Fun events put science in the spotlight

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

University of Adelaide staff and students will put science in the spotlight at a range of public events during National Science Week (15-23 August). They include:

Kids Navigate Neuroscience. Children aged 6-12 (and their parents) will explore how the brain and nervous system work in a fun, hands-on way. Saturday 15 August, 10.00am-2.00pm, University of Adelaide Medical School, Frome Road. Further information.

Adelaide City Library Code Creators. Adelaide City Library and the University’s Computer Science Education Research Group are running fun family sessions on computer coding. Monday 17 August, Wednesday 19 August and Friday 21 August, various times. Adelaide City Library, corner Francis St and Rundle Mall. Bookings essential.

Breathing Life into Stone. The University of Adelaide Student Branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics will present two talks by Mars One Astronaut Candidate Josh Richards and space lawyer Michael Davis. Monday 17 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm, Room 112, Engineering South building. Further information.

Particle Fever. Follow six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider and the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Special introduction by Dr Paul Jackson, School of Physical Sciences. Tuesday 18 August, 5.30pm, The Braggs lecture theatre. Registration required.

The Climate Challenge Beyond the Paris Summit. A presentation by renowned climate scientist Professor Tim Flannery including the launch of Climate Crisis: Emergency Actions to Protect Human Health. Thursday 20 August, 6.00pm-7.30pm, The Braggs lecture theatre. Further information and booking.

Illuminate 2015. Year 8 and 9 students from Port Pirie and Port August will experience life on-campus with authentic university experiences including lectures, lab work and workshops. Friday 21 August to Saturday 22 August, North Terrace campus.  Further information

Sharks! The Bright Sparks Science Club will provide a glimpse into the fascinating lives of sharks and their cousins, the rays. Friday 21 August, 7.00pm-8.00pm, Horace Lamb lecture theatre. Further information and booking.

Celebrating Braggs: 100 Years of the Nobel Prize. Associate Professor Chris Sumby and other University of Adelaide Bragg specialists will explore how the past can be found in the present field of crystallography. Wednesday 26 August, 4.30pm-6.00pm, Darling West lecture theatre. Further information.

The Great Debate: My Research Rules. University of Adelaide scientists will join the RiAUS debate tournament to find the weirdest and craziest research in the world. Wednesday 26 August, 6.00pm-7.30pm, The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place. $10 general admission. Book online

3 Minute Thesis Faculty of Sciences final. Science PhD students will present their theses in just three minutes to see who will go ahead to the University-wide competition finals on Tuesday 8 September. Thursday 27 August, 6.00-7.30pm, Kerr Grant lecture theatre. Level 1, Physics building. Please book.

Hard data. Inaugural lecture by Professor Bronwyn Gillanders – how data from the hard structures of marine organisms is shedding light on important ecological questions. Tuesday 25 August, 5.30-6.30pm, The Braggs lecture theatre. Further information.

Neural Knitworks SA. Calling on all South Australian knitters, crafters and curious minds to work together to create fabulous neurons. Send knitted neurons in by Friday 11 September.
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