I spoke about talks specially targeted towards the younger audience yesterday, but if you were hoping to see some (well a lot!) of talks you can really get your teeth into, come along to the Energy Lab in the Lower Ground Floor. More cutting edge science will be presented by some of the leading researchers in the field. Again the talks will be 15mins long, but you can resume question time at the speaker’s booth just outside the lab to ask even more questions if you wish!
One such talk will be given by esteemed Indigenous and Cultural Astronomy researcher, Dr Duane Hamacher, who has just taken up residency at Monash University with the Monash Indigenous Centre. We are looking forward to Duane adding to the wealth of his Indigenous knowledge and adding some of the local stories and traditions of Victoria. Read about the talk Duane will be giving:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed complex knowledge systems about the Sun, Moon, and stars thousands of years ago that inform navigation, seasonal change, food economics, ceremony, and cultural traditions that continue today. In this talk, I will discuss these topics and explain how ever-increasing light pollution is destroying our view of the skies, damaging our the astronomical heritage of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike.
You will see over the next few weeks that one of the emerging themes of the festival is the discussion around Dark Skies and why they are important. We are looking forward to hearing why Dark Skies are also important to our cultural and astronomical heritage.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!