Victorian Tall Poppy Reaching Schools Program

The Tall Poppies Reaching Students program is a government and university sponsored program which connects Tall Poppy award winners with schools by organising school visits and educational events, including science-themed symposiums.  The aim is to provide students with access to positive role models who are high achievers in their scientific field, to encourage students to think about the possibility of a career in science, and to stimulate a renewed interest in science generally.  Our Tall Poppies are enthusiastic about their involvement with schools and they come from a broad range of scientific specialisations.  Click here to read profiles of our individual Tall Poppy Award winners.

A program of school visits, community events, symposia and themed seminars is undertaken each year in consultation with individual schools, community, higher education, industry and government partners.  Please Contact Us if you would like further information on any of our programs, or if you would like to make a request for a Tall Poppy to visit your school.

Some of the events our Tall Poppies were involved in during 2010 were:

Dr. Jacob  Baum, Associate Professor Stuart Batten, Dr. Kylie Mason, Dr. Sarah Meachem, Associate Professor Josephine Forbes, Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou and Associate Professor Murat Yücel, along with guest Dr. Mark Norman, were presenters at the 2010 Middle Years Symposium, held at Melbourne Museum for 80 students from years 5 to 8 from schools in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.

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Dr Rachel Caruso delivered an address to 450 students at St. Catherine’s School assembly.

Dr Elaine Wong gave a talk on fibre optic technology by at the VSSCE Engineering and Science Careers Day for Year 9 Students

Dr Rachel Caruso visited St. Kevin’s College and talked with students about renewable energy.

Dr Alison Funston visited Mooroolbark Secondary College to talk to students about her career in science and her research in Nanotechnology.

Dr Rachel Caruso talked to Year 12 Students at Keilor Downs Secondary College about Renewable Energy and research in Solar Cells.

Dr. Daniel Ierodiaconou visited Camperdown College to talk to students about his research in the marine environment and seafloor.

Dr Chris Tonkin, Dr. Angus Johnston and Dr. Natalie Hannan travelled to Ballarat High School and gave 8 talks to 250 students on Nanotechnology, Malaria Research and Reproductive Biology.