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Adventures Abroad in Science


Sat 15 Aug 2020, 9:00am–10:30am
Sun 16 Aug 2020, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Virtual Location, Online, Virtual

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: williampdavies2

Adventures Abroad in Science

Canberra produces some superb scientists who end up having amazing adventures in the science world.

In these two forums you will meet women who have gone to all kinds of places around the world – remote locations, like Antarctica and the desert, or to the most amazing telescopes, labs or hadron colliders.

Find out about their adventures, their discoveries and the funny tales that have happened on the road to their fascinating careers.

They’ll be interviewed by the inimitable cast of Dramatis Scientificae - Michele Conyngham, Dr Phil Dooley and Patrick Davies Trumper – a science-theatre collaboration that combines humour, caricature and social satire with rigorous scientific methods.

Think scientists explaining their work to a tradie, a coal magnate or a punk muso, and you’ll get the idea. Anything could happen – but you’re certain to find out something you didn’t know before.

You’ll get a chance to ask questions too.

Tune in on Saturday morning and Sunday evening by first registering for this free event on the following links:

August 15th:

August 16th:


Adventures Abroad in Science - Session 1
9 am - 10.30 am, Saturday 15th August Canberra time (7 am Fri 14th, Atlanta, Georgia)

Dr Nicole Hellesey
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta - researching Antarctic krill. Researches the spatiotemporal Antarctic krill lipid variability in relation to the environment.

Professor Susan Scott
ANU Department of Quantum Science - Researches mathematical aspects of Einstein’s General theory of Relativity, in relation to Gravitational Waves, Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy.

Adelle Wright
CBR, Princeton - a plasma physicist about to start a postdoc at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, studying the theory of fusion energy chambers such as stellarators, using nonlinear magnetohydrodynamics.

Adventures Abroad in Science - Session 2
6:30 - 8 pm, Sunday 16th August Canberra Time (10:30 am Sun 16th AM CET)

Dr Meru Sheel (Epidemiology)
ANU/Research School of Population Health - a global health researcher and an infectious diseases epidemiologist with interest in health emergencies, emerging infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases. Meru has recently spent time working on COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Rajika Kuruwita
University of Copenhagen - an astrophysicist investigating multiple star formation and disc evolution in binaries via simulations.

Associate Professor Emily Baird
Stockholm University/Dept. of Zoology - researches the link between the visual world of animals and how the brain uses visual information to guide behaviour in different environments. She uses a combination of behavioural experiments and anatomical analyses using X-ray micro computed-tomography on bumblebees and dung beetles.

This is a National Science Week event, sponsored by Inspiring Australia and Boardroom Media.