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Shaun Hendy

University of Auckland

Victoria Metcalf

University of Auckland (Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor)

Caroline Orchiston

Caroline Orchiston is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago.

Daniel Stouffer

University of Canterbury (School of Biological Sciences)

Philip Steer

Massey University (Senior Lecturer in English)

Siouxsie Wiles

Dr Siouxsie Wiles has made a career of combining her twin passions of bioluminescence (think glow worms and fireflies) and infectious diseases. Siouxsie studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, UK and did a PhD in microbiology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford. She spent her postdoctoral years at Imperial College London where her work culminated in winning the inaugural UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research prize. In 2009, Siouxsie was awarded a Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand and relocated to the University of Auckland where she now heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab. Siouxsie has a keen interest in demystifying science for the public; she is a tweeter, blogger, podcaster and radio science commentator. She also works with graphic artists and illustrators to make animations about bioluminescence and science, and to produce public art exhibits using harmless naturally glowing bacteria. Siouxsie has won the trifecta of New Zealand science communication prizes for her efforts, starting with New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) Science Communicator award in 2012 and followed by the Prime Minister’s Science Media Prize and Royal Society of New Zealand Callaghan Medal in 2013.

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The Australian Early- and Mid-Career Researcher forum (the forum) is the national voice of Australia's emerging scientists, representing researchers who are up to 15 years post-PhD (or other research higher degree), irrespective of their professional appointment. It examines critical issues including career structure, job security, funding, education, training and gender equity. The forum enga...