Marine ecologist Professor Emma Johnston still gets a buzz every time she goes diving. “It’s spine-tingling to see this other world and to travel through it, interacting with so many different species,” she says.

In our cover story, the director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science talks about the beauty of Sydney Harbour, its ecological importance and the necessity of having positive female role models to inspire a new generation of scientists.

An important part of becoming a successful scientist is "to have the confidence to try”, says Johnston, who was recently honoured as the inaugural recipient of the Australian Academy of Science’s Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science.

Also in our Autumn issue, we look at one of the University's most successful technology transfers -- the sale of spin-off company Lithcion, and its revolutionary rock sampling technology, to a US company for $76 million; we show how UNSW's quantum computing scientists are leading the world in the race to build the first universal quantum computer; and we present The Enclave, Richard Mosse's extraordinary infrared video portrayal of the reality of war in the Congo. Don't miss it at Galleries UNSW.

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Inspiring a new generation...Professor Emma Johnston