Phew, August was a big month and National Science Week sure kept us busy. There were over 400 events in Victoria, and plenty more around Australia. It is wonderful to think of people all around the country coming together to celebrate the exciting work of the national science ecosystem.
We had a blast at Extrasensory. The location was superb, and we loved the idea of bringing Science to Parliament House… as well as enjoying the ornateness of the venue. The lay out of the event encouraged you to explore and follow your nose to the next installation.
Talks were held in the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, with Susie delivering a talk in each on AI and the senses.
Some of our favourites from the night included a workshop on the “Science of Champagne”, soap made from sewer grease and creating our own constellations.
How does @em_sci get the best out of her champagne? There's a science to it. She presented her tips on the best glass to sip from, getting great bubbles, plus differences between champagnes and sparkling wines - which participants got to taste! Extrasensory19 #ScienceWeek pic.twitter.com/h6tmkaAgh5— RSV (@RoyalSocietyVic) August 12, 2019
Delighted to see #Extrasensory19 come to life at last night celebrating #ScienceWeek after 8 months of planning. Thanks to the magnificent teams at @VicParliament @RoyalSociety & 200 presenters, performers and volunteers, and over 1004 people for attending Photos @AdrienneBizzTog pic.twitter.com/VaG3VJ2Uod— Dr Renee Beale (@ConceptRadical) August 11, 2019
We were especially excited to be involved in the AICN AI Ethics event, which was physically hosted in Adelaide, then live streamed to various meetups in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Perth and Brisbane as well as around the country. If you missed out, you can watch it all below
The WiMLDS Melbourne Meetup hosted an introductory evening for Machine Learning and Data Science. This included a panel of students and professionals sharing their journey and what they love about the industry.
We have been keen to get out of the city and show our work in a regional area for a while now and jumped at the opportunity to join the Humans 2.0 event at the Bendigo Tech School.
Think Social joined the evening through a Virtual Reality avatar and we were wowed by the work of Chris McCarthy and Ali Mohammadi with their research into Bionic Eyes and Arms. We also debuted our latest Pose Dance Demo.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Humans 2.0 events! It was wonderful to have so many people join us to explore what it will mean to be human in the year 3020. Thanks also to @RoyalSocietyVic for their generous support and to our wonderful presenters and performers! pic.twitter.com/xvt8m6BgBh— bendigotechschool (@BendigoTS) August 26, 2019