FAMELAB: Queensland Semi-Final

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    Fancy a free night of surprises, laughs, drama, genius and science like you’ve never seen it before? Head to FameLab Queensland Semi-Final at the Festival Lab!

    Presented by the British Council, FameLab is an international science communication competition that aims to find the most charismatic up-and-coming scientists from around the world.

    On 22 March, 12 of Queensland’s top early career researchers will use their use their charm, charisma and knowledge as they battle it out for their place in the National Final. They’ll have just three minutes to present their scientific concept on stage in front of a live audience and panel of judges.

    Presentations will be judged by an esteemed panel of media professionals and public figures according to FameLab’s 3Cs: content, clarity and charisma. And as an audience member you’ll also be given the power to vote for your favourite contestant in the Audience Choice Award!

    Come along to watch the action in a night that’s guaranteed to be full of FameLabulous fun!

    Applications for FameLab 2017 are open now until Friday 24 February 2017. Submit a short application form and video entry here.

    Tickets are FREE. Bookings open: famelabqld2017.eventbrite.com.au.

BRISBANE RIVER RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY: Past, Present and Future

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    Venue: South Bank Parklands

    Location (specific): South Bank ferry terminal 1

    Date: Saturday, March 25 2017

    Time: 9:30 – 10:30am and 11am – 12pm

    Cost: Free ticketed event

    Don’t miss this opportunity to cruise down the Brisbane River on a chartered CityCat while exploring the history and future of Brisbane waterways. Hosted by Brisbane City Council, this session explores the changes in the river and surrounding landscape over time, the impact of society on our waterways, and what we can all do to support a resilience river and Brisbane’s water security into the future.

    Learn about Council’s innovative flood resilient ferry terminals, listen to guest speakers discuss water smart architecture, urban and landscape design, and find out how you can make your home or business water-smart. Registered attendees will be able to submit questions for discussion by the presenters.

    Book tickets for session one here.

    Book tickets for session two here.

    If you have any questions, contact Council during business hours on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with the Green Heart team, or email the Green Heart team.

MACHINES THAT READ YOUR MIND: Brisbane

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    Venue: Auditorium, Queensland Brain Institute, Building 79, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072

    Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Time: 6 – 7:30pm (light refreshments from 5.30pm)

    Cost: Free, but please register as seats are limited: mtrym-brisbane.eventbrite.com.au

    Operating a machine with thoughts alone. Brain implants that restore memory. Letting locked-in people communicate. Brain scans that show which movie a person watched or their capacity for criminal behaviour.

    Barely a week goes by without another headline about our ever-increasing power to read the human mind.

    To find out more, come along to Machines that Read your Mind:

    • See a demo of a device that reads brain signals, and uses them to operate a computer
    • Learn how brain-machine interfaces work
    • Discover what brain-machine devices are currently available – and what’s coming
    • Hear how people outside of neuroscience feel about this work: does it excite them, scare them, offer them hope?
    • Discuss the potential benefits of “reading the mind”, as well as the downsides

    Our experts include:

    Organised by The Brain Dialogue, an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.

    Hosted by the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland.

HACK THE REEF

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    Venue: Innovation NQ

    Location (specific): Little Fletcher Street, Townsville City, Queensland, Australia

    Date: Saturday, March 25 2017

    Time: 10am – 5pm

    Cost: Free

    Innovation, Evolution and Education are all keys to longevity. So how would you use these tools to save the Great Barrier Reef?

    Queensland’s Myriad festival will be working with experts to deep dive into this question for the first ever creative hackathon dedicated to the Great Barrier Reef.  

    Teams will work in small groups to come up with a creative, tech-focused solution to a serious community problem and will present their concept in a pitch format at the end of the day. Participants will gain knowledge and insights about the reef, learn new techniques to solve problems and practise designing.

    The winners will earn tickets and flights to Myriad on 29-31 March in Brisbane, where they will present their winning pitch at the conference.

    To register your interest in participating in Hack the Reef email events@themyriad.org with why you would like to participate.

A-Z of Science Writing with Peter Spinks

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    Venue: State Library of Queensland

    Location (specific): Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

    Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    Time: 9am – 5pm

    Cost: $130-$175

    Fairfax’s science columnist Peter Spinks shares his checklist of things to do before, during and after writing popular science articles or features. Topics covered include key research facts, sourcing ideas, media priorities, vetting articles, the production process, fairness and accuracy. Peter will also give you his tips on formulaic writing and improving grammar, punctuation and style. The workshop includes short writing exercises with feedback and instruction.

