STEM Superheroes

Inspiring Australia Team

Last year, our Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, challenged Australians to name just five living Australian scientists using the twitter hashtag #5ScientistPledge. From this list, the #AusScienceHeroes were born.

Following on this year, a number of academic, research and other organisations have shared the profiles of some of their scientists on social media during National Science Week.

Below are a few of the organisations that got into the spirit of National Science Week and showed off some of their STEM talent.

  • Agriculture Victoria (@VicGovAg ) have been posting a ‘Meet our science stars’ series over the week.
  • Science at ANU (@ScienceANU) ran a number of live video streams with scientists and science communicators, and even a post specifically celebrating their ‘heroes of medicine’ – ANU medical school teachers who save lives between lectures.
  • Australian Academy of Science (@Science_Academy) looked back on and recognised the work of six early female Fellows of the Academy.
  • CSIRO (@CSIROnews) promoted their Faces of CSIRO page that introduces their scientists and gives them a chance to explain why they are passionate about their work.
  • Australia’s Chief Scientist (@ScienceChiefAu) highlighted their ongoing work to shine a light on the #AusScienceHeroes.
  • Robinson Research Institute (@RobsInstitute) profiled a number of their early- and mid-career academic staff with videos and stories.
  • Telethon Kids Institute (@TelethonKids) profiled a number of their staff highlighting the work that happens outside of the lab.

This list is by no means complete – but a good way to get a sense for what it means to be a scientist in Australia.

Can you name five living Australian scientists?