CPAS seminar series

Contact

 Lindy Orthia
 +61 2 61256148

The CPAS seminar series showcases current science communication research, outreach and teaching taking place in our centre and around the world. Seminars are usually presented by CPAS students and staff, but also often feature invited guests from Australia and overseas who are involved in science communication.

Seminars are held on Thursday evenings during semester times, in the Green Couch Room, Peter Baume Building 42A, at the Australian National University.

Seminars usually start at 5pm and finish around 6.30.

Interested members of the ANU community and the public are welcome to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring some food or drink to share.

Past events

18
May
2017
Tonight PhD candidate Ruth O'Connor will present her final seminar on her doctoral research.
20
Apr
2017
In tonight's CPAS seminar, Julie Ryder, award winning art-science practitioner, will describe her journey to identify the anonymous collector of an album of seaweed specimens fr
30
Mar
2017
Would you like a beer with your chlamydia test?
23
Mar
2017
Tonight PhD candidate Matt Wood will present his final seminar on his research into how and what people learn from science diagrams.
16
Mar
2017
Tonight PhD candidate Jacqui Hoepner will present her final seminar on her research.
09
Mar
2017
Tonight PhD candidate Vanessa de Kauwe will discuss her research project which examines the use of informal science activities for the social development of young people with in
02
Mar
2017
Tonight PhD candidate Penny Wilson will present her final seminar on her research into the business of raw milk.
23
Feb
2017
Tonight PhD candidate Jason Major will present his final seminar on his research, which investigates what affects Australian broadacre farmers' decison making about weed and inv
27
Oct
2016
Tonight five groups of students enrolled in SCOM3002 Science in the Media will share their experiences creating media strategies for real world industry partner organisations.
20
Oct
2016
The Western Australian Museum in Perth is undergoing one of the largest museum redevelopments in the world today, and offers a unique opportunity to revisit how audiences engage
06
Oct
2016
Tonight Melanie Tacey will present her final seminar on her honours research project on the topic 'Natural semantic metalanguage as a tool for cross-cultural science communicati
29
Sep
2016
Tonight Kate Reid will present her final seminar on her honours research project, on the topic 'Engaged in fiction, engaged in science: Can stories about science inspire a caree
22
Sep
2016
Tonight a Ellen Phiddian will present her final seminar on her research project on the topic '3D images and models in chemistry'.
15
Sep
2016
Tonight PhD candidate Cobi Smith will present her final seminar on her PhD research.
01
Sep
2016
In Jurassic World it was featherless dinosaurs. In The Martian it was a sandstorm. In Gravity it was  … gravity.
22
Aug
2016
Speaker: Prof Penny Hawe, Menzies Centre for Health Policy and the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, University of Sydney
18
Aug
2016
Tonight PhD candidate Kathleen Hayes will present her mid-term seminar, and PhD candidate Jennifer Colley will present her first PhD seminar.
09
Aug
2016
Tonight current SCOM undergraduates are invited to find out more about what SCOM honours involves, and to talk to potential supervisors about topic ideas.
04
Aug
2016
New academic fields of endeavour are continually being developing eventually reaching the status of an academic discipline worthy of being recognised as such by universities and
21
Jul
2016
Tonight key industry partners will gather in the Green Couch Room to chat with students about doing a science communication internship within their organisation.
02
Jun
2016
The seminar will be in two parts.
26
May
2016
Tonight PhD candidate Luke Powter will present his mid term seminar on his research examining connections between teaching online as part of a campus tertiary education experien
12
May
2016
In this two part seminar, Graham presents an update on the Science Circus Africa project along with theoretical analysis and live performance of demonstrations that do amazing s
05
May
2016
Come along to find out how to build your science communication career in this event hosted by the ACT branch of the Australian Science Communicators.
28
Apr
2016
Tonight a PhD candidate will present on his research. Tangyao Zhang will present his first seminar on his PhD research into the debate about GM food in China.
21
Apr
2016
Tonight three SCOM3003 students - Imogen Brown, Jacinta Evans and Zoë Tulip - will discuss the research projects they're working on this semester.
31
Mar
2016
Tonight Visiting Fellow Dr Per Hetland from the University of Oslo will present a guest seminar on the topic, 'Trading Zones, Citizen Science Expertise, and New Infrastructures
24
Mar
2016
Tonight PhD candidate Matt Wood will present his mid-term PhD seminar, and Melanie Tacey will present her honours project proposal for discussion.
17
Mar
2016
Tonight two SCOM honours students will present their project proposals for discussion.
10
Mar
2016
Tonight science communicator Toss Gascoigne will facilitate a special guest seminar:
03
Mar
2016
Tonight PhD candidate Ruth O'Connor will present her mid-term PhD seminar, and guest Professor Bernard Schiele from the Université du Québec à Montréal will follow with a brief
25
Feb
2016
Tonight Visiting Fellow Dr David Kirby from the University of Manchester, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, will give a guest seminar presentation.
18
Feb
2016
Tonight CPAS staff will welcome new students and visitors to CPAS, in our new building and new Green Couch Room.
29
Oct
2015
Tonight students enrolled in SCOM3002 Science in the Media this semester will share their experiences preparing media and social media materials for industry partners.
22
Oct
2015
Tonight Jacqui Hoepner will present her mid-term PhD seminar and
15
Oct
2015
