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National Science Week

A taste of some of the 2000+ National Science Week events and activities around the country.

  • Illusions, music and memory, dinosaurs versus superheroes, and supermassive black holes at the Sydney Science Festival
  • The science of wine, politics and cancer, in Adelaide
  • Cook your way to healthy gut bacteria in Perth
  • Coral reef science in outback Queensland
  • The future of humanity at ‘Humans 2.0’ in Melbourne
  • The beauty of Tasmania’s slime moulds
  • A HealthLAB on wheels tours the Territory
  • Plus many more

International guests

  • NASA scientists from the Cassini and Kepler missions
  • John Hinton—the UK actor/comedian who brings dead scientists (Einstein and Curie) to life on stage
  • Yamilee Toussaint—US dancer, algebra teacher and founder of ‘STEM from Dance’
  • Derek Muller—Canadian-Australian host of the new documentary feature Vitamania
  • Ceri Brenner—the UK physicist pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world to develop imaging technology for use in medical, nuclear and aerospace sciences.

Local science stars

  • Lisa Harvey-Smith—the Essex-expatriate-turned-Australian astrophysicist, Stargazing Live TV presenter, and author of the new book When Galaxies Collide
  • Lawrence Leung—the actor, self-confessed sceptic, and Rubik’s cube enthusiast takes a comedian’s look at science
  • Alan Duffy—astrophysicist, RiAus Lead Scientist and TV science presenter, and fellow Swinburne University astrophysicist Rebecca Allen lead a VR tour of the universe
  • Taj Pabari—18-year-old inventor and social entrepreneur wants to future-proof the next generation of creative young people
  • Alanta Colley—comedian and science communicator in Parasites Lost, the story of one woman who found she wasn’t alone.

National activities

Great Barrier Reef. (Credit: Jayne Jenkins)

Virtual Reef Diver

Dive online to help the Great Barrier Reef this Science Week—and you could win a GoPro camera!

The ABC’s citizen science project Virtual Reef Diver is celebrating the International Year of the Reef, inviting people to dive through their computer screens into the Great Barrier Reef.

They will review and classify underwater images of the Reef to help scientists identify areas of sand, coral and algae to help build a better picture of coral cover. This work will allow scientists and reef managers to make critical decisions to ensure that the Reef has a future.

The project has been developed by the Queensland University of Technology, in collaboration with a host of scientific and community organisations.

Monday 6 to Friday 31 August www.scienceweek.net.au and www.virtualreef.org.au

Media enquiries: Suzannah Lyons on suzannah@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0409 689 543

Vitamania: the sense and nonsense of vitamins

Dr Derek Muller sits behind vitamin pills. (Credit: Genepool Productions)

Health revolution or expensive pee?

This year the world will spend over $100 billion on vitamins and supplements. Are we wasting our money?

Every week, a new benefit is claimed. When we look to scientists for answers and they disagree, how do we decide whether to take them, or not? How do we separate the sense from the nonsense?

Canadian-Australian science communicator Dr Derek Muller and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sonya Pemberton explore these questions in their new documentary feature film Vitamania.

Vitamania explores the lucrative industry in a world spanning investigation of vitamin science and history, and what they discover will confound opinions on all sides.

Screenings of Vitamania will be held in the lead up to and during National Science Week. Special events in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will include Derek and Sonya live on stage to answer audience questions following the film.

Perth on 30 July, Sydney on 2 August, Melbourne on 3 August, Mullumbimby on 8 August, and broadcast on SBS on Sunday 12 August. Event details

Media enquiries: Eva Pitarides, eva.pitarides@sbs.com.au or 0403 142 465

Talent available for interviews:

  • Derek Muller and Sonya Pemberton

A New View of Life: Celebrating the end of Kepler and Cassini

NASA scientists are headed to Australia, bringing Saturn to Sydney, new planets to Perth, and more.

Pantheon of Planets Similar to Earth Artist Concept (Credit: NASA_Ames_JPL-Caltech)

What have we learnt from the hundreds of planets discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope? How will the information beamed back to Earth continue to advance science once Kepler runs out of fuel this year?

What did we learn from the Cassini spacecraft’s 13 years with Saturn? What’s the weather like on Mars? Will we find worlds outside our solar system? Are we alone in the universe?

The planets found by Nasa’s Kepler Space Telescope, around stars other than our sun, aren’t anything like the planets in our solar system. With a closer look at the variety of planets from the Kepler mission, we are beginning to put the solar system into context and to start to zoom in on the best opportunities for the future exploration of life in the universe.

