The nominating institution CSIRO on the breakthrough:

Work experience is key in the transition from high school to work, but barriers to access limit the opportunity for many students. This Program provides a safe, online collaboration platform through which research agencies, government and business offer genuine scientific work experience to small groups of students. Proven to increase access for students regardless of geographic, health, COVID, or other barriers, the Program engages students in group work experience projects while advancing their collaboration skills and informing their subject and career choices.

Tags: Covid-19, Diversity, Education, New Work, Science Communication, Trust in science, Education Equity, Future Work, Education for all, Future Skills

Mary Mulcahy

CSIRO

Mary Mulcahy is the Director of CSIRO Education and Outreach. She leads a team of 80 people from around Australia to deliver high quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and engagement programs for teachers, students and the community. She has been in her current role since February 2015. Prior to that she held senior communication roles in CSIRO and universities, including leading national teams responsible for communicating the outcomes from CSIRO’s energy and water research to government, industry and the community.

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