Coming Up: In Class With… Dr Georgia Ward-Fear

Tropical ecologist, reptile biologist and explorer, Dr. Georgia Ward-Fear, is taking on questions from school students around Australia in this exclusive In Class With… event

Submit your students’ questions now to take part.

Like many of us, as a child Georgia was inspired by Sir David Attenborough. She watched as he investigated the mysteries of nature and decided she wanted to do that too.

Georgia successfully developed a technique to reduce the impact of wild cane toads on native fauna. Cane toads are an introduced species to Australia and poison many important Australian animals, such as quolls, goannas, snakes, and crocodiles. Dr Georgia Ward-Fear’s work trains these animals to dislike the taste of toads (like the aversion we get when we’ve had food poisoning caused by a certain food). This work could save these Australian ecosystems.

Georgia has won the University medal (2009), been a Val Street Scholar (2013-16) and is part of the Homeward Bound initiative (2019); a global network of Women in STEM, collaborating to influence global environmental policy. She collaborates with the indigenous ranger network across northern Australia and produces educational material for the public.

Georgia is a huge advocate for equality and diversity in science. She is a ‘Superstar of STEM’, a program run by Science and Technology Australia that aims to smash gender stereotypes of ‘Scientists’ and encourage more girls to work and stay in the STEM fields.

An adventurous spirit, Georgia has trekked through many continents and travelled thousands of kilometers in a sea kayak to live with the people of the pacific islands. Such experiences fuel her passion for conservation research here and abroad.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are some of the kinds of questions that have been asked in the past:

    • Why is STEM so important?
    • What’s your favourite dinosaur?
    • If we needed to escape Earth quickly, what one other species would you take with you?
    • Why does our hair go grey when we age?

You can now submit student questions to Dr Georgia Ward-Fear either by video or in writing.

10 of Georgia’s favourite questions will receive a copy of her Aussie STEM Star book!

Entries will close at 11 am AEDT on  Friday 2 September 2022.

Log in or sign up for FREE to submit student questions to In Class With… Dr Georgia Ward-Fear through our Google Form.

Submit questions by video

We would love students to be involved in this In Class With… event so we encourage students to film themselves asking their question and sending it to us by uploading it to our Google Form.

Please ensure the following information is included in the video:

    • Name of student
    • Year or age
    • Name of school
    • State
    • Question

For example: “Hello, my name is Sophie and I am in Year 6 at Largs Bay Primary School in South Australia. I would like to know why is STEM so important?”

We recommend students use the following criteria for each video:

    • Filmed landscape
    • High definition, 1920×1080 px, where possible (most phones are automatically set to this now)
    • Keep background noise to a minimum
    • Ensure your speech is as clear as possible
    • Keep the backdrop as plain as possible
    • File size less than 1GB
    • Video duration less than 40 seconds
    • Use natural lighting, where possible
    • Speak directly to the camera

Watch the clip below of Isabella asking her question at a previous In Class With… for an example.

Please note that by submitting their videos, students have permission to appear in the published video on education.riaus.org.au, cosmosmagazine.com and on social media accounts owned by The Royal Institution of Australia. If you’re uploading a video on behalf of a student, use your school’s media release form or download one here.

Submit questions in writing

If students don’t want to appear on video, they can also submit their questions in writing using the Google Form.

Useful information

    • Students can submit as many questions as they like.
    • Each question should be submitted on a separate form.
    • Questions can be submitted by individuals, groups or classes.
    • By submitting a question, students are agreeing (and have permission) for their name, age, year and school to appear on the In Class With… Dr Georgia Ward-Fear video.
    • Where videos have been submitted, students are agreeing (and have permission) to appear in the In Class With… event published on education.riaus.org.au, cosmosmagazine.com and social media accounts owned by The Royal Institution of Australia.
    • If you have any problems or questions, please get in touch by emailing us at [email protected]

Log in or sign up for FREE to submit student questions to In Class With… Dr Georgia Ward-Fear through our Google Form.

Years: R-12

Topics:

Biological Sciences

Chemical Sciences

Earth and Space Sciences

Physical Sciences

Additional: Careers, Maths, Technology, Engineering