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Celebrating Science Week


National Science Week has got to win the prize for fun. Not only is science incredibly interesting, there is just so much you can do with it. People of all ages loves to be amazed and inspired by seeing science come alive, especially in a fully equipped, science-based environment like that at The University of Melbourne.

From Monday 15th to Friday 19th August 2016, The University of Melbourne is opening its laboratory doors and extending a very warm invitation to anyone interested in learning more about science.

Experience a week of FREE science-based events and activities starting with an official opening by Internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, Professor Tim Flannery on Friday 12th August. This former Australian of the Year will be presenting in the MSD Theatre from 5.30pm and an open Q&A session will follow his address.

From then Melbourne Uni will be hosting a wide variety of fun and exciting events. Some events require registration, and please check the online program as not all the events are open to the public.

Public events include The Science of Earthquakes on Monday 15th August from 6pm 9pm. Leading earthquake geologist, Dr Mark Quigley will be discussing 'cutting edge research into the science of earthquakes and their effects,' followed by a screening of the award-winning film, When a City Falls. This event includes free pizza. Interested attendees must pre-register.

On Tuesday 16th August, researches will be discussing the evolution of Green Cities and what changes need to be made to infrastructure, along with their predicted benefits and outcomes. This event starts at 5.15pm and includes pizza.

The Science Week activities will also feature screenings of some SCINEMA International Science Film Festival entries as well as a look at the science courses available at The University of Melbourne. There will a night of brain-teasing competition complete with puzzles (and pizza), or why not sit in on a seminar called Making Sense of your Senses a break-down of how we are affected by sights and smells.

A full program is available on The University of Melbourne website and you will find that by clicking on the link here.

The University of Melbourne is located on Swanston Street, Parkville.
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