Townsville

The World Science Festival Brisbane, Regional Program Townsville provides communities the opportunity to explore and marvel at scientific processes and discoveries by highlighting research within the fields of Paleontology, Marine biodiversity and Robotics.  Industry professionals will explain how their creative discoveries obtained through scientific research will lead to greater innovation for the future within their fields.

Speak with scientists to learn how across disciplines, research is applied to better understand the mysteries of the past, and help shape the future.  Get involved by learning how to program a robot, identify a fossil or meet T-bone, our newest dinosaur personality. This event allows people of all ages to engage with science in a real and practical way.

The community of Townsville and surrounding areas are invited to a day of World Science Festival Brisbane activities (free with general admission) to be held at:

Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ)
70 – 102 Flinders Street, Townsville
Saturday 20 February 2016
9.30am – 3.30pm


 

COMMUNICATE – talks and conversations

From Dig to Digital Dinosaurs
Venue: THE THEATRE, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: 10am

Dr Scott Hocknull invites you to check out his virtual 3-D world of ancient sites and extinct dinosaurs, explaining how new technology is allowing us to better see and interpret Queensland Museum’s huge fossil collections. This virtual world is the best way to learn about our past, capture our present and imagine our future. Scott is a vertebrate palaeoecologist, passionate science communicator and 3-D digitisation and virtual technology advocate and practitioner in the museum community.

Australian Tarantulas – from milking to medical research
Venue: THE THEATRE, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: 10.30am

Did you know that Queensland and the Northern Territory have a great diversity of tarantula species? Ever wondered how to milk a tarantula to extract its venom? Join Renan Castro Santana (and some live specimens!) as he talks about his research into species identification using morphological, DNA and venom analyses and potential applications to medicinal research. Renan is a Queensland Museum researcher and PhD student at the University of Queensland.

Mars One – a one-way ticket to outer space
Venue: THE THEATRE, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Times: 11am and 2.30pm

Yes it is true! Josh has signed up to be one of the first humans to colonise Mars on the Mars One project. Despite the fact that it will be a one way ticket to outer space. Scheduled to depart Earth as soon as 2026, Josh is excited to share the story of space travel with the rest of us Earthlings before he says goodbye forever. Josh Richards is a physicist, explosives engineer, soldier, stand-up comedian and now astronaut candidate having been short-listed from over 200,000 initial applicants for Mars One.

Boom! Flash! Wow! – an interactive science show
Venue: THE THEATRE, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Times: 12:30pm and 2pm

Join Dr Andrew Stephenson for a non-stop show of science demonstrations and explanations covering a broad range of topics including sound, light, air, pressure, energy and materials science. Andrew has been performing science shows and running hands-on workshops since 2003, reaching out to over ten thousand school students all over Queensland. He studied astrophysics in his undergraduate and honours degrees, before switching focus and trying to make superconducting plastics for his PhD. Suitable for young and old.

Life as a Scientist and where it can lead you – raising money for Dinosaurs and going to parties
Venue: THE THEATRE, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: 12.00pm

Join Queensland Museum’s Chief Executive Officer and Director, Professor Suzanne Miller for a celebration of science and the World Science Festival. Suzanne will share her adventurous life of science and where it has lead her. What does it take to become the CEO of one of Australia’s leading museums? What is it like to travel around the world in pursuit of scientific discoveries and exhibitions? Come along and find out.

Ocean acidification, volcanic vents and bryozoans – a guide to the future?
Venue: THE THEATRE, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: 1.30pm

Join the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Biodiversity Collections Manager and researcher Dr Robyn Cumming as she talks about her latest research into the impact of ocean acidification and climate change on bryozoans (lace corals, sea mats and moss animals) from field work around naturally occurring undersea carbon dioxide vents in Papua New Guinea. Robyn’s research targets contemporary issues in biodiversity science, with focus on MTQ collections of the Phylum Bryozoa (approx. 25,000 specimens), in the fields of taxonomy, systematics, ecology and biogeography.

