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 Dr 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

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 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.
  • 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

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.

Brisbane 5

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.

Brisbane 7

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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The Great Debate: My Research Rules

Great Debate: My Research Rules

The Science Nation is celebrating National Science Week by answering the question that has plagued mankind for centuries: which field of research is the weirdest of all? To find out The Science Nation will hold a debate tournament that sees eight prominent researchers compete to convince the audience that they do the weirdest, wackiest, craziest research in the world. 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:

15 August – Brisbane

Brisbane’s debaters and topics are: A/Prof Ben Burton (maths), Dr Lucy Cradduck (law), Dr Simon Haine (physics), Dr Rebecca Hill (nutrition), Prof Jenny Martin (biology), Dr Daniel McKewen (visual arts), Dr David Parkinson (the universe) and A/Prof Christine Wells (stem cells).

Brisbane 8

22 August – Sydney

Sydney’s debaters and topics are: Dr Matt Baker (bacteria), A/Prof Darren Curnoe (humans), Josien de Bie (medicine), Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith (the universe), A/Prof Adam Micolich (nanotechnology), Dr Peter Rohde (physics), Dr Ashley Waardenberg (DNA) and Dr Alice Williamson (chemistry).

Sydney 8

  • Time: 3-4:30pm, 22 August 2015
  • Venue: Sydney Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $15 Adult/$8 Concession online (includes Museum entry).

26 August – Adelaide

Adelaide’s debaters and topics are: A/Prof Rachel Burton (plants), Dr Alan Cooper (humans), Dr Greg Freebairn (rocket science), Prof Sonia Kleindorfer (birds), Noby Leong (chemistry), Prof Phil Weinstein (biology), A/Prof Kerry Wilkinson (taste) and Dr Paul Willis (dinosaurs).

Adelaide 8

Please submit any questions via email.

The Great Debate: My Research Rules is proudly supported by National Science Week.
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The Storytelling of Science 2015

The Science Nation is Australia’s newest public events series, which promises to provide educational entertainment that makes you laugh while you learn.

The series is launching in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney in May by touring an event of science, laughs, food and drink:

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 series’ first event – 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:

2 May – Brisbane

Brisbane’s storytellers include: Aimee Cunningham from the Princess Alexandria Hospital; Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett; president of the Australian Science Communicators and convener of UQ’s Science Communication programme A/Prof Joan Leach; ABC journalist and news reporter John Taylor; and comedian Greg Wah the co-creator of the podcast of science, comedy and ignorance Smart Enough To Know Better. This event will be hosted by physicist and science communicator Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Brisbane panel 6

  • Time: 2-5pm, 2 May 2015
  • Venue: The EdgeState Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door*.
  • Refreshments: There will be an intermission where afternoon tea will be served.

16 May – Sydney

Sydney’s storytellers include: Astronomer and Outreach Officer for the Australian Astronomical Observatory Dr Amanda Bauer; anthropologist, science communicator and former journalist A/Prof Darren Curnoe; physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore; founder of Prismatic Sciences and former president of the Australian Science Communicators Dr Jesse Shore. This event will be hosted by physicist and science communicator Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Sydney panel 5

  • Time: 2-5pm, 16 May 2015
  • Venue: Sydney Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door.
  • Refreshments: There will be an intermission where afternoon tea will be served.

23 May – Adelaide

Adelaide’s storytellers include: physicist, engineer, science communicator and entertainer Dr Joel Gilmore; Flinders University Professor of Animal Behaviour Sonia Kleindorfer; ABC journalist Carl Smith; and former Catalyst presenter and RiAus Director Dr Paul Willis. This event will be hosted by physicist and science communicator Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Adelaide panel 5

  • Time: 2-5pm, 23 May 2015
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door.
  • Refreshments: There will be an intermission where afternoon tea will be served.

Please submit any questions via email.

*Tickets bought at the door in Brisbane must be paid for with cash only.

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