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National Science Week at WA Museum - Food for Thought science fest

Updated: Aug 13, 2021

Date: 14 to 22 August 2021

Location: WA Museum Boola Bardip

Why is biodiversity important, and what methods do we use to support food security?

WA’s new museum Boola Bardip National Science Week program creates thought-provoking conversations that tackle the big questions about our food environment!

Across the whole feature week in August, National Science Week at WA Museum Boola Bardip includes:

Saturday 14 Aug - Sunday 22 Aug

10:00am - 4:00pm

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Have you got a burning question to ask one of our scientists? Mingle with them in the Museum's galleries. Share some QI moments and draw upon their expertise and passion and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Saturday 14 Aug - Sunday 22 Aug

11:30am - 12:30pm (AWST)

WA Museum Boola Bardip

The world’s population continues to grow, which provides us all with a dire problem to solve – how does everyone, and everything, get to have enough to eat?

Luckily, we humans are pretty smart, and the wise application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics can provide us with the answer.

Join this fascinating free gallery tour that explores our history with food production and investigates how we are going to provide sustainable food production whilst maintaining the natural environment here in Western Australia. That is Food for Thought.

Monday 16 Aug - Friday 20 Aug

9:30am - 5:00pm (AWST)

WA Museum Boola Bardip

In support of this year’s school theme for National Science Week Food: Different by Design why not drop into our pop-up café to see what could be on the menu in school cafes and canteens in the future.

Wednesday 18 Aug

6:30pm - 9:00pm (AWST)

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Explore the impact of global climate change on the way that we source, produce, create, share and consume food.

For this In Conversation we are joined by horticulturalist Sabrina Hahn; Nyoongar traditional landowner and business executive, Gerard Matera; founding member of AgZero 2030, Cindy Stevens; and Western Australian Food Innovation Precinct General Manager, Dr Christopher Vas, to look at food business solutions, agricultural and scientific innovation, as well as age-old tradition to find new paths towards more sustainable food practices for our future.

In Conversation is held in Hackett Hall under Otto the blue whale. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. A licensed bar is available throughout the event.

Friday 20 Aug

10:00am - 2:00pm (AWST)

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Join one of WA's notable women in STEM, former Chief Scientist Professor Lyn Beazley AO, as she facilitates a panel of the WA Museum's most distinguished women in science to discuss their scientific passion, what makes them tick, and how they entered the field.

Budding scientists will be able to meet these STEM practitioners, be inspired by their work and have the opportunity to ask them some burning questions.

Saturday 21 Aug - Sunday 22 Aug

10:00am - 3:00pm

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Come and join the fun and excitement of Pollinator Lab, a weekend of free, action-packed activities for the entire family.

Pollinator Lab’s activities highlight and celebrate the vitally important role that pollinators play in maintaining life on Earth. Sadly, many pollinators, in particular insects, are disappearing from the planet impacting its biodiversity and capacity to produce enough food for a growing human population.

These events have been designed around the theme of Food: Different by Design - this year’s National Science Week schools theme.

Spend the day or a few hours in the Museum. Make your way through the galleries to enjoy the exhibitions, and head up to Level 3 to find the Pollinator Lab to join in on all the action.

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