The University joins Australia's celebration of science
14 August 2014
A crowd of science enthusiasts joined the University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and its sleek geeks Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer, to launch the start of National Science Week at a packed Sydney Town Hall last night.
The University is joining the national celebration of science with a number of key events.
From hunting for dark matter to knitting neurons, from how physics revolutionises medicine to why X-ray crystallography is one of sciences' towering achievements, the wonder and transforming power of science will be explored.
And in 'What Keeps Sciences Up At Night?' the personal challenges and experience of being a scientist in modern-day Australia will be contemplated.
National Science Week events associated with the University of Sydney include:
- X-ray crystallography: a new view of the world. Join Professor Stephen Curry, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College, London in a Sydney Ideas event to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography and discover how crystals created a different understanding of our world.
- Forward Momentum: How physics is revolutionising medicine. Associate Professor Zdenka Kuncic from the University's School of Physics, describes how physics drives groundbreaking advances in medicine and biology, from magnetic resonance imaging to nanomedicine.
- The Hunt for Dark Matter. Associate Professor Juan Collar, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago discusses the challenges faced by dark matter researchers. Describing experiments that mostly take place deep underground to reduce interference, he explains the current progress in this scientific endeavour.
- Neural Knitworks. Professor Ian Hickie from the University's Brain & Mind Research Institute joins this event that invites contributions of handmade neurons to a travelling brain exhibition. Come and create a giant textile brain while also learning about neuroscience.
- What keeps scientists up at night? John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute will ask this question of a panel of Sydney scientists including Dr Cameron Clark from the University's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Vanessa Moss, from the School of Physics.
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