Science festival asks (and answers) the big questions

25 Jul 2018
Sydney Science Festival

Some of the world's best researchers and thinkers will lead talks and workshops at UNSW for the Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week. 

Join our researchers in optometry, quantum physics, marine biology, intelligent machines, sustainable materials, psychology, biotechnology, and more, for tours, talks and workshops across Sydney for Sydney Science Festival 2018 and National Science Week. 

Highlights include Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons on the coming revolution in quantum computing, activist Bob Brown on the ongoing battle for the environment, and a robust discussion on what artificial intelligence means not just for human lives, but for the way we understand human intelligence, human values, and humanity itself. In his first public lecture at UNSW Sydney, Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, will speak about his research and then host a second public lecture about the mingling of art and science.   

“I have been a sculptor of matter at the ultimate of size levels that equates with being a chemist – namely, the molecular level… Art, in its many different guises, has fashioned my chemistry.” – Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart 

UNSW events include:

Tuesday 7 August, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wild Wild Inner West: Nature in the City
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Wednesday 8 August, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Colour and Vision – tour ORLAB with the Colour Society of Australia 
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Thursday 9 August, 8:15am - 3:30pm 
CQC2T Open Day 
Tours of the Quantum Physics Lab for school students (not open to staff) 

Thursday 9 August, 11:00am - 2.30pm and 5:00pm - 8.30pm 
Operation Crayweed: Seaweed and Seagrass Restoration Workshop 
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Thursday 9 August, 6:00pm - 10:00pm 
Life vs Science: Live podcast recording
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Saturday 11 August, 12:00pm – 2:00pm 
Tours of UNSW SM@RT e-waste microfactory 
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Sunday 12 August, 3:00pm - 3:45pm 
Good Robot / Bad Robot: Living with intelligent machines 
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Tuesday 14 August, 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
How are Memories Formed? 
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Tuesday 14 August, 5:00pm – 6:00pm 
UNSW Chemistry lecture with Nobel Laureate, Sir Fraser Stoddart 
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Tuesday 14 August, 6:00pm - 7:15pm 
The Einstein lecture: The Quantum Computing Revolution with Professor Michelle Simmons 
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Thursday 15 August, 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
Antimicrobial Resistance: What Should We Do? 
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Thursday 16 August, 5:00pm - 7:30pm 
Mingling Art with Science, Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart 
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Friday 17 August, 7:00 - 9:30pm 
GenWomen. Scientists smashing the glass ceiling 
An evening of storytelling that brings together women of note at the Giant Dwarf Theatre featuring Associate Professor Adriana Vergés, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)  
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Tuesday 7 August - Friday 17 August 
Sydney Science Festival at the Australian Museum 
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Saturday 18 August, 11:00am – 3:00pm 
Science in the Swamp: Dinosaur vs Superpower 
Outdoor family day at Centennial Park 
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Featuring more than 200 events that bring science to life, Sydney Science Festival celebrates and showcases Sydney’s diverse and multidisciplinary science and innovation community through a program of talks by world-leading researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and family events exploring all areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The Festival brings together cultural and research institutions, museums, communities, and universities, like UNSW Sydney, inviting them to discover, discuss and debate science.  

To see what UNSW Sydney is hosting for Science week, visit the UNSW events website.  For a comprehensive listing of events, visit the Sydney Science Festival.