    More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

    Tickets can be purchased here.

    Held in partnership with the World Science Festival Brisbane and the Queensland Museum. Hosted by the Queensland Writers Centre.

    This course is for participants aged 18 years and above.

The Interview with Peter Spinks

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    Venue: State Library of Queensland

    Location (specific): Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

    Date: Thursday, 23 March 2017

    Time: 6pm – 9pm

    Cost: $59-$85

    International media writer Peter Spinks shares simple rules for conducting science interviews for print, radio, TV and video multimedia, including when to go on or off the record. The practical component of this workshop includes mock interviews.

    More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

    Tickets can be purchased here.

    Held in partnership with the World Science Festival Brisbane and the Queensland Museum. Hosted by the Queensland Writers Centre.

    This course is for participants aged 18 years and above.

Look Out teacher program: ‘Sugar Spin’ Art meets Science

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    Venue: Gallery of Modern Art

    Location (specific): Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

    Date: Thursday, 23 March 2017

    Time: 4:15pm – 5:30pm

    Cost: Free

    Investigate the interplay between art and science within ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’, through the lenses of:

    * Geraldine Barlow, Exhibition Curator, (Curatorial Manager, International Art QAGOMA)
    * Chris Henschke, Melbourne-based Artist, (Lecturer, RMIT)
    * Nurin Veis, Human Biology and Medicine Senior Curator, (Manager Science Works, Museum Victoria); and
    * Dr Guy Barry, Neuroscientist, (Team Head, Neurogenomics, QIMR Berghofer).

    Each speaker will relate their practice to an aspect of ‘Sugar Spin’, highlighting synergies between art and science. The exhibition brings together over 250 artworks from the Gallery’s collection, creating a collision of ideas from across times and cultures.

    This is an event for teachers of STEM and Art who seek to provide students with project-based learning opportunities that inspire transdisciplinary lines of inquiry and unlock new ways of thinking about how we come to know the world and our place within it.

Water Abundance XPRIZE

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    The Water Abundance XPRIZE aims to inspire breakthrough solutions that will address the lack of access to clean water, encapsulated in United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Water scarcity is a serious issue in the Indo-Pacific region. XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and operating massive incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange is excited to be partnering with XPRIZE, and together they are calling on innovators from around the globe to compete in the Water Abundance XPRIZE to help solve this grand challenge.

    USD1.5 million will be awarded to the creator of the most innovative and effective device which uses energy-efficient technology to harvest water from air, producing a minimum of 2,000 litres of water per day from the atmosphere, using 100 per cent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per litre.

    Scientists, NGOs, engineers, social change agents, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers and other creative minds are encouraged to compete as a team or individual. We are looking for innovators across all geographies, disciplines, life stages, and all walks of life. The reward for the best solution is USD1.5 million, plus each of the top five teams will receive a prize of USD50,000.

    Registration for the Water Abundance XPRIZE closes on April 28th 2017. It is followed by a 17-month process of designing, testing and evaluating inventions with the winning team announced in August 2018.

    Registrations can be submitted here http://water.xprize.org

Ocean Mapping Expedition

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    Venue: Riverlife pontoon, Kangaroo Point

    Location (specific): Thornton Street ferry terminal

    Date: Sunday 19, Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2017

    Time: 10am-6pm, every 30 minutes

    Cost: Free

    The Ocean Mapping Expedition is a 4-year journey (2015-2019) around the world combining science, education and culture in the wake of Magellan aboard the Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion, a 33 meter long ketch and the flagship of Geneva based non-profit organisation Fondation Pacifique, created in 2007. Its mission is to observe, understand and map the state of the oceans and the human impact on this vital environment in order to help rising awareness about sustainable development issues some 500 years after the first ever circumnavigation.

    A unique initiative involving high-tech recording devices, the scientific program 20 000 Sounds Under the Seas aims in particular to establish a map of sound pollution in the oceans in partnership with the Laboratory of Bioacoustics Applications of the Polytechnic University of Cataluña, Barcelona. Launched in Sevilla in April 2015, The Ocean Mapping Expedition will leave Brisbane on 28 March 2017 for the second half of its journey and head towards the Great Barrier Reef for a 2-month mission involving two additional programs in partnership with The University of Queensland and CoralWatch.

    To learn more, visit www.omexpedition.ch