NASA’s recently launched Terrestrial Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover planets around the nearest and brightest stars, providing opportunities for unprecedented discovery!

Audiences will hear from NASA scientists and planet hunters at a series of events hosted by Australian National University Mt Stromlo Observatory astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker.

Visiting scientists include:

  • Aussie astrophysicist Jessie Christiansen, the planet hunter who works with the citizen scientists involved in Galaxy Zoo—in Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast
  • Andrew Rushby, an astrobiologist, exoplaneteer and Exocast podcaster— Adelaide, Tasmania, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney
  • Alexandre M. Kling, the NASA scientist who studies the atmospheres of planets, from gas giants to the weird weather on Mars— Darwin, Perth, and Sydney
  • Megan Shabram, an astrophysicist working on the Kepler Mission’s search for worlds outside our solar system. She is researching how exoplanet systems form— Darwin, Perth, and Sydney.

Multiple dates and locations

Media contacts: Brad Tucker, brad@mso.anu.edu.au, 02 6125 6711 or 0433 905 777

 

Australian Capital Territory

Knitted neurons, science careers, Canberra’s critters, and more at Science in ACTion

Science in ACTion brings science from the wildlife sanctuary of Mulligans Flat and the outer reaches of the Milky Way to the heart of Canberra. More than 50 organisations have science stalls and activities under one roof.

Join Nix & Nellie the Cheeky Neurons at Science in ACTion to create your own cheeky character while chatting about brains, neurons and neurological disorders like epilepsy.

Learn about the future of ecosystems, technology, medicine and the Earth. Discover how geologists and archaeologists uncover stories from the past.

What could you see through a telescope looking out into the Milky Way, or by peering down a microscope?

Meet scientists and conservationists who help to protect iconic plants and Canberra’s local loveable critters, and learn how renewable energies can protect the Earth’s climate.

Come and experience real life Science in ACTion at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston. The work of local, national, and international science and technology organisations is on show at this fun-filled interactive exhibition.

Schools Day: Friday 10 August Event details

Community Day: Saturday 11 August Event details

Media enquiries:

UK actor brings dead scientists (Einstein and Curie) to life on stage

“If at first you don’t succeed, pretend,” says acclaimed science theatre writer/performer John Hinton, who has made a career out of his interest in science, story-telling and singing.

Two of his three Tangram Theatre Company ‘Scientrilogy’ shows are returning to Australia for National Science Week, after successful UK shows, and a sell-out award-winning season at the Adelaide Fringe festival.

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking tells the story of the eccentric theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, accompanied by his two wives and mum on the piano, and by guest rapper MC Squared. The show quantum leaps through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two very big bombs.

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August Event details

Shows also in Brisbane

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie tells the story of the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and whose work continues to affect our lives today.

Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 August Event details

Shows also in Brisbane

Media enquiries: Michelle Cooper, michelle.cooper@cbrin.com.au or 0420 507 374

New South Wales

Illusions, music and memory, dinosaurs versus superheroes, and supermassive black holes at the Sydney Science Festival

  • From radiant bursts of star formation to the coalescence of supermassive black holes, what will happen when our galaxy the Milky Way collides with Andromeda? Ask Lisa Harvey-Smith, who has written a new book about When Galaxies Collide
  • Bob Brown’s battle for the environment, from the Franklin River to Federal Parliament
  • The Human non Human exhibition asks what makes us human, focusing on Food, Work, Sex and Belief. And how might this change in the future?
  • Dinosaurs vs Superpower at Science in the Swamp
  • Parasites Lost—the story of one woman who found she wasn’t alone
  • Bin chickens, creepy crawlies and other nature in the city
  • A night of illusions; the safety of driverless cars; jellyfish behaving badly; DIY; the science of sound, music and memory; art/science activities, Dr Karl, and more…

These are just some of the highlights of this year’s Sydney Science Festival, 7 to 19 August.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend more than 200 events across dozens of venues in Sydney, including the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Museum and the Australian National Maritime Museum, university campuses and local libraries.

Tuesday 7 to Sunday 19 August Festival details

Media enquiries: Matt Fraser, matt@cardinalspin.com.au, 02 8065 7363 or 0401 326 007

Sydney Science Festival image library

Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern and Wagga Wagga

What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used in bush medicine? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60,000+ years of Indigenous culture?

The Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern is a celebration of Indigenous and Western science, and Indigenous youth and Elder achievements. Part of the Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week, the four-day event at the Redfern Community Centre will demonstrate the value of traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge in science and technology, and the relevance of science to our everyday lives.

Wagga Wagga Mon 13 August Event details

Family Science Fun Day: Sunday 19 August Event details

Media enquiries: Joanne Jamie, joanne.jamie@mq.edu.au, 02 98508283, or 0439 170 683

‘Science in Practice’ at the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival

Renewable energy meets race cars as solar-powered students compete for the Mini EV Prize. School-aged students will build mini solar cars from kits, adding design features to their cars to compete in a race on either a straight track or an oval track. They will race on tracks at the No 2 Car Park of the Callaghan Campus of the University of Newcastle.

After the Mini EV races, ‘Science in Practice – Developing our World’ activities commence, with University of Newcastle Faculty of Science staff on hand, with soil sampling activities, geological displays, visualisations of the science behind home-made solar cells, magnetic high-speed trains and earthquake simulation machines. Faculty scientists will give short talks on topics including paint-on energy, data science, microbial beasts, yeasts and ancient reefs, wildlife restoration, quantum mechanics and nanomaterials, and more. It will be fast and fun-packed.

Saturday 18 August Event details

Event enquiries: Latha Lewis, Latha.Lewis@newcastle.edu.au, 02 4985 4169 or 0404 171 208

Northern Territory

Megafauna: in the Shadow of the Great Beasts

This National Science Week, the Miocene is back on the scene.  Back from the dead and ‘live’ as shadow puppets: Northern Territory’s ancient megafauna including marsupial lions and tigers, mega-crocs and Dromornis, the biggest bird that ever lived.

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) fossil collection and local stories provide the source material for a show that brings Central Australia’s extinct megafauna to life. MAGNT will work with Barking Spider Visual Theatre to produce a captivating shadow puppetry installation to bring to life the stories of the ancient megafauna that once roamed throughout Central Australia over six million years ago. A season of public performances and hands-on arts-science workshops will take place at MAGNT in Darwin during Science Week.

Friday 17 to Saturday 18 August Event details

Media enquiries: Tessa Duke, tessa.duke@magnt.net.au or 08 8936 4208

HealthLAB Goes Remote, with health checks from Darwin to the Gulf of Carpentaria

How good is your health? And how do your lifestyle choices affect the health of your body now, in the future and for the future generations of your family? HealthLAB is a health education clinic on wheels—offering an interactive science education experience that helps people answer these questions. Participants assess their own health in a ‘pop-up’ laboratory, learn about healthy lifestyle choices, and find out about careers in health science-related fields.

HealthLAB kicks off in Darwin at Parliament House. Local football legends and politicians will compete to see who can jump the highest. They’ll also their upper and lower muscle strength at a special exercise station.

HealthLAB then travels to the Tiwi Islands, and across to Nhulunbuy and the East Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala. HealthLAB will be staffed by a range of scientists and health professionals who will teach participants about the science behind the inner workings of their bodies, ways to reduce their risk of chronic disease, and career pathways in science.

Multiple dates and locations Event details

Media enquiries: Melody Song and Paul Dale, communications@menzies.edu.au

Climate change and green science in The Alice at AridLands EcoFair

Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, women in science, science and sustainability on the big screen, and a host of other activities and guests will descend on Alice Springs for the desertSMART EcoFair, Central Australia’s premiere science and sustainability event.

In 2018, the desertSMART EcoFair will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary, having connected thousands of locals and tourists with science and sustainability through the event.

Highlights for 2018 include Costa getting dirty with green science in the garden, a BushWok Cookoff with local produce and bushfoods, documentary screenings from the Transitions Film Festival, and the Eco-Science Schools Day for local students.

The program also includes keynote speaker Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie, a ‘Women Changing the World’ panel discussion, desert scientists, renewable energy professionals and health experts in a series of community events.

Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 August Event details

Media enquiries: Nicole Pietsch, communications@alec.org.au, 08 8952 2497 or 0429 333 960

Queensland

Coral reefs: past, present and future—bringing the ocean to the outback

Coral reef science, a Netflix documentary, and virtual reality experiences will bring Queensland’s coast inland.

Reefs are in trouble worldwide, and the Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral cover since 1985. People living away from the coast are often unaware of both the magnitude of this problem and what they can do to help save reefs from afar.

