Faculty of Science

National Science Week

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National Science Week 2014

National Science Week

  • Celebrates our talents and achievements in science, engineering, technology and innovation in Australia.

  • Provides an opportunity for all Australians to participate in events and activities that showcase science, engineering, technology and innovation.

  • Showcases sciences modern explorations, making science interesting, challenging, important, and of direct relevance to our daily lives, from the well being of our society to the environmentally sustainable growth of our economy.

  • Encourages younger people to consider continuing studies in science.

  • Connects science studies and science-based careers.

  • Fosters partnerships throughout the community.

National Science Week runs from Saturday 16 August to Sunday 23 August 2014.

Following the official launch of the festival, the Faculty of Science will host a number of public events.

  1. Perth Science Festival Launch - Saturday 16 August 2014
  2. Tim Jarvis: Shackleton’s Epic, Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival
  3. 3-Minute Thesis competition
  4. The Hunt for Dark Matter: Free public lecture by Professor Juan Collar, University of Chicago
  5. Science Café 2014

Perth Science Festival Launch: Saturday 16 August 2014

The annual celebration of National Science Week this year starts at the Perth Science Festival on the Saturday 16 August.

The Perth Science Festival runs from 8.30am until 5pm in the Perth Cultural Centre. It will include shows, workshops, presentations, performances and hands-on activities for the whole family.

National Science Week celebrates and acknowledges the contributions of Australian Scientists to our world. It also aims to encourage an interest in science among the general public and to raise awareness of the fascinating world that we live in.

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Tim Jarvis: Shackleton’s Epic, Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival

Come to a free talk and book signing by Tim Jarvis, one of the world’s leading explorers, as he describes his modern-day journey to retrace, for the first time ever, the legendary 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

In early 1914, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team sailed for Antarctica, attempting to be the first to reach the South Pole. Instead of glory, Shackleton and his crew found themselves in an epic struggle for survival: a three-year odyssey on the ice and oceans of the Antarctic that endures as one of the world’s most famous tales of adventure, endurance, and leadership ever recorded.

In the winter of 2013, celebrated explorer Tim Jarvis, a veteran of multiple polar expeditions, set out to recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton’s treacherous voyage over sea and mountain, outfitted solely with authentic equipment – clothing, boots, food, and tools – from Shackleton’s time, a feat that has never been successfully accomplished.

When
6pm, Monday 18 August 2014.
Where
Woolnough Theatre, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, WA, 6009
Cost
Free
Wheelchair access
Yes
Contact
Adrienne Hondros

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3-Minute Thesis competition

Come along to hear researching UWA science students deliver a presentation of their research thesis – the only catch is that they have three minutes to do it! This is a great opportunity to come and hear about the future of science research at UWA.

Presenting students include Honours, Masters and PhD students completing their research within the UWA Faculty of Science. The student audience will vote a winner. Voting will be based on the quality and effectiveness of the presentation given the time constraint.

As this event is running for 45 minutes (to allow students to move to and from classes), the UWA Science Union is hoping to get through 8–10 presentations. Researching students are free to present their whole thesis or just a component of it if they feel that would be best.

The purpose of this event is to link UWA science students to the diversity and quality of research being performed at the University and to also inform the wider-community of the diversity and quality of science research being performed by students at UWA.

The UWA Science Union is proud to present the 2014 National Science Week 3-Minute Thesis Competition.

When
1 – 2pm, Monday 18 August 2014
Where
UWA Social Science Lecture Room 1 (G28) The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, WA, 6009
Cost
Free
Wheelchair access
Yes
Contact
Cameron Halvorson: Email: ssu-educationvp@guild.uwa.edu.au. Phone: 0432 015 592

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The Hunt for Dark Matter: Free public lecture by Professor Juan Collar, University of Chicago

It is almost eighty years now since the original realization that a majority of our universe consists of a type of matter that neither emits nor absorbs light.

For this reason, we refer to it as 'dark matter'. Numerous astronomical observations have confirmed its existence, based on the gravitational pull that it exerts on luminous bodies (stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies...). And yet we remain ignorant about the exact nature of this mysterious source of mass. Over the last thirty years our interest has concentrated on looking for new types of 'dark' fundamental particles. These are hoped to interact every so often with dedicated detectors, but not too often, or their existence would have already been revealed in the laboratory.

In a world-wide effort, numerous teams of researchers are looking for these particles, using highly sophisticated detectors. Most of these experiments take place deep underground, in mines or tunnels that provide a quiet environment able to reduce interference from known particles.

We will discuss the many challenges faced by these dark matter hunters, and the progress made over the past few decades. Infused by a good dose of optimism, it can be claimed that the discovery of these new particles may be near.

Professor Collar’s visit to Australia is sponsored by the Australian Institute for High Energy Physics (AUSHEP)

When
6–7pm, Friday 22 August 2014
Where
Ross Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Physics Building, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, WA, 6009
Cost
Free
Wheelchair access
Yes

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Science Café 2014

Western Australian scientists and engineers from CSIRO, Engineers Australia, the WA Museum, the State’s Universities and industry will host a morning tea providing high-school students and teachers with a unique opportunity to speak one–on–one with them and receive practical knowledge about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

For high schools only: Bookings for 2014 are now closed

When
9.30am – 12 noon, Wednesday 27 August 2014
Where
The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, WA, 6009

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