The University of Newcastle, Australia

Science in Practice: Developing our World

Science in Practice 2019

Science in Practice is the University of Newcastle’s contribution to the annual, nationwide celebration that is National Science Week.

Held in August each year, to coincide with celebrations occurring around the country, the Faculty of Science presents a day of exciting, interactive activities and presentations for the whole community.

Science in Practice is for everyone, with events talks and shows for all age groups.

Scheduled Activities

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Mini electric vehicle workshop

Construct your own mini electric vehicle to race around a track.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm BBQ

Rotary will host a BBQ with sausage sandwiches and drinks available.

12:00 pm - 3.30 pm Geography in action campus walks

These 15-minute guided walks will allow you to explore and inspire you to think about place differently, and the role of place in developing our world.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Hands-on interactive science displays

Activities include homemade solar cells, rocks and minerals, magic beads (water absorption), earthquake machines, cup stacking, balance boards, hovering magnets, electrostatic generators, mind over matter, liquid nitrogen icy poles and various SMART Program activities.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Practical research highlights

Listen and learn as our academic experts present 4 minute snapshots of their practical research.

Practical research highlights

Topics and presenters

  • Electric and eclectic, horses for courses (Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts) – Environmental Science
  • Better batteries, cheaper choice (Professor Thomas Nann) - Physics
  • Bioelectronics: Building Better Bodies (Dr Matthew Griffith) – Physics
  • Cafe's for fish (Dr Troy Gaston) - Marine Sciences
  • Microbial beasts, yeasts and ancient reefs (Professor Brett Neilan) – Biological Sciences
  • Designing for data and decisions (Associate Professor Peter Howley) – Statistics
  • Do you see me? (Professor Kristen Pammer) – Psychology
  • Tales from the Antarctic (Professor Silvia Frisia) - Earth Sciences
  • School and community engagement opportunities (Associate Professor Peter Howley) - UON STEMM Ambassador

Our 2019 event was covered by NBN News, including an interview with Associate Professor Peter Howley, our Assistant Dean of Outreach and Community, and the University’s STEMM Ambassador.