Science Says! 2018

Science Says! 2018

Science Says! is science as you’ve never seen it before, and with a lot more laughter! Join us as brilliant scientists, gifted comedians and talented communicators use their wits and wittiness to uncover the top scientific discoveries of 2018 – and a few of the odder ones, too!

It’s an evening in the style of the great panel shows – think mixing Mock the Week, Spicks and Specks, and just a dash of QI. Last years’ shows saw physicists miming sticky saliva, professors donning hard hats, and biologists serenading the audience – all in the name science!

Hosted once again by Dr Joel – scientist, comedian and co-host of Food Lab on SBS – you’ll be guaranteed a night of entertainment, competition and comedy – and education, too! 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 and cities:

10 November – Adelaide

Competing in Adelaide for all the glory science has to offer is: futurist and director of MOD at UniSA, Dr Kristin Alford; women’s health scientist, advocate and communicator, Dr Hannah Brown; palaeontologist, Royal Society of South Australia membership secretary and ex-underwater rugby player, Dr Alice Clement; evolutionary biologist and manatee enthusiast, Jenna Crowe-Riddell; chemist and the former face of Adelaide, Dr Noby Leong; and science communicator and founder of the Alan Duffy appreciation society, Dr Andy Stapleton. This event will be hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.
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11 November – Sydney

Competing in Sydney for all the glory science has to offer is: marine biologist, fish sex researcher and underwater explorer, Prof Bill Gladstone; science communicator and feared eater of Jaffa Cakes, Ketan Joshi; biologist, maritime archaeologist and weekend Viking, Renee Malliaros; biologist, BAHFest winner and adequately-passable rock-climber Dr Leigh Nicholson; and environmental biologist and plant whisperer Dr Megan Phillips; and skeletal muscle metabolism scientist, Dr Kate Quinlan. This event is hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.
Sydney 6

  • Time: 3-4:30pm (doors open at 2:30pm), 11 November 2018.
  • Venue: Maritime Museum, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Sydney’s event to your Facebook calendar.

15 November – Brisbane

Competing in Brisbane for all the glory science has to offer is: co-creator of Smart Enough to Know Better – a podcast of science, comedy and ignorance – Dan Beeston; mathematician, cryptographer, trainer of mathletes, and Eurovision aficionado Prof Ben Burton; snake venom evolutionary biologist, country music lover and G&T enthusiast, Jordan Debono; cancer researcher and QLD Tall Poppy Scientist with funky hair, Dr Ken Dutton-Regester; and developmental neuroscientist and wannabe sommelier, Diana Lucia; with another participant to be announced. This event is hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.
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  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 15 November 2018.
  • Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

17 November – Melbourne

Competing in Melbourne for all the glory science has to offer is: public health nerd, comedian and beekeeper, Alanta Colley; astronomer and Lead Scientist of RiAus, Prof Alan Duffy; science communicator, radio producer and field guide enthusiast, Claire Farrugia; brain doctor and armchair philosopher, Dr Anna He; science educator, boardgame designer and comedian, Tom Lang; and ABC science reporter and proud owner of 261 Neanderthal variants, Belinda Smith. This event is hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.
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Please submit any questions via email.

Science Says! is proudly brought to you by the University of Technology Sydney.
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Great Debate 2018: Greatest Discovery Ever Made

Great Debate: Greatest Discovery Ever Made

We’ve all been there, having that age-old argument, what’s the bigger breakthrough: the existence of atoms or quantum mechanics; DNA or CRISPR; the wheel or sliced bread. Well to celebrate National Science Week the Science Nation is going to answer this question once and for all. Join the fun and mayhem as the best, brightest and bravest science aficionados in the land do battle in a debate tournament of comedy and cleverness in order to find out what is the Greatest Discovery Ever Made!

