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An electrolysis demo using a bottle of water and two wooden forks?

What can you teach a group of students armed only with a bottle of water and two wooden forks?

How electrolysis works, of course … and then, how to make hydrogen (and capture it) by splitting the two atoms that …

13 September 2019

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Championing the need for change for Women in STEM

Participating in the launch of the Male Champions of Change report Harnessing Our Innovation Potential last month, Dr Finkel has called for continued efforts to support women who want to work in science and technology related roles.…

11 September 2019

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Scouting around for activities with the STARportal

How do you build a bridge strong enough to support a potato using skewers, straws and sticky tape?…

27 August 2019

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The joy of being Australia’s Chief Scientist

Dr Finkel was delighted to launch the program for National Science Week in Tasmania during a recent visit to Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG).

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each …

20 August 2019

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Step into the STARportal and find your science fun

If you’re a student or parent or teacher looking to find an entertaining and engaging STEM activity, the STARportal is the answer.…

14 August 2019

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Calling the brain mechanic

Dr Finkel was honoured to introduce a world leader in developing brain-machine interfaces for the 2019 Graeme Clark Oration in Melbourne this week: Professor Timothy Denison, the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies at Oxford University.…

12 August 2019

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Summing up the value of mathematics

Take a room full of mathematics teachers and pose them an arithmetic problem. What could go wrong?

Dr Finkel did just that when he addressed the annual conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers in Brisbane in July, exploring …

9 August 2019

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Latrobe Valley hydrogen generation pilot

As the Chair of the Hydrogen Working Group developing Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy, Dr Finkel was among the many distinguished guests who helped to turn the first sod to mark the start of construction of a new hydrogen liquefaction facility …

7 August 2019

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Science policy fellows program continues in 2019

The new financial year has seen the second year of the Science Policy Fellowships pilot program begin. Organised and initiated by the Chief Scientist and his Office, the program aims to provide a pathway for early and mid-career scientists to …

10 July 2019

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National Science and Technology Council meeting in June 2019

Australia’s National Science and Technology Council met for the second time on 21 June, and was chaired by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP.…

3 July 2019

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