• Future Day 2019 - Melbourne - BOOKED OUT

    KPMG Australia

    Future Day is BOOKED OUT - it will be a tight fit. Please eat / drink beforehand as there is no food supplied in the venue. The event will be sporting a spectacular line of speakers ranging from Futurology, Philosophy, Biomedical Animation & Psychology! 5.30 Doors open – meet and greet other attendees 5.45 Introduction 6.00 Drew Berry – “The molecular machines that create your flesh and blood” 6.45 Brock Bastian – “Happiness, culture, mental illness, and the future self” 7.30 Lynette Plenderleith – “The future of biodiversity starts now” 8.15 Panel: Drew Berry, Brock Bastian, Lynette Plenderleith - Drew Berry - Biomedical Animator @ The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research - http://www.wehi.tv - Brock Bastian - Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences University of Melbourne - http://www.brockbastian.com Venue: KPMG Melbourne - 727 Colllins St - Collins Square - Tower 2 - Level 36 Room 2 Limited seating to about 40, though if there is overflow, there will be standing room. PLEASE have a snack/drink before you come. Apparently we can't supply food/drink at KPMG, so eat something beforehand - or work up and appetite... Afterwards we will sojourn at a local pub for some grub and ale. I'm looking forward to seeing people I have met before, and some new faces as well. Future Day FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/futureday/about/ For more details, including abstracts, see the http://scifuture.org/future-day-melbourne-2019

  • NASA's Planet Hunters - special event at Scienceworks!

    Museum Victoria Science Works

    This National Science Week, join NASA astrophysicist Dr Jessie Christensen to explore worlds beyond our solar system. Hear from Jessie about the Kepler and TESS missions which have been searching for planets orbiting other stars, and how these missions have changed our view of ourselves. Please book here: https://facebook.com/events/2132352947046452/ Monday 13 August, doors open 6pm This special event celebrates these two big missions and their extraordinary contribution to our expanding knowledge of our universe. We know now planets around other stars, even habitable ones, are far more common than previously thought. You’ll also have a chance to experience what it might be like as an intergalactic tourist – Opaque Space’s VR experience Trappist-1 will be the closest you’ll get to a holiday on an exoplanet. Or lie back under the 16m dome of the Melbourne Planetarium to journey through the stars. You can also head out to the Scienceworks arena for stargazing through telescopes (weather permitting).

  • The Future of Altruism (feat. Peter Singer)

    Needs a location

    Join us for a keynote speech by Professor Peter Singer, followed by a panel discussion on ‘The Future of Altruism: Old and New Opportunities for Doing Good’, as we kick off the annual Australian Effective Altruism conference, EAGxAustralia 2018! (Those not attending the conference are most welcome too!) Tickets for the friday night session here ($15): https://ti.to/effective-altruism-global-x/Australia2018/with/3nsxf1qlc8 We want to do the most good we can, but how should we go about this? Should we focus on searching for novel causes and interventions that we have yet to properly consider? Or should we concentrate on pursuing those interventions already known to be effective? How can we ensure that we stay curious in the search for the best ways to make the world a better place? Featuring a wealth of expertise and experience from across the Effective Altruism movement, this panel will present a range of viewpoints on these and other questions relating to the future of Effective Altruism as a philosophy and a social movement. On the panel will be: – Professor Peter Singer (Princeton University) – Amy Willey Labenz (Centre for Effective Altruism) – Carrick Flynn (Future of Humanity Institute) – Catherine Hollander (GiveWell) Event Details: Friday July 13, 6pm Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts building, The University of Melbourne Attendance is free for conference attendees. Those not attending the conference, please register at the ticket link above. Light refreshments will be provided, and there'll be plenty of time to meet and mingle with fellow effective altruists from around Australia. And if you haven't already checked out/registered for the conference itself, please do so at www.eagxaustralia.com!

