Abstract - Timor-Leste is a developing country that currently requires assistance in educating the next-generation of scientists and science teachers. For the past 2 years we have visited the Diocese of Maliana to give masterclasses to science teachers to help with classroom management, lesson planning and developing techniques to teach science with little to no resources. In this talk, I will outline the program we have been developing in conjunction with the ARC CoeTP and local Canberra schools to help science teachers in Maliana and to share a number of our experiences and what we would like to achieve over the coming years. Thanks to the support of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis and the Research School of Biology, we have been able to make inroads to helping teachers in Timor-Leste to teach science that includes more scientific experiments to connect back to content as outlined in their Portuguese syllabus.
Biography - Dr Sharwood completed his PHD at ANU in 2006 in Plant Sciences and then moved to the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University to understand the intricacies of chloroplast gene regulation. In 2010 he returned to the Hawkesbury Institute, UWS to continue an independent photosynthesis research program focusing on C4 grasses, Eucalypts and Cotton. Currently, he is a Fellow within the Research School of Biology, ANU and a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis. The overarching theme of his research is to improve plant productivity under future climates. This research seeks to understand the adaptive evolution of Rubisco catalysis to provide the next generation solutions for tailoring CO2 fixation in plants to variable future climate conditions. Dr Sharwood also works within the Cotton Industry to translate basic research into future cotton crops to improve overall resource use.