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August 2020

Fake Out: citizen science challenge

14 August 2020 @ 5:00 pm10 September 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Do you believe what you see? Did Obama really say that (he probably did but not on video)? What are Spiderman and Iron Man doing in Back to the Future? Deep fakes, like YouTuber EZRyderX47’s Back to the Future deepfake video…

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Our Resilient Future – Water, Agriculture & Biodiversity

20 August 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Enormous changes and transitions are already upon us, and we find ourselves unprepared. One thing is clear: integration will be needed across all sectors and levels of our society to set us on a preferred climate path and prepare us for the outcomes we can no longer avoid.

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Brewing Futures

21 August 2020 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Brewery production

Jon Seltin, Head Brewer from Brick Lane Brewing Co., winds the clock forward on beer brewing. How will climate change and advances in sensory science affect beer production? How might our beer tastes change in the future?

On this behind the scenes brewery tour, bring your curiosity and engage your palate to discover emerging brewing technologies and trends while sampling some great brews and important brewing raw ingredients. But be on the lookout, not everything you taste will be as it seems!

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Possible Impossibles Online Forum

23 August 2020 @ 4:00 pm5:00 pm

How can Science offer us a path of hope for our post COVID lives and world? What tools can Science give us to help society recover, rebuild, and thrive in the future? The Victorian Parliament will partner with the Royal…

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October 2020

Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Stupidity? Diversity, Inclusion and AI

15 October 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
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With COVID-19 now shaking the fabric of every society without discrimination on the basis of gender, race or faith, the world has become even more reliant on technology and data for sustaining the social order. We now compensate for social distancing with virtual connections and Zoom's boxes have replaced human interactions as the COVID-19 normal. Meanwhile, the history of our global civilisation is marked by racial, gender and economic divides. A product of human intelligence, Artificial Intelligence has been shown to exacerbate our human biases. It is time to re-evaluate our increasing dependence on technology and AI and question what it means for diversity and inclusion.

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Spinning Yarns

22 October 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
spinning wheel

We've asked four scholars, scientists and seekers of a better world: What's keeping you off the streets, and up at night? The unsurprising answer is that a life of enquiry is never short of things to do! Throughout Victoria's 2020 pandemic lockdowns, our speakers have dauntlessly continued their labours, producing scientific work for the public good, campaigning for a brighter future informed by scientific knowledge, or dutifully preserving the beautiful legacy of scientific instrumentation from earlier times, holding something of the story of long-gone people rising to the challenges of their own times.

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November 2020

Soil Carbon: Climate Solutions Right Under Our Feet

12 November 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
peat burning

What if we could reverse climate change, increase biodiversity and feed everyone? Does that sound like a win-win-win scenario for people and the planet? Join Dr Samantha Grover as she explores the possibilities of soil carbon.

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Inspired by Nature: Engineering Multifunctional Materials

26 November 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Dr Nisa Salim develops multifunctional materials inspired by nature, which offer a promising approach to solving human challenges.

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December 2020

State of the Climate 2020

2 December 2020 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm
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November 2020 marks the release of the State of the Climate report. This report is a synthesis of the science informing our understanding of climate in Australia and includes new information about Australia’s climate of the past, present and future.

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Scaling Australian Manufacturing through Digital Platforms

10 December 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
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Industry 4.0 will be an enabler for the re-shoring of Australian manufacturing in a way that is cost effective and globally competitive. It will enhance our sovereign manufacturing capabilities and, where the COVID pandemic has revealed gaps in our vital supply chains, we will now have the capability to plug these gaps. This is where Australia has an opportunity to make the most of technology transfer from the mining sector to our manufacturing sector.

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February 2021

Schools Event: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11 February @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

Get a sneak preview of what lies ahead for young women considering a career in the sciences and join the discussion.

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Stewardship of Country – The Common Ground

24 February @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Focussing on the convergence of knowledge traditions: traditional European farming practices, ecological sciences based on European classification systems, and the complex Australian Indigenous knowledge systems developed and maintained over a truly astonishing stretch of time, offering a deep cultural understanding and relationships with "country" to help us determine our common future in Australia.

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