Outreach and Entrepreneurship

OUTREACH


The ARC Centre for Excellence in Exciton Science actively supports a wide range of educational and community activities in the STEM discipline space with a strong focus on teaching the community about the nature of light, photosynthesis and solar energy as important, sustainable and renewable resources. 


Renewable Energy in High School Education Programs

The Centre continues to work with a wide range of science based Outreach groups including:

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  • Science by Doing
  • Metropolitan South West Science Teachers Association
  • Australian Science Teachers Association
  • Quantum Victoria
  • Science Week (Niall Byrne)
  • Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools
  • Chemistry Education Association (CEA)

Through its Outreach ambassadors Dr. Kenneth Silburn, Dr. Rebekah Brown and Ms. Tanya Ha, the Centre promotes sustainable energy in high schools and public media.  A/Prof. Dane McCamey (UNSW) coordinates the Outreach activities and works closely with the Centre Outreach and Education Manager to maximise Centre visibility and impact.

If you would like us to visit your school, please contact us at education@excitonscience.com.


Entrepreneurship

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The Centre also aims to foster greater entrepreneurship in the renewable energy space and to encourage greater linkages between science graduates and business. The Centre supports participation in various start-up and graduate programs offered by:

  • Michael Crouch innovation Centre (UNSW)
  • Wade Foundation (UM)
  • Monash Sustainability Institute
  • Start-Up Victoria

The Centre will offer awards for innovation in the renewable energy and energy efficiency domain to encourage translation and leadership in energy use. We will work with, support and leverage existing incubator programs where possible, such as: Incubate, AngelCube, Startmate, Founder Institute, BlueChilli, Small Technologies Cluster.


The Built Environment in 2050

By 2050, it is expected that most of the world’s advanced economies will have switched to more sustainable forms of energy production and drastically reduced per capita energy consumption. This will alter the nature of our cities, the way we build homes, the way we dress, the way we travel.

The Centre for Exciton Science will contribute to the way the world looks in 2050. We anticipate that ever decreasing costs for solar systems will lead to step-changes in the way we use the built environment. Working through our Associate Investigators Heike Klussman and Tim Schork, we hope to anticipate and even create the architectural materials for the second half of this century.