Lance Chan
National Programs Officer at Questacon

Lance Chan

BAdvSc (Hons) ‘20 (Chemistry)
UNSW Science

A bit about me...

I knew academia was not for me and after spending 4 years experimenting with chemicals in a laboratory, I needed a change of scenery. It was in my final year of demonstrating chemistry classes, I discovered something I didn’t know I enjoyed - making science exciting! Before I knew it, I’d run away to join the Questacon Science Circus. The idea of making science accessible and presenting science shows to regional and remote communities across Australia for a Masters was a revelation.

In my current line of work, I design and deliver workshops centered around the ‘Innovation Cycle’ (which is to think, make, try and refine) to schools and communities across Australia. I have been given the chance to inspire future generations of Australians to pursue science.

Quick-fire Q&A:

Do you have a favourite quote or mantra?

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

What recent habit(s) has improved or changed your life?

Less scrolling, more living. I started tinkering and indoor rock climbing. There is so much to learn and so much to discover.

How did your time at UNSW help shape who you are today?

Through my time at UNSW, I learned self-awareness, resilience, and compassion. To name a few exciting experiences, I volunteered in Nepal, interned in Malaysia, played at the Australian Quidditch Championships and demonstrated chemistry laboratory classes. These experiences have shaped me to challenge myself at whatever I do.

How do you remain resilient in your line of work?

Always ask for feedback. In whatever line of work, we are always finding ways to improve. Don’t forget to look back on those failures and use them as opportunities for growth.

What was your most memorable experience from your time at UNSW?

Enjoying a Portuguese sandwich at the Quad food court with my friends.

What advice would you give a student approaching the end of their degree?

The world is your oyster. Anything is possible if you accept you have control. It is up to you to demonstrate what you want to do.

Why is science important?

From designing vaccines to reduce the risk of certain illnesses to the double rainbow that is formed when sunlight is reflected twice within a raindrop, science is everywhere. Understanding science drives positive changes and together we can discover how our world works to create a better future for all.