Rui Dan Xie is a NSW-based professional with Science degree from the University of Sydney who is currently undertaking a PhD in neuroimmunology and working as a part-time research assistant at Westmead Institute of Medical Research. Rui intends to put the $500 towards undertaking a Media and Communication course being offered by Science in Public.
On how the CPD will enhance her career, Rui said: “Scientists are often well-practised in conveying research formally through conferences, seminars, lectures and published journals. However, most scientists and STEM students are never trained or taught explicitly the art of effective communication. I believe that it is essential for all scientists to learn how to convey the complexity of our work in an accessible manner to the public, media, government, industry and other stakeholders. This one-day course working with experienced communicators and journalists will equip me with knowledge and confidence to effectively communicate my work when media opportunities arise in the future.”
Taylor Fitzgibbon is a Queensland-based scientist with a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Newcastle. She is the recipient of the second $500 Science Upskill scholarship. Taylor intends to undertake a Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science with the University of Southern Queensland.
On how undertaking these further studies will enhance her career, she said: “By completing this qualification, my employment prospects will be increased dramatically as I am gaining skills necessary for more senior positions such as corporate project geologist and senior geologist. As well as helping me progress in my current workplace, it will also allow me to apply for roles in other industries, broadening my potential career pathways significantly. This certification will enhance my current career as a mine site geologist as I will be able to incorporate software packages such as ArcGIS into my daily routine, allowing me to solve geological issues that I would otherwise have to rely on more senior colleagues for assistance to address.”
Professional Scientists Australia President Robyn Porter said the awarding of the scholarships to Rui and Taylor was intended to reflect the importance of CPD at the level of practising scientist as well as emphasising the need to give scientists the skills to communicate the importance of science to decision-makers and other stakeholders. “Professional Scientists Australia is committed to providing CPD support to members. We congratulate both scholarship recipients and commend them on their commitment to improving their skills.”
Congratulations Rui and Taylor!