Science Hub activities

2021

October – 2 new events + 2 citizen science activities

Free ZOOM party – Science + Art + Party Sat 23 October 7pm @ your place on ZOOM from Dungog

Book here on Eventbrite

Join us for this free event being held in connection with Dungog’s Sculpture on the Farm and celebrates the spirit of fun and discovery in both science and art. There will be trivia and games, dance music, live vision of us all and special guests to give us science & art micro-chats.

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

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Cooling your home 25-31 October Free online workshop 

Bring along your plans and questions to any one of the FREE online workshops and learn about DIY adaptations that can make your home more comfortable and safe – for both owners and renters. 

PAWSH is working with Beyond Zero Emissions to provide access to experts who can help you plan to stay cool at home in hot weather and extreme heat. 

Presented by Dr John Shiel and other guests, this workshop is interactive and offers practical information on: 

• installing cost-effective retrofits 
• updating appliances and using them more strategically 
• creating an efficient one-room Cool Retreat
• simple behavioural adaptions to stay cool and survive heatwaves 

The second part of the workshop is an opportunity to discuss with guest experts DIY changes you can make at your home. 

Funded by the NSW Government ‘Increasing Resilience to Climate Change’ community grant program. BZE is also grateful to Hunter Joint Organisation for assistance with this workshop program. 

SESSION TIMES* 

• 6.30pm Mon 25 Oct – featuring Dungog 
• 11am Tues 26 Oct 
• 5pm Wednesday 27 Oct 
• 12noon Thurs 28 Oct – featuring Newcastle 
• 3pm Sun 31 Oct 

*Residents of the Hunter Valley are welcome to register for any one of the workshops – with participation encouraged if your LGA is featured. 

Book here:

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2 citizen science activities this month:

Aussie Backyard Bird Count
18-24 Oct

https://aussiebirdcount.org.au
Taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is easy! Just spend 20 minutes in your favourite outdoor space and tell us about the birds you see during that period. You can submit your results using the app or the web form. Every count helps.
 

Great Southern Bioblitz
22-25 Oct

Be part of a global biodiversity survey – https://inaturalist.ala.org.au or use the iNat app.
Australia and 13 other countries in the southern hemisphere will participate in the Great Southern Bioblitz (GSB) between 22-25 October 2021. Help survey flora, fauna and fungi in the Dungog region and contribute to the largest citizen science biodiversity survey in the southern hemisphere.
This is a citizen science activity through iNaturalist. We are currently setting up a Dungog region project for the GSB.

All you need to do to contribute is to upload observations of local plants, animals & fungi to your handheld device or make an account on your computer and make observations over the collection period 22-25th October 2021. Don’t worry if you can’t identify the organism just make sure you get some good clear photos or sounds and ID at the highest level ie. plant. iNaturalist is a popular nature app with artificial intelligence built in to help identify the biodiversity around you. The platform connects you with over 1,200,000 scientists and naturalists globally each with their own interests and skill level.

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September

Science Trivia fun

Massive thank you to the team of funsters that brought some more online science quizzes to our lounge rooms last month for the Science Hub – Michael Kelly, Tina Tiedeman, Sophie Breen, Tinshed Brewery & of course the virtual teams up for the challenge.

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August

National Science Week 14 – 22 August

Highlights from the August Science + Dance Zoom Dance Party now online
– it was such a hoot – as per Dungog Chronicle’s headline – “Science Week dance party proves fact: Zoom can be fun”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyElaieXRgo&t=66s

Visit our new YouTube Channel – PAW Science Hub
to see highlights and extended interviews from the
ZOOM party – Science + dance – Dungog Masked Ball online

See:
the extended interview with Dr Karl
interview with Dr Mark Temple who sonified the covid genetic code
science + cooking, dance moves, music playlist, …

Thank you Dungog Chronicle for the double page spread in the September 01 edition – https://www.dungogchronicle.com.au/story/7405732/science-week-dance-party-proves-fact-zoom-can-be-fun-photos/?cs=410. And to the Gresford News for the article.

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

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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