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Yvonne Van Der Ploeg: Director

Yvonne has developed a very diverse science, education and management background. She has spent many years working in Western Australia where she specialised in the development of education programs across many areas of science. She has worked and collaborated with many of Australia’s leading science and educational organisations, 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 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.

The BioLAB project attracted Yvonne back to Victoria and her position as Director since 2009 has seen Yvonne work to develop BioLAB from concept stage, through the physical construction of the 4.5 million dollar facility and finally in ongoing management as BioLAB develops 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!