YSA Sydney http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney Promoting Science to the Youth of Australia Mon, 06 May 2019 04:32:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-logo-1-32x32.png YSA Sydney http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney 32 32 Annual General Meeting 2019 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2019/01/annual-general-meeting-2019/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 03:21:57 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=7440 [button link=”#notice” color=”#DC143C” window=”false” size=”large”]Meeting Notice[/button][button link=”#changes” color=”#FFA500″ window=”false” size=”large”]Constitution[/button][button link=”#nominations” color=”#FFD700″ window=”false” size=”large”]Nominations[/button][button link=”#proxies” color=”#3CB371″ window=”false” size=”large”]Proxies[/button][button link=”#faq” color=”#6495ED” window=”false” size=”large”]FAQs[/button][button link=”#rsvp” color=”#DB7093″ window=”false” size=”large”]RSVP[/button] [button link=”http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/nominations-2019/” color=”#CF4740″ window=”false” size=”medium”]SEE CURRENT CANDIDATES[/button] [divider] NOTICE OF MEETING [one_half] DETAILS Date: 17th February 2019 Time: 12 pm for 12:30 pm start Location: UNSW Colombo Building, Room LG01

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NOTICE OF MEETING

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DETAILS

Date: 17th February 2019
Time: 12 pm for 12:30 pm start
Location: UNSW Colombo Building, Room LG01
RSVP : 15th February 2019 (REQUIRED)

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AGENDA

1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Attendance, Apologies, and Declaration of Proxies
3. Conflict of Interest Declarations
4. Confirmation of Minutes from Last AGM
5. Annual Report from President
6. Annual Report from Treasurer
7. Vote on Proposed Committee Changes
8. Election of New Committee:

i) Vacation of Committee Positions
ii) Changes to Committee Positions
iii) Election of Returning of Officer
iv) Explanation of Committee Positions
v) Nomination and Election of Committee

9. Close

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COMMITTEE CHANGES

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We propose to remove the role of the General Committee Member (GCM) to streamline the committee as their tasks overlap with those of the subcommittees.[/toggle]

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 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

All positions on the YSA Sydney Committee will be up for election. These positions are:

18+: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer.

All Ages: Science Outreach Officer, Socials Coordinator, Marketing Director.

You may nominate yourself or any other YSA member (if nominating someone else, ensure that the nominee accepts the nomination). To participate in the election (either as a nominee or an elector), you must be a current financial member of YSA Sydney. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact the secretary at secretary@sydney.ysa.org.au and they will let you know.

If you’re unsure about whether to nominate for a position, feel free to contact the person who currently holds that position. See a summary of the current committee here.

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PROXIES

If you are unable to attend the AGM, you may vote via proxy. Please download the form here, or click the button below to fill out a proxy form online.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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An Annual General Meeting is a yearly meeting held by companies and organisations for their members. They are often required by law, or in our case, by our constitution. An AGM is held every year to elect the board of directors and inform their members of previous and future activities. It is an opportunity for the members to receive copies of the organisation’s accounts as well as reviewing fiscal information for the past year and asking any questions regarding the directions the organisation will take in the future. [/toggle]

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Attendance is not compulsory, but if you’re interested in YSA (especially how we’re run and what we do) then this is the perfect opportunity to witness. It’s also the best way to apply for a committee position. If you are going to attend, then you do need to RSVP as the AGM requires a minimum amount of people to be valid. [/toggle]

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Yes.

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No… YSA events are never boring. Not with YSA members around! Plus it’s likely that many people will hang out after the AGM.

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Usually a few hours. While this may seem long, we do have a break in the middle for pizza… and you can chat with those YSA members we were talking about.

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For members who won’t be able to make the AGM, they can elect another YSA member to vote on their behalf. You will need to nominate a person to act as proxy. A proxy form can be downloaded here, or alternatively, you may fill out the online form here. This must be completed and submitted to the secretary at secretary@sydney.ysa.org.au 24 hours before the AGM.

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Absolutely! In fact, click here to apply for a position. Be sure to fill in the form soon to get more views than the competition. Make sure you RSVP as well for the AGM so we know to cater for you, but if you can’t attend the AGM, please email the secretary at secretary@sydney.ysa.org.au ASAP.

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Yes. However, this is not advised. A position on the YSA committee is for 12 months. This is a really long time. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you consider running for a position before attending the AGM, and if you feel you can commit to the position, then apply here before the AGM starts.