CoralWatch, a global citizen science program based at The University of Queensland, will engage with communities between Mt Isa and Longreach to present the latest reef science, create reef awareness, and provide suggestions on how the community can help through presentations, displays and screenings of the Netflix documentary Chasing Coral, from the makers of the Emmy Award-winning Chasing Ice. Virtual reality will provide a realistic reef experience, connecting participants with the reef.

Multiple dates and locations Event details

Event enquiries: Monique Grol, info@coralwatch.org or 07 3365 3127

Brisbane’s Street Science Festival

Smoke cannons, liquid nitrogen, flame tests, explosions, and cool chemistry experiments are headed for Brisbane central.

Brisbane’s Street Science Festival will bring science to life using a range of interactive activities, guest presentations, and captivating science demonstrations to show the relevance of science in everyday life.

Engaging and interactive hands-on activities are designed to spark and encourage interest in the sciences. Through partnerships with universities, research organisations and science institutes, this festival will allow audiences of all ages to engage with science and scientists.

Saturday 11 August Event details

Event enquiries: Steven Liddell, info@streetscience.com.au or 0410 550 481

From up-start to start-up: Taj Pabara and Fiftysix Creations tour regional Queensland

Tweens and teens will get to team up with 18-year-old innovator and 2014 Australian Young Innovator of the Year Taj Pabari, who went from suspended schoolboy to educational entrepreneur.

Seven to 17-year-old children will have the opportunity to take part in science, technology and innovation workshops, exploring the world of entrepreneurship through modern day technologies including drone technology and tablet computers.

The workshop tour will visit Mount Isa, Bedourie, Boulia, Cloncurry, Birdsville and Longreach, and is run by Fiftysix Creations, a social enterprise founded by Taj Pabari, who is also its CEO.

Multiple dates and locations Event details

Media enquiries: Tia Niarhos, tia@hellofiftysix.com or 0424 122 772

South Australia

The science of politics, the future of wine and what’s going on in your brain—Big Science Adelaide

Big Science Adelaide returns with a host of events showcasing big issues, brilliant minds, great sights and top science, right in the heart of Adelaide.

Events include:

  • The science of politics—what’s behind political behaviour and your vote
  • Giant Australian Cuttlefish: why did we see a dramatic decline, then a rapid recovery near Whyalla?
  • Grape expectations: what’s in-store for the future of wine
  • Porkies in the pub: six Superstars of STEM share science stories, including some that aren’t true. Can you pick fact from fiction?
  • Neuroscience at night: how does the brain perceive the flavour of wine, and can you salsa dance your way to a healthier brain? Ask the experts from Adelaide Medical School and The Australian Wine Research Institute (yes, this place is real!)
  • The future of cancer research
  • Asexual seeds, what causes white wine haze, the genetics of wheat and barley, agropolitics and more—hear the science of the Women of Waite
  • Behind the scenes at the South Australian Museum’s Science Centre Open Day, and more.

Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 August Event details

Media enquiries: Rona Sakko, ronadel@dodo.com.au or 0419 827 723

Science Alive!

Chemistry shows, up close with native animals, The Curiosity Show with Rob Morrison and Deane Hutton, robotics, bugs and slugs, smoke cannons, fossils, daleks, and a special slime-making room—all under one roof at the Wayville Showgrounds.

Science Alive! is Adelaide’s festival of science-themed family fun.

Careers Day Friday 3 August Event details

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 August Event details

Media enquiries: Brian Haddy, enquiries@sciencealivesa.org.au or 0413 156 172

Professor Flint’s shadows of our prehistoric past—QLD, SA

Palaeontology meets music and theatre in a series of performances in key locations in regional and metro Australia, exploring their history through the arts and sciences.

The people of Winton walk in the shadows of the dinosaurs that lived there millions of years ago. Those in Parachilna, the Flinders Ranges, step amongst the slime-prints of the first large animals found on Earth, the Ediacarans. And what we now know as Coober Pedy was once the prehistoric Eromanga Sea.

In the shadows of our prehistoric past is a storytelling experience that travels to the locations where the prehistoric stories have been revealed to unveil the science behind it all.

