Quantum Words: Cool Jobs
Nov
8
1:00 PM13:00

Quantum Words: Cool Jobs

The future of work is changing and the potentials of STEM careers are expanding. In this session, three leading science professionals with cool jobs in the fields of astronomy, conservation, and creative technology unpack a little of their working worlds and share insights into what inspired them to pursue their particular career pathways. This is a unique opportunity for the young and science curious to hear from professionals in whose footsteps they may be inspired to follow.

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Quantum Words: Small Steps and Giant Leaps
Nov
10
12:00 PM12:00

Quantum Words: Small Steps and Giant Leaps

When Apollo 11 blasts off for the Moon, the whole world is watching. On the other side of the planet, Billy, Mickey and Buzz decide to be astronauts too… Take small steps and giant leaps and join Mark Greenwood, author of Moonwalkers, for a special celebration of Australia’s role in one of humanity’s greatest achievements – the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

In this special event for Quantum Words Perth, we will also be making presentations to the successful entrants in the STA Science Talent Search Writing Competition. Be on hand to applaud our young creatives when our special guest, astrophysicist  Natasha Hurley-Walker makes the formal presentations.

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Ockham's Razor: Live ABC Podcast Recording
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Ockham's Razor: Live ABC Podcast Recording

  • McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eight scientists. One microphone. A live audience.

About this Event

Ockham’s Razor Live at the Perkins!

Join us for an evening of real science told by real scientists: no props, no slides. Just great stories. It’s all part of Ockham’s Razor – the ABC podcast for anyone with a compelling story of science. And it’s live at the Perkins Institute for the first time, with ABC Science presenter Bernie Hobbs as MC.

Life After Earth. It might be the ultimate dream for preppers and Trekkies: life in a Dyson sphere. Astrophysicist Natasha Hurley-Walker takes us to a possible future.

… and seven other brilliant speakers!

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Sustainability and Astronomy
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Sustainability and Astronomy

I’ll be chatting to the Rotary Club of Karrinyup about the intersection of two of my passions: astronomy and sustainability. From how Indigeneous Australians used astronomy to manage the land, to the impacts our growing energy usage has and will have in future, to what sustainable energy use might look like in the distant future, I’ll show these two concepts relate in surprising and beautiful ways.

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Cosmos Calling: Space, the Next Frontier
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Cosmos Calling: Space, the Next Frontier

A special Zonta Centenary event celebrates WA's Women in Space. 'Capturing the Cosmos' planetarium show is followed by presentations and panel discussion. Professor Lyn Beazley, neuroscientist and former WA Chief Scientist, will MC the evening to share the work and lives of:

  • Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker - uses SKA precursor radio telescopes to map the sky in radio colours

  • Dr Katarina Miljkovic - working on NASA's Mars inSight Mission

  • Dr Ellie Sansom - leads the Desert Fireball Network

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How to Survive the End of the Universe
Aug
13
5:30 PM17:30

How to Survive the End of the Universe

Our world is undergoing huge changes due to humankind's insatiable demand for resources. As a kid, I always assumed that by now we'd be terraforming other worlds, so any resource crises were simply temporary. Since then I've learned a tremendous amount about our place in the Universe, both in space and time. I'll take you on a mind-blowing tour, from looking for life on other planets, to surviving the end of the Universe, and how it puts our crisis into perspective.

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Where Can Science Take You?
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

Where Can Science Take You?

  • Judith Cottier Theatre, Perth College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Seven female scientists who are accomplishing great things not only in Western Australia but around the world will come together at Perth College next week. Their aim: to show our girls the leaders they could become and provide a glimpse into their future careers.

We invite you to our community forum, hosted by Chair of Council Andrea Burns, on Thursday 8 August at 6.30 pm in Excelsior House, as she asks our guests to share their research and how they’re influencing science across a range of disciplines.

Bring your daughter and invite your friends to hear from the finest female scientists, celebrate women in science and inspire the next generation. The event will include a Q&A session.

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Swancon
Apr
20
11:30 AM11:30

Swancon

  • Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At Perth’s favourite annual science fiction and fantasy convention, I’ll be appearing on:

Party-pooping science: Why your favourite novel is probably impossible

Format: Panel
20 Apr 2019, Friday 11:30 - 12:30, Prince Regent (Esplanade Hotel Fremantle)

As readers of science fiction we may love all of the tales of faster-than-light travel, hyperspace, anti-gravity, laser guns, time travel, and other genre traditions. How many of them, however, are actually possible? Science fiction may be great for imaginative exploration of scientific ideas, but what is possible and what is almost certainly impossible? How much will science actually let our imagination down?

Dr Andrew Williams, Melissa Ferguson, Natasha Hurley-Walker

What Astronomy Teaches Us About Sustainability
or
How to Survive the End of the Universe… and the Next 100 Years!

Format: Talk
20 Apr 2019, Saturday 16:00 - 17:00, King Sound (Esplanade Hotel Fremantle)

Our world is undergoing huge changes due to humankind's insatiable demand for resources. As a kid, I always assumed that by now we'd be terraforming other worlds, so any resource crises were simply temporary. Since then I've learned a tremendous amount about our place in the Universe, both in space and time. I'll take you on a mind-blowing tour, from looking for life on other planets, to surviving the end of the Universe, and how it puts our crisis into perspective.

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L'Oreal-UNESCO Girls in Science Forum
Apr
3
10:00 AM10:00

L'Oreal-UNESCO Girls in Science Forum

I’ll be running a research demo for a group of high school students as part of this event for girls aged 14 to 17 (Year 9-12). It looks to connect young girls with a passion for science and provide them with the opportunity to hear about research from real scientists, and gives them a chance to discuss the potential for future study and careers in science.

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