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Science in the community

2013

Find out about some of the inspiring, community-based science initiatives underway in NSW

6 December 2013

Photonics: the new enabling technology

On Friday 22 November, the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) hosted a showcase to present the latest developments in photonics. The event, entitled Photonics and Optics: Pivotal technologies for the 21st Century Australia, provided an opportunity for more than 300 industry representatives, teachers and members of the general public to learn about some of the innovative photonics research being performed at CUDOS.


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6 December 2013

Hackathon showcases Australia’s environmental data

On Friday 29 November, NICTA staged its first ever ‘envirohack’, bringing together over 100 programmers, researchers and computer scientists in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra who used some of Australia’s largest and most important environmental datasets to create fabulous environmental apps.


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4 December 2013

Little Scientists

Little Scientists is a not-for-profit initiative designed to facilitate children's curiosity for science, mathematics and technology through age-appropriate, fun and playful experiments in their early years. Its overarching goal is to improve access to high quality education for all children from an early age and to ensure the competitiveness of the country’s workforce in the future, especially in scientific, engineering and technical occupations.


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4 December 2013

Fact or fiction?

You may like your sci-fi films and you may love science, but are you confused about what is science fact and what is science fiction? According to a survey conducted by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, it seems that a lot of us have been watching too much Dr Who and not enough Dr Karl.


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27 November 2013

Insight Radical: where art meets science

An art exhibition inspired by the work of scientists working at Melbourne’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology is now on show in Sydney at MCLEMOI Gallery in Chippendale.


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25 November 2013

Science for a better life

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Bayer Group is touring a large-scale multimedia exhibition to more than 30 countries, including Australia. Science For A Better Life showcases scientific innovations and highlights the importance of science education.


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22 November 2013

The science of digital storytelling

For the past 18 months, young people in Wagga Wagga and Wilcannia have been getting hands on with science, art and technology by participating in a project run by dLux media arts.


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13 November 2013

Awarding young creativity will transform medicine

The Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize is awarded for creative biomedical research excellence with the aim of keeping the best young bioscience brains here in Australia. Founders Mathew Vadas and Neil Lawrence established this award to nurture creativity.


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7 November 2013


Science inspires, so don't let your art rule your head

In his forward to The Best Australian Science Writing 2013, musician and performer Tim Minchin argues that great science writing is the art of communicating that ''awe of understanding'', so that we readers can revel in the beauty of a deeper knowledge of our world.


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7 November 2013


Facing the divine

Vere (Faith) is a new play by John Doyle about a physicist at the peak of his career who is presented with a shattering prognosis. The tensions between believers and non-believers are explored when Vere turns not towards God, but to his own sense of wonder at the universe.


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5 November 2013


Inspiring Australia’s Expert Working Groups

The Inspiring Australia framework was developed to create a broad strategy for working together on improving science engagement in Australia. It operates on many levels to ensure that all those working in science, technology, engineering and maths can ensure widespread appreciation of the value and importance of our work to Australia’s future. A number of Expert Working Groups have also made recommendations.


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5 November 2013


Australia’s biggest science festival comes to Bathurst

The Australian Museum is set to tour its annual science festival to Bathurst on the 12-13 November, offering a unique and engaging line up of hands on science activities for school audiences and the general public. Thanks to support from generous sponsors, all activities to be presented as part of the regional tour will be free!


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5 November 2013


Watt the?

The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival uses electric vehicles as a platform for engaging audiences in a range of fun and informative science, technology, engineering and mathematics based activities.  The event is designed to display the value of science literacy, research, and innovation in building an informed community and vibrant future that responds to global challenges.


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5 November 2013


Winners NSW Science & Engineering Awards

NSW Governor, Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO handed out trophies to prize winners across eight categories during the 2013 NSW Science & Engineering Awards ceremony at NSW Government House, Sydney, on Friday 1 November.


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9 October 2013


Try your hand at videoconferencing

ClickFest is a video conferencing festival that highlights the diversity and scope of video conferences available to schools across Australia. Offering free or reduced cost sessions to schools, ClickFest is a great opportunity for teachers to give videoconferencing a go. Karen Player from Australian Museum gives the low down.


