Battle of the Brains

The Science Nation is celebrating National Science Week by holding the greatest contest of intelligence, wit, and physics the world has ever seen. Covering everything from quantum mechanics to the Big Bang, and everything in between, Battle of the Brains is an intellectual obstacle course that will terrify the contestants and entertain you!

Come along and join the fun as the Science Nation travels coast to coast to find the best, brightest, and funniest physicist in Australia.

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16 August – Adelaide

Competing in Adelaide for all the glory physics has to offer is: physicist and electrical engineer, who doesn’t have an identity crisis, Prof Derek Abbott; nuclear and medical physicist, and mad AFL supporter Prof Eva Bezak; computational physicist, lapsed pianist, and novice Dungeon Master Alex Chambers; physicist ordinaire specialising in applications of relativity and elbow patches Dr Sam Drake; particle flavour physicist, indie game developer, and offbeat fashion fan Sophie Hollitt; particle astrophysicist, Large Hadron Collider expert and Scandinavian indie-pop record producer Dr Martin White. This event will be hosted by physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Adelaide 7

  • Time: 6-7:30pm (doors and bar open at 5:30pm), 16 August 2017.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

21 August – Perth

Competing in Perth for all the glory physics has to offer is: black hole wrangler, radio jockey and adrenaline junkie Pikky Atri; astrophysics L-plater and high functioning coffee-addict Robin Cook; cosmic cartographer, galactic fossil hunter, time travelling evolutionary astrophysicist, and avid Welsh rugby fan Luke Davies; radio astronomer and pineapplephobic Ronniy Joseph; molecular geneticist, science communicator and virtual reality wizz Karina Price; and astronomer, X-ray visionary, and Guardians of the Galaxy rejectee Ryan Urquhart. This event will be hosted by physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Perth 7

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm), 21 August 2017.
  • Venue: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley, Perth.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door
  • Calendar: Add Perth’s event to your Facebook calendar.

13 August – Brisbane

Competing in Brisbane for all the glory physics has to offer is: astrophysicist, Aussie muscle car enthusiast and mad Marvel fan Dr Carolyn Brown; astrophysicist and captain of the Australian ultimate Frisbee team Prof Tamara Davis; astrophysicist, code monkey and pizza enthusiast, Samuel Hinton; molecular physicist and caffeine snob Dr Anthony Jacko; theoretical physicist and marathon runner Prof Ben Powell; and linebacking quantum scientist and survivor of the ridiculous obstacle challenge Dr Till Weinhold. This event will be hosted by physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Brisbane 7

  • Time: 4-5:30pm (doors open at 3:30pm), 13 August 2017.
  • Venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

Please submit any questions via email.

Battle of the Brains is proudly brought to by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, National Science Week, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies, the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, Systemic, the Australian Institute of Physics, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale.

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For the Love of Science

In the era of ‘alternative facts’ the need for scientists to share what they learn with others has never been more important. To find out how well actual facts are being shared from the source, the Science Nation is going to quiz a panel of scientists and their partners to find out just how much information is transmitted. Join the Science Nation in May for some fun and to learn a thing or two as we put love and science to the test.

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24 May – Brisbane

Putting their reputation and relationships on the line in Brisbane are: mathematician, cryptographer, trainer of mathletes, and Eurovision aficionado Prof Ben Burton; podiatry academic, bunion expert, and mother of two little rugrats Dr Sheree Hurn; theoretical physicist, bike enthusiast, and collector of low cost art A/Prof Tom Stace; and their brave partners.

Brisbane 3

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 24 May 2017.
  • Venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

31 May – Adelaide

Putting their reputation and relationships on the line in Adelaide are: bioinformatician, data scientist and beer connoisseur Dr Jimmy Breen; metaboloepigeneticist and comic Dr Hannah Brown; botanist, molecular biologist, avid gardener, and fruit thief Prof Rachel Burton; neuroscientist and adventure seeker Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino; and their brave partners.

Adelaide 4

  • Time: 6-7:30pm (doors and bar open at 5:30pm), 31 May 2017.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.
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Science Says! 2016

Science Says!

