Prof Stephen Jane congratulating
Eleanor Woolveridge on her award
|The Australian delegation with |
Minister Andrew Robb
(Photo: David Fisher)
"The week has exceeded every expectation that I had. It has been inspirational. I'd seen the motto or the slogan—inspire, educate, connect—but I didn't really identify with it, and all of those things have been true for all of us and I think that is what has made the meeting. We are inspired in a way we never imagined we would be..."
Australia was represented as a group at the conference, which Rebecca says was a great way to experience the seminar.
"There is no other country that has had what we have. They haven't come here as a unit. And I think that has worked really well for us to meet people...we really feel like a unit now at the end of the week," she said.
Apart from fostering strong friendships, Rebecca said that the meeting was a wonderful opportunity to see what other researchers have done in their fields.
"Being here this week with other researchers and hearing the Nobel laureates has just pushed that all the way...we are so inspired to go back to Australia and do science again and make it about science and not about funding and worry and pressure".