Angela Wood started Big Group Hug as a way to redistribute pre-loved goods to vulnerable families. During the pandemic, the need for these services has skyrocketed, while the means to deliver the services have become more challenging. In this interview, Angela shares how she has established Big Group Hug as a volunteer-led organisation over the years, and how she has navigated the pandemic to help as many as she can.
Children’s author and science writer, Cristy Burne, discusses her involvement with Aussie STEM Stars, a series of narrative biographies that share the childhood and lives of high-achieving Australian scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
Phil Usher is a Wiradjuri man and CEO of First Nations Foundation, a national not for profit that is aiming to achieve financial prosperity for Indigenous Australians. In this interview, he shares the goals and community engagement approaches of First Nations Foundation, and the opportunities he sees ahead for the organisation.
Biogen, in collaboration with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Australia and Paralympian Dylan Alcott OAM, have recently launched the inaugural ‘Trailblazer Challenge’, aimed at bringing much needed support and solutions to the everyday challenges faced by adults living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). In this interview, Julie Cini, CEO of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Australia, outlines why she started SMA Australia and the impact the Trailblazer Challenge will have on the SMA community.
Fiona Holstrom shares why she started STEM Punks to inspire the next generation of STEM students and professionals.
Patricia Vera-World outlines her career in bioinformatics and her role at Microba.
Dr Kirsten Ellis shares why she built TapeBlocks, where the idea came from, and why building products for people with disabilities benefits the whole of society.
Brooke Jamieson outlines her career to date, including her current role as Experience Lead at PlaceOS and how she applies a broad range of skills to her day-to-day work.
For this year’s National Science Week, Echo Chamber Escape will be profiling a range of science and technology professionals over several articles to highlight what careers in these sectors look like and the opportunities for upcoming graduates to look forward to. This interview is with Dr Nicola Angel, Head of Laboratory Operations at Microba.
After over a decade for working for large fashion brands, Carley Johnson took the leap into the starting her own business, Unzipped in February, 2020. While the early days of any business has challenges, noone could have predicted the added complications of COVID-19 on the business world. Carley shares why she started Unzipped, and how she’s pivoted the business during the pandemic.
Companies like Apple and CouriersPlease are making bold statements about their goals and accomplishments on reaching for carbon neutrality and off-setting their carbon emissions. But how can everyday consumers, like you and I, ensure that we’re also off-setting our carbon footprint at an individual level?
The pandemic has highlighted – yet again – the importance of supporting and empowering women, and the real financial risks to excluding women from economic recovery plans. In this interview, Sall Grover outlines why she built a community, Giggle, specifically with the goal to connect and empower women and girls through all aspects of their life.
Intensive farming has detrimental impacts on Australia’s land and ecological communities. With farming now covering 58% of Australia and accounting for 59% of water extracted, researchers are encouraging more sustainable and regenerative forms of farming and produce development, which is proven to not only be better for the environment but also for profitability.
As well as being an engineer, gym owner and author, Yemi Penn is a business coach and is passionate about helping others become their authentic self. In this interview, she shares why she is passionate about empowering and supporting others who are focusing on what they ‘should’ do, and how she is setting out to change the stat that one in three people are unhappy with where they are in life. She also shares her views on diversity and inclusion, and how her experiences as a woman of colour have impacted her approach to business today.
Women account for less than 30% of global researcher roles and, despite an increased need in scientists’ expertise during the pandemic, female scientists have been quoted significantly less often than male scientists. In this interview, Founding Director or PSK Environmental, Silvana Santomartino, shares how she became interested in environmental science and established her own business.