About this event

You are invited to be part of a special event examining what Service Learning and the Sciences looks like in Australia.

Featuring a Keynote presentation by Professor Deborah Boege-Tobin of the University of Alaska, and joined by video link by colleagues from Cornell University in the US, this session involves a transdisciplinary panel of science experts. Researchers from Cornell University, Griffith University and the University of Queensland will delve into discussions on the rapidly expanding area of Service Learning and the Sciences within Australia.

Attendees will have a chance to engage in interactive conversations between specialists in Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Marine Biology, Biomedicine, Environmental Science, and Aviation and Engineering, highlighting how Service Learning provides disparate science disciplines with the opportunity to engage in impactful community engagement and research.

Presented by Griffith University Service Learning

Service Learning and the Sciences

Join experts from Cornell University, University of Alaska, Griffith University and the University of Queensland

Keynote presentation

Presented by Professor Deborah Boege-Tobin

Prof Boege-Tobin will talk about the importance and impact of community engagement and share her experience delivering a Service Learning Program at the University of Alaska. In The Semester by the Bay program students not only engage with partners to thoroughly learn the techniques and equipment required for undertaking real scientific research, but also hone their scientific communication skills by presenting their projects to the greater community. Prof Boege-Tobin’s experiential education framework with trained critical examination, the building of skill sets, and reflection will be discussed as a meaningful way to enhance pedagogy.


Professor Deborah Boege-Tobin

University of Alaska

Deborah Boege-Tobin’s work as a professor of biological sciences focuses on undergraduate research and experiential education primarily in marine biology, training students and citizen scientists to record and analyse key aspects of animal behaviour, using tools of the trade, to better understand marine mammals.

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Associate Professor Chris Schaffer

Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

Chris B. Schaffer is an associate professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, where he worked with Eric Mazur.

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Richard Kiely

Senior Fellow, Office of Engagement Initiatives, Cornell University

In 2002, Richard received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. In 2005, he was recognised nationally as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning for his longitudinal research that led to the development of a transformative service-learning model (See Kiely, 2004, 2005, 2011).

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Professor Fran Sheldon

Griffith University

Professor Fran Sheldon is currently the Dean (Learning & Teaching) in Griffith Sciences and a member of the Australian Rivers Institute.

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Professor Susan Rowland

University of Queensland

Susan is a teaching-focused academic in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland and is Deputy Associate Dean Academic (Future Students and Employability) for the Faculty of Science.

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Dr Deanne Skelly

Griffith University

Dr Deanne Skelly is currently the Deputy Dean (Learning & Teaching) in Griffith Sciences.

Associate Professor Niru Nirthanan

Griffith University

Associate Professor Niru Nirthanan is Program Director, Biomedical Science in Griffith Health.

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Event details


Tuesday 28 May, 2019

10.00 am - 1.00 pm


Nathan campus

Central Theatres, Lecture Theatre 2 1.02 (N18), Nathan campus

Includes morning tea and tea/coffee on arrival.

How to register

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