Events will be held on the following dates and cities:

11 August – Melbourne

Doing battle in Melbourne is: reproductive biologist, science communicator and prospective Ig Nobel laureate, Dr Kiri Beilby; contortionist, acrobat, fire spinner and astrophysicist, Dr Jess Bloom; theoretical physicist and jazz pianist manqué, Prof Jared Cole; animal physiologist, neuroscientist and backyard orchardist, Dr Angelina Fong; biomedical engineer who believes diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, Dr Kate Fox; science educator, boardgame designer and comedian, Tom Lang; physicist and future Martian, Josh Richards; and physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder, Dr Andrew Stephenson.

Melbourne 8

  • Time: 3:30-5pm (doors open at 3pm), 11 August 2018.
  • Venue: Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Melbourne’s event to your Facebook calendar.

16 August – Brisbane

Doing battle in Brisbane is: mathematician, cryptographer, trainer of mathletes and Eurovision aficionado, Prof Ben Burton; snake venom evolutionary biologist, country music lover and G&T enthusiast, Jordan Debono; scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore; quantum computer geek and craft homebrewer extraordinaire, Dr Austin Lund; retinal biomaterial engineer and aspiring muso, Natalie McKirdy; Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy and ornithophile, Prof Hugh Possingham; medical physicist, ballerina and kung fu warrior, Lucy Sim; and physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder, Dr Andrew Stephenson.

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18 August – Adelaide

Doing battle in Adelaide is: science communicator, former biochemist and maker of a Guinness Book of Records World’s Largest Whoopee Cushion, Dr Lisa Bailey; food nerd and professional talker, Dr Heather Bray; bioinformatician, data scientist and beer connoisseur, Dr Jimmy Breen; anthropologist and evolutionary scientist, Prof Alan Cooper; evolutionary biologist and manatee enthusiast, Jenna Crowe-Riddell; chemist and the former face of Adelaide, Dr Noby Leong; paleomicrobiologist and s’more enthusiast, Dr Laura Weyrich; and wine chemist, wine educator and aspiring llama farmer, A/Prof Kerry Wilkinson.

Adelaide 8

  • Time: 4:30-6pm (doors and bar open at 4pm), 18 August 2018.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

19 August – Sydney

Doing battle in Sydney is: shantyman, cycle-tourist and theoretical physicist, Dr Sam Bladwell; oceanographer, cat paparazzi and keep cup user, Prof Martina Doblin; marine biologist, fish sex researcher and underwater explorer, Prof William Gladstone; Maritime archaeologist, out of breath runner and an even worse soccer player, Kieran Hosty; biologist, maritime archaeologist and weekend Viking, Renee Malliaros; neuroscientist, AI enthusiast and believer that pharmacological gastronomy is a thing, Dr William Redmond; physicist, freediver and mountaineer, Dr Peter Rohde; and psychology PhD student, dementia researcher and tea connoisseur Nikki-Anne Wilson.

Sydney 8

  • Time: 3-4:30pm (doors open at 2:30pm), 19 August 2018.
  • Venue: Maritime Museum, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Sydney’s event to your Facebook calendar.

Please submit any questions via email.

This National Science Week event is proudly brought to you by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies; the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage; and the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

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Spot the Bull S…cience – 2018

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? Yeah, maybe not.

To demonstrate just how hard it is to get scientists to believe bad science (BS), the Science Nation is holding a contest of intelligence, interrogation and intrigue that sees a lineup of scientists trying to fool you and each other into believing complete 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:

23 May – Adelaide

Trying to fool Adelaide is: women’s health scientist, advocate and communicator, Dr Hannah Brown; botanist and molecular biologist A/Prof Rachel Burton; evolutionary biologist and manatee enthusiast, Jenna Crowe-Riddell; cancer immunologist and dancing bookworm, Dr Pallave Dasari; and paleomicrobiologist and s’more enthusiast, Dr Laura Weyrich.