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Every member is absolutely welcome at every YSA function, including our AGM. How long will it take? The AGM normally takes about 1-2 hours… give or take a bit. After the AGM, members are welcome to grab a bite together or hang out in the city.

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Absolutely! Every member of YSA is able to run for a position on the YSA committee. Some positions, such as president, vice president, treasurer and secretary must be over 18, but others, such as Marketing Director and Socials Coordinator are open to all ages. We encourage newer members to run for Outreach or Socials portfolios as there are multiple people in them, so you will have greater guidance when starting off. It is also a good idea to get in touch with the current committee members, who will be able to give you pointers before you apply.

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Presentation and Science Show Training 2019 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2018/11/presentation-and-science-show-training-2019/ Thu, 01 Nov 2018 03:00:44 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=7429 YSA Sydney kicks off every year with its Presentation and Science Show Training program to equip our members with the skills they need to become better science communicators. This page contains information for those interested in attending or coordinating the program in 2019. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact

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YSA Sydney kicks off every year with its Presentation and Science Show Training program to equip our members with the skills they need to become better science communicators. This page contains information for those interested in attending or coordinating the program in 2019. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the PaSS Training team at passt@sydney.ysa.org.au.

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Presentation and Science Show (PaSS) Training 2019

What is PaSS Training?

Presentation and Science Show (PaSS) Training is YSA Sydney’s three day program over the course of which you’ll get to learn everything you need to know about becoming an effective and engaging science communicator. The program will cover a whole bunch of important points for budding science presenters, including:

  • Having confidence in your presenting ability.
  • Explaining scientific concepts to any audience.
  • Developing your communication and presentation skills.
  • Using scaffolds to develop and run your very own science show.
  • Ensuring your science show is safe.
  • Tips and tricks to manage a crowd.

Throughout the program you will be mentored by experienced YSA members and you’ll get to figure out what makes a science show work (and what doesn’t)!

Where and when is PaSS Training happening?

In 2019, PaSS Training will be held from Monday 14 January to Wednesday 16 January. This year you can choose to be a residential or non-residential attendee. Residential attendees will get to spend some time getting to know their fellow YSA members with some fun socials each night, and non-residential attendees can head home at the end of each day. For residential attendees, we will be staying at Arncliffe. Training will be held at the University of Sydney.

How do I get there?

Pending venue.

What is the cost?

Non-Residential: $50.00

Residential: $80.00

Who can attend PaSS Training?

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 25! No prior experience is required!

By allowing for experienced attendees to assist in the development and running of sessions, the program is designed in such a way that there will be a place for people of ALL levels of skill or experience.

Please note: YSA has a ‘no illicit drugs and alcohol’ policy.

PaSS Training 2019 – Sign Up

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PaSS Training 2019 Coordinator Applications

What is PaSS Training?

Presentation and Science Show (PaSS) Training is YSA Sydney’s three day program over the course of which you’ll get to learn everything you need to know about becoming an effective and engaging science communicator. The program will cover a whole bunch of important points for budding science presenters, including:

  • Having confidence in your presenting ability.
  • Explaining scientific concepts to any audience.
  • Developing your communication and presentation skills.
  • Using scaffolds to develop and run your very own science show.
  • Ensuring your science show is safe.
  • Tips and tricks to manage a crowd.

What we need from the coordinating team?

We are looking for a team of 5 with skill sets in event and people management. However, that being said ANYONE can apply and we strongly urge you to do so if you’re interested. Demonstrators:

  • Write up activity sheets and run sheets.
  • Run workshops and breakout sessions.

Coordinators:

  • Organise materials and storeroom raids.
  • Be responsible for the teams, including the team budgets.
  • Liaise with external parties.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at passt@sydney.ysa.org.au.

Where and when is PaSS Training happening?

In 2019, PaSS Training will be held from Monday 14 January to Wednesday 16 January. We’re still in the middle of finalising the venue.

What is the cost?

Pending venue.

