University of Western Australia


University of Western Australia




University of Western Australia



University of Western Australia






University of Western Australia

David Blair
David Blair is Winthrop Professor in the University of Western Australia School of Physics. He has been with the University since 1976. He is Director of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre, and the co-creator of the Gravity Discovery Centre (Eureka Prize 2005). He has been awarded many times for work in science and its promotion. His research covers acoustics, electromagnetics, and gravity wave detectors. David can be contacted via email: dgb AT physics.uwa.edu.au


Grady Venville
Grady Venville is Professor of Science Education at the University of Western Australia. She is known internationally for her research in science education, particularly in the fields of curriculum integration and students’ understanding of complex science. She is the co-author of Lets Think! a cognitive acceleration program for young children. She also is the co-editor of The Art of Teaching Science and the The Art of Teaching Primary Science. Grady can be contacted via email: grady.venville AT uwa.edu.au


Nancy Longnecker
Associate Professor Nancy Longnecker coordinates the Science Communication program at The University of Western Australia. Her research areas include informal science education, volunteering, teaching science communication and the impact of communication on public attitudes and policy development and implementation. Nancy is author of over 60 refereed books, book chapters and research papers. One of her research aims is to improve effectiveness of out-of-classroom science education experiences. Nancy can be contacted via email: nancy.longnecker AT uwa.edu.au

Marjan Zadnik
Associate Professor Marjan Zadnik leads the physics and astronomy education research and practice group at Curtin University. He has won many awards for excellence in teaching, as well as Australian Research Council and Australian Learning and Teaching Council competitive grants. Current educational projects include measuring the effectiveness of specialist science enrichment programs, evaluation of students understanding of thermal concepts, students use of multiple representations of concepts, improving physics laboratories using the ASELL framework, improving the effectiveness of demonstrators in undergraduate labs, and improving the effectiveness of science clinics. Marjan can be contacted via email: m.zadnik AT curtin.edu.au


David Coward
Associate Professor David Coward's research at the University of Western Australia focusses on transient phenomena. He is Director of the Zadko Telescope, a fully robotic facility, that forms part of a global network of robotic telescopes for studying a diverse zoo of exotic objects, from space junk to the biggest explosions in the Universe. In 2010 he was awarded a prestigous "Future Fellowship" by the Australian Research Council, for his internationally recognised research. David can be contacted via email: coward AT physics.uwa.edu.au

University of Western Australia


University of Western Australia


University of Western Australia




University of Western Australia



University of Western Australia




University of Western Australia


Muza Gondwe
Muza Gondwe is an editor, film maker, blogger, and a contributor to a number of science communication platforms (the Naked Scientist, BMJ Blogs, the Nation Newspaper Malawi, African Science Cafes). She spent six months between 2009-10 at the University of Cambridge as a Fellow in the Public Understanding of Science in Africa. She also tutors in science writing and displays and exhibit in the Science Communication Program at the University of Western Australia. Muza can be contacted via email: mzamoseg AT yahoo.com

Auriol Heary
Auriol Heary is a primary teacher who has become an enthusiastic supporter of science education enrichment. She took the first image through the Zadko Telescope using the new Andor Camera. Currently, in addition to her normal teaching, she works with Year 8 through 10 students at John Curtin College. She is interested in transient objects in the sky. Auriol can be contacted via email: auriol.heary AT iinet.net.au

Mark Gargano
Mark Gargano is a PhD student at Curtin University. He has almost 20 years secondary classroom experience. Mark has received a number of teaching awards, including attending the ‘It IS Rocket Science-teacher trip to Japan’ and works with NASA through the Spaceward Bound project. He is a member of a number of Space Science groups and is a Board Member of Mars Society Australia. Mark’s professional interests include increasing the breadth and depth of space science understanding in schools by having students participate in authentic astronomy research. Mark can be contacted via email: gargano.mark AT cathednet.wa.edu.au


Marina Pitts
Marina Pitts of the Graduate School of Education is a UWA postgraduate student and teacher selected to represent Western Australia on the "It IS Rocket Science! Teacher Trip to Japan" One of two, Western Australian science teacher representatives to visit Japan thanks to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Australia Japan Foundation. Marina can be contacted via email: marina.pitts AT uwa.edu.au

John Goldsmith
John Goldsmith is conducting PhD research into cultural astronomy, with a focus on the documentation, communication and sharing of Aboriginal sky knowledge. His PhD project focuses on contemporary examples of Aboriginal sky knowledge, such as the Aboriginal art exhibition “Things Belonging to the Sky”, and Kandimalal, Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. John is based at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (www.icrar.org), Curtin University. John is a member of The World At Night (www.twanight.org) a leading global network of astronomical photographers. John can be contacted via email: john.goldsmith.msc AT gmail.com

