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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