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Get into Genes is run by a dedicated education officer in Victoria.

Staff Training

PhD and Masters students are an important part of the Get into Genes team. They work as presenters for all Get into Genes workshops; teaching school students a range of molecular biology techniques, discussing their application to crop improvement, and sharing their own experience as young researchers. PhD and Masters students inspire secondary school students to consider careers in science and biotechnology. In their feedback, teachers unanimously rate the experience of working with the university student presenters as highly valuable and enjoyable for their school students.

All Get into Genes staff undergo training for their role. In addition, Get into Genes staff have obligations under state law regarding working with children.  In Victoria all Get into Genes staff are required to obtain a Working With Children Check.

The Get into Genes team

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MS BELINDA GRIFFITHS

Belinda is Dairy Futures CRC’s Education Manager. After completing Honours in Genetics, Belinda spent 6 years in molecular biology research in Australia and overseas. She obtained a Graduate Diploma in Education and has taught senior science in secondary schools as well as lecturing in Monash University’s Faculty of Education. She has held leadership positions in science education organisations. In her current role, Belinda is responsible for the professional development program for Honours, Masters and PhD students in Dairy Futures CRC. She manages a range of biotechnology education and engagement activities for the dairy industry.

 

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 MS SIAN FITZPATRICK

 Sian is the Get into Genes Education Officer for metropolitan workshops.  Sian completed her Bachelor of Science  and then a Graduate Diploma in Education at Monash University.  She has taught  Science and Biology for a number of years in both the UK and Victoria and was Biology Co-Ordinator for a number of years.  During this time she completed a research-based Master's Degree in Inclusive Education. Sian has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry and has a passion for Science and communication. Sian is now responsible for running the Get into Genes program in Victoria; this includes running workshops, organising bookings, managing and training our PhD presenters and being involved with teacher conferences.

 

MS ANNA VIETZ

 Anna has formerly worked in a broad range of roles, including as a scientist for chemical manufacturer, Orica, a business sustainability project officer for the Environment Protection Authority of Victoria, and as a secondary school teacher of science and VCE biology. She has also founded a children’s musical entertainment business.