Sharing a passion for science

1 July 2010

As a `tall poppy’ of science in Victoria, Deakin University marine scientist Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou has an abundance of passion for his chosen field.

On Tuesday 20 July, Dr Ierodiaconou, who is based at the Warrnambool Campus, will share that passion with 60 students from around Victoria as part of an innovative `speed science’ program.

Dr Ierodiaconou was named as a recipient of Victoria’s 2009 Tall Poppy Science Awards for his research into hidden treasures on Victoria’s seafloor.

Along with six other `tall poppies’, Dr Ierodiaconou will talk with students at the Melbourne Museum symposium about his research with the hope of inspiring a new generation to get passionate about science.

“There is a lot to be inspired about in science,” he said. “We hope that by talking to young scientists in a range of fields we can interest more people in pursuing a career in science.”

“Science has great career opportunities but can sometimes be overlooked by high school students,” he said.

Each of the presenters will speak to small groups of students about their areas of research during the program which is hosted by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science. It is being set up like a speed-dating activity.

Dr Ierodiaconou will also be a presenter at the Western Coastal & Marine Forum 2010 which is being hosted by Deakin University at its Warrnambool Campus on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 July.

He will outline his marine habitat research which uses sonar and laser technologies and remotely operated video systems to map 520,000 hectares of Victoria’s coastal waters.

The research has revealed some of the seafloor’s stunning natural features, including ‘gardens’ of invertebrates dominated by magnificently coloured sponges, seaweed forests, off-shore seagrass meadows, and submerged river systems and lagoons that would have supported Aboriginal communities more than 10,000 years ago.

Dr Ierodiaconou said the research would contribute to more informed decisions to ensure habitats for marine organisms are managed properly.

Dr Ierodiaconou is one of three Deakin scientists presenting at the coastal and marine forum, which is being run by the Western Coastal Board.

Professor Gerry Quinn will present his Index of Estuary Condition research and Dr Peter Gill will outline his studies into the Bonney Upwelling off the south-west Victorian coast.

News facts
  • Deakin marine scientist hopes to inspire a new generation
  • Presentation part of Tall Poppy Awards program
  • Warrnambool Campus hosting Western Coastal & Marine Forum 2010

Media contact

Vanessa Barber
Deakin Media Relations
03 5227 1301; 0488 292 644

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2nd July 2010