2016-2021 – list of events – see below list for details of each event
Cooling your home 25-31 Oct online workshops – partnering with BZE Beyond Zero Emission
Science+Art+Party Sat 23 Oct 4-8pm online ZOOM event
Science Trivia Fun 11 Sept online Trivia night
Science + Dance – Masked Ball (plague theme) Sat 21 August, 7pm online ZOOM dance party
Fungi Foray talk Sat 10 April, 5pm Dungog CWA, in association with the National Parks Association (HunterBranch)
Fungi Foray walk Sun 11 April, 9am Upper Allyn River, in association with the National Parks Association (HunterBranch)
iNaturalist workshop Sun 20 Dec 10am Dungog CWA & Frank Robinson Park
Jackie Randles from Inspiring Australia visits PAWSH Sun 1 Nov Dungog
‘Newcastle Coastal Geotrail’ PAWSH article October edition Gresford News
Centre for Deep Reading Retreat events – partnered with PAWSH at Tyraman Retreat, Gresford
Landscape management fieldday at Tabbil Forest Mon 31 Aug Tabbil Forest
Conversation with Wonnarua elders James Wilson Miller & Laurie Perry joined by Deborah Swan Director of Firesticks Alliance Sun 30 Aug am Tyraman Retreat
Conversation with local landscape historian Cameron Archer Sun 30 Aug pm Tyraman Retreat
Conversation with Ross Gibson about Eric Rolls’ book A Million Wild Acres + screening of Ross’ 1993 film Wild Sat 29 Aug pm Tyraman Retreat
‘Spoilt for Choice – National Science Week 15-23 August’ PAWSH article August edition Gresford News
‘Going EV in Dungog Shire?’ PAWSH article July edition Gresford News
‘Bush & fire: reading for country’ PAWSH article about the Centre for Deep Reading July edition Gresford News
‘It’s winter survey time’ PAWSH article July edition Gresford News
‘Aussie Ark no place for pests’ science article June edition Gresford News
‘Home delivery’ May PAWSH email campaign
‘Have you seen masses of butterflies lately?’ science article May edition Gresford News
‘Hunter Medical Research Institute at the first Science Hub event’ PAWSH article April edition Gresford News
3 short talks on lung health, aging & pregnancy Wed 4 Mar 7pm Dungog CWA
‘Body Talks + more – upcoming Science Hub events’ PAWSH article March edition Gresford News
‘Citizen science project on tree health’ PAWSH contributed article February edition Gresford News
Stargazing at Trevallyn Sat 21 Sept 4-8pm Trevallyn Observatory – near Gresford
National Science Week
Paterson Allyn Williams Festival of Science
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, 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, Allynbrook
‘This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.’
Plastic Free July in Dungog
Opals Fri 17 May 6pm CWA Hall Dungog
Sustainability Spotlight on Dungog Shire Sun 26 May 3-6pmJames Theatre Dungog
Fungi Foray Sun 7 Apr 9am Upper Allyn River, in association with the National Parks Association (HunterBranch)
Talking DNA Sat 16 Mar 5pm James Theatre Dungog
Science & Engineering Challenge date Dungog High School
CORE: Community Owned Renewable Energy forum date James Theatre, Dungog
Blue: the film & talks around plastics & our pollution impacts on the environment date James Theatre, Dungog
Scinema: science film festival & talks on soil, fungi & organisms Aug James Theatre, Dungog
Tracks & Traces date Dungog Common
Native Bee workshop Nov CWA Hall, Dungog
Koalas date Gresford News
Toxic Consequences: ICE drug labs & firefighting foams date James Theatre, Dungog
Fizzics: Tick Tick Boom 18 Nov Dungog High School
Bird Bonanza 20-21 Oct Various locatons, Dungog
Scinema: science film festival 18 Aug James Theatre, Dungog
Sustaining The Williams Valley: Our River and Rainforest 24 June Various locatons, Dungog
Dungog Common Aboriginal History 20 May Doug Walters Pavilion, Dungog
Geological Story Of Our Area 10 May James Theatre, Dungog
Power Choices 29 April Dungog CWA Hall & various locations around Dungog
Talking Critters: Mozzies 12 Apr James Theatre, Dungog
Getting to know the locals by Noel Jupp Mar-Dec Gresford News
Fungi talks 16 Nov CWA Hall, Dungog
Fizzics: Big Science Big Fun 29 Oct (part of Dungog Festival) Uniting Church Hall, Dungog
Be Bird Alert: talk, walk & BBQ 14-15 Oct RSL, locations around the shire, Community Garden, Dungog
Scinema: Science Film Festival 24 Aug James Theatre Dungog
Boomerang Bags Environmental Program Launch 17 Aug James Theatre Dungog
That NBN Thing talk 22 Jul James Theatre Dungog
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October – 2 new events + 2 citizen science activities
Free ZOOM party – Science + Art + Party Sat 23 October 7pm @ your place on ZOOM from Dungog
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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”
Visit our new YouTube Channel – PAW Science Hub to see highlights and extended interviews from the ZOOM party – Science + dance – Dungog Masked Ball online
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.
ZOOM party – Science + Dance (Plague theme) Sat 21 August 7pm @ your place on ZOOM from Dungog
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.
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.
Also during National Science Week & beyond
…so much to see and do – visit the website www.scienceweek.net.au
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
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 – email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 7 April. Final details will be provided to participants by email prior to the walk.
Workshop – explore local plants & animals with iNaturalist app
Sun 20 Dec 10am
Jackie Randles from Inspiring Australia visits PAWSH Sun 1 Nov Dungog
‘Newcastle Coastal Geotrail’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article October edition Gresford News
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
‘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
‘Aussie Ark no place for pests’, Science article June edition Gresford News
‘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
‘Hunter Medical Research Institute at the first Science Hub event’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article April edition Gresford News
3 short talks on lung health, aging & pregnancy Wed 4 Mar 7pmCWA Hall Dungog
‘Body Talks + more – upcoming Science Hub events’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub article March edition Gresford News
‘Citizen science project on tree health’, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub contributed article February edition Gresford News
Local ecologist John Simpson and Martin Fallding from the National Parks Association will be at the Hotel Beatty to talk about koalas, their upcoming koala survey and to answer your koala questions. Then stay on for the Gresford Community Dinner and meet some other locals! This will be an entertaining night at the Beatty. If staying for dinner give Bernie a ring on 49389451 to make catering easier.