[ 6 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
In the world of science fiction, nanotechnology is often shown as swarms of micro-machines that act without the need for human supervision. Much like their biological counterparts, these imagined devices even sometimes possess their own intelligence.
In this talk, Dr Amanda Barnard will take us through the latest advances in nanotechnology and answer the fantastic question: [...]
The ACT’s public school system is one we can be rightly proud of. However, as Canberra’s housing density increases, many of our city’s public schools are struggling to meet demand.
In the last few years, Belconnen and Bruce‘s populations have increased by a quarter. The number of 0-4 year olds in the area has increased by over [...]
The ANU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition final
An 80,000 word research project would take nine hours to present. Their time limit . . . three minutes!
Join us for an evening of education and entertainment. Come along to the Australian National University (ANU) and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on [...]
[ 23 August 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Geoscience Australia’s annual open day offers a diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks for all ages. Come along and learn about the exciting range of work carried out by Australia’s national geoscience agency.
See the robot which helps make your GPS more accurate, find out how earthquakes are detected, pan for gold, [...]
[ 1 September 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
Science fiction giant Phillip K. Dick’s 1956 classic The Minority Report raised disturbing questions about how society might behave if we knew that the environment could alter our genetic destiny.
The field of epigenetics is now very much science fact: the finding that we may carry in our DNA the legacy of our ancestors’ environmental conditions [...]
The Canberra Environment Centre has launched a new set of workshops as part of the Sustainability Workshop Series.
Workshops are refreshingly relevant to the evolving Canberra ‘scene’; markets, fresh food and a good drop.
Topics include growing a food forest (4th August), making olive oil (a talk, 18 August), and making ginger beer with Garry Sully from [...]
[ 5 August 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Join us at UNSW Canberra at ADFA on the 5th of August for a panel forum and launch of Professor Peter Stanley’s book: Die in battle, Do not Despair: the Indians on Gallipoli, 1915.
Indians in the Gallipoli Campaign
Hosted by Mrs Manpreet Singh, Executive Producer, SBS
Reception and book launch?
Die in Battle, Do Not Despair: the Indians on Gallipoli, [...]
I am an undergraduate Psychology student at the Australian National University and I am seeking participants to take part in my road safety study.
The objective of the study is to explore factors that influence drivers’ perception of safety in urban and rural driving environments. Participants will be asked to complete a computer-based questionnaire which includes [...]
Feel nervous when due to see the dentist? Or “just hate going”? Tempted to put it off…and off again? Participate in a trial of therapeutic self-help technique shown to be helpful for many fears and phobias, and for reducing stress in measurable ways.
The trial is open to anyone less than comfortable with dental treatment. Even [...]
Hi fellow Canberrans!
We are three ANU engineering graduates who would like to share with you our invention!
In 2014, Dr Steve Lee from the Australian National University was awarded the ANSTO Eureka prize for most innovative use of technology. We spent the next 12 months designing a device that can make his plastic lenses in the [...]
[ 4 August 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
Magic ‘mantles of invisibility’ have appeared in folk stories through the ages, including a 900-year-old Welsh tale of King Arthur, and in Norse and German fairy tales. Now, new ‘metamaterials’ have brought invisibility cloaking out of the realm of fiction and into science fact.
Hear Professor Yuri Kivshar reveal the magic behind metamaterials and effects previously [...]
If the University of Canberra is to become a world-ranked university, we need to improve infrastructure in Belconnen.
I attended a public meeting late last month in which UC Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker explained his 15 year vision for the University of Canberra. I was impressed at the level of interest, with a packed auditorium that was standing-room only.
Bruce is [...]
When Aaron Clausen accidentally rode his mountain bike through a patch of critically endangered Canberra spider orchids, he realised more could be done to identify and protect the ACT’s endangered wildlife.
The IT consultant founded the Canberra Nature Map project, a citizen science portal for park care groups, volunteers and members of the public to report [...]
Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU).
He will take up the position on 1 January 2016 at the conclusion of the term of current Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO
ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC said the University Council was delighted the renowned astrophysicist [...]
Intensifying challenges in Canberra require leaders to pick up their pace.
True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious [...]
High quality childcare improves learning outcomes for children.
It’s that simple, or at least it should be. Unfortunately, in the ACT, when you have children under four you are forced to navigate a system that is a bit of a mess.
Some parents can’t access childcare places, while others can’t afford them. People are forced to sign [...]
Do you assist an elderly parent or relative with everyday tasks? Are you also caring for financially dependent children? Welcome to Australia’s sandwich generation!
Please take a few moments to complete an online survey investigating the impact of stress and coping strategies on subjective well-being. Alternatively, send an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and the survey link [...]
Canberra writer and YWCA Great Ydeas grant recipient Rosanna Stevens was in the Philippines last week, but not for the tropical holiday you might expect.
Instead, she was trying (and failing) to buy tampons from pharmacies, asking strangers questions about their bodies and trying to understand how menstruation is perceived and treated by locals.
It was all [...]
[ 9 June 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
Come and join us at the Academy of Science for our public lecture series, Science stars of tomorrow.
This month: Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain.
“Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” – Miss Piggy
When we think about [...]
[ 17 April 2015 to 19 April 2015. ]
My name is Matt and I’m the General Manager of the Entry 29 coworking space in Civic. Tomorrow through Sunday we are putting on an event where volunteers from Canberra’s tech community are helping high school students prototype their first website, mobile app, videogame, 3D Artwork, or 3D Printed object.
We have 40 volunteers helping [...]
[ 22 April 2015 at 11:00 am; ] Ever wanted to find out how rocks, oil, gas and water are analysed? Now’s your chance! Following a brief introductory overview, take a tour through some of Geoscience Australia’s laboratories.
Numbers are limited to 60, with bookings required via Eventbrite. The tour will take 40-50 minutes, departing from the Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre.
Safety considerations: All visitors [...]
Canberran parents of young children finally have an option when choosing an educational and entertaining mobile app.
What do you get when you mix super cute puppies with numbers and catchy music? An engaging educational Smartphone and tablet app designed by professional educators, thoroughly tested and safe for kids.
After the many disappointing experiences in finding quality [...]
[ 5 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
Light speed is one of science fiction’s major plot limitations — and maybe one of the major limitations of science. How can we explore the stars if it takes tens of thousands of years to get to them… or the galaxies, if it takes billions of years? Warp drives and wormholes are often co-opted by [...]
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today welcomed funding for Canberra Grammar School under the Coalition Government’s $18 million Schools Security Programme.
“Canberra Grammar School is one of 54 schools to receive funding under the programme, which delivers on our election commitment to continue assistance to schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused [...]
[ 3 February 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] Speaking, natural-sounding machines which can interact with humans using normal conversational patterns are still in the realm of science fiction – or are they?
Associate Professor James Curran is developing artificial intelligence which will revolutionise the way we interact with technology – using spoken language, the same way we interact with each other.
When: Tuesday 3 February [...]
For as long as I have been a mother I have been aware of the cost of childcare and impact it has on the family budget if parents either have to or choose to work.
In Australia we are reasonably lucky to have government subsidy on childcare, which, frankly, makes it vaguely affordable for many families [...]
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today launched the eBook Library, a new online resource for ACT public school students and teachers.
“The eBook Library provides students and teachers with access to eBooks and audio books via the secure ACT schools online resource portal – the Digital Backpack,” Ms Burch said.
“This allows them to access [...]
[ 12 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 13 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 14 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 15 January 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Hi All,
I am running a Summer workshop for children ages 10 – 15. From Monday January 12th – Thursday January 15th 2015.
It will be a small workshop. 5 Spots ONLY. It will be 4 half days of singing, guitar playing and song writing.
We’ll do lots of group work, writing lyrics, learning to improvise with our voices, [...]
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch yesterday launched Skilled Capital, a new $21 million training initiative that will respond to industry identified skills needs.
“Skilled Capital will provide all Canberrans with the opportunity to upskill through access to high quality training in areas of identified skills needs,” Ms Burch said.
“Canberra needs more workers in areas [...]
More than 100 Year 12 students have been recognised for their academic achievements and extra-curricular activities and community service at the annual Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) Recognition of Excellence Awards.
A total of 104 students were honoured at a ceremony yesterday, where Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch congratulated all Year 12 students [...]
As the first seminar on this subject on 19 January is fully booked, a second FREE seminar will provide participants with information regarding the ACT’s new asbestos laws, which take effect on 1 January 2015.
Participants will receive an overview of a range of matters, including:
Changes to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 to encompass [...]
ACT school students have again topped the nation in NAPLAN tests, with the latest results ranking the ACT first or equal first in 19 of the 20 testing areas, Minister for Education Joy Burch said today.
“I am proud that ACT students across all year levels continue to lead the nation in reading and are ranked [...]