Why scientists need to educate the public to have a successful career in the future

Making time to educate the community on scientific issues will be the key to having a successful career as a scientist in the future.

That is the message leading world expert Dr B. Mario Pinto will convey when he speaks at a free public lecture hosted by Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics during Glycomics Week (October 12-15).

Griffith’s Gold Coast campus will host a number of events throughout the week, include the Peter Gallagher Memorial Glycomics Public Lecture on Tuesday 13th, a student forum on Wednesday 14th and a Gala Dinner on Thursday 15th October.


In his public lecture on Tuesday, Dr Pinto will discuss why he thinks it is up to scientists to show a sense of responsibility to their community to raise awareness of science from children in kindergarten through to the university population, as well as to parliamentarians.

“That is what I have always tried to do and I believe this adds credibility to both spheres,” he said.

“Everyone can make a difference on raising awareness and you can combine a scientific research career with such community activities.”

Dr Pinto believes that unless more knowledge of science is understood by the general population we will never combat important global issues such as climate change and health concerns.

“It is going to take a global effort to address these issues and until that is generally felt by the public it is going to be difficult,” he said, speaking from his home in Canada.

”It’s about education and understanding the fundamentals of scientific methods, experiments and helping the public make their own conclusions about the many myths out there in respect to science such as myths around vaccination on a global scale.”.

For more information on Glycomics Week, visit https://www.griffith.edu.au/science-aviation/institute-glycomics/news-events/glycomics-week