Life vs Science

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a scientist? Do they really wear lab coats? Are they really all timid nerds, like in the movies? Find out for yourself by coming along to Life Vs Science  in Sydney Science Festival. Join a panel of Sydney’s best and brightest scientists as they reveal the wonderful, weird and sometimes hilarious truths of what science is like ‘behind-the-scenes’.

In Situ Science returns to the Camelot Lounge on Thursday 9 August 2018 from 6-10 pm to celebrate National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival with a live podcast recording.

Dr James O’Hanlon from In Situ Science and the University of New England will introduce a panel of Sydney’s best scientists and science communicators, to explore the ridiculous ways that science collides with day-to-day life.

Panel guests

  • Deiter Hochuli (USyd)
  • Sophie Calabretto (MQ)
  • Naomi Koh Belic (UTS)
  • Mike Kasumivoc (UNSW)

Panel members will discuss important topics including the imminent uprising of introverts, whether the glass ceiling is really just a walk-through aquarium, and why you shouldn’t refer to your first born as a ‘pilot study’ in public.

Being a scientist is not just a profession, it is a way of life.

About the scientists

Sophie Callabretto is a mathematician and fluid dynamics researcher from Macquarie University. Her research investigates the complex ways that fluids in motion behave and how these can be modelled and understood mathematically.

Deiter Hochuli is an ecologist and invertebrate zoologist from the University of Sydney. His research examines how animals survive in both natural and urban environments, and what we can do to help them.

Naomi Koh Belic is a chemist and cell biologist from the University of Technology, Sydney. She works to understand how stem cells work inside our bodies and how they can help fight disease.

Michael Kasumovic is an evolutionary biologist turned educational entrepreneur from the University of New South Wales. His research covers everything including how spiders compete for mates, how people interact with video games, and how science can be better taught in classrooms.

Event details

When: Thursday 9 August 2018 from 6-10 pm
Where: Camelot Lounge, 103 Railway Parade, Marrickville
Cost: $5

Register to attend

Food and drinks can be purchased at the Camelot Lounge on the night.

This event will be recorded live and released as an audio and video podcast via In Situ Science. Come along to be a part of this fun event and meet some of Sydney’s best and brightest scientific minds.


In Situ Science is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support ongoing scientific research, and shares this research through podcasts, videos, public events and educational resources. In Situ Science are interested in partnering with organisations that care about investing in ground-breaking research and making scientific information accessible to everyone.

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