Speakers Program

Full speakers program out now! ORANGE for family friendly, GREEN for adult recommended audiences.

 Amphitheatre  Energy Lab
 6:30-7:00 Science Show!

David Bair

Fun for all the family, come along to this interactive and engaging show, be amazed, be inspired, find out how awesome science can be!

Designing an experiment for the ISS

SHINE Students and Rebecca Allen, Swinburne University

What happens when you put some keen high school students in a room with some space scientists – an experiment that was sent to the International Space Station! Come and hear all about their journey and their amazing experiment.

 7:15-7:45 Human Space Travel

Andrea Boyd, ESA and Gail Iles, RMIT

If you want to know about Human Space Travel and just how feasible it is now and in the future, come along to this discussion between Andrea who is the ISS Flight Controller and Gail who has trained astronauts. Bring your questions too!

Astronomical traditions of Australia’s First Nation’s people. 

Krystal De Napoli, Australian Indigenous Astronomy

Kamilaroi woman and Monash University astrophysics student, Krystal De Napoli, will describe the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people encoded vast wealths of astronomical knowledge into their oral traditions. She will recount a few exciting discoveries made thousands of years before modern science, and explain traditional uses for the night’s sky!

Discovery of First Baby Planet

Christophe Pinte, Monash University

New astronomical facilities are providing direct insight into the first stages of planet formation. I will present the recent discovery of a “newborn” planet and describe why our finding is so significant.

8:00-8:30 Gravitational Waves Panel

Debatri Chattopadhyay, Lucy Strang, Hannah Middleton, OzGrav

Gravitational Waves were the last of Einstein’s predictions to be observed. The idea that space undulates due to large objects colliding was first observed in 2016 and awarded the Nobel Prize in 2017, indicating this is a very significant discovery. Bring your questions and hear these three gravitational wave experts talk about this discovery and so much more!

Fluro-fish and the secrets of regeneration.

Celia Vandestadt, Australian Regenerative Medical Institute

Walking into a pet shop you would hardly guess that the small stripy fish swimming around the tanks are capable of something quite remarkable. The can regrow broken organs! This phenomenon has captured the imagination of scientists all around the world and now the race is on to find out how they do it. Walking past the fish tanks at the pet shop will never be the same again.

Bees and Colour

Andrew Greentree, Centre of Nanoscale BioPhotonics

Come along to hear and see Andrew discuss the wonders and delights of Bees and how they see colour. 

 8:45-9:45 Panel Discussion

Andrea Boyd and Naomi Matthers

Join Andrea and Naomi for a lively discussion on Australia’s place in the Space Industy, Space Exploration and Space Research 

Fluorescent Implants: 3D printing for the future?

Kate Fox, Centre of Nanoscale BioPhotonics

Imagine a world where we can use light to see a medical implant inside the body. Whilst the technology is not quite there yet, Kate will talk about where we are at in implant engineering, how 3D printing is changing the game and, more importantly, what we need to do next to be able to see implants inside the body without the need for X-ray.

Light and Microscopes

Christy Hipsley, MV

Christy will be talking about how we use light in scientific research. She looks at using new technology to investigate old materials.  For example Thylacine remains are rare and so scientists are not able to take samples for DNA analysis or cut them up to see the skeletons. Using X-ray CT scans allows them to interact with those materials in new ways (and get amazing 3D images of thylacine skeletons!)

Easy Astrophotography

Neil Creek

Join award-winning astrophotographer Neil Creek for a brief introduction to his work, and tips and tricks for taking beautiful photos of the night sky with only a DSLR camera and tripod.

10:30 Festival ends Festival ends

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