Adelaide 5

  • Time: 6-7:30pm (doors and bar open at 5:30pm), 23 May 2018.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

26 May – Melbourne

Trying to fool Melbourne is: science advocate, champion of biotech and STEMMinist, Dr Krystal Evans; animal physiologist, neuroscientist and backyard orchardist, Dr Angelina Fong; biomedical engineer who believes diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, Dr Kate Fox; and immunologist and country girl, Dr Lisa Mielke; and immuno-virologist, turning being curious into a profession and wannabe artist, Dr Carolien van de Sandt.

Melbourne 5

31 May – Brisbane

Trying to fool Brisbane is: ecologist and lover of green slime Prof Michele Burford; astrophysicist and Australian ultimate frisbee representative, Prof Tamara Davis; developmental neuroscientist and wannabe sommelier, Diana Lucia; retinal biomaterial engineer and aspiring muso, Natalie McKirdy; and palaeontologist, taphonomist and video gamer, Dr Caitlin Syme.

Brisbane 5

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 31 May 2018.
  • Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT.
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

Please submit any questions via email.

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Science Says! 2017

Science Says!

Science Says! is science as you’ve never seen it before, and with a lot more laughter! Join us as brilliant scientists, gifted comedians and talented communicators use their wits and wittiness to uncover the top science discoveries of 2017 – and a few of the odder ones, too!

It’s an evening in the style of the great panel shows – think mixing Mock the WeekSpicks and Specks, and just a dash of QI. Last years’ challenges included singing about gravity waves, solving how pandas can be encouraged to mate, and miming how rollercoasters might cure kidney stones.

Hosted once again by scientist and comedian Dr Joel Gilmore, we guarantee you’ll be crying by the end, almost certainly of laughter! Oh, and you’ll learn about some great science, too! Book quickly, though – we’re expecting sold out sessions!

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Events will be held on the following dates:

25 November – Adelaide

Going for all the comedy and glory science has to offer in Adelaide is: global ecologist, amateur wine maker and mixed martial artist, Professor Corey Bradshaw; women’s health scientist, advocate and communicator, Dr Hannah Brown; cancer immunologist and dancing bookworm, Dr Pallave Dasari; science communicator and founder of the Alan Duffy appreciation society, Dr Andy Stapleton; paleomicrobiologist and s’more enthusiast, Dr Laura Weyrich; and vertebrate palaeontologist, and CEO of Media Engagement Services, A/Prof Paul Willis. This event will be hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.

Adelaide 7

  • Time: 4-5:30pm (doors and bar open at 3:30pm), 25 November 2017.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

29 November – Brisbane

Going for all the comedy and glory science has to offer in Brisbane is: co-creator of Smart Enough to Know Better – a podcast of science, comedy and ignorance – Dan Beeston; TV science presenter and wanna-be street artist, Lee Constable; retinal biomaterial engineer and aspiring muso, Natalie McKirdy; economist and Middle Aged Man in Lycra, Prof John Quiggin; science communicator, Science Nation founder, muscle and electric car enthusiast, Dr Andrew Stephenson; and marine biologist, sailor and talk like a pirate enthusiast, Dr Tim Stevens. This event will be hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.

Brisbane 7

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 29 November 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.

2 December – Melbourne

Going for all the comedy and glory science has to offer in Melbourne is: Public Health Nerd, comedian and beekeeper, Alanta Colley; science advocate, champion of biotech and STEMMinist, Dr Krystal Evans; broadcaster, author, science communicator and sustainability researcher, Tanya Ha; science educator, boardgame designer and comedian, Tom Lang; quantum physicist and brunch connoisseur, A/Prof Meera Parish; and experimental physicist and occasional ocean swimmer, Prof Chris Vale. This event will be hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.

Melbourne 7

  • Time: 2:30-4pm (doors open at 2pm), 2 December 2017.
  • Venue: Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Melbourne’s event to your Facebook calendar.

Please submit any questions via email.

Science Says! is proudly brought to you by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage.

 

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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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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.

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.

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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