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8 October 2013

Innovating the marketplace with stem cells

Commercialisation and clinical use of stem cells is one of the most anticipated fields of medicine, considered globally to have great economic and social potential. However, the excitement around stem cell applications has been severely stunted by ethical, immune and safety concerns, leading to a population wondering ‘what happened to the stem cell promise?’

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1 October 2013

Artists and scientists working together
How can artists collaborate effectively with scientists? Vicki Sowry from the Australian Network for Art adn Technology has years of experience and recently shared some wisdom at the Ultimo Science Festival. While Vicky's tips have the artist in mind, they are also of value for the scientific collaborator.

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26 August 2013

Chief Scientist calls for a national STEM strategy
Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb has released a position paper calling for a national strategy to guide Australia's advancement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

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26 August 2013

Looking back at I F****** Love Science Live!
When Science Alert joined forces with the I F****** Love Science (IFLS) Facebook page to  announce the IFLS Live! party in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum, fans were falling over themselves to get tickets.

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23 August 2013

Fine weather and lots of fun on the Sapphire Coast
Over two weekends during National Science Week, the Far South Coast was abuzz with community science activity, much of it generated by the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, a long-term project uniting the community with scientists to explore, learn and record the natural world.

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8 August 2013

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer launches National Science Week 2013
With 300 events on offer in NSW to celebrate National Science Week, NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Mary O'Kane today urged everyone to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of science.

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8 August 2013

Nominations now open for 2013 NSW Science & Engineering Awards
The NSW Science and Engineering Awards recognise and reward the state's best and brightest innovators and researchers.

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8 August 2013

Ignite your imagination
Among 300 NSW events is the Australian Museum Science Festival that will welcome more than 5000 students through its doors over the next two weeks.

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6 August 2013

Stunning projections set to illuminate Wagga Wagga Council Chambers
Young people in Wagga Wagga have been learning about the art and science of light and image making. Now their creations will come to life using large-scale projections that will transform the walls of Wagga Wagga Council Chambers.

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6 August 2013

Experience Indigenous science at Redfern Community Centre
Come and experience the science of Aboriginal culture by attending a seminar series on Saturday 10 August and a free Family Science Fun Day on Sunday 11 August.

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20 July 2013

Charcoal Night: drawing the night skies
The night sky was the star attraction when students and staff from Albury Wodonga Community College journeyed overnight to the Great Aussie Holiday Park, Wymah, to participate in three informative presentations about the night sky, part of a collaborative project titled 'Charcoal Night.'

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17 July 2013

Talking with trees - exploring SMART trees from the inside out!
Students and artists will come together with scientists and musicians in Armidale to explore the potential of SMART trees.

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17 July 2013

Lismore Sustainability Festival
Science teachers at Lismore High School have been connecting with teachers from other schools in the region to ensure that as many students as possible attend its popular Sustainability Festival that will be held during National Science Week.

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21 June 2013

Our place: building an atlas of biodiversity in the far South Coast of NSW
Passion is the driver for this community project that explores and maps the natural environment of NSW far south coast.

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20 June 2013

Far out: bringing science to the people of Northern NSW

There are many opportunities for people living in Northern NSW to participate in a broad range of accessible science engagement activities thanks to scientists and students from the University of New England in Armidale.

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13 June 2013

NSW Regional Science Grants Announced
The 2013 NSW Regional Science Grants program creates a network of enduring local partnerships throughout NSW. Funding of $40,000 has been allocated to nine community partnerships that have each agreed to act as Regional Science Hubs.

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12 June 2013

NSW Regional Science Grants Announced
NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has announced that funding of $40,000 will be distributed to a new network of Regional Science Hubs.

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Border Stargaze: showcasing the Milky Way in Albury Wodonga

The Border Stargaze is a great example of how a small initiative developed by enthusiastic locals has blossomed into an annual festival that now attracts hundreds of people, including astronomers from all over Australia.

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30 May 2013

The Dream of the Thylacine

A family theatre show that presents an ode to hope when reality may be elusive.

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