WA teachers get to know the new Chief Scientist
High school science teachers visited the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research to meet the new WA Chief Scientist and hear first-hand about the fascinating set of circumstances that led him to devote his life to medical research.
Education Outreach Manager, Pauline Charman, hosted the aptly named ‘Drinks with Klinks’ which offered teachers an opportunity to meet Professor Peter Klinken and hear about his background and what he hopes to offer the WA community as “Chief”.
Professor Klinken regaled the crowd with tales of his initial disappointment in the Year 10 prize of a Biology textbook that ultimately started his foray into science, as well as his time as a Chemistry teacher at Scotch College and his experience establishing the WA Institute for Medical Research - which was renamed the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Resarch in March 2014.
Pauline Charman thanked attendees for helping make the event a success and promised similar events in the future.
“This was our first National Science Week event and what better way to celebrate the occasion than by introducing teachers to this impressive new facility and our charismatic new Chief Scientist,” Pauline says.
The event, which was co-hosted by the SPICE secondary teachers enrichment program, ended with a guided tour of the new facilities at the Perkins, including the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre.
If you would like to learn more about the Perkins you can take part in weekly tours, held every Tuesday at 9.30am. Click here to find out more.