Ultimo Science Festival

Ultimo Science Festival 2012. Image: Kiselev Andrey Valerevich/Shutterstock

The Ultimo Science Festival starts today and there’s plenty of things to see and do over the next 11 days.

Forensics Lab Tours
Get behind the scenes in the world of forensics in this tour of the UTS science laboratories. Experience up close the art of fingerprinting, DNA profiling, trace evidence, investigation of human remains and crime scene investigation to name a few of the research areas of UTS Science’s forensics unit.
When: Saturday, August 25, 2012 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: UTS City Campus, building 4, Level 2, UTS Science info desk, Ultimo, Sydney
Cost: Free, limited spots available
For more information visit ultimosciencefestival.com

Speed meet a geek
Forget speed dating, for a chance to meet someone you know will have you captivated from the first minute visit the Powerhouse Museum to chat face-to-face with real research scientists. Here’s your chance to meet astronomers, physicists, biologists, mathematicians, environmental scientists and many more, keen to discuss and answer any queries you may have about their research. Sorry, no under 12s!
When: Saturday, August 18 2012, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Cost: Free with entry to the Powerhouse Museum: $30 family, $12 adult, $6 child. Bookings essential.
For more information visit ultimosciencefestival.com

CSIRO science show for kids: Solids, Liquids, Gases
Join the CSIRO at the Ultimo Library to participate in exciting interactive shows for the whole family. The Solids, Liquids and Gases show explores changing states with spectacular demonstrations of melting, expanding and boiling.
When: Thursday 16 August, 4-5pm
ҬWhere: Ultimo Library, Cnr Bulwara Rd and William Henry St
Cost: Free, but bookings essential.
Book now at www.coslibrary.eventbrite.com

Big night of science
Experience an extravaganza of great research, discussion and participation with an assortment of talks, comedy, hands-on science fun and much more! Not only will a number of guest speakers (including paleontologist and host, Dr Paul Willis from ABC’s Catalyst, now Director of RiAus) lead you through a feast of talks, discussion and participation, objects from the Powerhouse museum’s collection will be on special display with curators on hand to tell the fascinating stories behind the various items. Live jazz, drinks and canapes will also complement your night. Recommended for over 18s (and accompanied science fans over 14 years). ID needed for bar service.
When: Saturday 18 August: Doors open 5.30pm, start 6pm ““ 8.30pm
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Cost: $15. Bookings essential, call (02) 9217 0222 or book online

Chocolate Soufflé workshop
If you’ve ever stood by your oven, watching and waiting to see if your precious desert will rise or collapse, this is the workshop for you! You will be amazed by how much science is involved in the art of cooking. Led by scientist and chef Galit Segev, find out why your complicated culinary experiments just never seem to work out perfectly and take a fresh look at your techniques and ingredients through the eyes of a chef and a scientist. This demonstration will teach you the critical steps for accomplishing a successful soufflé at home. Taste and see the difference that a bit of science could make to your desert!
When: Monday 20 August at 6pm
Where: Ultimo TAFE
Cost: $25 including tasting.Bookings essential, call (02) 92174419

Behind the scenes curator tours
Take an exclusive peek at the extraordinary depth and breadth of the Powerhouse Museum’s Science and technology collection in storage. These tours will divide the collection, exploring the treasure trove of medical, scientific and technological instruments and objects in the Museum’s collection usually unseen by the public. All participants must be over the age of 14 years.
When: 2pm tours: Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th, Monday 20th, Thursday 23rd, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th.
6pm tours: Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Cost: $35, $31 for Powerhouse members, student or group bookings of 8 or more.Bookings essential, call (02) 9217 0222

For more information and events visit the Ultimo Science Festival website.

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