You’re invited to an event of science and comedy in the style of the great panel shows (a la Spicks and Specks and 8 out of 10 Cats). Join world leading researchers, gifted comedians, and professional science communicators as they battle wits and wittiness to uncover the top science stories of 2016 – and some of the quirkier ones, too!

Hosted by well known figure of stage and science, Dr Joel Gilmore, you’ll be guaranteed a night of entertainment, competition and comedy – and perhaps even education! So secure your tickets early and join us in November to find out what Science Says!

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Events will be held on the following dates:

19 November – Adelaide

Competing for scientific glory in Adelaide is: bioinformatician, data scientist and beer connoisseur Dr Jimmy Breen; metaboloepigeneticist and comic Dr Hannah Brown; The Conversation editor, Beyoncé fan and wannabe ultra marathon runner Dr Sarah Keenihan; chemist and the former face of Adelaide Noby Leong; physical chemist, surface scientist and 2016 Great Debate champion Dr Andrew Stapleton; and palaeontologist, RiAus Director and train enthusiast Dr Paul Willis. This event will be hosted by physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer, Dr Joel Gilmore.adelaide-7

  • Time: 4-5:30pm (doors and bar open at 3:30pm), 19 November 2016.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

20 November – Sydney

Competing for scientific glory in Sydney is: contortionist, acrobat, fire spinner and astrophysicist Jess Bloom; neuroscientist and jazz singer Josien de Bie; molecular biologist and rock climber Dr Elinor Hortle; biologist, social insect enthusiast and defender of science Dr Marianne Peso; investigator of illusions, delusions, and altered states of consciousness Dr Vince Polito; and biomedical researcher, educator and adventurer Dr Jen Rowland. This event will be hosted by physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore.
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  • Time: 3-4:30pm (doors open at 2:30pm), 20 November 2016.
  • Venue: Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $15 Adult/$10 MAAS Member/$8 Concession online. All tickets $20 at the door (cash only). Ticket includes Museum entry.
  • Calendar: Add Sydney’s event to your Facebook calendar.

23 November – Brisbane

Competing for scientific glory in Brisbane is: entomologist, educator and entrepreneur Gurion Ang; co-creator of Smart Enough to Know Better – a podcast of science, comedy and ignorance – Dan Beeston; mathematician and winner of The Great Debate: My Research Rules Dr Ben Burton; astrophysicist and captain of the Australian ultimate Frisbee team Prof Tamara Davis; comedy improviser and lovable idiot Tom Dunstan; and palaeontologist, taphonomist and video gamer Caitlin Syme. This event will be hosted by physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore.brisbane-7

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 23 November 2016.
  • Venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

Please submit any questions via email.

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Spot the Bull S…cience

Spot the Bull S…cience

What do the moon landings, global warming and vaccination all have in common? They’re conspiracies perpetuated by scientists, right? WRONG!

To celebrate National Science Week, and to demonstrate just how hard it is to get scientists to believe BS (bad science), The Science Nation is holding a contest of intelligence, interrogation and intimidation that sees a lineup of scientists each trying to have their peers believe complete and utter BS.

Come along and join the most enjoyable experiment in BS you’ll ever see. Spot the Bull S…cience is 90 minutes of science & laughs that promises to be fun for (almost) everyone.

Events will be held on the following dates and cities:

14 August – Brisbane

Brisbane’s participants include: passionate malaria researcher, career development mentor and netball coach A/Prof Kathy Andrews; Venom Doc A/Prof Bryan Grieg Fry; molecular scientist and crystalcake aficionado Prof Jenny Martin; roboticist and breakfast toast obsessive Prof Jonathan Roberts; and physicist Prof Andrew White.

Brisbane 5

  • Time: 4-5:30 pm (doors open at 3:30pm), 14 August 2016.
  • Venue: The EdgeState Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Don’t forget by adding Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

17 August – Adelaide

Adelaide’s participants include: metaboloepigeneticist and comic Dr Hannah Brown; botanist and molecular biologist A/Prof Rachel Burton; anthropologist and evolutionary scientist Prof Alan Cooper; physical chemist and surface scientist Dr Andrew Stapleton; and paleontologist, RiAus Director and train enthusiast Dr Paul Willis.

Adelaide 5

  • Time: 6:30-8pm (doors and bar open at 6pm), 17 August 2016.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door.
  • Calendar: Don’t forget by adding Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

21 August – Sydney

Sydney’s participants include: statistician and model(ler) Dr Craig Anderson; national fencing champion and builder of bacterial motors Dr Matt Baker; anthropologist, evolutionary scientist and science communicator A/Prof Darren Curnoe; physicist, triathlete, bass player and beer connoisseur A/Prof Adam Micolich; and chemist, science communicator and host of Up and Atom Dr Alice Williamson.

Sydney 5

  • Time: 3:30-5pm (doors open at 3pm), 21 August 2016.
  • Venue: Sydney Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $15 Adult/$10 MAAS Member/$8 Concession online. All tickets $20 at the door. Ticket includes Museum entry.
  • Calendar: Don’t forget by adding Sydney’s event to your Facebook calendar.

Please submit any questions via email.

Spot the Bull S…cience is proudly supported by the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, National Science Week, and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers.

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Great Debate 2016: Unsung Heroes

Great Debate 2016: Unsung Heroes

You don’t have to be Einstein to know that some scientists are more famous than others. The Science Nation will shine the spotlight on the forgotten scientists of the past  with a debate tournament to see who is the greatest unsung hero of all. With additional rounds of improvised, audience-inspired, topics this Great Debate is 90 minutes of science & laughs that promises to be fun for people of all ages.

Events will be held on the following dates and cities:

11 June – Brisbane

Debaters competing for glory in Brisbane include: co-creator of Smart Enough to Know Better – a podcast of science, comedy and ignorance – Dan Beeston; writer and performer Natalie Bochenski; computational atom builder and occasionally DJ Dinosaur at kids parties Dr Michael Bromley; ecologist and lover of green slime Prof Michele Burford; mathematician and Brisbane’s reigning Great Debate champion A/Prof Ben Burton; palaeontologist studying ancient fanged kangaroos and cross stitch enthusiast Kaylene Butler; physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore; and physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Brisbane 8

  • Time: 4-5:30 pm (doors open at 3:30pm), 11 June 2016.
  • Venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).

15 June – Adelaide

Debaters competing for glory in Adelaide include: ex-agricultural scientist and science communication researcher Dr Heather Bray; metaboloepigeneticist and comic Dr Hannah Brown; anthropologist and evolutionary scientist Prof Alan Cooper; chemist, Adelaide’s reigning Great Debate champion and the former face of Adelaide Noby Leong; marine biologist, science communicator and salsa dancer Dr Tullio Rossi; physical chemist and surface scientist Dr Andrew Stapleton; physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder Dr Andrew Stephenson; and paeleontologiest, RiAus Director and self-confessed train nut Dr Paul Willis.

Adelaide 8

  • Time: 6:00-7:30pm (doors and bar open at 5:30pm), 15 June 2016
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door.

19 June – Sydney

Debaters competing for glory in Sydney include: statistician and model(ler) Dr Craig Anderson; anthropologist, evolutionary scientist and science communicator A/Prof Darren Curnoe; neuroscientist and jazz singer Josien de Bie; biologist, social insect enthusiast and defender of science Dr Marianne Peso; veterinarian, neuroscientist and surf life saving volunteer Prof Jacqueline Philips; physicist, freediver and mountaineer Dr Peter Rohde; physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder Dr Andrew Stephenson; and chemist, science communicator, host of Up and Atom, and Sydney’s reigning Great Debate champion Dr Alice Williamson.

Sydney 8

  • Time: 2:30-4pm (doors open at 2pm), 19 June 2016.
  • Venue: Sydney Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $15 Adult/$10 MAAS Member/$8 Concession online. All tickets $20 at the door. Ticket includes Museum entry.

Please submit any questions via email.

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The Storytelling of Science 2016

The Storytelling of Science

As attention spans shrink, engaging others with science is getting harder, but does this have to be the case? Whether it is Archimedes taking a bath or an apple falling on Newton’s head, stories are far more engaging and easier to remember than the facts science has to offer.

