Dr Rowan Brookes is the Director of Education in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. Rowan has over a decade of experience in teaching and leading educational change initiatives in higher education and the not-for-profit sector. Her absolute love is the creation of whole-hearted education programs for science students. She sits on the Women’s Advisory Roundtable for the Minister for Jobs and Innovation and is the co-lead on the Women in STEM side-by-side program. Rowan is an endurance athlete with her most recent event being the completion of the 243km Coast to Coast race in New Zealand. She’s also the mum of three ridiculously awesome children.
“Existing at a point where science meets storytelling, Laborastory is a night of five scientists telling stories about personal heroes from their field.
Sometimes serious but often funny, this different take on storytelling will switch on your scientific brain and you might even learn something!"
”The Laborastory is great for two main reasons. Firstly, there's nothing quite like listening to someone talk about something they deeply understand - and who understands science better than scientists? Secondly, most of history's greatest scientists were batshit insane, so the stories about them are always top-notch."
”So much fun! It should be required post-grad/doc/prof experience!"
— Dr Colin Hales
“As for the storytelling itself, for the most part it was roll-on-the-floor funny. These guys and gals were naturals. Or, perhaps, they have inhaled, imbibed or injected so many weird chemicals that they are actually cracked. Either way, it was a great night."
— Bait for Bookworms