Volcano alert! Towards predicting volcanic eruptions

School Theatre, Trinity Bay State High School, 2 May, 5-7pm

02 May
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Event Cost: FREE event!

How can we predict Volcanic Eruptions? Come along to the Flying Scientist event with Dr Teresa Ubide and find out!

Join us for light refreshments and hear about why, how and when volcanic eruptions start at this FREE event with scientist Dr Teresa Ubide.

Teresa’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session with Teresa and Wonder of Science Young Science Ambassadors Dr Kaylene Butler (a palaeontologist) and Amy Chan (an immunologist). The panel will provide an opportunity to find out more about the science happening right here in Queensland and what a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) research is really like.

About the speaker:

Dr Teresa Ubide is an igneous petrologist/volcanologist from The University of Queensland with a passion for understanding how magmatic systems work. She applies high-resolution petrology, geochemistry and geochronology to diverse geological questions, and her current research focuses on why, how and when volcanic eruptions start. She is particularly interested in minerals hosted in volcanic rocks as they provide a detailed record of magmatic processes through time. Her approach combines field observations and detailed microscopy with state-of-the-art analytical techniques and geochemical modelling at the mineral and melt scale. She is fortunate to have studied a wide range of active and past volcanic systems in different tectonic settings around the world. She joined UQ in July 2016, after holding a postdoctoral fellowship at Trinity College Dublin for 2.5 years. She undertook her postgraduate research in Spain and The Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and received a PhD from the University of Zaragoza in December 2013. She was born and raised by the sea, in San Sebastián.

About Flying Scientists:

The Flying Scientists program engages rural Queenslanders in Science. It is a partnership between the Queensland Office of the Chief Scientist and Wonder of Science. The flying scientists speak at community engagement events and accompany the WoS Young Science Ambassadors on school visits. WoS organise the events and travel arrangements for the flying scientists.

The Flying Scientists are all Queensland-based STEM researchers. Their expertise and fields of research are broad and varied and often quite quirky! As such they are appealing to community members in rural and regional Queensland, who tend to be under-catered for in relation to science activities and events.

Despite having a relatively decentralised population, with strong regional centres, the majority of science related activities and events are hosted in South East Queensland. A recent survey commissioned by the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist demonstrated an appetite for participation in science activities and events with 64% of Queenslanders in regional/remote areas considering there are not enough events/activities in their area.

As a result of little activity, students and communities in regional and remote Queensland have limited exposure to science and scientists first-hand and as a result students are often less likely to choose science as a career path. This has implications not only for the State’s goal of building a knowledge economy but also affects the visibility of more regional and remote research challenges and the efforts taken to address these.

About Wonder of Science:

Wonder of Science is promoting a STEM culture in Queensland schools – where students understand the importance of STEM and believe that STEM education and careers are accessible to them.

STEM Inquiry – Challenging, real-world tasks aligned to the Australian Curriculum

Wonder of Science challenge tasks immerse students in authentic and collaborative inquiry. Students develop critical and creative thinking skills as they are challenged to develop a group response to a real-world problem or scenario. Representative teams are chosen to attend regional student conferences to present their response and showcase their work.

Young Science Ambassadors – Bringing STEM to life

Selected PhD researchers from leading Queensland universities visit participating schools to work with students on their challenge tasks, and support them to develop a group presentation. The ambassadors are inspiring role models for both students and teachers. The ambassadors support implementation of Wonder of Science, and judge presentations at the student conferences.

Student Conferences – Aspirational regional and state student showcases

Representative teams from participating schools are invited to present their challenge task response and compete against other schools at a one-day regional student conference. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in ‘Speed-meet-the-Scientist’ activities and workshops.

Strategic Partnerships – Linking schools, universities, industry groups, non-profit organisations & government agencies

Wonder of Science fosters partnerships between schools and the wider community through our partner organisations. Our university partners host student conferences and provide students for the Young Science Ambassador program. Industry partners attend student conferences to provide workshops and judge student presentations.

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