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Meet an expert

Meet an expert

In this two-lesson plus homework program, students will gather, process and present information about a practicing Australian scientist.

Our staff are experienced science communicators and can discuss ANSTO's research with primary or secondary classes at an appropriate level of detail.

This program is designed to address:

  • Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills content descriptors for Stages 3-5 (Years 5-10).
  • Skill outcomes for Stage 6 science subjects.

Please note that we have booked our scientists for a 3-hour time slot. When you book one of these sessions, we will contact you by email and ask you to select a 30-minute period within this time slot for your students to talk with our expert.

Upcoming Sessions

Ben Fraser - Meet an expert

Meet Ben Fraser

1.30-4pm, Wednesday 4 September. Book now

Ben is a research chemist at ANSTO and specialises in developing new and improved radiopharmaceuticals. He also lectures at several universities to teach the next generation of scientists and medical professionals about nuclear medicines.

Ben works together with scientists across the world in large collaborative projects, and supervises his own research students.

Lidia Matestic - Meet an expert

Meet Lidia Matesic

1.30-4pm, Monday 9 September. Book now

Lidia is a radiochemist at ANSTO’s Camperdown campus and researches new radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosing and treating diseases. Lidia works with a cyclotron to produce nuclear medicines, particularly those using Fluorine-18. Lidia also talks regularly with school teachers and students about her research.

Michael Druce

Meet Michael Druce

1.30-4pm, Tuesday 10 September. Book now

Michael has played a pivotal role in Australia's development and advanced manufacturing of Molybdenum-99, the precursor to the Technetium-99m, which is used to diagnose cancers and heart disease world wide in SPECT scans.

Jitendra Mata

Meet Jitendra Mata

1.30-4pm, Wednesday 11 September. Book now

Jitendra helps manage two of ANSTO’s state-of-the-art neutron scattering instruments (QUOKKA and Kookaburra). He works together with international scientists who come to use the instrument on many research projects, including the structure of starch and food proteins for the food industry, and science related problems with mineral extraction for the mining industry.

Katy Wood

Meet Katy Wood

1.30-4pm, Tuesday 17 September. Book now

Katy Wood is a scientist working at ANSTO.  She is responsible for an instrument that looks at the structure of materials on the nanoscale.   The materials she investigates range from nanoparticles for medical diagnostics to aluminium for aircraft industry.  Her favourite thing about the job is working with the many different scientists who come to use the instrument.

Suggested Learning Sequence

Lesson 1 (in-class) or pre-work at homeLesson 2 (videoconference)Post-work or homework

As a class, students:

  • Gather information about the scientist and their research from secondary sources.
  • Prepare interview questions for the scientist during the videoconference.

As a class, students:

  • Interview the scientist and gather first-hand information about their research.


  • Present information about the scientist in a research task selected by the teacher.