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VSL German Australian Girls' Day -Mädchen-Zukunftstag
20 November, 2018
On November 16, the VSL German Distance Education section had 6 female year 8 German students take part in the biggest career orientation project for girls worldwide- the Australian Girls’ Day, organized by the Goethe Institute. As part of this career day our students visited the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, where they had the amazing opportunity to explore the Doherty Institute behind the scenes and to learn what it could be like to enter a career in science. At the Institute, we were greeted by Dr. Marie Greyer who spoke about career opportunities in the field of science. This was followed by a tour of one of the many laboratories, during which the girls were even able to catch a glimpse of Peter Doherty’s office (Nobel Prize winner!). Afterwards, the girls had firsthand experience of working in a laboratory, which was definitely the highlight of the day. This workshop was led by two German PhD students, who are studying in Melbourne as part of the Peter Doherty Institute and University of Melbourne international partnership with the University of Bonn. After lunch, the Institute took photographs so that participants can forever remember the day when they first became a scientist. The concluding event involved a Live Stream to Monash University, where participants from the various workshop locations (Peter Doherty and CSIRO Monash) had the opportunity to ask a panel of scientists questions about careers in STEM. Our students and the accompanying teachers, Katja Schubert and Sandeep Goswami, thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic day. Maybe we will also be able to say one day, that “we taught a Nobel Prize winner.”
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