2015 International Student Science Fair at JMSS Melbourne

Over the 7th to 11th December 2015 John Monash Science School had the pleasure of hosting more than 200 international students, teachers and principals.  These international guests were joined by students from across Victoria for a week of workshops, presentations, poster presentations, science visits and tours showcasing the science and research capabilities of Victoria.

We welcomed students from the following institutions

Australian Science and Mathematics School - Australia

Boort Secondary College - Australia

John Monash Science School - Australia

Kaniva College - Australia

Maryborough Secondary College - Australia

Murrayville Community College - Australia

Queensland Academy of Science, Mathematics & Technology - Australia

Red Cliffs Secondary College - Australia

Rochester Secondary College - Australia

Fort Richmond Collegiate - Canada

The High School Affiliated to Beihang University - China

El Nasr Boys School - Egypt

City Montessori School - India

Centre for Young Scientists Surya University - Indonesia

Budi Mulia Dua International High School - Indonesia

Kherad High School - Islamic Republic of Iran

Ritsumeikan High School - Japan

Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School - Japan

Korea Science Academy/ KAIST - Korea

Alam Shah Science School - Malaysia

Budhanilkantha School - Nepal

Maurick College - Netherlands

Philippine Science High School (Main Campus) - Philippines

Moscow Chemical Lyceum and Grammar - Russia

National Junior College - Singapore

NUS High School of Math and Science - Singapore

Raffles institution - Singapore

Singapore Science and Technology School - Singapore

Mahidol Wittayanusorn School - Thailand

Chulalongkorn Uni. Demonstration Secondary School - Thailand

Camborne Science and Community College - United Kingdom

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy - United States

Lewiston-Porter Central School District - Unites States

Panahou School - United States


 The program included:

  • Keynote speakers and presentations

  • Cultural presentations

  • Student research project presentations

  • Student poster sharing

  • Collaborative student workshops based on themes as decided by the host country

  • Industrial and cultural tours

  • Teacher workshops

  • Principal meetings and workshops

  • Social activities

Thanks to Victoria's Specialist Science Centres for hosting workshops for students:

Victorian Space Science Education Centre (space science);

Gene Technology Access Centre GTAC (gene technology);

Ecolinc (environment and sustainability science);

BioLAB: Victorian BioScience Education Centre (sport and performance science and materials);

Earth Ed (earth sciences and renewable energies);

Quantum Victoria (robotics, 3D modeling and 3D printing). 

Theme: Frontiers in Science

The week-long program took shape under the following sub-themes:

  • Biotechnology
  • Frontier Materials 
  • Evolving Universe
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Modelling the Unpredictable 
  • Global Landscape

A big thank you to all of our JMSS student volunteers (both current and alumni) and the numerous staff, researchers, post-graduate students and teachers who also volunteered their time to make the event a success.  Follow this link to see the list of ISSF 2015 volunteers.

Our keynote speakers:

  • Dr Alan Finkel, Chancellor, Monash University (2008-2015); Australian Chief Scientist (2015-present)
  • Mr Bruce Armstrong, Deputy Secretary, Regional Services Group, Department of Education and Training
  • Mr Ken Boal, Vice President, Australia and New Zealand, CISCO Systems
  • Professor James Whisstock, Director, Australian Research Centre for Advanced Molecular Imaging
  • Professor Michael James, Head of Science, Australian Synchrotron
  • Dr Danielle Martin, Scientist, Australian Synchrotron
  • Ros Hore, Director Melbourne Precincts, CSIRO
  • Deborah Lau, Research Program Leader, Surfaces and Nanosciences
  • Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway, Lecturer, School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University
  • Dr Ana Travern, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Dr Sharon Flecknow, Research Officer, School of Biomedical Sciences

The short collage provides an overview of the week as seen through the eyes of participants.