Women of science power up at National Science Week 2019

It’s a much disputed theory that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but as it turns out, women may be the ones to finally take humans to the red planet and beyond. Meet the ladies at the forefront of science when Science at the Extreme kicks off National Science Week 2019 on Friday 9 August at Melbourne Museum. Join an interstellar array of female guest speakers from across the globe who are revolutionising the way we think about geology, research and exploration – both here on Earth and other planets.

Dr Darlene Lim (pictured right), a renowned geobiologist from NASA’s AMES Centre in the heart of Silicon Valley, has spent over two decades preparing both human and robotic teams to explore the vast depths of our universe. Dr Lim will do a live stream lecture to primary and secondary students from Scienceworks, speak at National Science Week VIC’s launch, Science at the Extreme at the Melbourne Museum on August 9, Extrasensory at Parliament House on August 10, as well as travelling to talk in Mornington, Geelong and Gippsland.

Earth Scientist and ARC Future Fellow Dr Kate Selway will be joining the guest speaker line-up from Macquarie University in Sydney to share her research and insight into how the deeper realms of our planet work. Dr Selway has led multiple research teams in some of the world’s most remote areas, including the central Australian deserts and frozen tundras in Antarctica, to help understand how and why plate tectonics happen. Dr Kate Selway will also speak at Science at the Extreme on August 9 and Extrasensory on August 10 for National Science Week.

Dubbed “The Alchemist” and best known as the resident engineer on ABC TV’s New Inventors, Dr Veena Sahajwalla will also be touring for National Science Week. As a lead researcher aiding global industries to abandon the need for virgin raw materials and fossil fuels, the founding director of UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology is changing and modernising the way we think about recycling science – creating ways to safely use complex and toxic wastes as low-cost alternatives for fuel. She will speak at The Royal Society of Victoria on Saturday, August 10 at 5pm, bookings here.

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw a staggering 1.2 million people participate in more than 2,100 events and activities. With everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities, National Science Week is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, New Scientist and Popular Science.

Science at the Extreme

Friday August 9, 7-9pm.
Melbourne Museum
Nicholson St, Carlton
Tickets: adults $12/concession $10/museum members $8
Bookings: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/national-science-week-public-launch- science-at-the-extreme/