New South Wales: Your National Science Week Planned

  Last updated August 10, 2018 at 10:57 am

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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


Tickets: $10, 0403 892 391, info@drawntoseeing.com.au, www.drawntoseeing.com.au/Events.html


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, library@ssc.nsw.gov.au, 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


Tickets: free, 02 4441 5675, enquiries@jbmm.asn.au, jervisbaymaritimemuseum.com.au


More information: scienceweek.net.au/reintroducing-threatened-species-into-booderee-national-park


 


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, juliet@egtc.com.au


More information: https://www.scienceweek.net.au/illawarra-flame-festival


 


Want to be part of National Science Week, anytime, anywhere? Check out SCINEMA International Science Film Festival – host your own screening or find a local screening.




About the Author

Kelly Wong
Contributing editor for News + Events and the online producer at Australia's Science Channel. I have a background in immunology, food blogging, volunteering, and social media. I'm passionate about creating communities on social media and getting them excited about science. I enjoy good food and I am on an eternal mission to find the best ice cream. Find me on Twitter @kellyyyllek

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