Taking the 'wow' in Science to the community

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The University of Adelaide will be helping spread the word that science matters to us all, with a range of events and activities for National Science Week (10-18 August).

"Science is at the foundation of every aspect of our lives. It helps us understand the world we live in and drives new developments for our future," Executive Dean of the University's Faculty of Sciences Professor Bob Hill says.

"The University of Adelaide is committed to emphasising the value of science to all of us, through supporting National Science Week and a range of other activities and events we hold throughout the year. This year we are aiming to take this message to a wider audience in a variety of entertaining settings that will make people think about science in new and socially relevant ways."

University of Adelaide events and activities in National Science Week include:

National Science Week in SA launch: University of Adelaide's Professor Tanya Monro, Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, will help kick off National Science Week as guest speaker at the official opening in SA, Friday 9 August, 5pm, Goyder Pavilion Mezzanine. Free but registration is essential.

Refreshing Science: The University's Faculty of Sciences, with SA Museum, is holding a free over-18s event with wine and nibbles that will entertain and engage the community with a fast-paced presentation aimed at wowing the audience and showing the value of science in our lives - and some of the controversies and mysteries. Wednesday 14 August, 6pm at the Pacific Cultures Gallery, SA Museum. Registration is essential. Information from outreach.sciences@adelaide.edu.au or 8313 4325.

Science Alive!: Visitors to the University of Adelaide booth (Booth 1) at Science Alive - Australia's largest science expo event - will see science and engineering in action. Have a go at keyhole surgery, make slime, play with robots or try the vortex shooting gallery. Saturday and Sunday 10-11 August, 10am-4pm, Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showground. See more at Science Week.

The Chemistry Show at Science Alive: The University of Adelaide is joining with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute to provide a spectacular chemistry experience in an explosion of colour, light and sound that threatens to blow your socks off! Held in the Beach Energy Theatre within the Goyder Pavilion. See more at Science Week.

Café Scientifique in Positive Psychology: The University's School of Psychology is holding an informal panel discussion on positive psychology, asking the question what makes life worth living and how can this be enhanced? Panellists are: Paddy Steinfort, Adelaide Crows Leadership Development Manager; Anthony Venning, University of Adelaide; and Rebecca Graham, Country Health SA. Tuesday 20 August, 5-6pm, The Lion, North Adelaide. Further information on the Science Week website at Café Scientifique.

Schools under the microscope: SA school students will be seeing a microscopic view of everyday objects in this interactive session via webcam with the University's Adelaide Microscopy. Schools can send their own advance samples for viewing down to the nanoscale. Various sessions available during Science Week. Schools should contact Linda Matto at linda.matto@adelaide.edu.au or phone 8313 5855.

Engineer This!: Hosted by the University, Engineers Australia SA Division is presenting a High School Careers Night for students, teachers, careers advisors and anyone interested in the field of engineering. Speakers from a range of engineering disciplines will talk about exciting and diverse career options. Tuesday 6 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm; Scott Theatre, North Terrace Campus. Registration is essential.

Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) Oration: Professor Jennifer Couper will present the Oration on 'Can we change the environment to prevent diabetes in childhood?' Thursday 8 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Eclipse Room, Union House, North Terrace Campus. Details on www.scienceweek.net.au or email anne.jurisevic@adelaide.edu.au

The Free Beer Show: University of Adelaide Chemistry PhD student Noby Leong, from The Other Side of Science, is hosting a fringe-style Science Week show for over-18s, looking at the other side of beer. Monday and Tuesday 12-13 August, 7pm, Belgian Beer Cafe, Ebenezer Place, Adelaide. See Other Side of Science.

Café Classroom: Aimed at high school students, Café Classroom gathers eager young minds to learn from the best minds in SA science in a non-classroom setting. Professor Barry Brook, Chair of Climate Science at the University's Environment Institute, will be one of the speakers at the Young Scientists of Australia Adelaide event on Saturday 17 August, 4.30pm-7pm, CIBO, 218 Rundle Street. See Café Classroom.

Faculty of Sciences Three Minute Thesis Final: In the lead up to the University's 3MT final event, the Faculty of Sciences will give their PhD students just three minutes to present their research. The Braggs Lecture Theatre, North Terrace Campus, Tuesday 20 August, 6pm-7.30pm. See 3MT.

Doctors, Robots and the Outback: The Adelaide to Outback General Practice training program is recording a radio show, in collaboration with science broadcaster Robyn Williams, to discuss how to encourage more doctors to work in outback Australia and whether or not there are alternatives to the human doctor. Innovative solutions on this issue are being sought in a competition. Go to Adelaide to Outback.


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