2009 Dean’s Lecture

Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering

“What’s needed to engage rural students in Science?”

Science, psychology, mathematics, technology and engineering are fully embedded into our society but the numbers of senior school students, and university students, taking related studies are either steady or decreasing.

Many of the issues that involve us all, such as climate change, the introduction of new technologies, the quality of our environment and the production of food, all have a strong science and technology foundation. Will we have the skilled people in these areas, especially in rural Australia, to lead and advise us in the future?

Many of the decisions that governments at all levels are making for us have at their core science and technology. Many of the issues raised in the press everyday also have at their core aspects of science and technology. Do we have the scientific literacy level within society to enter into the debate on these matters? How do we enter into the debate?

These two broad questions have particular relevance to rural Australia and will have increasing relevance for young people. What is needed to engage them in Science?

About the presenter: Professor David Findlay

David Finlay is the Dean, Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering at La Trobe University, a post he has held since 2001. Before coming to La Trobe University he was the Dean, Faculty of Science and Mathematics at the University of Newcastle, NSW and Professor of Psychology. He holds BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Melbourne. He has been Chair of the Australian Council of Deans of Science and has a strong interest in encouraging students to pursue courses in Science and Engineering.


Thursday 21 May, commencing at 6:00pmLa Trobe University Albury-Wodonga
Main Lecture Theatre
Building 6
University Drive

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Refreshments will be served following the lecture