Jess Heinemann | Aspire
Jessica has always been curious about how things work and has a passion for helping people. She combined these two loves and became a research scientist, then started a PhD specifically focused on turning human embryonic stem cells into different cells in the kidney. Although she loved being in the lab, Jessica ran away to join the circus - the Shell Questacon Science Circus that is. Travelling around Australia delivering science shows and big public exhibitions, Jessica discovered her love of performing and sharing her passion for science. This radical change in career direction led her to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) where she worked as a science communicator, before moving to the ASPIRE team at UNSW.
As the STEM Outreach Project Officer, Jessica is responsible for the development of workshops and events to encourage students to reach their potential and understand the important role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) play in our everyday lives. Jessica aims to smash stereotypes and engage people with STEM in a fun and interactive way, to spark their curiosity and inspire them to make a difference.
With an enthusiasm for life, Jessica always has a full schedule. She loves the variety offered by a buffet and takes the same approach to her life, being actively involved in a broad and diverse range of activities from playing sport (especially hockey), to serving the community and even performing in musicals!