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Spotlight on Science

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  • Hornsby Central Library
    28-44 George Street, Hornsby NSW 2077, Australia

How do you become a penguin warden? Do mangroves and saltmarshes really benefit human society? What is the future of radiation therapy in low-income countries? Why is biodiversity important? Join us at Hornsby Library to celebrate National Science Week and tackle some of the big questions.

You’ll hear from a panel of four working scientists from different fields, who will talk about the science that has inspired them, what the future holds, and the career path choices that got them where they are today.


Taylor Springett - NPWS Penguin Warden Volunteer, North Head.
Taylor helps protect and monitor the colony of Little Penguins that live along the rocky shores of North Head. 

Craig Opie - Radiation Therapy Clinical Educator, Royal North Shore Hospital.
Craig works clinically as a radiation therapist, educator, and as an associate lecturer in radiation therapy at Charles Sturt University

Amy Hughes - Environmental Scientist, Macquarie University.
Amy decided to go back to university to study Environmental Science after reading about the importance of blue carbon in climate change mitigation. 

Dr James Brazill-Boast - Strategic Conservation and Monitoring Design, NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
James works in conservation policy and implementation, and has worked on major projects for the NSW Government including the Saving our Species program.

The discussion will be moderated by Hornsby Council’s very own Dr Ana Rubio, environmental scientist, and manager of the Lower Hawkesbury Estuary.

Come along and discover where science can take you. This event is suitable for students, emerging scientists, and anyone with an interest in STEM.

Location Information

ARRIVING BY TAXI Please ask your driver to pull up in front of the library, in Hunter Lane ARRIVING BY TRAIN It is a short walk across the footbridge, down stairs towards the Westfield shopping centre and left down Hunter Lane. ARRIVING BY CAR Please note that limited car parking is available at the rear of the library on the corner of Burdett Street and Hunter Lane. Parking is also available at the nearby Westfield shopping centre.