Issue 7 - 6 August 2013 enews home

Future Indigenous scientists head to Japan


St John’s College student Georgina Derrick will travel to Japan this month having received a Charles Darwin University Asian Science Camp Scholarship

Two Indigenous science students will join other talented young people from across Asia in a celebration of science and friendship at the 2013 Asian Science Camp.

Georgina Derrick from the Northern Territory and Avea Sabatino from Western Australia won the inaugural Charles Darwin University Asian Science Camp Scholarships, and will travel to Tsukuba, Japan from 25 - 30 August as part of the Australian delegation. 

St John’s College student Georgina Derrick said she hoped to pursue a career in medicine after she graduated this year.

“I love studying science and I would like to become a doctor so I can go back into remote communities and help promote healthy living,” Georgina said.

“At the Asian Science Camp I am looking forward to experiencing a different culture, meeting new people and learning more about science.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Steve Larkin said the CDU scholarship demonstrated the importance of offering innovative and creative ways of engaging Indigenous students.

“I’m extraordinarily proud of Avea and Georgina. They are not only attending as representatives of their country, but as representatives of their people and communities, as young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” Professor Larkin said.

Hosted by a different country each year, the Asian Science Camp promotes international cooperation and networks among the best young science students of the next generation in Asia, Australia and Oceania, and encourages deeper thinking about science and scientific knowledge.

During the six-day program students will participate in lectures, master classes and round table discussions with some of the world’s greatest scientific minds, including Nobel Laureates and celebrated researchers.

CDU has partnered with Australian Science Innovations to support two Indigenous students’ attendance at the camp.