Science Hub activities

2021

August

National Science Week 14 – 22 August

ZOOM party – Science + Dance (Plague theme) Sat 21 August 7pm @ your place on ZOOM from Dungog

Book here on Eventbrite

Visit this page to see the fun that has been previous Dungog Masked Balls

In the Old Normal there were Masked Balls held in Dungog, with food, and drink, and dancing and comedy and prizes and fabulous masks and costumes. Welcome to the New Normal. This year it’s at your place – we’re having an online Masked Ball slash Dance Party. You provide your own food, drink, dancing, fabulous masks and costumes (and toiletry facilities), and we’ll provide the music, the comedy, the prizes, the special guests, the online links, AND

…… because this event is being run by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub, as part of its National Science Week program

…… there will be a smattering of fabulous science thrown in. We have just lined up some special guests to join us on the night – including Dr Karl!

The 2021 Dungog Masked Ball will be held on Saturday 21 August ’21, 7.00pm start. It will be short, sweet, and depending on how our use of technology goes either absolutely brilliant or a complete train wreck. It will be staggeringly watchable either way.

The theme is plague, fever, virus, lockdown, pandemic. The agenda is to get everyone a) vaccinated b) informed and c) partying legally in the comfort of your own homes.

The bestest way to participate is:

• Get a ticket (they’re free) on Eventbrite

• Tune in at 7pm on the night

• Wear a brilliant costume, a splendid mask, or invoke a magnificent Zoom background, preferably in theme, but we’re not too fussed – you might win a prize!

• Join in as best you can

• Maintain the love and be ready for some bad comedy and a couple of serious moments along the way.

Science + Trivia Sun 15 Aug, 6pm Dungog

Sadly this event has been postponed. Hopefully we will run another Trivia night at a time later in the year that is safer to meet up.

Book here on Eventbrite – limited numbers

Science & Trivia night @ Tinsheds Brewery with Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub

It’s a Fermentation Frolic – & a little alcoholic …for over 18s! Micro-chats on everything from beer to viruses & contagions with Science Trivia Comp. Prizes!

A National Science Week event in Dungog at a great local bespoke brewery.

Youth Science on display 13 – 22 August Dungog

Sadly this event has been postponed due to the lockdown. We will organise a Youth Science display when we can all meet up again.

Friday 13 – Sunday 22 August 2021

Youth Science on display @ Dungog’s CWA window & Lovey’s IGA – both in Dowling Street Dungog. Dungog High School Year 9 Science projects will be on display.

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Also during National Science Week & beyond

…so much to see and do – visit the website www.scienceweek.net.au

Around Newcastle

Intersections between Science & Art
Newcastle Museum, 14 – 29 August
Two National Science Week events, ‘Brain’ and ‘Biomes’, explore how brain health changes through life, the emerging problem of eco-anxiety, and how our wellbeing is inextricably linked to our environmental footprint.
‘Brain’ explores the impressive inner workings of our brains. ‘Biomes’ re-engages us with the wonders of the natural world. Together these exhibitions show how connected to our environment we really are.

Pollination in the Gardens
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Heatherbrae, 14 – 28 August, 9-4
The Gardens presents an interactive exhibition in the Gardens’ Education Pavilion on the general theme of How Plants Work.

+ lots of events online

Here’s just a few….

Our Deadly Science
Sunday 15 August, 5-6pm
As the 2021 Sydney Science Festival Ambassador, Corey Tutt will deliver a keynote address celebrating the breadth and depth of knowledge of our first scientists – from bush medicine, astronomy, engineering and forensic science to chemistry, land management and ecology. With knowledge acquired through Community consultation, he will introduce the audience to boundary-pushing scientists, both past and present. https://www.scienceweek.net.au/event/our-deadly-science/

Future Food Perspectives: Food Security, Nutrition, and Culture
Sun 15 Aug, 6.30-7.30pm
An expert panel discussion about the future of food! https://www.scienceweek.net.au/event/future-food-perspectives-food-security-nutrition-and-culture-a-panel-discussion/

Who Helps Our Gardens Grow?
Sat 14 Aug, 10am-12pm
Discover the recyclers, pollinators and other wonderful mini-beasts hidden in our gardens. Family friendly. https://www.scienceweek.net.au/event/who-helps-our-gardens-grow-discover-the-recyclers-pollinators-and-other-wonderful-mini-beasts-hidden-in-our-gardens/

Southern Sky Livestream
Wed 18 Aug, 7.30-8.30pm
Astronomy Ambassador Karlie Noon presents a livestreamed stroll through the cosmos, combining both Western and Indigenous understandings of the sky. https://www.scienceweek.net.au/event/southern-sky-livestream/

+ science films @ your place all August

Scinema Film Festival
online, 1 – 31 August
It’s back but on YOUR SCREEN – all the award winning films from the Scinema International Science Film Festival. www.scinema.org.au


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April

Talk – Fungi Foray Sat 10 April 5pm Dungog

Walk – Fungi Foray Sun 11 April 9am Upper Allyn

Fungi Foray talk – Sat 10 April 5pm
there is also a separate but related walk on Sun 

Book for the talk. Bookings essential via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fungi-foray-talk-with-paterson-allyn-williams-science-hub-tickets-148116521503
Limited places due to COVID. If this event is booked out and you are keen to come along send us an email so that we can add your name to our waiting list.

