National Youth Lecture Series
Throughout Australia, we provide access to inspiring chemical scientists via our Secondary School chemistry Youth Lecture series. Each year, these lectures cover a diverse range of engaging topics with the aim of inspiring students in a career in Chemistry.
In 2021, we're hoping to be able to deliver the lectures in person like normal. More information will be released in February 2021. Please email us if you would like to host a lecture at your school.
2021 National Youth Lectures
WA Bayliss Youth Lecture
Prof Gretchen Benedix, Curtin University. Life in the Universe: Astrobiology and Water in Space.
One of the biggest questions that humans have ever asked is “Are we alone in the Universe?”. In this lecture I hope to show you how we can use the study of meteorites, planets in our solar system, and stars in the nearby universe to try and find the answer. We will look at what life is and how we might recognise whether it thrives elsewhere.
Future dates for the Bayliss Youth Lecture 2021 will be announced shortly (including schools and regional venues). Any enquiries or venue suggestions should be emailed to Dino Spagnoli or Ben Fletcher. School visits can be arranged from the start of Term 2. A recording of the lecture will be made available online as well, please email Ben Fletcher to register your interest.
NSW Nyholm Youth Lecture
Dr Edith Chow, CSIRO. Nanotechnology: why is small so big?
Through microscopic lenses we invite you on a journey to the nano world with Dr Edith Chow from CSIRO. Together we will explore some beautiful things in nature such as the iridescent colour of butterfly wings and the self-cleaning properties of lotus leaves which arise from special nano properties. In this fun and interactive lecture, Edith will draw from practical examples on how these fascinating tiny materials and devices have transformed our everyday lives.
Future dates for the Nyholm Youth Lecture 2021 will be announced shortly (including schools and regional venues). Any enquiries or venue suggestions should be emailed to the RACI NSW Branch. School visits can be arranged from the start of Term 2 (subject to COVID restrictions).
QLD O'Donnell Youth Lecture
Dr Nathan Boase, Queensland University of Technology. Plastic Fantastic! Or not so Fantastic?
Plastics are everywhere in the news at the moment, with society trying to fight ‘the war on waste’. But what exactly are plastics? What are they made up of? Why were they so popular in the late 20th century? This lecture will focus on the molecules that make up plastics, called polymers, and will use demonstrations and examples to answer key questions. How the chemical structure of polymers create the unique properties that have been favoured for so long? Why polymers can create problems for waste management? What else can polymers be used for other than straws and sandwich wrappers? We will also look to the future of polymers and plastics and the role they will play far into the 21st century.
If you would like to book a 45-60min lecture at your school, please download the Expression of Interest form here. School visits can be arranged from the start of Term 2. Please email the completed form to Pam Chantrell, RACI QLD Coordinator here.
2020 National Lectures