National Science Week – August 10 to 18.

There are many, many Nationa Science Week events being held across Australia. In the ACT we are being indulged with events before, during and after the week.

Here is a selection of a few items of interest. Check out the National Science Week website for more events.

Get your geek on with Questacon’s SciNight, a geeky night for grown-ups.
Friday, August 9 (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) at Questacon in Parkes.
$10, tickets available at the door.
This 18+ event will include interactive demonstrations, live music and entertainment. SciNight also gives visitors the opportunity to explore Questacon’s eight galleries after dark and get hands on with over 200 interactive exhibits—without kids!

Mars Invades! Cocktails and sci-fi at the Martian Embassy
A $55 a head fancy dress cocktail party at The Shine Dome (Australian Academy of Science).
Come dressed as your favourite 60s sci-fi character or movie artefact, enjoy sci-fi style catering and groove along to our DJ’s sci-fi-inspired tunes.
Friday, August 9 (7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) Bookings required

DANscienCE Festival: where dance and science meet
Free festival hosted by the Canberra Dance Theatre (CDT) in association with Ausdance, QL2 Dance, CSIRO Discovery Centre and DanceKids. The week-long festival will bring together Canberra leaders in the fields of artistic and scientific research.
Saturday, August 10 2013 till Sunday, August 18 2013. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. , CSIRO Discovery Centre in Acton.

Interactive Science Trail
A hands-on self guided trail investigating the science behind the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ plants.
Saturday, August 10, till Sunday, August 18 2013. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Above and Beyond
In a joint presentation as part of a special National Science Week international guest tour, Dr Valerie Neal and Dr Tom Crouch will explore multiple revolutions in aeronautics that have led to the present day, concluding with their perspectives on the future of aviation and space flight.
Free lecture. Wednesday, August 14 2013. 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Duffield Theatre, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Weston Creek.

ANSTO: Fact or Fiction
Is there fact in your favourite science fiction film? Is it possible to fight the dark side with the light side? Could you make yourself disappear with an invisibility cloak? Join in the conversation with scientists from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization.
Free discussion at Questacon. Multiple sessions – Thursday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, August 16 2013. 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Booking for free tickets essential and available online.

The Rise of Cyborgs and Post Human Beings
How far would you go to for that competitive advantage? Stronger arms, faster legs, sharper brain, or maybe just overcoming a disability – join a top-flight panel where we’ll explore the future of humanity, and what happens when biology meets technology.
Free event. Sunday, August 18, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at John Curtin School Medical Research, Australian National University. Bookings required for this free session.

Future Energy Science Show (for adults/seniors)
In conjunction with U3A, discover the future of energy in this enlightening show.
Free event, bookings required. Tuesday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.
Volunteers will race solar powered cars, spin lung-powered wind turbines and get some practice at energy-saving things they can do like recycling as each topic is brought to life in exciting, interactive and fun ways – this is not your average talk.
This show will be tailored especially for adults and seniors allowing us to explore ideas in detail and have time for discussion and questions afterwards about the future of energy for coming generations.
A different version of the show for families/children will run on Saturday 3 August.


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