Inspiring WA and the WA Coordinating Committee for National Science Week have been busy planning for the state's flagship Science Week event - The Anti-conference: Innovation, Inspiration, Intelligence. The event will run on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August.
What's an Anti-conference we hear you ask? Like a conference, the event features a series of sessions in which experts will discuss their field of work, however, the delivery of these sessions has been designed to be MUCH more interesting and interactive. The Anti-conference features talk-show style panels, hands-on workshops, debates, and gameshows. Our experts get to have fun talking about their research and you get to hear about the latest innovation in WA without having to sit through hour-long presentations... it's a win-win!
The Anti-conference is tailored to young adults (18–25-year-olds) who don't necessarily have a background in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). The event will give you a taste of how multidisciplinary the STEM industry is and the impact it has on our daily lives. On Friday 11 August we're running the Science Week quiz night (no science knowledge required!). For more information on the quiz night click here.
The event will be held as a morning and afternoon session on Saturday 12 August at WA Museum Boola Bardip. It will be MCed by ABC Science's own Rose Kerr. Rose is a producer for All in the Mind and Ockham's Razor. The program is flexible, allowing you to come and go as you please. Participate or spectate in panel discussions and gameshows on the main stage in Hackett Hall or get hands on during a workshop in the Learning Studios downstairs! Neither of those taking your fancy? Chill out in the Meet the Speaker area where you can chat to presenters, engage with exhibitors, or just chill out on one of the beans bags. Or go out and grab coffee while you wait for the next session.
The morning session will focus on some of the latest innovation taking place in WA from institutions such as Australian Space Data Analysis Facility, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia and Curtin University. We'll be joined by the Rebecca Tidy from ChemCentre who is developing a new technique for human identification by analysing proteins in hairs recovered at crime scenes. You'll have the opportunity to be part of the project by donating a hair and mouth swab sample to contribute to their new database.
The afternoon session will highlight some of our most inspiring experts - from award winners and record holders to those paving the way for our future STEM professionals. Presenters come from Quantum Girls, Forrest Research Foundation, SquaDrone and more!
You can view the full program below. To register click here.
Tickets are only $20 for one session. Discounts apply when registering for multiple sessions!
This event is BYO! Don't forget to bring a reusable water bottle, keep cup and your own food. The Museum is conveniently located in the heart of Perth, close to plenty of cafes and restaurants to grab a coffee or a bite to eat.
Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!
The Inspiring WA program is proudly supported by an Inspiring Australia National Network grant through the Department of Industry Science and Resources, The Western Australian Government Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, and is hosted by Scitech.
Sponsors of National Science Week include: ChemCentre, CSIRO, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Engineers Australia - WA, Minderoo Foundation, Murdoch University, Stan Perron Charitable Foundation, The University of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum.
Supporters of National Science Week include: Australian Science Communicators - WA, Perth NRM, Science Teacher's Association of WA and Telethon Kids Institute. This event is coordinated by Partner & Prosper.