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Yvonne Van Der Ploeg: Director

Yvonne comes from a diverse science, education and management background. She has developed her career working around Australia and specialises in the development of education and engagement programs across many areas of science. She has worked and collaborated with many of Australia’s leading scientific and educational organisations industries, state and federal government.

Throughout her career Yvonne has built a solid foundation of success in education management and program development for schools, universities, private industry and the community. Many of her experiences focus on interpreting policies and developing programs/strategies to engage communities in the wonders of science - showcasing career pathways, cutting edge research and technologies in science. She has taken her work and projects internationally and has presented at many conferences in educational program development and science communication. Yvonne was also nominated as a finalist in the Premiers Science Awards for her work in science communication. 

Yvonne's current position as Director of BioLAB has seen her using her unique blend of skills and experiences to develop the science and mathematics specialist centre from concept stage, through the physical construction of the 4.5 million dollar facility and in ongoing management, developing BioLAB into a showcase statewide educational resource. 

Yvonne is often found developing partnerships, programs and also presenting to school groups with the team, sharing a laugh and her love for weird and wonderful facts and scientific mysteries!