PaSS Training 2019 – Coordinator Applications

Fill in the form below to apply for a coordinator position! If you have any questions or concerns about the form, please do not hesitate to contact us at passt@sydney.ysa.org.au. [/tab] [/tabs]

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Special General Meeting 2018 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2018/06/special-general-meeting-2018/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:14:17 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=7435 [button link=”#notice” color=”#ff8000″ window=”false” size=”large”]Meeting Notice[/button][button link=”#faq” color=”#D12525″ window=”false” size=”large”]FAQs[/button][button link=”#changes” color=”#A7D163″ window=”false” size=”large”]Constitution[/button][button link=”#rsvp” color=”#73BFD9″ window=”false” size=”large”]RSVP[/button][button link=”#proxies” color=”#0072bc” window=”false” size=”large”]Proxies[/button] [divider] NOTICE OF MEETING [one_half] DETAILS Date: 16th July 2018 Time: 4pm Location: University of Sydney, Carslaw Room 360 and 361 RSVP : 14th July 2018 (REQUIRED) [button link=”https://sites.google.com/a/sydney.ysa.org.au/wiki/minutes/2018-2019/meeting-04″ color=”#A7D163″ window=”false” size=”large”]Previous Minutes[/button] [/one_half] [one_half_last]

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DETAILS

Date: 16th July 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: University of Sydney, Carslaw Room 360 and 361
RSVP : 14th July 2018 (REQUIRED)

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AGENDA

1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Attendance, Apologies and Declaration of Proxies
3. Vote on Proposed Changes to Constitution
4. Vote on Proposed Changes to Committee
5. Close

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an SGM?

A Special General Meeting is a meeting held by companies and organisations for their membership. Certain decisions or choices made by an organisation often need the backing of its membership, thus a Special General Meeting is held. They are often required by law, or in our case, by our constitution. An SGM is held to inform  the members of previous and future activities and to discuss certain issues. It is an opportunity for the members to receive insight into the organisations activities of the past months and asking any questions regarding the directions the organisation will take in the future.

Do I have to attend?

Attendance is not compulsory, but if you’re interested in YSA (especially how we’re run and what we do) then this is the perfect opportunity to witness.  If you are going to attend, then you do need to RSVP as the SGM requires a minimum amount of people to be valid. However, if you cannot attend, there is a proxy form below for your voice to be heard!

Is it just a room of people sitting around?

Yes.

Does that make it boring?

No… YSA events are never boring. Not with YSA members around! Plus we’ll be holding board games afterwards and pizza will be provided.

I’m only new to YSA. Am I welcome at the SGM?

Absolutely! Every member is absolutely welcome at every YSA function, including our SGM. How long will it take? The meeting itself will most likely take about 1 hour, give or take a bit.

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PROPOSED CHANGES

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We would like to involve our membership in collaboratively voting in two amendments to our constitution. Due to changes to the NSW associations incorporation laws, the maximum number of consecutive terms of office of any office-bearers on the committee may hold and the types of resolutions that can be voted on by electronic ballot must be addressed in our constitution.

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We’ll also be voting in changes to rename the “Member Without a Portfolio” to “General Committee Member”, and “Science Liaison Officer” to “Science Outreach Officer”.

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To see the proposed changes, please click here.

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RSVPs

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PROXIES

If you are unable to attend the SGM, you may vote via proxy. Please download the form here, or fill out the proxy form below.

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YSA Back At It Again http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2016/03/ysa-back-at-it-again/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:05:52 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=5004 YSA Back At It Again with the new year and amazing plans!  At 9pm on a Tuesday night I took a break from Netflix to join a Google Hangout session, specifically the 2016 March Edition of the YSA National Leadership Summit. Despite the mouthful of a name, it was a lovely and comfortable conversation between each

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YSA Back At It Again with the new year and amazing plans! 

At 9pm on a Tuesday night I took a break from Netflix to join a Google Hangout session, specifically the 2016 March Edition of the YSA National Leadership Summit. Despite the mouthful of a name, it was a lovely and comfortable conversation between each state’s YSA executive committee, reporting how each chapter is growing and improving. If you aren’t familiar with YSA, it’s a network of non-profit organisations with participants 14-25 years old around Australia, all determined to educate others about science and foster the interest within themselves. This year, it is safe to say that YSA is on the ball when it comes to proving that being a youth-run organisation won’t stop it from being mature and professional behind-the-scenes.

