Science at the Fringe

  Last updated May 18, 2017 at 11:32 am

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Science and technology are as much a part of our cultural fabric as art, music, theatre and literature, and we’ve been hosting Fringe events to highlight these links since 2010. Our 2017 program has everything from cheating death through cryonics, getting up close and personal with parasites, maths-based game shows and gorgeous photography of our galaxy. Catch it in February in Adelaide at The Science Exchange.


IMMORTALITY IN ADELAIDE 



Thursday 16th February 2017, 6.30-8.00pm

The Science Exchange

55 Exchange Place Adelaide

Tickets $20/$15 via FRINGETIX


It was once said that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. While the tax office will still get their cut, the grim reaper’s job is looking less secure. The life expectancy of Australians has grown by 10 years since the 1970s and some believe the first person to live to 1000 has already been born, but how will this be achieved?


We will hear from three amazing experts, all trying to cheat death in their own special way. Through mapping the code of life to bring back extinct species in the future; by creating artificial organs to prolong life and avoid aging; by suspending life until technologies exist to cure diseases, bring us back to life and allow us to live as immortals; and so much more.


Speakers:



  • Professor Jenny Graves, La Trobe University: evolutionary geneticist who works on Australian animals, including kangaroos and platypus, devils (Tasmanian) and dragons (lizards).

  • Mr Matthew Fisher, Southern Cryonics: software engineer, jack-of-all-trades and the secretary of non-profit organisation Southern Cryonics, promoting awareness of the cryonic preservation of the human body.

  • Professor Peter Choong, St. Vincent’s Hospital/University of Melbourne: orthopaedic surgeon and clinical academic who is heavily involved in teaching, training and research with a major focus of his work relating to arthritis surgery and limb reconstruction.


This event is presented by The Australian Academy of Science in partnership with Science and Technology Australia.


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PARASITES LOST



Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February 2017, 8.00pm

The Science Exchange

55 Exchange Place Adelaide

Tickets $25/$22 via FRINGETIX


You’re never alone, when you’ve got a parasite. Ten years of working in Asia and Africa, Alanta has seen a few things. And eaten a few things. And yelled her lunch into not an inconsequential number of toilets. Not a show for the faint of heart.


Parasites Lost is equal parts scientific, entertaining and comedic. It tempers the educational elements of a TED talk with hilarious anecdotes and the occasional moments of potty humour. This show is an informative and pathos-addled adventure both across the globe and under the microscope.


Discover brain-controlling fungi, living Hollywood beauty treatments, and parasites living right under your nose. Literally, under your nose. Right now. This show is a unique opportunity to learn about the secret life of some of the most ingenious organisms, from someone who’s played host to them. Alanta Colley is a public health practitioner, a comedian, and a bee-keeper. This is her debut solo Show.


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LATE NIGHT LETTERS AND NUMBERS



Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February 2017, 9.30pm

The Science Exchange

55 Exchange Place Adelaide

Tickets $20/$17 via FRINGETIX


Do you miss Letters and Numbers on SBS? We do too, but there’s hope! Late Night Letters and Numbers! It’s everything Letters and Numbers was, but more with interaction and drinking!


Guided by your incredibly under-qualified host Nick Caddaye and unrestrained by scripts, our star-studded line-up of irreverent puzzle busters will take you on a journey that is as unpredictable as it is riotous! Sold out 2015-16 so book early!


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EXHIBITION: WINNING SKY PHOTOS: THE DAVID MALIN AWARDS 2016



From 17th January – 19th March 2017

The Science Exchange FutureSpace Gallery

55 Exchange Place Adelaide

Free


Winning Sky Photos: The David Malin Awards 2016 is the exhibition of the top entries from the David Malin Awards astrophotography competition, held annually by the Central West Astronomical Society and open to amateur astronomers and photographers from around Australia. The photographs are judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin. The competition aims to encourage photographers to use their vision, imagination and skill to produce inspiring and beautiful images of the sky.


A Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences travelling exhibition.


Details here


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Kate Luders
Kate is a recent BSc, Microbiology Honours graduate who is actually nerdy enough that she likes learning new things, just for the sake of learning. She loves bright lipstick, sequins, and will probably interrupt the conversation to point out a dog. She has high hopes one day to appropriately use her inside voice and to continue to bore people with bad jokes and fun facts.

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