BrisScience was originally heading back to its live home at The Edge next week, but sadly COVID-19 had other plans. So please join us online at 6:30pm Monday 5 July to hear from none other than 2020 Australian University Teacher of the Year, UQ's Associate Professor Jack Wang, who'll be talking all things citizen science.

Citizen science is a template for large-scale scientific participation, where public collaboration can generate genuine research outcomes.

Associate Professor Wang engages his microbiology students in large-scale citizen science projects as part of their undergraduate studies. They explore various projects, from uncovering the microbes living all over the human body – the Human Microbiome Project - to identifying new targets for vaccine discovery.

To actively contribute in these projects, students need a foundational set of hands-on and science communication skills, combining the best of face-to-face learning experiences with online multimedia training.

Join Associate Professor Wang as he demonstrates how he harnesses teaching innovations to create citizen scientists in the digital age - who can create, analyse and communicate scientific findings to the masses.

Watch the recording

Recording of "From swabs to vaccines - getting involved in citizen science" talk (YouTube, 54min)

Meet the presenter

Associate Professor Jack Wang completed a dual degree in Science and Information Technology in 2006 and went on to a PhD at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience, UQ, studying the interface between molecular bioscience and microbiology.

He has applied his research background towards microbiology teaching, and his educational research revolves around interactive inquiry-driven learning, as well as measuring the impact of blending online and face-to-face learning activities in large undergraduate courses.

His work has been recognised through national teaching awards. In 2020 he was awarded the Australian Society for Microbiology David White Teaching Excellence award, the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Award for Teaching Excellence (Biological and Health Sciences), and was named the 2020 AAUT Australian University Teacher of the Year.

About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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