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Keynote: Nicole Yamase – Pacific Odyssey

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Our ancestors were scientists from the very beginning. They observed and collected data, they tested and tried new things
Dr Nicole Yamase

Presenting in Australia for the first time for Sydney Science Festival, acclaimed ocean scientist Dr Nicole Yamase shares her childhood experiences in Micronesia and her lifelong dedication to ocean conservation. Dr Yamase is a community builder, leading the Madau Project which empowers Micronesian youth to re-connect with the navigational heritage that enabled their ancestors to explore the Pacific. In March 2021 Dr Yamase participated in an expedition across the western Pacific Ocean that led her to become the first Pacific Islander to visit the deepest point of the Mariana Trench.


Dr Nicole Yamase is from the islands of Pohnpei and Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. She received her PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she studied the ecophysiological responses of native Hawaiian macroalgae. As an Micronesian scientist, weaving together her culture and science background, she hopes her love for the ocean and expeditions will inspire Indigenous youth across the globe to pursue STEM fields.



On Gadigal land

Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW 2007

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Adults $15, Concession $8, Children $0

12 August 2023


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This event is translated live in Auslan, sign language of the Australian Deaf community.

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