Dinosaur Meet-and-Greet
GREAT GALLERY, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: 1pm

Have you met MTQ’s latest dinosaur personality, T-Bone? Join him and his handler in the Great Gallery for a jaw-dropping good time.

In Search of Ancient Queensland and an Exploration of Deep Time
Venue: THE THEATRE, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: 3.30pm

Join co-author Dr Andrew Rozefelds for a Townsville celebration of In Search of Ancient Queensland: A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide and discussion of ‘deep time’. The search for ancient Queensland is a journey through deep time, revealing its unique landscapes, a fascinating geology and, most importantly, its incomparable fossils. This beautifully illustrated book charts the complex evolution of life over the past 250 million years, set against a backdrop of momentous geological events and dramatic environmental change. It offers tantalising, but incomplete, glimpses of the primeval environments that have shaped modern Queensland and, in doing so, signposts understanding of our largely unknown future. In Search of Ancient Queensland celebrates the remarkable geological and natural heritage of the State and showcases the outstanding fossil collections and research of the Queensland Museum.

 


EXPERIENCE – tours and workshops

Tour behind the Scenes at MTQ
Venue: LABS AND COLLECTION STORES, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Times: Every 30 mins

Join your guide on a tour behind the scenes at the museum. Explore the research laboratories and collection stores, and talk with some of the scientists and conservationists who work there. Closed-in shoes required for WH&S reasons. No photography. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Illumin8 Science Clubs
Venue: THE ANNEX, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm and 2pm

Join the team from Science Olympiads and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers for some challenging interactive science workshops and challenges. Participate in hands-on workshops covering topics on energy, light, sound, material science and more. Space is limited to 24 participants per session. For children aged 9-14. Secure your place phone 4726 0600. If you enjoy these challenges sign up to join Townsville’s latest science and technology initiative science clubs. Participants can join clubs hosted by the Museum of Tropical Queensland or James Cook University. Come along and see what it’s all about.

‘I spy with my little eye?’ Birdwatching Tour
Venue: DEPARTS GREAT GALLERY, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30 and 2.30pm
Join Birdlife Australia Townsville volunteers as you explore the galleries of the Museum to identify different species of birds, their habitats and learn of the challenges they face for survival.

Sketch-a-bird
Venue: GREAT GALLERY, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Times: All day
Drop by and practice some drawing with MTQ Volunteer Lynn Scott-Cumming. Watch as she sketches birds from our taxidermy collection, or have a go yourself with Lynn’s guidance.

Robot Games
Venue: GREAT GALLERY, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Times: All day

Drop by the University of Queensland Robogals for some robot games and activities, experiencing hands-on engineering in a practical and fun way. Robogals is a student-run organisation at UQ that aims to engage both girls and boys in engineering topics from a young age, with the long-term goal of increasing female enrolment in engineering, science and technology courses at universities.


OBSERVE – displays and demonstrations

 

Scrape it!
Venue: PALAEO LAB, LEVEL 2, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: All day

Watch MTQ’s Paleontology volunteers work on actual specimens in MTQ’s Palaeo Lab on Level 2.

Stuff it!
Venue: GREAT GALLERY, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: All day

Watch MTQ volunteers as they show-off their taxidermy skills with real specimens.

Brain-busting Science Expo
Venue: GREAT GALLERY, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

Meet, greet and discuss all things science with a range of local scientists and organisations at our Science Expo. Sign up to the Eliminate Dengue Townsville program, bring in a fossil from home to have it identified by an expert, learn  how to handle a tarantula, discuss the future of the Great Barrier Reef with personnel from AIMS and more!


JOIN!

MyMuseum Membership Program
Venue: GREAT GALLERY, MTQ
Date: 20 February 2016
Times: All day

Had a blast today? Consider joining MTQ’s MyMuseum Membership program giving you unlimited entry to MTQ for 12 months for a one-off price. You also receive VIP invitations to special events and members-only activities. Join now to experience a years’ worth of exciting Museum fun including Townsville Turns 150: The Old and the News, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO© Bricks and Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs.

 

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