Upulie Divisekera decided to become a scientist early – at just seven years old. Taken under the wing of Professor Ponammperuma, the former director of NASA Ames, she was granted access, as a kid, to the Institute of Fundamental Studies in Sri Lanka. Divisekera would come to appreciate deeply the importance of making knowledge readily accessible. Her belief that science is for everyone has inspired Divisekera’s ventures in science communication, including as a radio and speaker at TEDx Talks. The molecular biologist credits features of Australia’s culture, like a sense of humour and persistence, with developing her ability to communicate and share science with the world.
Photographer: Nathan Fulton, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.