Science Says! 2019

Science Says! 2019

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 2019 – 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:

6 November – Melbourne

14 November – Brisbane

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 14 November 2019.
  • Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

16 November – Adelaide

17 November – Sydney

  • Time: 3:30-5pm (doors open at 3pm), 17 November 2019.
  • 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.

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Spot the Bull S…cience 2019

Spot the Bull S…cience

The Science Nation is celebrating National Science Week with Spot the Bull S…cience, a contest of intelligence, interrogation and deceit. The premise is simple – Australia’s best and brightest scientists will present three scientific ‘facts’; the catch is, only two are correct! Your job is to discern the truthful statements from the fiction while the scientists do their Oscar-winning best to fool you into believing the latter. Spot the Bull S…cience is 90 minutes of science and laughs that promises to be fun for everyone.

Events will be held on the following dates and cities:

11 August – Sydney

Trying to fool Sydney is: microbial ecologist and hobby guitarist, Dr Marco Giardina; marine biologist, fish sex researcher and underwater explorer, Prof Bill Gladstone; chemist, science communicator and host of Up and Atom, Dr Alice Motion; physicist, freediver and mountaineer, Dr Peter Rohde; and veterinary geneticist and part-time seahorse stalker, Dr Bianca Waud.

Sydney 5

  • Time: 3:30-5pm (doors open at 3pm), 11 August 2019.
  • Venue: Maritime Museum, Sydney.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Sydney’s event to your Facebook calendar.

15 August – Brisbane

Trying to fool Brisbane is: mathematician, cryptographer, and Eurovision aficionado, Prof Ben Burton; cancer researcher and QLD Tall Poppy Scientist with funky hair, Dr Ken Dutton-Regester;  Venom Doc, A/Prof Bryan Grieg Fry; cognitive scientist and overly-optimistic ‘body builder’, Ryan Metcalfe;  and virologist and avid watcher of Korean variety TV shows, Dr Kirsty Short.

Brisbane 5

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 15 August 2019.
  • Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

17 May – Adelaide

Trying to fool Adelaide is: anthropologist and evolutionary scientist, Prof Alan Cooper; mousey avatar creator and boutique gin aficionado, Dr Laura Eadie; entomologist and swing dancer, Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries; sociologist who can drive a fork-lift, A/Prof Paula Geldens; and wine chemist, wine educator and aspiring llama farmer, Prof Kerry Wilkinson.

Adelaide 5

  • Time: 4-5:30pm (doors and bar open at 3:30pm), 17 August 2019.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

18 August – Melbourne

Trying to fool Melbourne is: immunologist and begrudging Pokemon enthusiast, Dr Jess Borger; animal physiologist, neuroscientist and backyard orchardist, Dr Angelina Fong; biomedical engineer who believes diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, Dr Kate Fox; immunologist and singer-in-the-shower, Catriona Nguyen-Robertson; and engineer of novel materials, writer of non/fiction and bow tie enthusiast, Dr Mohammad Taha.

Melbourne 5

  • Time: 3-4:30pm (doors open at 2:30pm), 18 August 2019.
  • 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.

Spot the Bull S…cience is proudly brought to you by the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide.

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For the Love of Science 2019

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 experiment on 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.

Events will be held on the following dates and cities:

4 May – Adelaide

Putting their reputation and relationships on the line in Adelaide are: palaeontologist, Royal Society of South Australia membership secretary and ex-underwater rugby player, Dr Alice Clement; ecologist, drone pilot and avid orangutan enthusiast, Molly Ellis Hennekam; material nano-engineer and inventor of the game-changing pee-box technology, Dr Melanie MacGregor; and wine chemist, wine educator and aspiring llama farmer, Prof Kerry Wilkinson.

Adelaide 4

  • Time: 4-5:30pm (doors and bar open at 3:30pm), 4 May 2019.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

5 May – Melbourne

Putting their reputation and relationships on the line in Melbourne are: nanofabrication process engineer and avid foodie, Dr Yang Choon Lim; aerospace engineer and dog lover, Dr Matthew Marino; organic physicist, overly-enthusiastic lover of animals and plant lady, Dr Pegah Maasoumi; and chemist and globetrotting runner, Dr Scott Watkins.