Please join The Science Nation for The Storytelling of Science. See the best in the nation tell their own story of science, and drive their discussion on the stories behind the latest discoveries. From the origin of the universe to the exciting technologies that will change our future, this event is one story you will want to hear.

Events will be held on the following dates:

6 April – Adelaide

Adelaide’s storytellers include: futurist and director of UniSA’s Science, Creativity and Education Studio Dr Kristen Alford; science communicator, former biochemist, and maker of a Guinness Book of Records World’s Largest Whoopee Cushion Dr Lisa Bailey; ex-agricultural scientist and science communication researcher Dr Heather Bray; metaboloepigeneticist and comic Dr Hannah Brown; and physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Adelaide 5

  • Time: 6:30-8pm (doors and bar open at 6pm), 6 April, 2016.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door.

20 April – Brisbane

Brisbane’s storytellers include:  co-creator of Smart Enough to Know Better – a podcast of science, comedy and ignorance – Dan Beeston; mathematician and winner of The Great Debate: My Research Rules Dr Ben Burton; astrophysicist and Australian Ultimate Frisbee representative Prof Tamara Davis; physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore; and dual PhD, two-time US slam poetry finalist, and manager of Inspiring Australia (Qld) Dr Jayne Keane.

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30 April – Sydney

Sydney’s storytellers include: curator of the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences Matt Connell; neuroscientist and jazz singer Josien de Bie; physicist, freediver and mountaineer Dr Peter Rohde; physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder Dr Andrew Stephenson; and analytical chemist, neuropharmacologist and trampoline dodgeball enthusiast Dr Jordyn Stuart.

Sydney 5

  • Time: 2:30-4pm (doors open at 2pm), 30 April 2016.
  • Venue: Sydney Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $15 Adult/$10 MAAS Member/$8 Concession online. All tickets $20 at the door. Ticket includes Museum entry.

Please submit any questions via email.

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Science Says!

Science Says!

You’re invited to an event of science and comedy in the style of the great panel shows (think Good News Week and Spicks and Specks), as we take a lighter look at the top science stories of 2015 – and some of the quirkier ones, too! It’s science as you’ve never seen it before, with this year’s panelists including world leading researchers, gifted comedians, and professional science communicators – all with a flair for the dramatic.

Hosted by well known figure of stage and science, Dr Joel Gilmore, you’ll be guaranteed a night of entertainment, competition and comedy – and perhaps even education! So secure your tickets early and join us in November to find out what Science Says!

Events will be held on the following dates:

5 November – Adelaide

Competing for scientific glory in Adelaide is: Futurist Dr Kristin Alford; anthropologist and evolutionary scientist Prof Alan Cooper; the winner of The University of Adelaide’s 3 Minute Thesis competition Andrew Farrer; 2015 Great Debate champion Noby Leong; nanotechnologist; physical chemist and surface scientist Dr Andrew Stapleton; and physicist and science communicator Dr Andrew Stephenson. This event will be hosted by physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer, Dr Joel Gilmore.

Adelaide 7

  • Time: 7-8:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm), 5 November 2015.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door.

12 November – Brisbane

Competing for scientific glory in Brisbane is: Venom Doc Dr Bryan Grieg Fry; theoretical physicist Dr Austin Lund; medical physicist Lucy Sim; Head of The University of Queensland’s School of Biomedical Sciences Prof Wally Thomas; and the hosts of Smart Enough to Know Better – a podcast of science, comedy and ignorance – Dan Beeston and Greg Wah. This event will be hosted by physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore.

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14 November – Sydney

Competing for scientific glory in Sydney is: anthropologist, science communicator and evolutionary scientist and former journalist A/Prof Darren Curnoe; neuroscientist Josien de Bie; astronomer and ultra-marathon runner Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith; co-founder of Australia’s first open molecular biology lab, BioFoundry, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow; physicist, freediver and mountaineer Dr Peter Rohde; and host of The Science Show on Radio National, and legend of Australian science, Robyn Williams. This event will be hosted by physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore.

Sydney 7

  • Time: 3-4:30pm (doors open at 2:30pm), 14 November 2015.
  • Venue: Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $14 Adult/$7 Concession online, $15/$8 at the door. Admission includes Museum entry.

Please submit any questions via email.

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