QLD: The Sound of Symmetry, Sustainable futures, and from pixels to pills

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The following initiatives received funding from the Australian Government’s 2024 National Science Week event grant round. More details for each will be posted closer to the event.

National Science Week in QLD

The Sound of Symmetry

The University of Queensland

Discover the sound of symmetry at joint lecture-concerts in Brisbane and regional Queensland. These events will introduce audiences to various types of symmetry that are central to maths and physics through music, with composer Rob Davidson, mathematician Artem Pulemotov, musicologist Denis Collins, and the award-winning Brisbane ensemble Topology. Artem will introduce audiences to the scientific ideas involved, and musicologist Denis Collins will explain how these ideas find expression in sound.

Project/event location(s): QLD

Sustainable Futures: Integrating Tradition & Modern Science in the Strait (Thursday Island)

Torres Strait Kaziw Meta Inc

Learn how to make a sustainable food garden in the tropics. The Torres Strait community will join an event spotlighting sustainable agriculture, blending traditional Torres Strait Islander practices with contemporary scientific approaches through hands-on workshops and educational tours of Torres Strait Kaziw Meta’s food gardens. A webinar will share how to replicate the experience with a network of more than 200 boarding schools so they can run similar activities on their campuses for their combined 25,000 boarding students.

Project/event location(s): QLD

From pixels to pills – why we should be 3D printing medicines

The University of Queensland

Design and print your own tablets. Find out about 3D printing and how it could be used to produce better pills through a series of activities leading up to a public event. Pharmacists and 3D printing researchers at the University of Queensland will facilitate a hands-on workshop designing and 3D printing tablets and explain why they could be valuable for pharmaceuticals.

Customisable colour, flavour, texture, and even braille or symbols play an important role in medication usage. Polypills, with multiple active ingredients, reduces medicine mix-ups when needing to take multiple drugs daily. Participants will explore this fascinating research with informative talks, a live demonstration of 3D printing tablets, and the opportunity to design and print their own.

Project/event location(s): QLD

Species Survival on Quandamooka Country – a Community Event (Minjerribah)

The University of Queensland

Meet the birds of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Locals and visitors will be invited to the Moreton Bay Research Station’s Open Day. Activities include a guided morning bird and mangrove walk with world-renowned biodiversity conservation scientists Hugh Possingham and Catherine Lovelock. Members of the Quandamooka community will also host a cultural walk and yarning circle, talking about the importance of species survival in Moreton Bay. The day will conclude with research talks and a ‘pub science’ panel discussion at the Stradbroke Island Brewery. By intertwining scientific exploration with cultural appreciation, the event seeks to deepen the connection between the community and the land and sea, fostering a sense of stewardship and respect for the environment.

Project/event location(s): QLD