BUSY: The SCU Science tent was a popular destination between music shows at Splendour in the Grass 2017.
BUSY: The SCU Science tent was a popular destination between music shows at Splendour in the Grass 2017. Stills In Time

SCU takes science into Splendour in the Grass

WHO said science and music don't mix?

The successful experiment that was the first ever Science Tent at Splendour in the Grass in 2017 returns this week to connect festival-goers with science in new and unexpected ways.

Some of Southern Cross University's exciting and best scientists and communicators are back to team up with colleagues from across the country for #scienceinthegrass in the Science Tent at Splendour, to bring an explosion of rocket fuel for the brain and a program jam-packed full of stuff you didn't even know you wanted to know about how science influences our everyday life.

Don't miss these presentations from the Southern Cross University team:

  • Can we save Nemo from a warming ocean? Tomorrow 11am and Sunday 10am, with PhD candidate Sophie Pryor.
  • The hidden beauty of sand: Sunday 11.30am with PhD candidate Laura Stoltenberg.
  • Fermented Splendour: Tomorrow 2.15pm with PhD candidate Laura Stoltenberg.
  • Smartfin - Surfing for Science: Tomorrow 1.45pm and Saturday 12.15pmn with Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau.
  • Chemistry! Colour, crystals and climaxes: Tomorrow 11.30am and Sunday 4.15pm: with Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett and Dr Don Brushett.
  • What makes frogs croak? Tomorrow 12.15pm and Sunday 11am, with Dr David Newell.
  • Drones... can they transform the way we monitor the coast? Tomorrow 1pm with Dr Deb Stokes and PhD candidate Andrew Colefax.
  • Fly and bring me data: the drone-age in coastal science: Sunday 10.30am with Dr Deb Stokes and PhD candidate Andrew Colefax.

Other interesting events at Splendour's Science tent are:

The Great Science Squabble

  • With Prof Alan Duffy from Swinburne University and Laura Wells.

What happens when you put a bunch of scientists on stage and throw questions at them, where there's no right answer and nobody is keeping score? It will be the greatest science quiz show to hit Splendour since, like, never.

Save The Box! Break The Taboos And Look After The Lady Garden.

  • With Ruth Gordon, Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group.

Lady garden, va jay-jay, vertical smile, map of Tassie... Now that we've got your attention, 16 women are diagnosed every day in Australia with a gynaecological cancer and four women lose their life.

These women are rarely talked about, but lives depend on being able to recognise the symptoms and having the best treatments to improve lives and survival.

Find out what you need to do to look after yours at The Science Tent!

What Does Sound Look Like?

  • Celeste de Mezieres, Griffith University.

Yanny or Laurel?

Delving into the vibrational phenomena known as 'cymatics' and the physics behind the mechanical waves of sound, de Mezieres will explore its components and how it can be transformed into an artistic visual display.

When it's time to give your ears a break, let your eyes do the listening and behold the sight of sound.

The Cosmic Story Of You

  • Alan Duffy, Swinburne University.

Almost certainly you know when and where you were born, perhaps even something of your family tree going back generations. But your history is so much longer and more complex than that. Alan Duffy will take you through the cosmic story of you, in which you have journeyed through exploding stars, crashing galaxies and spent billions of years adrift.


Accepting truth heals national conscience

Accepting truth heals national conscience

Prominent commentator comes to Lismore to support exhibition

Stars dance for Cancer

Stars dance for Cancer

Community event beings stars together for great cause

Lantern Parade route available

Lantern Parade route available

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