Some highlights for every chapter since their last report in October 2015 were their respective TCSEs; Melbourne hosting 3, Adelaide with 2, Brisbane with 1 and Sydney with 2. Nationally, YSA is also set for a revamp in it’s wikipage, website and LinkedIn presence, actions that will benefit all members, particularly the latter for job-seeking high school students and leavers with YSA volunteering experience. YSA is well-known for their TCSEs, but here’s some updates on something else for every chapter:
Did you know that YSA Melbourne has a podcast? Every week you can listen to a 15-minute discussion on a scientific topic and keep in the know on what’s going on in the scientific community. It’s well worth tuning into whenever you can.
Brisbane was lucky enough to host a lab show for the World’s Science Festival which included a -wait for it- magic mud slide! I’m hoping they can bring that here to Sydney!
Adelaide is doing great balancing fun, with a Year 6 school fair they were invited to attend, and serious, with their AGM completed.
Sydney had just hosted their first social (Presidential High Tea) with their next (The Amazing Race) coming up soon. If you want to see what a social is like or relive the good times you can catch videos on the YSA Sydney YouTube channel.
As a whole, YSA intends to be efficient and beneficial to it’s members, the public, and it’s committee. A few ways they’ve achieved this as soon as 2016 kicked off is by changing it’s emailing system. It’s likely no one would notice, but YSA no longer uses email forwarders and instead have personal inboxes for each chapter’s committee members. This is thanks to Google offering free organisational accounts to non-for-profit organisations, which benefits all of YSA.
NatCamp is also an all-encompassing event, providing volunteer opportunities to those looking to brighten up their resume, and then giving endless hours of scientific and non-scientific fun  to attendees. Annually, each state hosts a NatCamp activity, but only one state physically holds NatCamp. This year we are hoping to bridge the gap between those who can’t come down to Sydney in July for any reason. There is currently a plan being developed to have an online interstate competition, at one time, throughout the whole country! While being there in person with a team is the number one preference, YSA is excited to figure out an alternative to make everyone happy and having fun with science together.
Speaking of inter-state interactions, exchanges this year are all across Australia and it might be a good idea to look out for them. Melbourne has Swinburne TCSE in September, Adelaide has a December TCSEs and Sydney have 3 Science Schools happening in July. Volunteer applications start a few months before each event so check back to each chapter’s website to make sure you don’t miss out.
Looking into the national leadership summit was like a clear window to what YSA as a whole wants to achieve. YSA aims to benefit its members, entice it’s followers and better educate the youth of Australia on the wonder, fun and challenge of science. None of this would be possible without each year’s dedicated committees and the members who raise their hand for each event to volunteer or participate.
Thank you for a great end to 2015, and an even greater start to 2016.
Members in Attendance 
MELBOURNE: Ricardo Cannizzaro (President), Monique McLennan (Vice President) and Jessica Suares (Treasurer)
ADELAIDE: Emi Shultz (President)
BRISBANE: Jason McGavin (President) and Brooke Jensen (Vice President)
SYDNEY: Mitchell Murphy (President), Ridwan Ansary (Vice President), Sophia Zhang (Treasurer) and Sabrina Stubbs (Marketing Officer).

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Jaspie’s World: On Christmas http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2015/12/jaspies-world-christmas/ Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:14:30 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=4796 Ruff Ruff! Christmas is coming soon, and whether you celebrate it or not you will have noticed all the marketing for Christmas sales. I was on my casual Monday walkies back in November when I first noticed it. November! It seems Christmas marketing gets earlier every year. I know it’s a business decision which brings

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Ruff Ruff!

Christmas is coming soon, and whether you celebrate it or not you will have noticed all the marketing for Christmas sales. I was on my casual Monday walkies back in November when I first noticed it. November!

It seems Christmas marketing gets earlier every year. I know it’s a business decision which brings in revenue, but it seems like we’re becoming increasingly saturated with Christmas. Does that take away the novelty of the event? Or is it not worth getting barking mad about?

In the meantime, season’s greetings to all you YSAers. I’ll be chasing those cars with the antlers if you need to find me.

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Jaspie’s World: On Mining http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2015/11/jaspies-world-mining/ Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:37:04 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=4770 Woof! One of my favourite hobbies is to dig holes and then bury bones in there. It’s really fun, and it means my pesky owner won’t take it away from me. So I’m not surprised humans like to dig big holes too. I heard there was a recent approval to dig a big hole called the

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Woof!

One of my favourite hobbies is to dig holes and then bury bones in there. It’s really fun, and it means my pesky owner won’t take it away from me.

So I’m not surprised humans like to dig big holes too. I heard there was a recent approval to dig a big hole called the Carmichael minein Queensland. I’ve heard it’s a 16 billion dollar project which will create thousands of jobs and produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal export a year.

