Catherine McAuley science wiz to attend international forum
|Christie-Rae was chosen to attend the conference following her success at the National Youth Science Forum|
In July, Year 12 student, Christie-Rae Crosthwaite, from Catherine McAuley Westmead will represent Australia at Europe’s largest science conference, the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in Dublin, Ireland.
The ESOF conference showcases the latest advances in science and technology and promotes a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy. Christie-Rae will join more than 5,000 delegates from 50 countries including five Nobel Laureates and 500 high profile speakers from around the world at the conference.
Christie-Rae was chosen to attend the conference, along with five other Australian students, after her success at attending the prestigious National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) that was held in Canberra and Perth earlier this year.
The NYSF is a Rotary sponsored program that invites the best science senior science students from around Australia to apply to attend the forum over two weeks. Following her success at this forum, Christie-Rae was invited to apply for a program offering students the opportunity to participate in international science events and was selected to attend the ESOF conference.
Christie-Rae says she is hoping get a better understanding of where science sits in terms of policy making and society internationally as well as make connections within the global science community.
‘I hope to meet a broad range of people while I am there, from people working in the field to other science students,’ said Christie-Rae. ‘Bob Geldolf is one of the high profile delegates attending so I would of course love to run into him.’
‘I am particularly interested in the mathematical aspects of the conference as I feel mathematics represents both the future and hope,’ she said. ‘Mathematics represents a perfect world which we know doesn’t exist however with mathematics we can treat it like it does exist.’
Catherine McAuley’s principal, Margery Jackman, said that the school is extremely proud of Christie-Rae.
‘As a Mercy girls’ school, we encourage all our young women to work towards making a difference in the world and we are very proud of Christie-Rae’s achievements and look forward to her future contribution in the world of science,’ said Margery.
Christie-Rae will attend the Euroscience Open Forum 11-15 July.
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