Dive into Science Week

August 2020

Dive beneath the surf and explore marine science and the sustainability of our oceans during National Science Week, from 15 to 23 August.

Headlining Gold Coast Libraries’ Science Week Program this year is Professor Tim Flannery, high-profile climate change scientist and author.

Professor Flannery invited all interested Gold Coasters to join him in one of his live-streamed talks as part of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Science Week Program.

“Science Week brings science out of the classroom and makes it enjoyable and accessible for everyone. Not only is it a great opportunity to discover more about the beautiful world around us, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in citizen science and make a difference to a wide range of conservation projects,” Professor Flannery said.

This year, the theme of Science Week is ‘Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans’. With beach and surf culture such a vital part of the identity of the Gold Coast, the theme is especially relevant.

Gold Coast Libraries has put together a packed program of free events for all ages. To stay COVID-safe, all events are available online, including interactive presentations, live-streamed talks and a documentary screening. There are also exciting prizes up for grabs, including the opportunity to have an up close and personal experience with marine life, through our friends at Sea World.

Below are a few highlights from the program.

  • In a special kids National Science Week event, kids can learn all kinds of weird, wild and amazing facts about animals from Professor Flannery’s recent book, Explore your world: weird, wild, amazing! This event will be live-streamed and bookings are essential. (Note: you will need to be a Gold Coast library member to attend this event. Temporary membership is simple, sign up at: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/library)
  • Professor Flannery will also be discussing the impact of climate change on our oceans and marine life, with ABC Gold Coast’s Nicole Dyer. This event will be live-streamed and bookings are essential. Tim’s events are hugely popular – book now so you don’t miss out. (Note: you will need to be a Gold Coast library member to attend this event. Temporary membership is simple, sign up at: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/library)
  • Join Marine Biologist Samantha Reynolds from the University of Queensland, who will introduce us to whale sharks. These charismatic and enigmatic giants of the sea are endangered due to threats from humans and climate change. She will explain some of the innovative research that is helping to understand their mysteries, including a global a citizen science project that you can contribute to.
  • Catch up with the Sea World Research and Rescue team, including some of the rescued animals they care for, in a video diary to learn more about how they assist marine animals that need our help.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of Australian scientists, encourage an interest in scientific pursuits and develop a fascination about the world we live in.

Click here to explore the full program.

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