Melbourne 4

  • Time: 3-4:30pm (doors open at 2:30pm), 5 May 2019.
  • Venue: Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Melbourne’s event to your Facebook calendar.

9 May – Brisbane

Putting their reputation and relationships on the line in Brisbane are: burn biologist and cookie connoisseur, A/Prof Leila Cuttle; computer vision researcher and hockey addict, Dr David Hall; agricultural entomologist and karaoke queen, Dr Madaline Healey; and biomaterial engineer and aspiring muso, Dr Natalie Taylor.

Brisbane 4

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 9 May 2019.
  • Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Brisbane’s event to your Facebook calendar.

12 May – Sydney

Putting their reputation and relationships on the line in Sydney are: microbiologist with an unhealthy addiction to coffee, A/Prof Willa Huston; geneticist, molecular biologist and baking enthusiast, Dr Kate Quinlan; neuroscientist, AI enthusiast and believer that pharmacological gastronomy is a thing, Dr William Redmond; and physicist, freediver and mountaineer, Dr Peter Rohde.

Sydney 4

  • Time: 3:30-5pm (doors open at 3pm), 12 May 2019.
  • 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.

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Science Says! at the World Science Festival 

Science Says! – WSF Edition

Science Nation is coming to the World Science Festival! This is your chance to see some of the best of Queensland’s scientists and communicators battle wits and wittiness to uncover the latest and greatest scientific discoveries – and a few of the odder ones, too!

In the style of the great panel shows – think mixing Mock the Week, Spicks & 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!

The WSF is so big we’re even doing two shows: join us at the Festival Lab for an after work drink with your science, or come to Ipswich and check out the Workshops Rail Museum beforehand!

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Details for the Science Nation’s World Science Events are:

17 March – Ipswich

Competing on the world stage is: co-creator of Smart Enough to Know Better – a podcast of science, comedy and ignorance – Dan Beeston; snake venom evolutionary biologist, country music lover and G&T enthusiast, Jordan Debono; astrophysicist and overly-enthusiastic lover of pizza, Sam Hinton; quantum computer geek and craft homebrewer extraordinaire, Dr Austin Lund; retinal biomaterial engineer and aspiring muso, Dr Natalie McKirdy; and professional robotics Professor and amateur builder, Prof Jonathan Roberts; with another participant to be announced. This event will be hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.

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22 March – Brisbane

Competing on the world stage is: UQ Provost, former physicist and baker of hot-cross buns, Prof Aidan Byrne; TV science presenter and wanna-be street artist, Lee Constable; burn biologist and cookie connoisseur, A/Prof Leila Cuttle; astrophysicist and captain of the Australian ultimate Frisbee team Prof Tamara Davis; physicist, science communicator and Science Nation founder, Dr Andrew Stephenson; and quantum physicist and Director the Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, Prof Andrew White. This event will be hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.

Brisbane 6+1

  • Time: 5:30-7pm (doors open at 5:15pm), 22 March 2019.
  • Venue: Festival Lab, Cultural Forecourt, South Bank.
  • Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Concession and Students online.

Please submit any questions via email.

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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.

Adelaide 6+1

  • Time: 4-5:30pm (doors and bar open at 3:30pm), 10 November 2018.
  • Venue: RiAusThe Science Exchange, Adelaide.
  • Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).
  • Calendar: Add Adelaide’s event to your Facebook calendar.

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; environmental biologist and plant whisperer Dr Megan Phillips; and geneticist, molecular biologist and baking enthusiast, Dr Kate Quinlan. This event is hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.

Sydney 6+1

  • 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; comedian, writer and performer, Natalie Bochenski; 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 electrical engineer, startup entrepreneur devotee and tango tragic, Bernie Woodcroft. This event is hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.

Brisbane 6+1

  • Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 15 November 2018.
  • Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane.
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT
  • 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.

Melbourne 6+1

  • Time: 3:30-5pm (doors open at 3pm), 17 November 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.

Please submit any questions via email.

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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.

Brisbane 8

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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