  • Nanomedicine Comes of Age: Engineered Materials for Medical Treatment

    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

    By alternating positively and negatively charged molecules in sequence, it is possible to generate thin films one nano-layer at a time while controlling the composition of the film with great precision. This electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) process is a simple and elegant method of constructing highly tailored ultrathin polymer and organic-inorganic composite thin films. ** Booking here is essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2018-graeme-clark-oration-professor-paula-hammond-tickets-45513375732 We have used this method to develop thin films that can encapsulate and release proteins and biologic drugs such as growth factors with highly preserved activity from the surfaces of biomedical implants or wound dressings with sustained release over periods of several days. We have engineered coatings that yield release of different drugs, DNA or protein, resulting in highly tunable multi-agent delivery nanolayered release systems for tissue engineering, biomedical devices, and wound healing applications. Depending on the nature of the LbL assembly, we can generate thin films that rapidly release proteins or peptides within minutes for rapid hemostasis to stop bleeding in soldiers on the battlefield, or release growth factors that help to regenerate bone in defects where bone may no longer grow. Recently, we have adapted the LbL approach to design nanoparticles that can deliver a sequenced one-two punch to cancer cells through the delivery of drugs in sequence by designing nanolayers that give a staged release. It is possible to design nanoparticles that consist of several nanolayers wrapped around a drug loaded core to allow the release of siRNA to silence mutant genes and lower the defences of cancer cells, followed by chemotherapeutics that enable cancer cell killing in difficult to treat tumours. Nanomedicine Comes of Age: How Engineered Materials Are Transforming Medical Treatment - Professor Paula T. Hammond Professor Paula T. Hammond is the David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. She is a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the MIT Energy Initiative, and a founding member of the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology. She recently served as the Executive Officer (Associate Chair) of the Chemical Engineering Department [masked]). The core of her work is the use of electrostatics and other complementary interactions to generate functional materials with highly controlled architecture. Her research in nanomedicine encompasses the development of new biomaterials to enable drug delivery from surfaces with spatio-temporal control. She also investigates novel responsive polymer architectures for targeted nanoparticle drug and gene delivery, and has developed self-assembled materials systems for electrochemical energy devices. Professor Paula Hammond was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 2017. She was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2016, and into the 2013 Class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also the recipient of the 2013 AIChE Charles M. A. Stine Award, which is bestowed annually to a leading researcher in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of materials science and engineering, and the 2014 AIChE Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research. She was selected to receive the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Teal Innovator Award in 2013, which supports a single visionary individual from any field principally outside of ovarian cancer to focus his/her creativity, innovation, and leadership on ovarian cancer research.

  • Stem Cell Research - Now and in the Future

    Deakin Edge

    Join us at this FREE event, where leading Australian researchers discuss how stem cells could change the future of medicine. Learn more about stem cell research and have your questions answered. Doors open from *4.00pm* – come early and explore the Stem Cell Stories photography exhibition and meet the researchers. Event officially starts at *5.00pm*. Registration is via: https://tinyurl.com/stemcell-nowandfuture Flyer is here: https://ia601500.us.archive.org/14/items/STEMCELLPUBLICFORUM18June2018/STEM_CELL_PUBLIC_FORUM_18%20June%202018.pdf This event is proudly supported by the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia and is being held in conjunction with the 2018 International Society for Stem Cell Research Annual Meeting. Doors open from 4:00pm - come early and explore the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research Stem Cell Stories photography exhibition and meet the researchers. Speakers Professor Susie Nilsson - CSIRO and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University Susie works with hemopoietic or blood stem cells to understand their role in disease and how they might be regulated for transplantation. Associate Professor Pritinder Kaur - Curtin University Pritinder is interested in epithelial stem cells, and uses human skin cells as a model for understanding how the epithelial layers are developed. Dr Michael O'Connor - Western Sydney University Michael uses human stem cells to understand the causes of, and find new treatments for, cataracts and macular degeneration. Associate Professor James Chong - The Westmead Institute and University of Sydney James trained in cardiology and is now researching how to regrow cardiac cells after a heart attack. Professor Melissa Little - Murdoch Children's Research Institute and University of Melbourne Melissa uses human stem cells to recreate kidney tissue in the lab. Her research is currently trying to better understand inherited kidney disease, and improve diagnosis and treatments. Associate Professor Megan Munsie (Moderator) - University of Melbourne Megan has combined academia and industry to develop an understanding of issues associated with stem cell research and its clinical translation, and has contributed to developing policies at a domestic and international level.

