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Top 10 NYSF Connect Webinars of 2020 - feature image, used as a supportive image and isn't important to understand article

In celebration of National Science Week 2021, we’re sharing ten of our favourite webinars recorded last year for our NYSF Connect alumni.

We hosted 30 webinars in 30 weeks featuring more than 40 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experts – what a year! To read more about the range of experts who were featured, check out our article recapping the webinars from 2020.

Usually only available to our NYSF Year 12 Program alumni, these webinars cover topics from astrophysics to fluid mechanics to biology. 

Each presenter delves into the twists and turns of their career and shares what they've learnt along the way.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy our top 10 webinars that will inspire you to follow your passion in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 

Professor Tanya Monro FAA FTSE FOSA FAIP GAICD

Australia's Chief Defence Scientist and NYSF Science Patron

NYSF’s Science Patron and Chief Defence Scientist of Australia, Professor Tanya Monro has a fascinating career journey to share, starting as an NYSF alumna. Professor Monro speaks about the increasing need for collaboration in science and the launch of the More, together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030. 

Robyn Williams AO

Science Communication

Robyn Williams AO is a presenter on ABC Radio National and host of 'The Science Show'. For those interested in science communication and a career in science journalism, this one's for you!

Nate Byrne

NYSF Alumnus and ABC Weather Presenter

NYSF alumnus and weather presenter on ABC Breakfast, Nate Byrne shared his journey from the NYSF to joining the Australian Navy, to working a job that he absolutely loves.

Rod Drury

Lockheed Martin Space

Lockheed Martin Space is building satellites and spacecraft that do amazing things, and we had the pleasure of chatting to the Vice President International of Lockheed Martin Space, Rod Drury. Rod shared the exciting career opportunities for those wanting to work in the space industry that aren't specifically engineering related.

Professor Jenny Graves AO FAA

Animal genomes, sex, and the future of men

In this webinar with Professor Jenny Graves from La Trobe University, we explored her fascinating research in genetics, sex chromosomes, and what success meant to her.

Associate Professor Charley Lineweaver


With a few -ologies covered in this webinar, Associate Professor Charley Lineweaver takes a dive (or spacewalk!) into astrobiology, cosmology, and planetology.

Dr Andrew Johnson FTSE FAICD

Bureau of Meteorology 

We all check the Bureau of Meteorology when the sky is looking dark, but did you know they’re so much more than a weather forecasting website? Dr Andrew Johnson discusses the breadth of their work and his career journey in meteorology in this webinar.

Dr Sophie Calabretto

NYSF Alumna and fluid mechanist

Dr Sophie Calabretto is an applied mathematician and fluid mechanist turned science communicator is here to talk about her research, pathways for mathematics and as always, her career journey and amazing achievements along the way including being a Eureka Prize finalist two years in a row!

Dr Brad Tucker


Time travel and exploding stars are just some of the mind-boggling topics Dr Brad Tucker covers in this fascinating webinar. Dr Tucker talks about his research at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt. Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University, and his career highlights to this day. 

Lieutenant Commander Cameron Taylor and Lieutenant James Heydon

Defence Force Recruiting

How can the Australian Defence Force (ADF) help you reach your full potential and chase your passion for STEM? Lieutenant Commander Cameron Taylor and Lieutenant James Heydon talk about the potential opportunities in studying and working with the ADF.