Science Week: Science Communication Conference

18 - 18 Aug, 2022

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Register now for students to attend KIOSC’s Science Communication Conference! 

On Thursday 18th August KIOSC will be hosting a Science Communication Conference to celebrate Science Week and KIOSC’s 10th Anniversary. 

Teams of students have the opportunity to give a conference-style presentation on a project they have completed recently at school. There is no time limit to when the project was completed, the focus is on the communication opportunity. Examples of KIOSC programs that would suit this include Bees with Backpacks, Deep Racer, Chatbot, Maker, Trashbot, and First Lego League Innovation Project. The conference will mimic academic research conferences and trade shows, with guest speakers and a market-hall style presentation session. It gives the students an opportunity to experience what other students are working on, and inspire each other with amazing design thinking. 

Each team will have a table at which to set up their presentation. Students will have 6-minute time slots in which to ‘promote’ their project. We are happy to support teams in improving their ‘pitch and promote’ skills to help with designing the presentation. Students may choose to have a poster, or digital visual aids (there will be a limited number of booths with screens that can be requested). The idea being that some students from the team will roam to hear presentations, while others will remain at the booth to present their project, and then they will switch. Groups will move around the room to see the presentations. More detailed presentation instructions will be provided to those who register. 

There will be activity stations set up by KIOSC staff, with 3D printing examples, forensic techniques and chemical analysis technologies. In addition to this, we have industry partners attending as well. 

On the day students will have the opportunity to hear from two keynote speakers; Nicci Rossouw, CEO of robotics innovator Exaptec, and Swinburne’s Chief Scientist, Professor Virginia Kilborn. 

There will be awards presented at the conclusion of the event, with some being voted for by the students. Students have the opportunity to win one of three special KIOSC experiences: A VR games session, a 3D printing tech-sprint where students will get to take home a print of their own design, and a laser cutting tech-sprint, with all costs covered by KIOSC. These are unique experiences that are not usually offered. 

The event will run from 10am to 12:30pm, with teams to arrive for registration and set up from 9:30am. Please register your teams now by clicking this link. This promises to be a fulfilling day for all who attend. We are proud to support and encourage STEM experiences for all Victorian students. 

For inquiries please email Lucy Anders: