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  • Date: Friday 20 August
  • Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Venue: Australia Museum
  • Catering: Dinner and drinks provided
  • Early Bird: $150 Member/$160 Non-member (until Wednesday 21 July)
  • Cost: $160 Member, $170 Non-member
  • Capacity: 148

The Australian Museum and the Science Teachers Association NSW have teamed up to present to you a 70s Dinner Party at the Museum as part of 7 Decades in 7 Days, a week-long celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Science Teachers Association for NSW in and around National Science Week.  

Pull on your best 70s clothes and join us for a fun evening of everything 70s  - dance, music and dinner.  We will be joined by special guest our Federal Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley who will delight us in a conversation about science education in Australia. Where we have come from, where we are at and where to next. How do we support and build science education in Australia so that our students are inspired to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges.  

Join us for a fun night at the museum as we celebrate the history of the Science Teachers Association NSW and explore the future of science education with friends.  



Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM

Dr Foley commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021. 

Dr Foley was appointed to the role after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO; she was appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist in August 2018, the second woman to hold that role. 

Dr Foley’s career in physics began with her PhD at Macquarie University on the semiconductor indium nitride. She and her colleagues were one of the first groups to carry out pioneering research that examined the properties of indium nitride in light-sensitive devices, the best-known application being white light emitting diodes used for household low energy lighting.

Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including being elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, along with an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics. She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2008 and was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics in 2019. 

 Dr Foley has a passion for advancing scientific research and has held various roles, including member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, President of the Australian Institute of Physics, President of Science and Technology Australia, Editor-in-Chief of Superconductor Science and Technology journal and Council Member for Questacon. 

Dr Foley is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and is committed to tackling gender equality and diversity in the science sector. Throughout her career she has strived to create an environment that embraces the full human potential of both men and women for wellbeing and economic benefit and for equality. 


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