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May 2021

STEM and Society: SealSpotters

12 May 2021 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Dr Rebecca McIntosh Mr Ross Holmberg Join Dr Rebecca McIntosh and Ross Holmberg from the Phillip Island Nature Parks team as they prepare to launch the annual SealSpotter Challenge, when citizen scientists around the globe jump online to count Australian fur seals and contribute to vital conservation research. The SealSpotter program allows anyone with a computer to help with the management and…

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Why the World Needs Ecologists

13 May 2021 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

  We are drowning in bad news. Two pages into the (1000pg) United Nations Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and you’ll be pleading for Tolstoy. Even David Attenborough is depressing these days. Ecosystems collapse and species loss is…

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Next-Gen Spatial Tech for Forest Management

20 May 2021 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

  New spatial technologies - like remote sensing, global positioning systems, ground based sensors, monitoring and other ICT interventions - are set to revolutionise our understanding of our forests and improve our capacity to manage and sustain them. Join three…

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Location, Location, Location: Immune Protection by Tissue-Resident T-Cells

27 May 2021 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Online Australia

T cells are specialised immune cells that are central to the complex, adaptive immune response to infection and disease. T cells are “trained” to recognise specific fragments or components of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens (e.g. a component of the…

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June 2021

Liveable Cities for All: Are We There Yet?

10 June 2021 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Liveable Cities for All

Our definition of "liveability" is important if we are serious about cities that facilitate healthy and sustainable lifestyles that support both individual and planetary health.

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STEM and Society: The Anthropocene

16 June 2021 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm

  Human pressures on the planet as a whole – the ‘Earth System’ – have now become so great that scientists have proposed that we have now left the Holocene, the geologic epoch that has been humanity’s accommodating home for…

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Coastal Resilience: How Landforms Cope with Changing Waves and Rising Seas

24 June 2021 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Coastal Resilience

The 2021 Howitt Lecture Presented in partnership with the Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division). Our coast is a dynamic system. As the protective boundary between the land and sea it absorbs the constant energy it receives from waves and…

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July 2021

Decarbonising Energy: At the Tipping Point

8 July 2021 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Online Australia
Decarbonising Energy

Australia has the highest per-capita greenhouse emissions of any advanced economy, we’re on track to miss our Paris commitment, and we're nowhere near achieving net zero.

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STEM and Society: A Hard-Won Theory – Tectonic Plates in Victoria

14 July 2021 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Online Australia

It can be confusing when we hear from scientists reluctant to deal in absolutes, who instead engage in conversations about ‘degrees of certainty’. In the world of science, a ‘theory’ is the closest something may ever come to being ‘the truth’. To understand what modern scientists can go through to arrive at an accepted theory, we’re taking a look at one of the major revelations of the past century: the theory of tectonic plates.

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August 2021

Indigenous Food and Agriculture

13 August 2021 @ 6:30 pm7:45 pm
Online Australia

Come yarn about native foods, healthy eating and Australian Indigenous farmers.

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Climate Notes @ Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria

14 August 2021 @ 2:00 pm3:10 pm
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Avenue
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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This emotive exhibition features six new musical works by Australian composers Damien Barbeler, Kate Moore, Bree van Reyk, Cathy Milliken and Daniel Blinkhorn exploring the emotional impacts of climate change, and propels us to consider what it feels like to live through a time when climate change affects every aspect of our lives.

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Eco-Dyeing 101 Workshop

15 August 2021 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm
Alphington Community Centre, 2 Kelvin Road
Alphington, Victoria 3078 Australia
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Join us in Science Week for a fabulous family workshop and learn how to use the plants in our neighbourhood to dye materials. Local textile artist Rose Kulak will be teaching this workshop in our garden and out in The Shed.

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