Multiple date and locations Event details

Media enquiries: Michael Mills, michael@heapsgood.com.au or 0411 287 381

Tasmania

Tasty science, snotty science, Antarctic secrets and the man headed to Mars—at the Festival of Bright Ideas

  • Grossology: the science of snot, pus, wee, saliva, ear wax, blood, vomit, burps, farts and boogas—with ABC’s Lish Fejer
  • Mars One candidate Josh Richards on getting ready to live on the red planet
  • A lot of hot (and cold) air, and occasional humour, with Jeremy Just
  • How Tasmania’s flora, fauna and landscape have changed over the last 100,000 years
  • How science can help find solutions for Hobart’s traffic congestion
  • Questacon’s tasty science
  • What happens after you flush?
  • Gardens through the (multiple) eyes of an insect
  • A virtual reality tour of Hobart Town in the 1820s
  • Is there more to cats than eating and sleeping?
  • What secrets are hidden in Antarctica’s ice and snow?
  • Meet scientists from Tasmania’s top research institutes
  • Plus litter, LEGO, retro engineering, bush adventures, 3D printing, eels, eagles, and more.

These are just some of the speakers, activities and displays at the Festival of Bright Ideas, all under one roof at Princes Wharf 1 on Hobart’s waterfront.

Friday 17 August (schools day) Event details

Saturday 18 August Event details

Media enquiries: Sarah Bayne, Sarah.Bayne@utas.edu.au or 03 6226 2716

BeakerStreet@TMAG

A forensic science murder mystery, fun and informative talks, live music, food, an underground Antarctic Bar, and 100+ roving scientists to chat with over a drink. It’s all part of BeakerStreet@TMAG, a pop-up science bar and two-night science festival for adults at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

People can pop in for presentations by world-leading researchers, intimate talks and hands-on scientific workshops, see taxidermied animals and scientific curios, and the science photography competition and exhibition.

Friday night highlights:

  • Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor Live, with short talks including:
    • Cave diving for exploration and science—Andreas Klocker
    • The neuroscience of stress—Lila Landowski
    • The wines, they are a-changin’—Fiona Kerslake
    • Understanding change in marine ecosystems—Jess Melbourne-Thomas
  • Danielle Clode—why wasps have sex with orchids
  • Russell Bonduriansky—heredity beyond genes

Saturday night highlights:

  • ‘Improbable’—MONA’s David Walsh in conversation with ABC’s Natasha Mitchell
  • Shasta Henry—accepting insects into your diet
  • Justin Seymour—swimming in a sea of microbes
  • Emily Flies—the planetary health and the dirty side of wellbeing

Friday 10 to Saturday 11 August Event details Website

Media enquiries: Adelaide Reisz, adelaidereisz@internode.on.net or 0408 023 926

Slime moulds—nature’s miniature jewels

Ask Sarah Lloyd why plasmodia or ‘slime moulds’ love wet weather. Hear how these conditions make plasmodia become active and eventually form exquisite fruiting bodies.

Sarah will answer questions and bring a range of different species for close inspection. Participants can also view the exhibition ‘Slime Moulds – Nature’s miniature jewels’.

Acellular or plasmodial slime moulds have been placed in the kingdoms plant, fungi, animal and protista, based on their very different life stages comprising single-celled amebae, moving feeding plasmodia and spore-bearing ‘fruits’. They are now considered to be amoebozoans.

Saturday 18 August Event details

Media enquiries: Sarah Lloyd, sarahlloyd@iprimus.com.au or 03 6396 1380

Victoria

Humans 2.0—from future food to an AI dance-off

Augmented brains and bodies, or a return to nature? Cyber or solar? Humans 2.0—what is the future of our species?

Humans 2.0 is an evening of short talks, immersive experiences and science over drinks, exploring wearables, transplantables, cognitive enhancement, robot assistants, genetic engineering and nanotechnology.

Hear about new modes of communication, the sports and transport that may be available to future humans, and the sounds of a healthy river. Augment yourself using the latest in AR technology, compete in a dance-off with artificial intelligence, watch your brainwaves, or see the technology restoring sight to blind people.

Check out future artefacts and prototypes while grabbing a drink at the psi-bar. Speak with experts to invent your own stories, ponder our place in an increasingly automated world, and discover how we could feed the planet’s ever increasing human population.

Wednesday 15 August Event details

Media enquiries: Annika Priest, annika@zillaandbrook.com.au, or 0413 058 509

Immersive Science II: a virtual reality tour of the invisible universe

From the outer reaches of the cosmos to the tiny world of the microcosmos, how can you see the science that’s invisible to the naked eye?

