ICRAR PhD candidate Jacinta Delhaize recently spoke at the WA Governor’s Science forum, this year focussing on youth, science and sustainability.
The Governor, His Excellency Dr Ken Michael, hosted over 150 high school students from more than 70 schools around the state, giving students the opportunity to look at science and technology and the vital role they play in our lives.
Prominent members of WA universities, industry and science heard their opinions and ideas, discussing issues of sustainability and climate change.
Jacinta spoke to the students about the value in studying science and the benefits of a career in science. Jacinta also discussed the Square Kilometre Array project and ICRAR.
“It was heartening to see that every student already knew about the SKA project and Australia’s leading role,” says Jacinta.
“The students were extremely interested in the sustainability issues surrounding the SKA, particularly the possibilities for green energy solutions such as solar and geothermal power.”
Jacinta is the 2008 WA Science Student of the Year, and joined 2010 Rhodes Scholar Dustin Stuart, WA Chief Scientist Professor Lyn Beazley, and Rio Tinto water strategy, sustainable development manager Bob Kinnell in speaking at the event.
“Personally, I feel the forum was a great success. I really enjoyed interacting with the students and I found that their attitudes towards science were very positive and enthusiastic,” Jacinta adds.