Growing aspiring scientists

March 14 / 131

Pictured Left to Right: Professor Tony Bacic, Director Bio21 Institute, The Honourable Martin Dixon, MP, Minister for Education, Professor Field Rickards, Dean Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Professor Karen Day, Dean of Science, Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor University of Melbourne, Mr Rob Newton, Principal University High School, Professor Philip Batterham, Science Associate Dean (Community Engagement & Development), Mr Chris Jones, Head of EBSS with Year 11 students Mr Jorge Pavlidis and Helena Kalfas at the school’s opening on 6 March 2014. Photo credit: Peter Casamento
Pictured Left to Right: Professor Tony Bacic, Director Bio21 Institute, The Honourable Martin Dixon, MP, Minister for Education, Professor Field Rickards, Dean Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Professor Karen Day, Dean of Science, Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor University of Melbourne, Mr Rob Newton, Principal University High School, Professor Philip Batterham, Science Associate Dean (Community Engagement & Development), Mr Chris Jones, Head of EBSS with Year 11 students Mr Jorge Pavlidis and Helena Kalfas at the school’s opening on 6 March 2014. Photo credit: Peter Casamento

Students will have access to world leading Australian scientists as part of a new dedicated sciences school named after alumna and Nobel Laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.

The Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences, a dedicated sciences school for years 11 and 12, is the result of a partnership between the University of Melbourne, University High School and the Victorian State Government. It is located at the Bio21 Institute site.

The select entry sub-school of University High caters for 200 high performing and passionate students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), with the aim of inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Students have access to scientist mentors from industry, leading edge facilities within state of the art dedicated classrooms and exposure to an environment that inspires an interest in science. 

The partnership supports advancements in the development and delivery of science curriculum, including guest lectures to other schools and provides for teacher training for Melbourne Graduate School of Education Masters of Teachers students in exposure to dedicated science teaching.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said the school was the result of a great collaboration to establish a leading science school, providing aspiring young scientists with access to mentors from the University of Melbourne, Bio21 Institute and the Parkville Precinct.

“We are assisting students by nurturing their passion for scientific endeavour early in their lives and helping to create the next generation of cutting edge scientists,” Professor Davis said.

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn said in a video message at the launch that it was truly an honour the school named after her. 

As an alumna of both University High and the University of Melbourne, she said the location brought great opportunities for the students. 

“There is a hub of tremendous minds and scientists in the Parkville precinct and you will have the benefit of these great people as I did when I was there,” she told the students.

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