Mick Todd
Mick Todd is a PhD student at Curtin University. His interest is transient optical sources, which he studies using the Zadko Telescope and the French TAROT telescopes. He has a background in secondary education, and electronics and communications technology. In April 2009 using the Zadko telescope he discovered a new asteroid 4km in diameter. Mick can be contacted via email: michael.todd AT postgrad.curtin.edu.au




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Brad Whitaker
Brad Whitaker is a Project Officer for the SEE Project. Brad has a background in primary teaching and environmental education. He has a tertiary degree in environmental studies and life sciences. Brad is currently the education manager at the Gravity Discovery Centre, at which he coordinates school excursions, designs education programs and promotes science education. He works closely with school groups and teachers to produce an inspiring program of science enrichment experiences for students at the GDC. Brad can be contacted via email: education AT gdc.asn.au

Fred Deshon
Fred Deshon is Science Education Consultant for the ARC Linkage Grant: Science Education Enrichment Project. Fred has a long involvement in secondary science education. In schools he has been a secondary science teacher in Perth metropolitan and regional schools, Deputy Principal of a regional District High School, Head of Department (Science) in three secondary schools and Deputy Principal of a Perth metropolitan Senior High School. He has extensive experience in science education policy formation, curriculum design and support for teachers having been the senior science curriculum and policy officer for the Department of Education. Fred is currently a private consultant in science education. Fred can be contacted via email: fcdeshon AT iinet.net.au



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University of Western Australia




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University of Western Australia


Neil Jarvis
Neil Jarvis is CEO of The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, having joined in July 2002. For the decade of the 1990’s he was a member of the Senior Executive of the Western Australian Department of Education. During that time some of his responsibilities were for strategic initiatives such as Indigenous Education, school restructuring and rural education. He was also the National representative for key policy bodies, such as those dealing with the Information Economy, Equity Strategies, and the National Goals of Schooling. Since 2001 he also has worked with, Edith Cowan University, The Insurance Commission of Western Australia (Road Safety) and as a Director of RM Australasia Pty Ltd (School Administration, Teaching and Learning Technologies). Neil can be contacted via email: neil AT pff.com.au


Elaine Horne
Elaine manages the EcoEducation programs for DEC which are offered in Centres in the Metropolitan and regional areas and in schools (Bush Rangers WA program). She was the state curriculum officer for science, a biological sciences teacher, an environmentalist and is a Life Member of STAWA. Elaine can be contacted via email: Elaine.Horne AT dec.wa.gov.au




Richard Meagher
Richard Meagher is a science educator with 30 years of classroom experience. He has been the recipient of many awards for his teaching, most recently being recognised as the Science Educator of the Year (Secondary) at the 2009 Western Australian Science awards. Richard has been an active member of the Gravity Discovery Centre’s Education Committee since 2003, and as well as delivering revision sessions for students in regional Western Australia from Karratha to Albany is currently the Head of Science at Mt Lawley Senior High School. Richard can be contacted via email: richard.meagher AT lawley.wa.edu.au


Lance Taylor
Lance Taylor is Head of Science at Willetton Senior High School and has been involved in secondary science education and administration for over 30 years. After studying Planetary Science and Astronomy as part of his undergraduate studies in Physics in 1976, he developed a life-long interest in astronomy. He has lectured in Planetary Science at Curtin University since 1987, where he also obtained his MSc in Science Education in 1999. Some of his astronomical exploits include leading an expedition of high school students to Mount Magnet to photograph Comet Halley (1986) and to Ceduna to photograph the 2002 total solar eclipse. He has also ventured to far North Canada to photograph Comet Hale-Bopp and the Aurora Borealis (1997). In 1995 he was awarded “Galactic Teacher of the Year” by the Australian International Space School and won the privilege of representing Australian educators at the International Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama USA. He has since taken two groups of students there for astronaut training experience (2006 and 2009). For his efforts in constructing and managing an astronomical observatory in WA for the Chiro Observatory of Japan, Lance was honoured with the International Astronomical Union naming Asteroid 8417 Lancetaylor. In 2010, Lance was the recipient of the de Laeter Medal for an outstanding contribution to science teaching. Lance can be contacted via email: lance.taylor AT det.wa.edu.au

Jenny Gull
Jenny is a curriculum consultant with the SPICE science teachers enrichment program at UWA and has been involved in secondary science education both as a teacher and curriculum writer for over 20 years. Jenny has been an active member of the Gravity Discovery Centre’s education committee since 2008. Her time is currently divided between the delivery of a PL program to schools in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and West Coast school districts and the development of curriculum resources for science teachers. Jenny can be contacted via email: jgull AT cyllene.uwa.edu.au
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