But it’s not just a big exciting hole. The market value of coal has fallen dramatically in the last couple of years, and Australia’s biggest customers China and India haven’t been as keen on coal as they used to be. It also has failed to get support from major investors and the Queensland government. The mine has also been tied to significant impacts on the environment, including to climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.

However, lots of people need jobs and mining has been one of the biggest parts of the Australian economy in recent times. Some argue our coal is also much nicer than the rest of the world’s coal, meaning Australian coal will always be in demand.

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Volunteering Opportunity: Pint of Science http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2015/10/volunteering-opportunity-pint-science/ Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:36:18 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=4748 Are you interested in sharing science with the public? Do you enjoy relaxing with friends at the pub? If the answer to both is YES, then Pint of Science Australia is for you! Pint of Science is an international festival that aims to showcase the amazing research of local scientists to the general public in the relaxed venue of the local

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Are you interested in sharing science with the public?

Do you enjoy relaxing with friends at the pub?

If the answer to both is YES, then Pint of Science Australia is for you!

PintOfScience

Pint of Science is an international festival that aims to showcase the amazing research of local scientists to the general public in the relaxed venue of the local pub. In 2015, the Pint of Science Australia festival expanded to include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane, hosting fantastic events over 3 nights.

For 2016 – Pint of Science wants to expand even more to include more themes and even more cities across Australia – and they need you!

Events in 2016 will take place from 23-25 May, and will incorporate the following themes: Beautiful Mind (neurosciences), Atoms to Galaxies (physics, chemistry) Our Body (life sciences) Planet Earth (geosciences) and Tech Me Out (engineering, computer science, mathematics).

They are looking for volunteers for various roles: city coordinators, team coordinators, social media reps and fundraisers.  Each team will source out a venue, speakers and activities for the night.

This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of our ever growing festival so if you are interested in getting involved, please register your interest here or email contact@pintofscience.com.au with what you’re keen to do, tell them a little bit about yourself and how they can best reach you.

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YSA Sydney SGM 2015 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2015/08/ysa-sydney-sgm-2015/ Sat, 08 Aug 2015 05:15:25 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=7455 NOTICE OF MEETING [one_half] DETAILS Date: 8th of August 2015 Time: 12 pm for 12:30 pm start Location: UNSW Colombo LG01 RSVP : REQUIRED (by 6th of August 2015). [button link=”https://sites.google.com/a/sydney.ysa.org.au/wiki/minutes/2018-2019/meeting-04″ color=”#A7D163″ window=”false” size=”large”]Previous Minutes[/button] [/one_half] [one_half_last] AGENDA 1. Welcome and Introductions 2. Attendance and apologies. 3. Confirmation of minutes from last meeting. 4. An update of current progress

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Date: 8th of August 2015
Time: 12 pm for 12:30 pm start
Location: UNSW Colombo LG01
RSVP : REQUIRED (by 6th of August 2015).

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1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Attendance and apologies.
3. Confirmation of minutes from last meeting.
4. An update of current progress throughout the year.
5. Special resolution to confirm the constitution.
6. Close

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is an SGM?
  • Do I have to attend?
  • What if I can’t make it?
  • I’m new… can I still come?
  • I’m still confused, who do I talk to?

What is an SGM?

A Special General Meeting is a meeting held by companies and organisations for their membership. Certain decisions or choices made by an organisation often need the backing of its membership, thus a Special General Meeting is held. They are often required by law, or in our case, by our constitution. An SGM is held to inform  the members of previous and future activities and to discuss certain issues. It is an opportunity for the members to receive insight into the organisations activities of the past months and asking any questions regarding the directions the organisation will take in the future.

Do I have to attend?

Attendance is not compulsory, but if you’re interested in YSA, especially how we’re run, and what we do, then this is the perfect opportunity to see. If you are going to attend, then you do need to RSVP, as the SGM does require a minimum amount of people to be valid.

Is it just a room of people sitting around?

Yes.

Does that make it boring?

No… YSA events are never boring. Not with YSA members around! Plus, afterwards its likely that many people will journey to lunch together.

I’m only new to YSA. Am I welcome at the SGM?

Every member is absolutely welcome at every YSA function, including our SGM. How long will it take? The SGM will most likely take about 1 and a half hours, give or take a bit. After the SGM, members are welcome to enjoy a meal together in a local restaurant/food court.

I’m still a tad bit confused, who do I talk to?

