Category Archives: Case studies

'Can we save our precious reefs in time?' panel event (photo courtesy of World Science Festival Brisbane)

Keys to a good panel event – insights from 2016 World Science Festival Brisbane

From Tanya Ha, Science in Public In March 2016, an estimated 120,000 people descended upon free and ticketed events and street science shows in Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct—all for the fun, fascination and food-for-thought offered by science. The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane, presented by Queensland Museum, boasted a line-up of over 120 speakers from nine countries, including

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Where's wallaby?

Where’s wallaby? 45,000 citizen scientists help researchers save our species

Wildlife Spotter is the online citizen science project for National Science Week 2016, undertaken by ABC Science in conjunction with the Australian Museum and six different wildlife research projects. Supported by funding through the Citizen Science package, it’s giving Australian from all walks of life an insight into the research process. Australia is a vast

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Biomedical animator Maja Divjak (Photo: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)

The next generation of biomedical animators

In 2012, VizbiPlus won a $350,000 Inspiring Australia grant to help three biomedical animators learn from the master—award-winning biomedical animator Drew Berry. They’re now applying their skills, telling medical stories, explaining epigenetics and demystifying gene technology. VizbiPlus is a joint project of two top biomedical research institutes—The Garvan in Sydney and Walter and Eliza Hall

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Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern: from traditional knowledge to 21st Century Minds

The annual Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern is demonstrating the value of traditional knowledge and contemporary Indigenous science. Now the National Indigenous Science Education Program has attracted the attention of PwC. Several years ago, Yaegl Aboriginal Elders approached Macquarie University scientists to help engage their youth with science and realise their potential. With the help

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The Science Nation

The Science Nation mixes scientists, comedy and live panel events

Seed funding from Inspiring Australia gave science communicator Andrew Stephenson his big break in producing live comedy-style panel events and developing a viable business. Andrew Stephenson is the guy who put comedian Charlie Pickering, radio host and rocker Red Symons, Victoria’s Lead Scientist Leonie Walsh and Prime Minister’s Prize for Science winning statistician Terry Speed

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Science by stealth: with zombies; million-dollar barramundi; and biological art

Rather than reinventing the wheel or preaching to the converted, InspiredNT manager Paul Lyons is working with a range of science engagement activity organisers to bring bigger and broader audiences to their events, as well as his own. Just don’t say the word ‘science’ too loudly. Territorians aren’t particularly known for their interest in theoretical

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