21st Century Scientist All Day Workshop Event

60 girls, 11 Scientists and a ridiculous amount of inspiration. The recent 21st Century Scientist event left everyone suitably exhausted but with a verified belief that girls in STEM really are changing the world.


Cecile Godde


Samantha Nixon


Lee Constable


Candice Goodwin


Dr Fatima Naim


Jordan Debono


Dr Chamindie Punyadeera


Tacha Mulligan


Amy Chen


Dr Talitha Best


Kanchana Bishop

We kicked off the day with an incredible overview of a trip of a lifetime provided by Cecile Goode, Samantha Nixon and Lee Constable – three women lucky enough to be selected to travel to Antarctica on the Homeward Bound project to join the world’s largest all-female expedition visiting research stations and teams across the continent.

We were then straight into the Networking Roundtables of the day during which girls in small groups of 9 rotated, spending 15 minutes with each of the 7 x Extraordinary Women scientists who were with us for the morning from areas as diverse as Molecular Biology, Zoology, Chemical Science, Space research and medical research.

After a yummy lunch the day was capped off with 2 x 1 hour interactive workshops on Persistence & Resilience, led by Dr Chamindie Punyadeera, and Communication & Collaboration led by Dr Talitha Best. By all accounts the girls finished the day with an enormous amount to consider and action as they consider what their path into science may look like.

It takes a tribe to pull an experience like this together, so we’d like to thank:

The Extraordinary Women! Samantha Nixon, Cecile Godde, Lee Constable, Candice Goodwin, Tacha Mulligan, Jordan Debono, Amy Chan, Dr Fatima Naim, Kanchana Bishop, Dr Talitha Best and Dr Chamindie Punjadeera, as well as MC and FUEL Founder Tanya Meessmann for their time, efforts and invaluable knowledge shared on the day.

The Volunteers! Hayley, Sandy, Daniella, Kath and an extra-special mention for Catherine, Tanya’s right-hand lady.  They worked tirelessly to provide a friendly, calm and supportive environment for the girls throughout.

And our Sponsors and Supporters:

Event Sponsor CQUniversity Australia

Venue Sponsor The Precinct/River City Labs

Attendance Scholarship Providers:


“I loved how we learnt about the different types of science but also the workshops about perseverance and communication. Thank you!” Amy, Teen Girl

“This day was incredible. It has really inspired me to study science and just generally get excited about what the future may hold. I’d love to do it again – would definitely recommend!” Claudia, Teen Girl

“I wasn’t considering psychology as a career at all but after today I’m more interested to pursue it and see where it could take me.” Mon, Teen Girl

“I found it very inspiring to hear from such a diverse range of women in their fields. Thank you!.” Kerry, Teen Girl

“I loved meeting a range of like-minded people. Thank you for providing that space for me.” Breeanna, Teen Girl

Thank you to everyone who attended this event and for CQUniversity Australia coming on board as our exclusive Event Sponsor.