National Science Week events: Dr Karl, the Science of Sport, and the Science of Us

July 16, 2018

Dr Karl in Canberra—a free event for secondary schools

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Schools are invited to attend this exciting Dr Karl event in National Science Week. Download and share this poster (PDF, 1.3mb)

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki just loves science to pieces. After all, science is a way to not get fooled. Dr Karl’s media career spans more than 30 years, talking about science in radio, TV, newspapers and books—of which there are 43 with more on the way.

Along with Dr Karl, this exciting event will feature ‘waste warrior’ and Academy Fellow, Professor Veena Sahajwalla. Attendees be able to ask questions of Dr Karl, and have their Dr Karl book signed (BYO book or purchase at the event).

Schools show
11am – 12.30pm, Friday 17 August
National Convention Centre Canberra

Great moments in future careers

Science is probably the best possible ‘mental toolbox’ that you can have. It will let you change your career many times. Dr Karl will discuss future careers in genetics, engineering, basic physics, computer science and the big one—our environment. There are three messages of hope for the future: we can fix global warming, today’s students are on average 9 IQ points smarter than their parents and teachers, and we are living in the most peaceful time in human history.

Bookings are essential—schools interested in attending this session should email

The public event in the evening with Dr Karl is fully booked.

The Science of Sport

6.00 – 7.30 pm (refreshments 5.30 – 6.00 pm)
Wednesday 15 August
Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney

Hear from four outstanding speakers at our free Sydney event as we delve into sport science and public health. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions of each speaker.

How do you motivate the physically inactive to get moving? Strategic Policy Lead at Sport NZ, Kay Thomson, knows what it takes to tackle inactivity on a national scale, including playing a key role in getting the UK’s inactive citizens moving. With Australia’s most recent National Health Survey finding nearly one in three Australians are insufficiently active, Kay will discuss the lessons learnt from the UK experience and how public participation in sport can make a difference to a nation’s health.

Does ‘carb loading’ really work? Metabolic biochemist Dr Kieron Rooney from the University of Sydney will discuss the latest research on carb loading in relation to diet and exercise. Kieron’s research has investigated the role of diet and physical activity for fuel storage and utilisation, and how these relate to health conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Does the Soccer World Cup get people off the couch? For public health researcher Professor Adrian Bauman from the University of Sydney, physical inactivity is the most inexcusable affliction of the modern world. But can events like the Soccer World Cup get people off the couch? Adrian will explore the connection between elite events and community participation in sport, as well as other positive outcomes that ‘trickle down’ from these events. Adrian oversees a diverse research program including chronic disease prevention, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, nutrition, obesity and diabetes.

What can athletes and consumers learn from each other when it comes to caffeine consumption? Dr Louise Burke will discuss the pros and cons of using caffeine, including habitual daily caffeine intake, to boost sports performance. Louise has 35 years’ experience as a sports dietitian, including the last 27 years as the Head of Sports Nutrition at the AIS. Louise has also written a number of books on sports nutrition, as well as nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is Chair in Sports Nutrition at the Australian Catholic University.

The Science of Sport is a Sydney Science Festival event, part of National Science Week. Booking is highly recommended as this event is likely to fill quickly.

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The Science of Us: Your mental health

6.00 – 7.00 pm (refreshments 5.30 – 6.00 pm)
Tuesday 14 August
The Shine Dome, Canberra

Join us at this event focusing on mental health in our series ‘The Science of Us’. Professor Mike Kyrios from Flinders University and Professor Helen Christensen from the Black Dog Institute will explain the latest research in the area of mental health, and how it has been, and can be, influenced by technology. They will explore emerging ways in which technology is adversely affecting our mental health, and ways technology can be used to effect positive outcomes for those at risk. 

The Science of Us: Your Mental Health is a National Science Week event and booking is highly recommended as this event is likely to sell out. More about this event

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