Last updated August 10, 2018 at 10:57 am
Our daily guide for National Science Week in New South Wales.
Over in New South Wales, home to our largest capital city Sydney, they don’t like to shy away from large events. They have heaps of ways to celebrate science for all ages.
Here are some of our picks for the nice days of incredible science outreach and activities.
National Science Week officially runs from 11 – 19 August.
Saturday 11 August
Animal Welfare: theory to legislation
Animal welfare science is a relatively new field of science which seeks to scientifically validate an animal’s experiences.
Scientific Officer at RSPCA Australia, Bronwyn Orr will will explain the theory behind animal welfare science in an accessible manner, and go through some classic examples of where animal welfare science has helped change animal welfare legislation.
Where: The LAB, Woollongong Central Library, 51 Burelli Street, Wollongong, NSW, 2500
When: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tickets: free, nationalscienceweekanimalwelfare.eventbrite.com.au/
More information: scienceweek.net.au/animal-welfare-theory-to-legislation
Sunday 12 August
A-Mazing Microbats Drawing Workshop
Grab a pencil, pop on your Chiropterologist’s hat & join us, as part of the 2018 Sydney Science Festival, to get to know a little more about the amazing nocturnal world of the tiny microbats that inhabit the night skies of Sydney. We’ll use a little investigative image research to draw them, some of the insects they feast on and the places they can call home.
Where: Addison Road Community Centre, Hut 37A, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, NSW, 2204
When: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
More information: scienceweek.net.au/a-mazing-microbats-drawing-workshop-2
Monday 13 August
Sydney Ideas | The Future of Cancer: Can We Find a Cure?
Join the University of Sydney at Westmead on Monday 13 August for this special event, where internationally recognised cancer researcher and Children’s Medical Research Institute Director, Professor Roger Reddel, leads a panel of experts in an exciting discussion on the future of cancer.
How will cellular therapy, immunotherapy, personalised medicine, and the use of big data impact cancer treatments?
Where: The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, 176 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, NSW, 2145
When: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tickets: free, bookings required, sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2018/the-future-of-cancer-can-we-find-a-cure.html
More information: scienceweek.net.au/sydney-ideas-the-future-of-cancer-can-we-find-a-cure
Tuesday 14 August
The Quantum Computing Revolution
“A quantum computer would be able to solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years.” – Michelle Simmons.
For many, the field of quantum computing is extraordinarily mind boggling, yet for the 2018 Australian of the Year, Michelle Simmons, it is her life and her passion. She is a quantum computing pioneer, establishing Australia’s first quantum computing company in 2017. When you hear her exuberantly share her insight into quantum physics and atomic electronics, you will walk away with not only a sound understanding of the technology, but you’ll feel her contagious curiosity for its possibilities.
Where: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia, University of NSW, NSW, 2052
When: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Tickets: free, registration essential, events.unsw.edu.au/event/einstein-lecture-quantum-computing-revolution
More information: scienceweek.net.au/the-quantum-computing-revolution
Wednesday 15 August
Future Vision Quiz with ANSTO
Explore the fascinating future of science. Discover how scientists have the power to shape society. Scientists from ANSTO involve the whole audience as they delve into the future of human health, the environment and innovative technology.
Through the voting keypads, the whole audience is part of the show. Family event (ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied).
Where: Sutherland Shire Library, 36 Belmont Street, Sutherland, NSW, 2232
When: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tickets: free, 9710 0351, firstname.lastname@example.org, eventbrite.com.au/e/national-science-week-future-vision-quiz-tickets-45634775843
More information: scienceweek.net.au/future-vision-quiz-with-ansto
Thursday 16 August
Reintroducing threatened species into Booderee National Park
Dr Nick Dexter (Department of Environment and Energy) will speak of the inspiring steps Booderee National Park has taken towards rebalancing the natural biodiversity of the park by reintroducing locally extinct mammals: long-nosed potaroos, southern brown bandicoots and eastern quolls.
Where: Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Dent Street, Huskisson, NSW, 2540
When: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Friday 17 August
Genwomen: scientists smash the glass ceiling
Six women. Six generations of science. Join us as we celebrate leading women scientists from a variety of generations who will share their personal stories on being a successful woman in a male-dominated field.
Where: Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW 2016
When: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Tickets: $25 adults, $22 concessions + booking fee, giantdwarf.com.au/events/gen-women
More information: scienceweek.net.au/genwomen-scientists-smash-the-glass-ceiling
Saturday 18 August
Stargazing at Rouse Hill House & Farm
Expand your universe at Rouse Hill House & Farm in an evening of stargazing, with a fascinating presentation by Indigenous astrophysicist Kirsten Banks. In this family-friendly event, you will have a unique opportunity to hear old and new stories about the cosmos and view planets and stars.
Bring a picnic blanket, listen to astronomically themed tunes by the Highly Irregular Orbits live three-piece band, and sit back to gaze at the marvels of the skies.
Where: Rouse Hill House & Farm, 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW, 2155
When: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tickets: Adult $18, concession $15, child $12, family $44, http://slm.is/stargazing
More information: scienceweek.net.au/stargazing-at-rouse-hill-house-farm
Sunday 19 August
Illawarra Flame Festival
A family friendly event that looks at how flame affects our environment. There will be live music, performances, science shows, stalls and presentations by ecologists, physicists and environmental scientists plus 3D printing workshops and much more.
Where: Wisemans Park, 190 Gipps Road, Gynneville, NSW, 2500
When: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tickets: free, 02 4283 3000, email@example.com
More information: https://www.scienceweek.net.au/illawarra-flame-festival