Join Dick Whitaker, Chief Meteorologist of the Weather Channel, as he explores the pivotal roles of key Australian weather disasters in developing our weather forecasting and warning systems and shaping our emergency services networks and response strategies.
In particular, he will focus on the Federation Drought (1895–1903) and the Black Friday Bushfires (1939) among other weather disasters.Bookings essential. Register via link below.
ARTSCI exhibition and Family Science Fun Day CSIRO/NMI – 17 August 2019 2pm to 4pm.
Showcase and judging of the fabulous artworks. Entertainment and activities for the whole family, including Fizzics science show, interactive art installations, special guest judges and science movie screenings
Once upon a time there was belief. Then there was empiricism and proof. And now there is opinion. How did this happen? Why does it seem less people are believing the story of science? Science fiction writer David M Henley and science journalist Alice Klein sit down together to discuss fakery, truth and objectivity in the world of science and the latest trends in social media technology.
Astronomy is in a golden age, with ever more exciting prospects on the horizon. Join astronomer Richard de Grijs to marvel about the next-generation of extremely large telescopes and the ground-breaking discoveries they promise to deliver!
This event is part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science series as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week.
Does the way we play, work and learn on digital devices affect our cognition? Join Dr Mark Williams, a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Macquarie University, to discover how our use of digital devices may be affecting our brains and therefore the reality we ‘see’.
A review of 73 historical reports from across the globe has shown that worldwide biodiversity of insects is at peril. Dramatic rates of decline affect 41% of the world's insect species, while a third of them are threatened and may become extinct over the next few decades.
Come join Leanne Thompson as she creates her artwork titled ‘Unravelled and Interwoven’ and learn some weaving techniques with her, as well as discover more about water courses.
Leanne’s work is an interactive installation which will ‘unravel’ in form, content and purpose during the exhibition. The work is a symbolic eroded watercourse which will respond to the care given to it through public ‘interwoven’ workshop events. The initial sculpture acts as an armature that opens to accept new elements woven from harvested floodplain species and the form will grow to resemble healthy floodplain. New small woven elements created within workshops will be added in resembling understory and soil, altering the symbolic form from smooth gutter to entangled growth.
A sound installation will also be with this work, so be prepared to be recorded as you work!
Visiting Guest Speaker: Dr Helen Maynard-Casely from ANSTO
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Come along to a fun and educational presentation! Discover what neutrons are and how they're being used to research and solve some of the world's most grand challenges.
They are small, neutral and often in a spin, and so much more than ‘just’ part of the atom. Neutrons are the sub-atomic particles that are here to save the world. This trusty particle can be called on to discover the details that no other can fathom. From the shape of a virus and how a drug can disable it, to keeping electrons flowing in the next generation of batteries. Neutrons truly are today’s super particle!
Increasingly, cannabis is viewed as much more than a recreational drug. Join Michael Udoh, a molecular pharmacology PhD candidate at Macquarie University, to discover another side of cannabis.
Find out medicinal purposes for cannabis and how its chemicals might affect areas of the body to combat chronic health conditions like epilepsy.
Michael Udoh is a pharmacist and drug discovery scientist. He currently researches how individual chemicals in cannabis affect different parts of the body. His discoveries have been presented at different conferences including the International Cannabinoid Research Conference and he aims to develop a cannabis-based formulation for pain therapeutics.
This event is part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science series for National Science Week.
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International Guest Speaker: Dr. Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer and Science Outreach Manager, SETI Institute
In only two decades, we've gone from the mere speculation about planets beyond our solar system ("exoplanets") to being able to observe them through a variety of methods. Dr. Franck Marchis, Planetary Astronomer and Science Outreach Manager at the SETI Institute, will discuss new and sophisticated projects which aim to image directly those exoplanets. Future instruments could soon deliver an image of a cousin of Earth, or another Pale Blue Dot, a planet similar to our own.
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Have you ever picked up a seashell and wondered what story it can tell?
Learn how seashells can be used to tell us about big-picture biology, and how recently extinct animals can tell us a lot about modern conservation issues.
Matt Kerr is a PhD student in the conservation palaeobiology laboratory at Macquarie University, researching variation in beach shells and how they respond to the environment.
This event is part of Inspiring Australia's Talking Science series for National Science Week.
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This talk from solar industry expert James Martin II will cover topics such as the different solar technologies available, the impact of shading, how to find a reputable installer, how to find the right size system for best value and recent developments in home power storage (batteries).
The manufacturing industry worldwide will face intense challenges in future, as finite supplies of raw materials dwindle and many conventional manufacturing processes will be outlawed on environmental grounds.
The good news is that, as all scientists know, every problem contains an opportunity.
One of the major problems we face at the moment is waste.
Join us for a day of skill and exploration. We'll be embarking on a trail of discovery to learn about the importance of nature conservation.