Morning tea for the 2019 National Youth Science Forum
Representatives from the National Youth Science Forum; ladies and gentlemen; girls and boys.
Good morning, and welcome to Government House. Kaye and I are delighted you could join us here today.
I would like to congratulate each of the participants selected for the 2019 National Youth Science Forum.
Now, as young scientists you are undoubtedly diligent seekers of facts, so I would like to share a few with you this morning.
French mathematician Blaise Pascal, an incredibly gifted young man, began work on calculating devices and prototypes when he was just 16, back in the 17th Century.
Celebrated Italian polymath Galileo began his first studies into speed and velocity at the age of 17, and acclaimed English palaeontologist Mary Anning started her career when she was just 11, selling her first discovery for 23 pounds.
Indeed, it seems that the advancement and understanding of science has always relied on the sharp wisdom of young minds.
How exciting for you all to be on the cusp of a journey that could, like the ones taken by the young scientists before you, contribute to our greater collective understanding of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the world around us.
I have one more fact for you – Isaac Newton’s mother made the English scientist quit school as a child to become a farmer!
It was only after some strong campaigning by a teacher, who recognised in the young Isaac something quite special, that his mother allowed him to return to study.
You see, teachers really do change the course of history.
And the teachers and mentors who encourage and guide some of our brightest minds are vital to harnessing the potential of Australia’s youth.
That is why an initiative like the National Youth Science Forum is so important.
Approaching its 36th year in 2019, I am proud to say 120 Queensland students will take part in the forum in January.
Aside from the excitement of visiting the Australian National University in Canberra, I am sure each of you will appreciate that the participation of The University of Queensland will allow you to attend sessions a little closer to home.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the wonderful support of Rotary, and I thank the organisation for its ongoing commitment to the forum.
Ladies and gentlemen, Kaye and I encourage you all to enjoy the morning’s hospitality at Government House.
This is a chance to connect with the like-minded souls who will be joining you next year as you take part in this potentially world-changing experience!
We wish you all the very best.