The World Science Festival concluded over the weekend with a group of Mary MacKillop girls as special guests at the Pioneering Women in Science Event. Invited to the event and greeted by the Hon Leanne Enoch, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business; the Year 11 and 12 girls were asked about their interests in science as they look towards the future.
During the event, the girls heard from four of Australia’s top female scientists in their respective fields. The girls received great advice regarding science careers and pursuing their passions. Addressed by Professors Emma Johnston, Suzanne Miller, Kerrie Wilson and Tanya Monro, the girls were told of the importance of seeing their lives without barriers in the pursuit of their passion. It was great for the girls to hear of the struggles and challenges faced by each of these women and their resulting success. All stressed the need to block out self-doubt as well as those who say you can’t.
The Professors spoke of their driving passions and reminded the girls that if you have a passion and drive it is your responsibility to yourself to “Go for it”. The event proved to be very timely for some reflection following exams as it afforded the girls the opportunity to take stock of where they are in their lives and what is driving them towards a brighter future.