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Big Science Adelaide is making its National Science Week debut with a program of events showcasing South Australia’s scientific and technological achievements. Audiences will be invited to engage with the local scientific community through thought-provoking panels, comedic debates, a touch of virtual reality and much more.

The full Big Science Adelaide program is listed below, with events arranged chronologically. All events are free, unless otherwise stated and bookings are recommended.

Big Science Adelaide events will be held throughout the CBD from 12 – 20 August, 2017.

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival  
When: Throughout August
Where: Online and various locations in South Australia
It’s back! SCINEMA International Science Film Festival for 2017 will showcase not only the best, but also the diversity of science films from across the globe. From drama to documentaries, animations to epic natural history.

Images of Research
When: Sat 12 Aug to Thurs 31 Aug, 7am to 8pm
Where: Catherine Helen Spence Building, UniSA, Fenn Place, Adelaide.
University of South Australia’s Images of Research photographic exhibition showcases research images composed by Uni SA staff and students. These images tell a story about research undertaken and the people who make it happen.

Explorer in Residence 
When: Sun 13 and Sun 20 Aug, 12pm to 4pm; Thurs 17 Aug, 2pm to 4pm
Where: The State Library of South Australia, North Tce, Adelaide
This is a journey about maps and map making, about exploration and research, about settlement and places. From the great unknown Southern Land to Antarctica, the moon and stars to the vast outback … what stories can a map tell you? A unique perspective on collections at the State Library. Weekend family activities will include a shared map making activity.

Future in Colour
: Mon 14 Aug, 5pm to 8pm
Where: Jeffrey Smart Bldg, Jeffrey Smart Forum, 217-243 Hindley St, Adelaide
The Future Industries Institute (FII) of the University of South Australia focuses on generating scientific knowledge and capacity in core future industries. Join us as we journey across the spectrum of novel technologies and learn what science underpins our work and how we are able to drive new industries for the future.

Walk and Talk: When Art Meets Science in the Intertidal Zone 
When: Exhibition will be open from 4 Aug to 27 Aug in the Vines corridor of the National Wine Centre.
Mon 14 Aug, 11am to noon – artist walk & talk
Tues 15 Aug, noon to 1pm – artist walk & talk
Where: National Wine Centre of Australia. cr North Tce & Hackney Rd, Adelaide
Kangaroo Island’s intertidal zone inspires 23 selected artists to create 80+ captivating new works of art in diverse mediums that examine the area between the low and high tides to interpret the importance of this ever-changing realm.

New Light Science Spectacular
When: Mon 14 Aug, 6.30pm to 9pm
Where: Braggs Theatre, University of Adelaide
You are invited to a science arena of stunning spectaculars and exciting discoveries. The hidden science of light will be revealed with live and interactive demonstrations. Includes nanoscale biophonics and night vision sensors. The audience will be able to control the large colour light ribbons on stage via mobile phones using WiFi and use their phone-cameras to see IR light. The finale will be an engaging activity of “Many Hands Make Light Work”.

Re-Imagining Antarctic Science – The Role of History, Law and Politics 
When: Tues 15 Aug, 5pm to 7.30pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 1 (Room 231), Level 2 Ligertwood Building, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide
This workshop aims to raise awareness of the importance of conducting science in the Antarctic. It brings together an inter-disciplinary, multi-national group, with expertise from history, biology, law and the social sciences, to discuss contemporary challenges and the future of Antarctic science. There will be five talks with a follow-up Q&A session.

The Complete Wine Science Spectrum 
When: Tues 15 Aug, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: The Store, 157 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
Cost: $18 – includes light refreshment and a drink on arrival
Join enthusiastic wine loving scientists from the Australian Wine Research Institute for an evening of wine tastings, stories and myth busting, all to excite your mind and palate.

Create Your Own Virtual Reality Experience
When: Wed 16 Aug, 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Where: Adelaide City Library
This workshop, presented by the University of South Australia, will show you how to create your own virtual reality. Participants will learn how to capture 360° images and videos and then use web-based tools to create VR experiences that can be viewed on their own mobile devices. BYO Apple iOS or Android phones or tablets preferred. Ages 18+

Battle of the Brains   
: Wed 16 Aug, 6pm to 7pm
Where: RiAus, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide
Cost: $10 online, $15 at door (cash only)
The Science Nation is holding the greatest contest of intelligence and wit the world has ever seen! Covering everything from quantum mechanics to the Big Bang, and everything in between, Battle of the Brains is an intellectual obstacle course that will entertain you – but terrify the contestants!

SAHMRI Proton Therapy Public Lecture    When: Thurs 17 Aug, 5pm to 6pm
Where: SAHMRI Auditorium, North Tce. Adelaide
SAHMRI will house the only Proton Therapy Unit in the Southern Hemisphere. Hear from two prominent Proton Therapy experts as they explain this new treatment process that will be available to people in Australasia.

When: Fri 18 Aug till Sun 20 Aug, noon to 4pm
Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
SCINEMA: pull up a seat for National Science Week movies with their diverse perspectives on science, innovation, research and technology from around the world. Suggested as best suited for 10 years and over. The State Library of South Australia is delighted to be a host venue for a tailored selection of this year’s extraordinary movies of stories through the eyes of moviemakers from around the globe.

A continual loop enables you to stay for a short while or enjoy the entire presentation – a unique perspective on science, technology, research and innovation.

Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality with UniSA  
When: Fri 18 Aug, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Where: Adelaide City Library, Level 3 Rundle Place Building, Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Join Prof Mark Billinghurst and Prof Bruce Thomas from the University of South Australia for a fun evening exploring how your life may be reimagined. This talk will explore what the future of virtual reality and augmented reality has in store for you. They will also give you a peek at what they are cooking up in their labs and research labs from around the world.

South Australian Museum: Science Centre Open Day 
When: Sat 19 Aug, 11am to 4pm
Where: South Australian Museum, North Tce. Adelaide
Come behind the scenes at the South Australian Museum. Meet our scientists, explore the Science Centre and get a rare look at our collections. The Science Centre is where the majority of the Museum’s scientists work.

Hands-on Artificial Intelligence Robotics Workshop
When: Sat 19 Aug, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Where: City Library, Level 3 Rundle Place, Rundle Mall. Adelaide.
NAO robots are the latest in Artificial Intelligence. They walk, talk, recognise faces and respond to the environment. Join this coding workshop to find out how easy it is to bring Nosco, the NAO robot, to ‘life’. Workshop recommended for adult participants.

Science at Ancient World
When:  6pm every night from 15 – 18 Aug
Where: Ancient World, 116 Hindley St, Adelaide
From the nature of time to the evolution of the human microbiome, engage in thought-provoking presentations across four nights. The sessions feature Associate Prof Kristie Miller (University of Sydney), Dr Kristin Alford (Museum of Discovery, University of South Australia), Professor Christine Charles (Australian National University), and Professor Alan Cooper (University of Adelaide). For more info, contact 0417 419 269 or