UNE science students at guest speaker night

REAL WORLD: Jessica Amos, Dane Lyddiard, Matthew Elsley, Eliza Metz, Katelyn Donnelly, Leah Macdonald, Mary Mcmillan and Erin Donnelly.

REAL WORLD: Jessica Amos, Dane Lyddiard, Matthew Elsley, Eliza Metz, Katelyn Donnelly, Leah Macdonald, Mary Mcmillan and Erin Donnelly.

A GUEST speaker night is set to deliver some fun this week while bridging the gap between university study and the real world.

The event, which will kick-off at 5.30pm on Friday night at the Stro Bar, was organised by UNESSTA, a group from the University of New England’s science and technology faculty.

President of UNESSTA, Eliza Metz said the event is designed to get students engaging in a real-life industry perspective of studying science.

“We wanted to have some more social events and networking for students.

“Our event on Friday is very exciting because we’ve been working on it and thinking about it all year,” she said.

The night will involve short presentations from keynote speaker Alyssa Cornall from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Several speakers from the Armidale region will also be in attendance including local representatives from the CSIRO.

UNESSTA committee member, Katelyn Donnelly said the night is an opportunity to demonstrate some of the interesting and groundbreaking work that is currently being done in the field of science.

“The night is about celebrating science and industry.

“It is also about showcasing the working relationships between science and industry.

“We are hoping that will give audiences an idea of some of the world class research occurring in our regions.

“Our key note speaker, Alyssa Cornall, is currently doing research on HPV and bio-marker research,” she said.

A range of topics are to be covered in areas including molecular bacteriology and biochemistry while local environmentalists will also speak.

“We also have quite a few people coming who do a lot of environmental work in the region,” Ms Donnelly said.

UNESSTA organisers are encouraging the general public to attend the free event which will also include light refreshments throughout the evening.

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