Institute for STEM Education

STEM Talks

In August 2015, Monash hosted the first STEM Talks ® giving the public an opportunity to hear from leading scientists from Monash University. They shared brief insights into the challenges they face when undertaking cutting edge STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) research.

Each speaker told stories from their research tackling some of the most pressing problems of the twenty first century. These stories reveal how leading scientists undertake their research and explore the unforeseen challenges and successes of cutting edge science.

These talks are the first in a series that will be made available online.

2016

Associate Professor Ros Gleadow

Plants that kill: How climate change is changing our food

Associate Professor Ros Gleadow
School of Biological Science
Dr Norm Do

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Geometry

Dr Norm Do
School of Mathematical Sciences
Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway

Supernova explosions: destroyers and creators of habitable worlds

Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway
School of Physics and Astronomy
Dr Eric Thrane

The detection of gravitational waves: a discovery one hundred years in the making

Dr Eric Thrane
School of Physics and Astronomy
Dr Ailie Gallant

Parched: How ice, trees and supercomputers can reveal the history and possible future of Australian droughts

Dr Ailie Gallant
School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Dr Christopher Thompson

Deficiency to excess - it’s all about the dosage

Dr Christopher Thompson
School of Chemistry

2015

Associate Professor Burkard Polster

Using maths to solve the Rubik's Cube™

Associate Professor Burkard Polster
Monash School of Mathematics
Associate Professor Beth McGraw

Studying tiny things that matter: a story of viruses, mosquito spit and perseverance

Associate Professor Beth McGraw
Larkins Fellow, School of Biological Sciences
Professor James Whisstock

How can carnivorous mushrooms and the "Angels Glow" help us understand immune killing?

Professor James Whisstock
ARC Federation Fellow, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging
Dr Jennifer Catto

On the front line: finding how much rain comes from fronts

Dr Jennifer Catto
Research Fellow, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Professor Trevor Lithgow

Germs within our cells: how bacteria evolved to power the human body

Professor Trevor Lithgow
ARC Laureate Fellow, Department of Microbiology