CSIRO has pulled seven of its brightest young scientists out of their labs and enlisted them in a campaign to recruit future thinkers, innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs.
"It's time for our scientists, who are the brightest and best there are, to breakout and really push the importance of the work they do, the effect their work has on all Australians every day, and also the importance of innovation," CSIRO General Manager of Communication, Oona Nielssen said.
Known as the CSIROseven, the group comes from different areas of the organisation’s science and also from across its 54 sites around Australia.
"There is an imperative for change in the way innovation and the research world is viewed and as this is Science Week, we thought it was time to bust a few of our scientists out of their labs and get the message out," Ms Nielssen said.
"I think CSIRO and Australia needs to have a sharper approach, in that we need to act and we need to be bold and we need to make sure we have the best people working on big problems and big ideas.
"CSIROseven is about taking that message and attitude and busting a few perceptions, both externally and internally, about what CSIRO does and how we go about it."
Jane Bowen, one of the CSIROseven, said a key part of our future will be taking care of people.
"Our population is aging and obesity is on the rise, our health system will be swamped. We're working on sensors for remote patient care and diets that are individually tailored to your unique DNA," Jane said.
Energy emissions and our finite resources will also be critical challenges for Australia and the world, CSIRO's Dr Matthew Hill is working on the answer.
"We're working on crystals that act like super sponges, soaking up carbon emissions. We can then turn the pollution into something useful, like plastic or more energy," Matthew said.
The CSIROseven work across a vast portfolio of research areas from advanced materials, computational linguistics, wearable technology, nutrition, ecology and oceanography.
"We hope that by sharing our stories and our research we will inspire others to start thinking about working in science and technology; these careers are growing 1.5 times faster than any other," Jane said.
"There is no better feeling in the world than getting up in the morning knowing you’re helping to make life better, and easier for people."
Learn more about the CSIROseven.
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