Big Science Adelaide returns to National Science Week 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 and much more.
The full Big Science Adelaide program is listed below, with events arranged in chronological order. All events are free, unless otherwise stated and bookings are recommended.
Big Science Adelaide events will be held throughout the CBD and outer suburbs throughout August 2018.
Privacy and the Science of Security in the Digital Age
When: Thurs 2 Aug, 6.30pm to 8pm
Where: MOD, University of SA, North Tce, Adelaide
MOD in association with National Science Week brings you an evening of exploration into the science behind computer encryption, cryptology, and how this affects the privacy and security of individuals, institutions and governments.
National Science Week at Adelaide City Libraries
When: Fri 3 Aug to Fri 7 Sept, various days and times
Where: Adelaide City Library, Level 3 Rundle Place Building, Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Science Centre Open Day 2018
When: Sat 11 Aug, 50 minute sessions at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Where: South Australian Museum, North Tce, City
Come behind the scenes at the South Australian Museum. Meet our scientists, explore the Science Centre and get a rare look at our collections! Attendees will see the Museum’s collections and research facilities up close, and talk to the scientists who use and care for the collections.
Meet the NASA Scientists
When: Sun 12 Aug, 6pm to 7.30pm
Where: Scott Theatre, University of Adelaide (tbc) and Mon 13 Aug, 7pm to 8.30pm; The Gov, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh
This National Science Week NASA scientists will be coming to Australia to speak around the country. They include scientists from the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Ames Research Centre, Jet Propulsion Lab and CalTech. They work on various space missions, including Kepler and K2, Cassini and TESS (the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite).
Trees -The Quiet Achievers
When: Sun 12 Aug & Wed 15 Aug, 2pm to 3.30pm
Where: Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae
Discover a botanical treasure of trees from around the world – the Waite Arboretum. Learn how a recent study quantified the environmental benefits of 1255 trees. Be guided to the trees with the highest environmental values, or explore the Arboretum on your own with the free Waite Arboretum App.
Science Week at the State Library
When: Sun 12 Aug to Sun 19 Aug, various times
Where: State Library of South Australia, North Tce, Adelaide
Come join us at the Library for all things science – weather, submarines, conservation, satellites and more. Meet the Young Faces of Science in our Science Lounge, and Dr Jeanette Dixon as she shows you NASA’s amazing moon rocks. Enjoy free screenings of SCINEMA films
The Science of Politics
When: Mon 13 Aug, 5pm to 7.30pm
Where: Flinders University, 1st Floor 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
In this event you will have the opportunity to play a number of games and engage in a number of activities that will show you some interesting ways that science can help you understand politics, voting and political behaviour in general.
New Light Science Spectacular 2018
When: Mon 13 Aug, 6:30pm to 8:50pm
Where: Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide
Giant Australian Cuttlefish
When: Tues 14 Aug, 6pm to 7pm
Where: South Australian Museum, North Tce, City
What do we really know about the Giant Australian Cuttlefish? Professor Bronwyn Gillanders will present some of the scientific detective work that she and her team have done to unravel the mystery of their decline and rapid recovery.
Grape Expectations! The Future of Wine
When: Tues 14 Aug & Wed 15 Aug, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre
Wine, as you see it today, isn’t the same drink it was 200 years ago – It’s better! Find out how scientific breakthroughs have increased wine’s longevity and made it more delicious than ever! Activities, story-telling and wine! …all to feed your mind and palate. Don’t miss out!
Protecting the Catch
When: Tues 14 Aug, 5.30pm to 7pm
Where: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Tce, City
In this University of Adelaide Research Tuesday workshop, some of Australia’s leading researchers in a number of complementary disciplines will discuss the critical challenges of sustainable fisheries: scientific and commercial interests; environmental concerns; and international law and policy.
Palaeo in the Pub goes Evo Devo
When: Wed 15 Aug, 6pm to 8.30pm
Where: Flinders Tavern by Burger Theory, Flinders University, Bedford Pk
Dr Vera Weisbecker from the University of Qld will be telling us all about the evolutionary story of today’s staggeringly diverse land vertebrates through the lens of developmental biology (“Evo-Devo”). Happy hour specials and free nibbles will be provided, and parking on campus is free after 6pm.
The Future of Cancer Research in Australia
When: Wed 15 Aug, 10.30am to 11.30am
Where: Centre for Cancer Biology, Level 8, UniSA Building, North Tce
Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia. Come and hear from researchers at the Centre for Cancer Biology as they explain how their research is leading to better health outcomes for cancer patients worldwide.
SAHMRI Gene Editing Public Lecture
When: Thurs 16 Aug, 6.30pm to 8pm
Where: SAHMRI Auditorium, North Tce. Adelaide
By understanding the genetic blueprint that makes each human unique, and the discovery of exciting new tools for editing the DNA sequence, we are entering the gene editing generation! This public lecture and interactive panel discussion will highlight cutting-edge research using gene editing technologies.
Conversations with Women of Waite
When: Thurs 16 Aug, 6pm to 8.30pm
Where: Lirra Lirra, McLeod House, Waite Rd, Urrbrae
The Women of Waite want to bust the ‘scientist’ stereotype and give you a glimpse into the realities of exactly what a working scientist is and does. A panel of awesome female researchers from different career stages will talk about their research, career path, achievements and challenges.
Tall Tales of Science
When: Thurs 16 Aug, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: The Rob Roy Hotel, 106 Halifax St, Adelaide
What do scientists really do all day (or night!)? Can you pick fact from fiction? Here is your chance to listen to six scientists share something weird or wonderful – but its not all true! Can you pick who is telling tall tales??
Neuroscience at Night
When: Fri 17 Aug, 6pm to 9pm
Where: Adelaide Health and Medical Centre, North Tce, Adelaide
Join us during Big Science Adelaide at the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, in partnership with The Australian Wine Research Institute, for a fun evening of wine and neuroscience. You’ll explore a series of interactive exhibits and compete to show off your neuroscience knowledge.
Perform Your Science
When: Sat 18 Aug, 7pm to 9pm
Where: Scott Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Tce
Scientists are taking a brave step into the spotlight of the stage for Perform Your Science, a show that will see scientists tell their research stories through the arts. Come along and enjoy stories of science as told through magic, interpretive dance, poetry and more.
The Great Debate: Greatest Discovery Ever Made
When: Sat 18 Aug, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Where: RiAus, 55 Exchange Place
To celebrate National Science Week the Science Nation is going to deterimine once and for all what is the Greatest Discovery Ever Made. Join the fun and mayhem as the best, brightest and bravest science aficionados in the land do battle in a debate tournament of whits and wittiness.