Discussions around the dinner table will turn to science when well-known science commentator Associate Professor Nick Klomp dines with science teachers around North-East Victoria next week.
Science at the Dinner Table, an initiative run by the Victorian Department of Education, aims to promote all things scientific through a series of dinner table discussions. Professor Klomp, from Charles Sturt University's School of Environmental & Information Sciences, will talk with science teachers over a series of dinners that start in Wodonga on Monday 19 March, moving to Wangaratta (20 March), Seymour (21 March) and Shepparton (22 March).
According to Professor Klomp, sitting around the dinner table with a group of science teachers will allow the group to discuss and extend the boundaries on how science is presented to students.
"For example, if we are to successfully address environmental degradation we must consider economics, politics and education as well as science. And what better way to discuss these issues than around a dinner table?," he said.
Professor Klomp is the Science Correspondent for five ABC regional radio shows in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. He has taught and conducted research at four different universities in Australia and overseas before joining Charles Sturt University in 1991.
At CSU, Professor Klomp lectures in ecology and wildlife management and is the Sub-Dean of Research in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture. In 1997, Professor Klomp was presented CSU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and was short-listed for the national Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science in 1999.
The big question is: what will be on the menu?