Science communicators and researchers, Associate Professor Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allen, will host Immersive Science II, guiding audiences through the Universe and the ripples in the fabric of spacetime, and exploring the nano- and microscopic realms—all with the help of immersive virtual reality technology.

Alan and Rebecca will answer questions from the audience and those submitted via social media. There is a day-time event for families at the State Library, an evening event for adults at the Mountain Goat Brewery, and regional viewing parties and online video streaming.

Sunday 12 and Thursday 16 August Event details (multiple locations)

Parasite Paradise at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

“Heal the Body” detail by Bernard Lee Singleton

What role do parasites play in human health? Find out through the research of parasitologists, and the digital art and animation in the work Gula Guri mayin (which means ‘heal the body’) by Indigenous artist Bernard Lee Singleton. This event involves science-art workshops and brings together scientists, artists and the public, to explore the science of parasites and its relation to human health. The program also includes the ‘Parasite Paradise’ interactive display with microscopes and other activities, a Café Scientifique event with science talks over drinks, and a science-art movie making workshop.

Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 August Event details

Media enquiries: Lisa Jones, Lisa.Jones1@jcu.edu.au or 0405 620 747

Western Australia

Perth Science Festival—Claremont

Trash-talking eco faeries, trapdoor spiders, Trekkies, backyard biology, astronomy, carnivorous plants, and big and bubbly science shows are on at the Claremont Showgrounds. Perth Science Festival has over 60 interactive stalls, explosive experiments, native animals, science theatre, roving performers, and more.

Join scientists and science-enthusiasts from Scitech, ASTRO 3D, ChemCentre, Bush Heritage Australia, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and WA’s universities and research institutions for two days of fun and informative science.

Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 August Event details

Media enquiries: Taylor Bartels, taylor.bartels@scitech.org.au or 08 9215 0702

Teaching STEM… through dance!

Can dance help disadvantaged girls to engage in STEM and become the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists? US dancer and algebra teacher Yamilée Toussaint says it can. She’s the Founder and CEO of STEM From Dance.

Yamilée has personally experienced the benefits of a STEM education and dance. After studying mechanical engineering at MIT and being an avid dancer for 21 years, she switched gears to teach high school algebra in an under-served community in East New York, Brooklyn through Teach For America.

Yamilée is the keynote speaker at the WA launch of National Science Week. While in Australia, she will also present a two-hour science-meets-dance workshop for people aged 15-25 who live in the Peel region.

Launch: Thursday 9 August Event details

Workshop: Sunday 12 August Event details

Media enquiries: Emmaline Yearsley, emmaline.yearsley@scitech.org.au, 08 9215 0739 or 0407 809 508

Recipes for a healthy gut

Eating your vegetables and whole grains is good for your health… and that of the trillions of bacteria that live in your gut, part of your microbiome.

Having a healthy gut microbiome can reduce the chances of developing a variety of diseases, such as obesity, non-alcoholic liver disease and even certain types of cancer. But a healthy diet is important for both you and your gut flora.

Nutrition researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) will present a series of sessions for National Science Week in Wanneroo’s libraries that are part science talk and part cooking class.

These events will present the science of why plant-based foods—rich in fibre and resistant starch—are essential to feed the gut microbiome, and share recipes from ECU’s Gut Feeling cookbook.

Thursday 23 to Thursday 30 August Event details

Media enquiries: David Gear, d.gear@ecu.edu.au or 08 6304 2288

Talent available for interviews:

  • ECU nutrition researchers Amanda Devine and Jo Rees

Eight ways science benefits rural communities—Collie

What’s the use of science outside the city? What are the red-hot future career and business opportunities for rural communities? Are they in water, forestry, land rehabilitation, agriculture, health, energy, the arts, or technology? Maybe it will be a wild card?

Discussions and interactive events in Collie, WA, will profile eight ways that science benefits rural communities—from mine rehabilitation to improving agricultural productivity. This will include exploring how our first peoples have contributed to modern science, and will involve people from research, industry, business, and government.

Thursday 16 August Event details

National Science Week: background

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw about 1.2 million people participate in more than 2100 events and activities around the country.

In 2018, National Science Week celebrates its 21st birthday, with events held throughout Australia— from Corals in the Outback in western Queensland to TAStroFest astronomy in the Apple Isle, and from STEM meets dance in Perth to The Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park —with everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities.

The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, New Scientist and Popular Science.

National Science Week 2018 will run from 11 to 19 August. Event details can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au.