  • Discover the Night Sky at Scienceworks: Are We Alone? The Fermi Paradox & Beyond

    Is there alien life out there in the cosmos? What about advanced civilisations? Professor Jonti Horner takes us on a voyage of discovery 'Exoplanets and Life Elsewhere' - Ponder some of the most fundamental questions of our existence and the Universe in the immersive environment of the Planetarium. Following the class, take the opportunity to meet our expert astronomers as well as mingle with others. Continue the conversation while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine with cheese. Melbourne Museum: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/discover-the-night-sky/ FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/180749952663905/ Jonti is the Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Southern Queensland, where he is a key member of the MINERVA-Australis project team. MINERVA-Australis will be a dedicated exoplanet survey tool, looking for Earth-like planets around the nearest, brightest stars. SciFuture has interviewed a number of people on the Fermi Paradox and related ideas (including 'The Great Filter', the 'STEM Hypothesis' (aka transcention hypothesis, existential risks threatening to stop us reaching the stars): - Robin Hanson on the 'Great Filter' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGXpsJYNILg - John Smart on STEM Compression - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ilog8RVLig - Keith Wiley on The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, Interstellar Transport Bandwidth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUk6ZlePtQA

  • Heart Matters - Technologies for Treating the Failing Heart

    Auditorium, The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

    Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, currently claiming more than 17 million lives a year. By 2030, it is even expected that almost 24 million people will die from CVDs, mainly from heart disease and stroke. The largest percentage increase will occur in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The largest increase in number of deaths will occur in the South-East Asia Region.The most important behavioural risk factors of heart disease and stroke are unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use. They are responsible for about 80% of coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease. MANDATORY - REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/heart-matters-technologies-for-treating-the-failing-heart-tickets-43999729375?ref=elink (via convergence science network) Lecturer: Professor Ulrich Steinseifer As of today, several treatment options are available for cardiovascular diseases, ranging from effective and inexpensive medication to complex surgical procedures requiring medical devices, such as stents, heart valve prostheses, cardiac assist devices or even total artificial hearts. The presentation will provide an overview over the current technologies of such medical devices, particularly for supporting the circulatory system once the heart is failing. It will also address major research challenges related to their development and application.

  • March for Science Melbourne 2018

    Birrarung Marr

    Marches are currently being organised around Australia; cities that have confirmed their participation are Melbourne, Sydney Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Townsville, Hobart and Launceston. Our Melbourne march will be held at 1pm, Saturday, 14 April at the lower terrace of Birrarung Marr Coordinates: [masked],[masked] The event will begin at 1:00pm where people will gather prior to the speeches at 1:15pm. With approximately 30 minutes of talks from invited speakers including scientists, science communicators and other professionals. Keep an eye on our facebook page for more information about speakers in the near future. https://www.facebook.com/MarchForScienceMelbourne/ We are reaching out to STEM professionals, universities, research institutes, political parties and other organisations who may wish to take part in a public engagement event at the conclusion of the march, to help promote the event, especially through their social media channels. Also see: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-for-science-melbourne-tickets-44828696839 Contacts For more information please contact: Matt Nurse Email: [masked] Mobile:[masked]

