Brush up on astrophysics and zombies at this year’s National Science Week

02 Jul 2024
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UNSW will celebrate the wonderful world of science with a range of events for National Science Week in August.  

National Science Week returns to UNSW’s Kensington campus from Saturday 10 August to Sunday 18 August, with a series of free talks and events that will equip you to survive the impending apocalypse, debunk medical myths and take you to the far reaches of the galaxy to uncover the wonders of the cosmos.  

Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science, technology, medical and engineering innovation. In 2024 UNSW will host a range of in-person talks, conduct live experiments and feature more than 40 captivating exhibitions and installations, showcasing the impact of science on the world in creative and educational ways.

The 2024 Einstein Lecture 

On Tuesday 13 August UNSW’s Dean of Science Professor Sven Rogge will be in conversation with astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis, as they deliver the 2024 Einstein Lecture. Prof. Davis, whose groundbreaking research illuminates the enigmatic nature of dark energy, sheds light on the mysteries of the cosmos.

Science Communication in the Age of Misinformation

In an exclusive event for UNSW students and staff on Wednesday 14 August, New York Times bestselling author Dr Jennifer Gunter – best known for debunking Donald Trump’s medical examination letter – is in conversation with NSW Deputy Chief Scientist Dr Darren Saunders. At Science Communication in the Age of Misinformation, Dr Saunders and Dr Gunter shed light on the challenges facing modern science communicators in the digital age where misinformation can spread like wildfire.

A Field Guide to the Apocalypse 

Also on Wednesday 14 August, in A Field Guide to the Apocalypse, evolutionary biologist Associate Professor Athena Aktipis, accompanied by her trusty ukelele, will be in conversation with UNSW’s Scientia Professor Rob Brooks. Prof. Aktipis will share tips on surviving the wild times we’re living in. Has climate change, the cost-of-living crisis and AI got you down? Don’t stress. As Prof. Aktipis points out, we, as a species, are hardwired to survive big existential crises.

Menstruation, Menopause and Medical Mythology 

Dr Jennifer Gunter returns to UNSW on Thursday 15 August, this time to discuss Menstruation, Menopause and Medical Mythology with UNSW Professor Caroline Ford. Dr Gunter, affectionately dubbed the internet’s resident gynaecologist, outlines the steps we need to take to put women’s bodies and healthcare in the spotlight.