Science at the Local

After a few years online due to Covid-19, Science at the Local is back at the Springwood Bowling Club, bringing the Blue Mountains Community a sensible serve of science every few weeks at these family friendly events.

After a two and half year hiatus due to the pandemic, the most recent two events featured talks by local psychologist Ken Ferris, Western Sydney University water scientist, Dr Ian Wright, astronomer Josephine Munro and cancer researcher Dr Errazo Vittorio.

“It was so great to be back seeing familiar faces and welcoming some new ones,” said Science at the Local co-founder Hamish Clarke. “Our 2022 live event series is shaping up to be fascinating.”

In the June event, Ken Ferris discussed truth default theory and the social science of lying and deception. Ken is the Clinical Director at Riverlands Therapy Services, based out of Blaxland and Penrith.

After working at the Department of Aged, Disability and Home Care, Ken made the career change into private practice with his wife Renee. He continues to work with the disability sector, as well as children, adults, families and couples.

Then Ian Wright talked about the future of Sydney’s drinking water. “Sydney is drinking more water than nature can reliably provide,” Dr Wright said. “The next drought could be the worst ever, which raises the question: how should we prepare for it?”

Dr Wright is a science communicator, researcher and senior lecturer in the School of Science. His research interests include freshwater ecology, water quality, water policy and water pollution. He also has a long-standing research interest in the impact of concrete materials and coal mining activities on streams, rivers and water quality.

Future events will be family friendly and presented at Springwood Bowling Club every month.

“We’re also planning a few events around Science Week in August,” said Science at the Local co-founder Kevin Joseph. “Stay tuned!”

Follow Science at the Local’s Facebook page to discover what’s on the program or go to Science at the Local received year-round event support from Inspiring Australia NSW. All events are free and all are welcome.