On Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August Inspiring WA had a blast hosting the Science Week Quiz Night and the Anti-conference: Innovation, Inspiration, Intelligence!!
Nineteen teams competed in the Quiz Night to be crowned the champions of science! Questions ranged from guessing the depth at which the deepest fish was observed (8336m), to naming the third crewmember of Apollo 11, alongside Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (Michael Collins), to how many birds, reptiles and mammals feral cats kill each year (2.2 billion)!
Questions were supplied by Minderoo Foundation, Murdoch University, WA Biodiversity Science Institute, ReWild Perth and Particle. Their teams joined us on stage to chat a little about who they are and what they do. The fabulous Bamboozled Quizmasters effortlessly ran the night.
On Saturday we hosted 18 short, interactive sessions and workshops at WA Museum Boola Bardip! Sessions highlighted innovation taking place in WA and covered topics from WA's renewable energy potential to deploying robotics in an engineering world's first, to deep sea research and marine science! Workshops ranged from running a mock antibiotic susceptibility test with Telethon Kids Institue, to attempting to draw ancient creatures based on million-year-old fossils, to coding drones with SquaDrone.
Rose Kerr, ABC Science's charismatic podcaster, MC'ed the day, keeping us entertained and on track all day long! We were joined by ChemCentre's team developing a new technique for human identification by analysing proteins in hairs recovered at crime scenes. They collected hair and mouth swab samples to contribute to their new database! The talented Barabra Bynder from Karrda joined us in the afternoon to capture conversations from the event. You can see the artwork she created here! Blade Chenoweth photographed the event.
We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate National Science Week! The following institutions delivered, facilitated, and participated in the Anti-conference, Aurecon, Australian Space Data Analysis Facility, Centre for Applied Bioinformatics, ChemCentre, Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), Danjoo Koorliny, Edith Cowan University, Forrest Research Foundation, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Minderoo Foundation, Murdoch University, Partner and Prosper, Pawsey Supercomputing, Peel Bright Minds, Quantum Girls, SquaDrone, Sustainable Energy Now, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia, WA Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Centre.
Lastly, we would once again like to thank our partners. Without their continued support we would not be able to deliver this event: ChemCentre, CSIRO, Curtin University, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Edith Cowan University, Engineers Australia, Minderoo Foundation, Murdoch University, Scitech, Stan Perron Charitable Foundation, The University of Western Australia, WA Museum.