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November 2019

Reach for the ***STARS***

1 November 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Briars Astronomy Centre and Observatory, 450 Nepean Highway
Mount Martha, VIC 3934 Australia
$5 – $25
Silhouette of a person against a starry night sky backdrop

Looking for an out-of-this-world experience? Come and explore the mysteries of the night sky and Universe with a fun Astronomy evening with the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society. Hear the REALLY BIG questions, ask your own, hold a meteorite, and spy…

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Space for girl guides and scouts

8 November 2019 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm
Briars Astronomy Centre and Observatory, 450 Nepean Highway
Mount Martha, VIC 3934 Australia
$5 – $10

The evening aims to build awareness of the Australian night sky and help troops of Girl Guides and Scouts of any age in the journey towards their Outer Space/Astronomy badge/achievement award.   If you belong to an adventurous troop of…

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December 2019

Reach for the ***STARS***

6 December 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Briars Astronomy Centre and Observatory, 450 Nepean Highway
Mount Martha, VIC 3934 Australia
$5 – $25
Silhouette of a person against a starry night sky backdrop

Looking for an out-of-this-world experience? Come and explore the mysteries of the night sky and Universe with a fun Astronomy evening with the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society. Hear the REALLY BIG questions, ask your own, hold a meteorite, and spy…

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February 2020

Frogs and Dogs – Glenroy Library

29 February @ 10:00 am
Glenroy Library, 737 Pascoe Vale Road
Glenroy, Victoria 3046 Australia
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Free
Frogs and Dogs

Join Merri Creek Management Committee’s Waterwatch Coordinator and Dr Natalie Catalynd, frog researcher from Canine Ecological, to learn about the different types of local frogs. Meet a dog that “sniffs” out frogs and learn about frog species and populations via the fun, free and easy frog census app. Older children welcome.

Registrations essential.

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August 2020

Fake Out: citizen science challenge

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