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THIS IS THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF NEXT-GENERATION MEDICINE

The growing importance and understanding of convergence science is fuelling a surge of innovation that is transforming health care and creating efficiencies, disrupting existing businesses and creating new ones.

 

PROMOTING SCIENCE TO THE COMMUNITY

The Convergence Science Network plays a fundamental role in communicating science and making scientists accessible to the community. This engagement assists in promoting an awareness and understanding of advances in science and technology, how they  are impacting our lives and how they make a valuable contribution  to society.

LUAN ISMAHIL - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Luan established the Convergence Science Network and the Graeme Clark Oration in 2008 following lengthy service in the Commonwealth and Victorian governments in economic research, economic policy and industry development roles.  Luan has been responsible for attracting sponsor funds to make these two events possible, securing speakers and growing the community’s interest in how the convergence of the sciences is stimulating biomedical research.

CHRISTINA GANGEMI

Communications

Christina Gangemi is currently a research assistant at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University. Her work involves utilising synthetic biology principles to control tissue regeneration and cell signalling. In addition to her scientific training, she has strong experience in digital literacy and social media. She is currently Social Media Ambassador for her institute, where she works to promote the fascination and importance of regenerative medicine and stem cell science with the broader community. Moreover, she has previously interned with The Social Science, and recently ran the social media campaign for the 2018 Pint of Science Festival in Melbourne. Christina is also a passionate mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences, where she virtually mentors young women in STEM.

 

 

BETTY ZHANG

Leader, Schools Engagement Project

Betty Zhang is a first year Bachelor of Science student at The University of Melbourne, majoring in bioengineering systems with a Chancellor’s Scholarship. She aspires to combine a career in medicine, science and entrepreneurship. In 2018, she founded the Victorian Student Science Squad and was the Young Woman Ambassador for the Graeme Clark Oration.

 

Betty is passionate about communicating science to the public and empowering other young people (especially girls) to pursue STEM-related fields. She believes in the importance of resolving inequities in STEM by increasing accessibility to  educational and mentorship opportunities.

 

 

 

SONIA KULKARNI

Schools Reporter

Sonia is currently doing year twelve at Glen Waverley Secondary and an extension subject at the University of Melbourne. Her love of science and languages has led to an interest in science journalism.

 

Consequently, she completed work experience at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and was a member of the CETEC science club. She has competed successfully in public speaking and writing competitions and is the editor of and a contributor to the school yearbook. Sonia regularly attends science and humanitarian events, and she has organised several for her school and the community.

 

 

CAMERON MCKNIGHT

Communications

Cameron McKnight is a PhD candidate at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, studying  mitochondrial disorders by generating gene knockout models in human embryonic stem cells. He is also president of the Melbourne Children’s Campus Research Student Association (RSA) and works after hours at MCRI as a tissue bank scientist, storing and cataloguing samples for future clinical trials.

Cameron moved from Canada to Parkville’s ‘Biotech Valley’ to learn from the best in the world. He is an active science communicator who uses social media and his role in the RSA to encourage collaboration and networking between scientists and the public. He aims to improve the public perception of science and its researchers by creating opportunities for open and honest communication.

 

 

CATRIONA NGUYEN-ROBERTSON

Communications

Catriona Nguyen-Robertson is a PhD candidate at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, researching the immune response to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis and related bacteria. She is also a science demonstrator for both the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Melbourne and the Gene Technology Access Centre.

Catriona is the vice president of Women in Science and Engineering at The University of Melbourne, and is passionate about encouraging diversity in STEM fields, including engaging more females in science.

 

 

BETHANY DAVEY

Communications

Bethany Davey is a PhD candidate at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. She researches Malaria and is investigating new drug targets to help overcome antimalarial resistance. Beth also works as a scientific mentor at the Gene Technology Access Centre, and engages with students through a number of mentoring and outreach programs (such as In2Science and BrainSTEM).

Beth is passionate about effectively communicating science with the public, and encouraging students (particularly girls) to engage with STEMM through various means. Her favourite ways to communicate science are through public engagement, such as giving lab tours, and social media.

 

 

 

 

HOW CONVERGENCE WILL CHANGE OUR FUTURE

Hear what Australian science luminaries have to say about convergence science and how it is being used by researchers to make a difference to people’s health.

WHAT THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC  ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR EVENTS

We Engage with the community to share developments in convergence science and how these advances impact medicine and health care.   We Inspire the research community, start-ups, existing businesses,  government agencies and schools to take advantage of the opportunities offered by convergence science.   We Create the environment and opportunities for new ideas, knowledge and resources across different science disciplines to come together to improve health.

EVENTS

Our programs include presentations from science thought leaders and practitioners, events where we explore topical issues in more depth and we'll be presenting some of our brightest scientists who will share their exciting work in convergence science.

Convergence Science Network

Building 261

The University of Melbourne

203 Bouverie Street

Carlton Victoria 3053

T: +61 3 8344 8405