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University of Sydney joins Sydney Science Festival

29 July 2016
STEM, health, medicine and music all feature

Our researchers are involved in a range of public events to celebrate National Science Week from 11 to 21 August.

We’ll be highlighting our unique cross-disciplinary research in science, technology, innovation, health and medicine as part of the 10-day festival, with free public talks, panels and workshops – and everyone’s welcome.

The University of Sydney’s Mathematics and Science Ambassador Adam Spencer said “After a cracking debut last year, the Sydney Science Festival is poised to become one of Sydney’s major cultural events.”

“This year, the University is showcasing its unique approach to science, technology and health, with applications that go far beyond the lab,” Spencer said.

“Our researchers will appear in a wide range of events, covering a wealth of topics – there’s really something for everyone at this year’s festival.”

The inaugural Sydney Science Festival was held in 2015 as part of National Science Week – Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. 

National Science Week is an initiative of the Inspiring Australia strategy, which was developed by the Australian Government to increase engagement and interest in the sciences.

Sydney Science Festival is poised to become one of Sydney’s major cultural events. This year, the University is showcasing its unique approach to science, technology and health, with applications that go far beyond the lab
Adam Spencer

A few highlights showcasing our cross-disciplinary research

Nanotainment

Nanotainment is the first chance the public have to see the research of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology presented.

Nanotainment
Tuesday 16 August

Associate Professor Mike Biercuk and Professors Zdenka Kuncic and David Reilly from our recently launched Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology will bring nanoscience to life in an evening of song, dance and performance in the Great Hall. This is the first chance the public have to see the research of this advanced facility presented.

Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity: a looming healthcare crisis?
Tuesday 16 August

In western Sydney, we’ll be hosting a Sydney Ideas forum with the Westmead Institute for Medical Research discussing diabetes, heart disease and obesity. This special event will feature a panel of leading researchers discussing some of society’s greatest health challenges.

2084: Future Medicine’s Happier World
Wednesday 17 August

Discover a future where personalised medicine makes the world a healthier, happier place.
Hands-on activities and displays will follow this one-hour presentation from Professor David James from the Charles Perkins Centre.

Creating Art with Artificial Intelligence
Thursday 18 August

Fishburners in Ultimo

Learn how to create art with artificial intelligence with an evening of talks and discussion featuring our new Dean of The Conservatorium of Music, Anna Reid. 

Hats on for the WiSA Hotseat 
Thursday 18 August

The Veterinary Science Conference Centre will host an evening workshop for young women interested in study and careers in STEM. The event will provide a chance to find out what motivates women who work in these industries, and will be followed by an informal networking session.  

The Importance of Time Out
Thursday 18 August

Hear Professor Mark Dadds present the latest research from the Brain and Mind Centre’s Child Behaviour Unit Research Clinic. This Sydney Ideas event will take a look at the current scientific evidence behind strategies parents can use for children aged between two and 14. This is bound to be a popular event so make sure you book early so you don’t miss out. 

These events are only a small selection of the many we are involved in. Visit the Sydney Science Festival website to find out more.