  • Future Day 2018


    Future Day at Prudence Bar Nth Melbourne - There will be a couple of lightning talks, with plenty of time to socialise and exchange ideas. Talks: - 'The trap of futures passed' - Tony Smith - 'The Future & You' - Chris Watkins -'Super Well-being: past, present and future' - a discussion on biohacking for mood enhancement & longevity' - Adam Karlovsky - more to come :D Food and drink can be ordered on an individual basis from the bar. ### FUTURE DAY - http://future-day.org We all have aspirations, yet we are all too often sidetracked in this age of distraction – however, to firmly ritualize our commitment to the future, each year we celebrate the future seeking to address the glorious problems involved in arriving at a future that we want. Lurking behind every unfolding minute is the potential for a random tangent with no real benefit for our future selves – so it is Future Day to the rescue! A day to remind us to include more of the future in our attention economies, and help us to procrastinate being distracted by the usual gauntlet of noise we run every other day. We take seriously the premise that our future is very important – the notion that *accelerating technological progress will change the world* deserves a lot more attention than that which can be gleaned from most other days of celebration. So, let us remind ourselves to remember the future – an editable history of a time to come – a future, that without our conscious deliberation and positive action, may not be the future that we intended. ### Activities: General discussion on all things future… A presentations may be given – if so they may be videoed. What is it? Local Future Day events are an opportunity for people get together for educational, fun, and challenging presentations, discussions, and dialogue on important trends and innovations in science, technology, business, and social change. The meta-theme for Future Day is a multidisciplinary inquiry into accelerating change, and the implications, issues, and challenges that rapid ongoing change creates. The importance of being an open-minded, broadly-interested and informed lifelong learner is one of the personal implications of accelerating change that we seek to internalize and model. From our perspective, the event serves three main purposes: - A. Education about interesting, practical, and useful trends and tools in our rapidly changing world - B. Networking among a multidisciplinary community of positive, practical and passionate change leaders - C. Socialising among future oriented people, forming a regular, supportive, and fun community.

  • The Science & Ethics of Genome Editing

    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

    What if technology existed that could cure hereditary disease? What if the same technology could ensure that hereditary disease would not be passed on to our children? What if we could bypass evolution and design the genetic makeup of our offspring? What if we could use this technology to eliminate pests such as the mosquitoes that transmit dreadful infectious diseases like malaria? * Important: This is a free event but registration is essential via the Convergence Science Network website (http://www.convergencesciencenetwork.org.au/convergence-science-forum-events.html) - seats are limited and they will fill fast. Gene Editing Unmasked with Jennifer Doudna and Kevin Esvelt - TUESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY :: MELBOURNE Gene editing technology has made extraordinary advances in the last five years, so that each of these scenarios is considered a future possibility. This has resulted from the development of a powerful gene editing tool, CRISPR/Cas9, that is currently revolutionising scientific and medical research, but has the potential to shape medical treatment and the future of humankind. CRISPR/Cas9 is arguably the biggest scientific discovery of our times, but how should it be used? We are delighted to announce that for our first event of 2018, The Science and Ethics of Genome Editing, we are bringing together two outstanding scientists, both of whom are leaders in the development of this technology and active facilitators of discussions on the ethics of proposed applications. We have one of the most pioneering women in science and co-inventor of CRISPR/Cas9, Professor Jennifer Doudna of the University of California Berkeley, who will be joined by Assistant Professor Kevin Esvelt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to take us through the possibilities, challenges and ethical issues raised by this breakthrough technology. While CRISPR/Cas9 is in its infancy, it has unleashed both excitement and apprehension at its possibilities. Significant research using this technology will only strengthen its capabilities. Perhaps in this instance, more than at any other time in recent history, societies need to be informed of and understand this major scientific and technological development and discuss what impact it is likely to have and, importantly, how they want to use this new capability. This event is being held to offer the wider public an opportunity to take part in this important social discussion. Tuesday, 13 February[masked] pm – 7.30 pm. Doors will open at 5.30 pm. Plenary 1, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf More about Gene Editing Are you interested to know more about CRISPR and gene editing? There is excellent material available, we recommend the following as a good starting point: In this video presentation (https://convergencesciencenetwork.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0b748296dd8499837fb9810b4&id=4a9ffbcc08&e=f47f382266), Professor Jennifer Doudna discusses CRISPR/Cas9 In this video presentation (https://convergencesciencenetwork.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0b748296dd8499837fb9810b4&id=316d1b99c1&e=f47f382266), Assistant Professor Kevin Esvelt discusses some of the ethical issues around CRISPR. In December 2015, the US national academies of sciences and medicine, the Royal Society and the Chinese Academy of Sciences held an international summit on human gene editing. This report (https://convergencesciencenetwork.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0b748296dd8499837fb9810b4&id=7bd1463f88&e=f47f382266) is a collection of commissioned papers that discuss the issue. In 2017 US National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine released a report (https://convergencesciencenetwork.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0b748296dd8499837fb9810b4&id=873810ff02&e=f47f382266), Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics and Governance.