Congratulations to the following initiatives that were successful in securing Inspiring Australia grant funding towards their Sydney Science Festival events. The 2016 Executive Committee allocation is designed to extend this year’s audience reach and will support eight partners to host events, including activities presented by two medical research institutes, talks and panel discussions and two film screenings.
There will be more than 100 events on offer across Sydney as part of Sydney Science Festival between 11-21 August 2016.
Festival grant recipients
Thursday 11 August, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Join three leading researchers to explore the future, personal impact and artistry of our genomic information. Professor Chris Goodnow, Dr Marcel Dinger and Dr Kate Patterson will each highlight different facets of this fast-moving area. Marcel, head of the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics will examine possible visions of the future based on what we know, and what we know we don’t know about the human genome. The evening includes a community code extension with an opportunity for participants to view some of Dr Kate Patterson’s DNA-focused videos through portable virtual reality during the event and help her create a live, 3D virtual flythrough of the evening’s questions, thoughts and ideas.
The Big Anxiety Project
Saturday 13 August, National Institute of Dramatic Art
Join the the Black Dog Institute to explore what anxiety feels like at the Big Anxiety Project event. Body mapping is a way of telling stories, much like totems that contain symbols with different meanings, but whose significance can only be understood in relation to the creator’s overall story and experience. This body mapping event is part of a long term art/science project that seeks to depict anxiety onto life-sized human body images created through drawing, painting or other techniques to represent aspects of people’s lives, their bodies and their world.
Free lunch time talk: A web of secrecy
Monday 15 August, City Recital Hall
Have you ever wondered how internet encryption works, and how secure it really is? We all rely on encryption to protect our privacy and our data even though not many people understand how it operates. Join UNSW’s Dr Randall Heyman for a fascinating look at how encryption works using basic mathematics. This free lunch time talk at Sydney’s City Recital Hall is the first in a new series of lunch time science talks that will be co-presented with Inspiring Australia.
Attenborough’s Ark film screening
Tuesday 16 August, Australian Museum
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage will present a panel discussion and screening of the film Attenborough’s Ark: What 10 species would you save? This BBC documentary asks Sir David Attenborough to choose his ten favourite animals to save from extinction. After the film, five of Australia’s top scientists and threatened species experts will discuss the ten species they’d each like to save over the next 100 years.
Maratus film screening
Wednesday 17 August, Dendy Newtown
Think Wonder Science presents a screening of Maratus at the Dendy Cinema in Newtown, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Simon Cunich and his star Stuart Harris after the film. Maratus is the funniest film ever made about taxonomy. Star of the film, amateur photographer and heavy metal music fan, Stuart Harris, gets accidentally tangled up in the discovery of a new species of peacock spider. This film is perfect for a young adult audience, demonstrating the process of new species discovery and description in a way that is accessible to any audience. Full of surprising and laugh out loud moments.
The Global Biohack Revolution
Thursday 18 August, ATP Innovations
Meet the biohackers from Australia and around the world who are leading the global biotechnology revolution! This all-star panel of biohackers will discuss the challenges and opportunities in democratisation of science through biohacking with a focus on education and the commercialisation of research. BioFoundry and BioHack Sydney host this discussion with Inspiring Australia’s special international guest, Dr Ellen Jorgensen, the founder of Brooklyn’s GenSpace, and biohackers from Sydney, Melbourne, London and Perth.
Open Day at the Woolcock
Saturday 20 August, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
Visit the Woolcock Institute in Glebe to find out what scientists do and why it matters. Meet speakers at different career stages from young scientists to established researchers who will discuss what they do on a daily basis, what they’re working on and how to pursue a career in science. Through laboratory tours, demonstrations and talks visitors will get the chance to discover the broad range of activities and skills involved in medical research and learn about exciting science careers.
Discover Trees via the Senses
Join the Tree Veneration Society for a series of activities at which you will discover more about the life of trees through your senses and imagination. The Tree Veneration Society aims to reconnect people through listening, touching, seeing, smelling and imagining the tree, while acknowledging its attributes. These activities will be presented as part of Science in the Swamp at Centennial Park and Jurassic Gardens at the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan.