MYSTIFYING words like palynology and euclase were readily thrown about and questions ranged from where exactly the gastrocnemius muscle was to what the study of otorhinolaryngology is.
About 30 biochemists, fishologists and Latrobe University laboratory technicians and science students crammed into a room at the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre for the ultimate science quiz in honour of the first day of National Science Week.
“It’s a good way of getting them all together to have a laugh,” the university’s governance and knowledge officer Rosie Busuttil said.
“Next year we’ll open it up to the whole uni, but we thought we’d test it with our scientists first.”
Ms Busuttil is hoping to encourage more people to appreciate science.
“There’s a misconception of scientists that we sit here and never get anything done,” she said.
“We’re trying to get people excited about it.”
She said many of the Wodonga-based scientists were working with organisations like the Catchment Management Authority on projects like the Murray Darling Basin and with general river health projects.
Wodonga-based CSIRO fish biologist Rick Stoffels, who came second in the quiz in his team dubbed “geeks”, said science was “extremely important” to society and the week of recognition should be extended.
“It should be a whole month,” he said.