Festival of Science – National Science Week – 10-18 Aug

Sat 10 Aug 3.30-5pm Festival Launch + Conversation With Author Glenn Albrecht, James Theatre, Dungog

Sat 10 Aug 6.30-8.30pm Scinema film festival + special guest talk, James Theatre, Dungog

Wed 14 Aug 10.30-noon Junior Science on the Street, Dowling St, Dungog

Thurs 15 Aug 6-8pm Fermentation + Trivia Night, Tin Shed Brewery, Dungog

Sun 18 Aug 10am-4pm Future Paddock, Bonnington Park, Whites Rd, Allynbrook
 – Plant an ark • Explore regenerative agriculture • Home-made invention show & tell • Drones in agriculture • Rural robots

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Sat 10 Aug 3.30-5.00pm

Festival Launch + Conversation With Author Glenn Albrecht

James Theatre, Brown St Dungog

Have you ever felt loss and nostalgia for your sense of place? Where there is no solace to be found in your once-loved home environment? There’s a word for that – Solastalgia – and it has its origins in a study of the lived experience of large scale mining in the Upper Hunter. Coined by Dr Glenn Albrecht, it has been embraced worldwide as a key concept in understanding the impact of environmental change in academic, creative arts, social impact assessment and legal contexts. Even Missy Higgins has released an album titled Solastalgia.
 
Glenn will be the featured author during the new Paterson Allyn Williams Festival Of Science in August, where he will help open the Festival, do a Dungog launch of his book Earth Emotions: New Words For A New World, and take part in a public conversation about Earth Emotions with the Science Hub’s John O’Brien. Glenn’s book introduces dozens of new words and ideas that will help frame the challenges, debate and solutions into the coming decades.
 
Words have power. A new word can help us recognise a challenge, shape a debate, understand ourselves and the world. At a time when many people, especially the young, are feeling loss and despair about the future of the planet, Glenn’s work will help us understand and possibly find a way through. 
 
Glenn Albrecht retired as professor of sustainability at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in June 2014. He is now an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney. He was at the University of Newcastle as Associate Professor of Environmental Studies until December 2008. Glenn is also a noted bird enthusiast and now lives at Duns Creek.

After this event you might like to grab a quick bite or a drink from one of the local establishments before the screening of the Best of Scinema: International Science Film Festival 2019 at 6.30pm. Come along and be sure to bring your own questions.

Sat 10 Aug 6.30-8.30pm

Scinema film festival + special guest talk

James Theatre, Brown St Dungog

It’s back – all the award winning films from the Best of SCINEMA: International Science Film Festival 2019. Did you know Dungog hosts the only big-screen showing of these wonderful short movies?

The films are of all sorts, but expect them to contain education, comedy, confrontation, cleverness, cinematic wonder & beauty writ large.

We have a special guest speaker – Meet UK Filmmaker Juliette Martineau director of Smart Slime. (last year’s speakers were amazing; afterwards the speakers told us how probing the audience’s questions were!).

This program is about two hours long & may not suit younger primary school kids. FREE.

Wed 14 Aug 10.30-noon

Junior Science on the Street

Dowling St, Dungog

Fun for all ages! Join junior scientists from across the shire for over a dozen active experiments & demonstrations. Everyone is welcome to join in, watch science in action, & learn a thing or three. Some of them are hands-on too.

Pretty well every school in Dungog Shire is doing something, from robotics to chemistry, to biology & more. Challenge the kids with your questions!

The last time the Junior Scientist event happened in 2012 the response from folk in the street was fantastic. Don’t miss out. It’s FREE, too. You can catch it outside the IGA & inside the CWA Hall.

Thurs 15 Aug 6-8pm

Fermentation + Trivia Night

Tin Shed Brewery, Dowling St Dungog

It’s A Fermentation Frolic – & a little alcoholic!

Fermenting is what you have to do to make – beer, yoghurt, spirits, kim chee, kombucha, pickles & bread. Discover yeasts, bacteria & fungi. Sample some, peer through a microscope at others, & enjoy the local lagers. Learn the gruesome truth of mother, sour culture, wort & other creatures, & enjoy micro-chats from a real brewer, a true pickler & others.

Necrotic flesh-eating bacteria will also get a mention.

Intersperse the learnin’ with our Science Trivia Event. Discover your inner genius! No truth too trivial! It’s a laid-back PRIZE-FILLED no-pressure HELLISH wack-a-table thingo. Master Of Trivia is local science teacher, musician & amuse-bouche Michael Kelly.

This FREEEEE event is for over 18s.

Sun 18 Aug 10am-4pm

Future Paddock

Bonnington Park, 36 Whites Rd, Allynbrook

A FREE day of wonder in a paddock at Allynbrook. The future of agriculture from the soil to the skies. Come for a couple of hours or the whole event. Please BYO lunch, mug and camp chair.

The venue is a private property at 36 Whites Road Allynbrook, about 30 minutes from Dungog & 15 minutes from East Gresford.

Future Paddock EVENTS  

• Plant an ark 

Want to re-establish a fire-resistant healthy native forest? Rainforest ecology specialist, Alex of Biological Preservation Australia, will introduce principles of ecological restoration, explaining the process from choosing a site & selecting plants for their best chance of survival, followed by some actual planting of pioneer & secondary species – bring gloves if you’d like to try yourself (limited numbers for planting). Alex will be around through the morning for questions. Presented in association with Biological Preservation Australia.

• Explore regenerative agriculture 

Join the Kater family as they introduce the principles behind regenerative agriculture & learn from their experiences, with examples from their own paddocks. Annabel, Rod & Penny are still investigating this approach to farming that’s gaining increasing acceptance across Australia – you’ll discover some of the best thinkers in the field.

• Home-made invention show & tell 

Some old & new inventions, repurposings, cheap tricks & new hacks from around the shire. Got a clever treasure or a fresh idea of your own (or your great grandparent’s)? Please contact us if you think you might have something interesting you’d like to show & tell for a few minutes over lunch.

• Drones in agriculture

Drones are getting a tonne of press lately, some positive, some negative. Learn what’s around right now as well as what might be coming soon in this rapidly changing field. Sphere Drones are one of Australia’s leading drone solution providers. Sphere Drones work with Australia’s largest companies in industries such as agriculture, mining, government & energy to provide sales, service and consulting solutions on these fast-developing machines.

• Rural robots 

Robots are touted as the coming thing in herding stock, planting crops & fetching your slippers – but are they everything they’re cracked up to be? Rod Kater will go into what he’s learned. You may have seen Rod featured with robots on ABC-TV’s Catalyst.