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to any of your YSA Sydney Committee members or email the secretary directly at secretary@sydney.ysa.org.au.

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PROPOSED CONSTITUTION FOR CONFIRMATION

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We would like to involve our membership in collaboratively confirming the YSA Sydney Constitution that the NSW Department of Fair Trading will have on file for the organisation. This will allow for quicker and more efficient updates to the constitution by future YSA Sydney Committees.

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View the constitution discussed for confirmation.

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RSVPs

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Volunteering Opportunities for National Science Week with YSA http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2015/07/volunteering-opportunities-national-science-week-ysa/ Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:36:57 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=4592 Get excited as YSA has a massive helping of stuff for you to get involved with and lend a hand.  Volunteering is a fantastic way to build your experience, give back, get others excited about science and have fun. Castle Hill Science Circus: Possible or Not Experiments Come join our science sideshow and help delight

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Get excited as YSA has a massive helping of stuff for you to get involved with and lend a hand.  Volunteering is a fantastic way to build your experience, give back, get others excited about science and have fun.

Castle Hill Science Circus: Possible or Not Experiments

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Come join our science sideshow and help delight the public at Castle Towers as they discover what is possible and what is not.  We lined up a bunch of awesome experiments, including some new ones which are guaranteed to keep you entertained.  Come help operate some air cannons and find out what a Cartesian diver is.  You won’t be disappointed!  All welcome.

Location: Castle Towers

Dates: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of August

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Science in the Swamp: Chemistry and Physics Demonstrations

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If you love chemistry and physics this is for you.  Along with the chemistry and physics departments of UNSW who are bringing along some awesome solar scopes and cannons, we will be conducting the very exciting sherbet and slime.  You will have the opportunity to engage hundreds of stall attendees throughout the day.

Location: Centennial Parklands

Date: 15th August

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Australian Museum Science Festival: Puzzle demonstrations

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The Australian Museum puts no limits on science with 4 jam packed days of scientific action.  During the week we’ll entertain primary students with puzzles and paper fun and then on the weekend take YSA to the world (well maybe just the public).  This is a prestigious event and a fantastic opportunity to see what the other big players in scientific communication are up to.  Come and help us out for half a day.

Location: Australian Museum

Dates: Tuesday 11th of August, Wednesday 12th of August, Thursday 13th of August and Saturday 15th of August

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Build a Robot’s Obstacle Course: Design Challenge

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Join the team to help put an obstacle course together to challenge and underwater robot.  No experience is required as the course may be as complicated and challenging or simple and efficient as the team decides.  Your obstacle course will help the public understand the challenges of operating in and navigating an underwater environment.  If you’re lucky, you might even get to touch the robot!

Location: Australian National Maritime Museum

Dates: Tuesday 18th August to Sunday 23rd August with specific dates and times TBA

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Build and Operate an Underwater Robot

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If you’re technology minded this is for you!  A Google representative will be leading the project of building a working underwater robot with a camera.  The objective is to use it to communicate with and support a person living in an underwater habitat so it’s super important.  Applications are competitive so get yours in ASAP.

Location: Australian National Maritime Museum

Dates: 18th, 20th and 23rd of August

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Volunteer at the Sydney Science Festival http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/2015/07/volunteer-sydney-science-festival/ Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:18:50 +0000 http://www.ysa.org.au/sydney/?p=4567 The inaugural Sydney Science Festival is fast approaching and it’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved in some serious science fun.  The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (including the Powerhouse Museum) is heading up this city wide event.  There will be talks by researchers, workshops, chats with practicing scientists, children’s activities and science panels

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The inaugural Sydney Science Festival is fast approaching and it’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved in some serious science fun.  The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (including the Powerhouse Museum) is heading up this city wide event.  There will be talks by researchers, workshops, chats with practicing scientists, children’s activities and science panels to get stuck into.

Do not fear if you are a busy bod, all activities are after hours and on weekends.

Volunteers entails keeping events running on schedule and ensuring guests have a great time.

Ideal attributes:

  • interest in science
  • friendly manor
  • able to take directions
  • aged 16 or over
  • a completed working with children check

Training dates:

Saturday 8 August: 2pm – 4pm or Wednesday 12 August: 2pm – 4pm

Volunteer dates:

The festival will run from the 13th to the 23rd of August

To express interest:

Contact VolunteerPrograms@maas.museum by the 24th of July 2015 🙂

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