Candice Raeburn

Candice Raeburn.

Growing up in regional Victoria, Candice Raeburn moved to Melbourne to study Applied Science at RMIT University. Completing her degree in 2010, she began working in the education space, teaching at public high schools in Fukushima, Japan. Inspired by her evacuation from the nuclear fallout zone, Candice founded an honours research project in nuclear waste bioremediation, seeking to decontaminate soil using radiation-resistant bacteria. Post-graduation, Candice worked in the pharmaceutical industry in quality control, recombinant biopharmaceutical production and facility start-up; and later as an Australian volunteer for international development in a hospital laboratory in Vanuatu.

Candice has recently finished her Masters in neurodegeneration, biochemistry and genetic engineering at the University of Melbourne. She works at Engineers Without Borders Australia on the organisation and delivery of international human-centred design immersive experiences for young engineers. She is continually involved with a range of STE(A)M initiatives, including the new Science Gallery Melbourne, which seeks to break down barriers between science, art and the public. Candice is an inaugural Science & Technology Australia STEM Ambassador.

Candice Raeburn.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.