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 2022, we're hoping to be able to deliver the lectures in person like normal. Please see your state below for more information. Please email us if you would like to host a lecture at your school. Recordings of the 2021 lectures are now available, please see below for the lastest recorded lectures.

2022 National Youth Lectures



WA Bayliss Youth Lecture 

Prof Charlie Bond and Assoc. Prof Archa Fox, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University. The Chemistry behind Covid19 and the mRNA vaccines: How were they made so quickly? 
The astonishing speed of designing the new mRNA vaccines against Covid19 was one of the remarkable features of this pandemic. But what are mRNA vaccines made of? How were they designed so quickly? Why are they so effective? And what else can we do with mRNA? In this lecture we investigate the chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology of the mRNA vaccines and the proteins they encode that train our immune systems against the SARS-COV2 virus.
Perfect for Year 10-12 students.  

Register today to attend these three lectures:

  1.  7pm Tues 31 May, Wilsmore Lecture Theatre, UWA. Register here
    Light refreshments will be served after the lecture for RACI members if COVID restrictions allow.
  2. 7pm Thurs 7 April 2022, Lecture Theatre, Joondalup Campus, ECU. Register here
  3. 7pm Wed 22 June 2022, Resources and Chemistry Precinct, Building 500 Exhibition Space, Curtin University. Register here


Future dates for the Bayliss Youth Lecture 2022 will be announced shortly (including schools and regional venues). Any enquiries or venue suggestions should be emailed to Dino Spagnoli or Pam Chantrell. 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 Vipul Agarwal, The University of New South Wales. Polymers – a true love hate relationship 
Polymers have penetrated every aspect of our lives and became integral part of human lives. How and why did this happen? This Nyholm lecture will outline the concept of polymers and delve into their revolutionizing roles in our daily lives. Ask questions like – What are polymers? Why do we need them? How deep is our love for polymers? Why have we started hating such an integral component of our lives? What is the basis of our love-hate relationship with polymers? Where are we heading in the future?

Any enquiries or venue suggestions should be emailed to Brent Kooyman. School visits can be arranged from the start of Term 2.

NSW, VIC, QLD and SA 2022 Youth Lectures will be announced soon. 

2021 National Lectures Recordings

2021 WA Bayliss Youth Lecture. Life in the Universe: Astrobiology and Water in Space - Gretchen Benedix

2021 QLD O'Donnell Youth Lecture. Plastic Fantastic! Or not so Fantastic? - Dr Nathan Boase

2021 SA Stranks Memorial Youth Lecture. Making the Tiniest Machines - Prof Dave Leigh

2020 National Lectures Recordings

2020 Lecture 1: WA. Dr Georgina Sauzier, Curtin University, Shining a Light on Crime

2020 Lecture 2: VIC. Dr Jessica Holien, RMIT, Discovering my passion for Chemistry

2020 Lecture 3: NSW. Dr Adam Martin, Macquarie University. How Metal is Keeping You Alive

2020 Lecture 4. NSW. Dr Edith Chow, CSIRO. Nanotechnology: why is small so big?

Lectures by State

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