly.

Angela investigates the regulation of new technologies, including the Internet, 3D printing, renewable energy and autonomous vehicles.

She is interested in how these technologies present challenges to our existing modes of governance and therefore whether our laws need to change.

She is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in QUT’s Faculty of Law, a research associate in the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (Netherlands) and the author of two books.

The two scientists have further engagements at Mount Isa Central State School on Wednesday morning and then Cloncurry State High School at 8.30am on Thursday morning and Julia Creek State School from noon on Thursday.

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