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Sydney Science Festival 2018 at UNSW

7 – 19 August 2018
9.00am – 8.00pm AEST
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Join our researchers in optometry, quantum physics, marine biology, intelligent machines, sustainable materials, chemistry, psychology, biotechnology, and more, for tours, talks and workshops across Sydney for Sydney Science Festival 2018 during National Science Week.

Highlights include Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons on the coming revolution in quantum computing, and in his first public lecture at UNSW Sydney, Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, will speak about his research and also host a second public lecture about the mingling of art and science. 

Program (by date)

Tuesday 7 August, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Wild Wild Inner West: Nature in the City
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Wednesday 8 August, 6.30 to 8pm
Colour and Vision
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Thursday 9 August, 11am to 2.30pm and 5 to 8.30pm
Operation Crayweed: Seaweed and Seagrass Restoration Workshop
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Thursday 9 August,6 to 10pm
Life Vs Science: Live podcast recording
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Saturday 11 August, 12 to 2pm
Tours of UNSW SM@RT e-waste microfactory
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Sunday 12 August, 3 to 3.45pm
Good Robot / Bad Robot: Living with intelligent machines
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Monday 13 August, 12 to 1pm
Social robotics: In conversation with Hae Won Park (MIT)
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Monday 13 August, 12.30 to 1.30pm
Will Autonomous Vehicles Make Us Safer?

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Tuesday 14 August, 12.30 to 1.30pm
How are Memories Formed?
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Tuesday 14 August, 5 to 6pm
UNSW Chemistry Lecture with Nobel Laureate, Sir Fraser Stoddart
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Tuesday 14 August, 6 to 7.15pm
The Einstein Lecture: The Quantum Computing Revolution with Professor Michelle Simmons

Wednesday 15 August, 6 to 7.30pm
Jack Beale Lecture: The Battle for the Environment
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Wednesday 15 August, 6 to 8pm
BC Science Live on Stage – Ockham’s Razor
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Wednesday 15 August, 6 to 8.30pm
Science Express: The Art of STEAM Storytelling
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Thursday 16 August, 5.30 to 7pm
UNSW Howard Nobel Laureate Lecture: Mingling Art with Science
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Thursday 16 August, 6 to 7pm
Antimicrobial Resistance: What Should We Do?
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Thursday 16 August, 7 – 8pm
What the Blockchain?!

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Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons

Keynote Speaker

Michelle is a Scientia Professor of Quantum Physics in the Faculty of Science at the UNSW and has twice been an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and is now an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. She is the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology and is recognised internationally as a pioneer in atomic electronics and quantum computing.

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Sir Fraser Stoddart

Sir Fraser Stoddart is one of the leading chemists of our time, jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard Feringa “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”.

In 2007, Sir Fraser received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology.

Sir Fraser is presently a Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry and head of the Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University in Illinois, and has a research laboratory supporting young researchers at Tianjin University in China. Sir Fraser has also accepted a part-time appointment with UNSW Sydney, beginning in 2019.

Bob Brown

Bob Brown


Acclaimed author, photographer and lifelong activist, Bob Brown rose to prominence when he led the campaign to save the Franklin River in the 1980s. After 10 years in the Tasmanian Parliament, Bob was elected to the Senate in 1996 where he served for 16 years. He was leader of the Australian Greens from 2005 to 2012, when he retired from the parliament to establish the Bob Brown Foundation.

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh (Host)

Toby Walsh is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW Sydney and CSIRO Data61. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many other bodies on this topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and was named on the international Who's Who in AI list of influencers. He has authored three books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled Machines Behaving Badly: the morality of AI