Presented by Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and National Parks Association (HunterBranch) with visiting mycologist Pam O’Sullivan (who co-authored a field guide to common fungi of the Hunter region) and Jamie Derkenne. At the talk you will learn about the fascinating and sometimes bizarre world of fungi and find out how these often overlooked organisms are a vital part of our natural ecosystems. The talk will also provide an introduction to the Fungi Foray guided walk and survey that will take place the next morning at the Upper Allyn River.

The Eventbrite registration is for the talk only. You don’t need to go on the survey to attend the talk.

If this talk is booked out email the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub to get on the waiting list – pawsciencehub@gmail.com.

Fungi Foray walk – Sun 11 April 9am
this is a separate event to the Sat talk

You are also invited to join us on a guided walk the next morning (Sun 11 Apr) to survey the Fungi at the Upper Allyn River. Fungi are at their best in Autumn. Recent rains and warm weather promise to make this an ideal time to see and learn about them.This will be the third Fungi Foray in the area. A follow-up survey is important to document variations. There will be experienced and knowledgeable guides very familiar with the area.

Anyone with an interest is invited to attend, and the day is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Participants need to bring suitable clothing, footwear and food, and be prepared for some walking off tracks. The day starts at Peach Tree Picnic Area in Chichester State Forest at 9am on Sunday 11 April finishing by mid afternoon.

Booking for the walk is essential. To attend the walk or for more information on the walk please contact Martin Fallding on T 6571 1208 E info@calli.com.au by Wednesday 7 April. Final details will be provided to participants by email prior to the walk.


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2020 – annual list – followed below by more detail on each activity


2020

December

Workshop – iNaturalist Sun 20 Dec 10am Dungog

November

Jackie Randles from Inspiring Australia visits PAWSH Sun 1 Nov Dungog

October

‘Newcastle Coastal Geotrail’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article October edition Gresford News

August

Centre for Deep Reading Retreat events – partnered with the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub at Tyraman Retreat Gresford
Mon 31 Aug Landscape management fieldday with guided walk at Tabbil Forest
Sun 30 Aug am – Conversation with Wonnarua elders James Wilson Miller & Laurie Perry joined by Deborah Swan, director of Firesticks Alliance.  pm – Conversation with local landscape historian Cameron Archer.
Sat 29 Aug Conversation with Ross Gibson about Eric Rolls’ book A Million Wild Acres + screening of Ross’ 1993 film WILD.

‘Spoilt for Choice – National Science Week 15-23 August’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article August edition Gresford News

July

‘Going EV in Dungog Shire?’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article July edition Gresford News

‘Bush and fire: Reading for country’, article about the Centre for Deep Reading Retreat with partnership with the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub July edition Gresford News

‘It’s winter survey time’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article July edition Gresford News

June

‘Aussie Ark no place for pests’, Science article June edition Gresford News

May

‘Home delivery’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub email campaign

‘Have you seen masses of butterflies lately?’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article May edition Gresford News

April

‘Hunter Medical Research Institute at the first Science Hub event’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article April edition Gresford News

March

‘Body Talks + more – upcoming Science Hub events’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article March edition Gresford News

3 short talks on lung health, aging & pregnancy  Wed 4 Mar 7pm CWA Hall Dungog

February

‘Citizen science project on tree health’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub contributed article February edition Gresford News


2020 – about the events


Workshop – explore local plants & animals with iNaturalist app

Sun 20 Dec 10am

https://issuu.com/gresford-news/docs/gresford_news_feb_2021_web

November

Jackie Randles from Inspiring Australia visits PAWSH Sun 1 Nov Dungog

October

‘Newcastle Coastal Geotrail’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article October edition Gresford News

August

Centre for Deep Reading Retreat events – partnered with the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub at Tyraman Retreat Gresford
Mon 31 Aug Landscape management fieldday with guided walk at Tabbil Forest
Sun 30 Aug am – Conversation with Wonnarua elders James Wilson Miller & Laurie Perry joined by Deborah Swan, director of Firesticks Alliance.  pm – Conversation with local landscape historian Cameron Archer.
Sat 29 Aug Conversation with Ross Gibson about Eric Rolls’ book A Million Wild Acres + screening of Ross’ 1993 film WILD.

Photo: Stuart Mackenzie, Tyraman Retreat
Photo: Stuart Mackenzie, Tyraman Retreat
Photo: Stuart Mackenzie, Tyraman Retreat

August

‘Spoilt for Choice – National Science Week 15-23 August’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article August edition Gresford News

 July

‘Going EV in Dungog Shire?’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article July edition Gresford News

July

‘Bush and fire: Reading for country’, article about the Centre for Deep Reading Retreat with partnership with the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub July edition Gresford News

July

‘It’s winter survey time’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article July edition Gresford News

June

‘Aussie Ark no place for pests’, Science article June edition Gresford News

May

‘Home delivery’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub email campaign

‘Have you seen masses of butterflies lately?’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article May edition Gresford News

April

‘Hunter Medical Research Institute at the first Science Hub event’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article April edition Gresford News

March

3 short talks on lung health, aging & pregnancy  Wed 4 Mar 7pmCWA Hall Dungog

March

‘Body Talks + more – upcoming Science Hub events’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article March edition Gresford News

February

‘Citizen science project on tree health’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub contributed article February edition Gresford News



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