Tonight honours student Jen Colley will present the final results of her research on the topic 'A comparison of the nature of science within five international curricula'.
08
Oct
2015
Tonight PhD candidates Mita Anggaryani and Matt Dunn will discuss their research.
01
Oct
2015
Tonight honours student Caroline Faulder will present the final results of her research on the topic 'The importance of role models for women in STEM (science, technology, engin
24
Sep
2015
Tonight honours student James Ansell will present his final results on his research topic, 'Superfood! You'll believe that food can fly!'
03
Sep
2015
Honours info and free pizza? Thursday 3rd September 2015 is the night for you!
27
Aug
2015
Tonight commencing PhD candidates Kathleen Hayes and Peter Russ will give their first presentations on what they propose to research. Their topics are:
20
Aug
2015
To celebrate National Science Week, tonight the CPAS seminar will be a prop off!
13
Aug
2015
Tonight PhD candidates Jarrod Green and Jason Major will present their mid-term seminars on their PhD research.
06
Aug
2015
Tonight PhD candidate Cath Rayner will present her final CPAS seminar on her PhD research entitled 'Communicating organisational outcomes using simple performance indicators: a
30
Jul
2015
Tonight CPAS staff Dr Merryn McKinnon, Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts will speak about their paradigm-smashing research which investigates the axiom that science education an
23
Jul
2015
Tonight Dr Graham Walker and Joe Duggan will talk about the Science Circus Africa project.
04
Jun
2015
Tonight undergraduate science communication students who completed an internship within Canberra high school science classrooms will discuss their experiences communicating scie
28
May
2015
The Western Australian State Government has committed $428 million to rebuild the Western Australian Museum.
21
May
2015
Tonight Cobi Smith will give her final PhD presentation, sharing practical examples from her work internationally.
14
May
2015
Tonight Tegan Donald will give her final seminar on her PhD research examining the question 'what would a scientifically engaged Australia look like?'
07
May
2015
Tonight Bobby Cerini will present her final seminar on her PhD research looking at public heroes of science.
30
Apr
2015
Tonight honours student Lachlan Platts will give his final seminar on his research into the uses of video games for education in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineerin
23
Apr
2015
Build your future by finding out about current SCOM study options and networking with professional science communicators.
02
Apr
2015
Tonight science communicators from CPAS, Questacon and beyond will present thrilling, intriguing and innovative new demonstrations and props that they've developed for communica
26
Mar
2015
Tonight Dr Denis Warne will speak about his M Sci Com research project into the uses of seasonal calendars for communicating Indigenous knowledge, specifically focusing on the A
19
Mar
2015
Tonight Professor Shirley Leitch will give a guest presentation on her rese
12
Mar
2015
Tonight three commencing honours students will give short presentations on their proposed honours research projects. The students are:
05
Mar
2015
Tonight Rashel Li will give her final seminar on her PhD research, which investigates how audiences of television sitcom The Big Bang Theory respond to the show's depic
26
Feb
2015
Tonight Brenda Moon will give her final seminar on her PhD research, which investigates the uses of social media for monitoring online public discussion about science controvers
19
Feb
2015
Tonight the CPAS staff will welcome new students to the centre, with refreshments provided.
06
Nov
2014
Tonight Cath Rayner will give her final report on her PhD research on the topic, '
30
Oct
2014
Tonight students enrolled in SCOM3002 Science in the Media will present the media strategies they developed and implemented on behalf of organisations they were working with dur
23
Oct
2014
This week CPAS lecturer Dr Lindy Orthia and collaborator Dr Rachel Morgain from the School of Culture, History & Language in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific will p
16
Oct
2014
Tonight Eleanor Gates-Stuart will present her final PhD seminar.
09
Oct
2014
Tonight students enrolled in SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public this year will present the artefacts that they created to communicate an aspect of science creatively
02
Oct
2014
Tonight Mofa Shah will present his final PhD seminar on the topic, '
25
Sep
2014
Tonight M Sci Com student Dustin Welbourne and undergraduate students enrolled in SCOM3003 Undergraduate Science Communication Research Project will report on their research pro
18
Sep
2014
Everybody knows our food and environment have been polluted by chemicals, yet we remain ignorant of their potential effects and how we might avoid ingesting these harmful substa
04
Sep
2014
Tonight honours student David Knowles will present the results of his research, which
28
Aug
2014
At tonight's seminar, PhD student Jacqui Hoepner will present her first seminar on her PhD research, which is on the topic 'The communication of opposition to wind power on the
21
Aug
2014
Tonight Luke Menzies will give a midterm progress report on his PhD research.
14
Aug
2014
Tonight Barry Stanton will present a mid-term progress report for his PhD research on 'Barriers to defence science communication.'
07
Aug
2014
Tonight PhD students Jason Major and Matthew Dunn will give their first presentations on their PhD research. More details TBA.
31
Jul
2014
Tonight a group of undergraduate science communication students who undertook an internship at Calwell High School this year to get experience applying science communication pri
24
Jul
2014
Tonight CPAS and Questacon folk will show off their new and exciting prop-based science demonstrations in an annual event.
17
Jul
2014
The world’s most expensive coffee is an intoxicating brew called Kopi Luwak, where the coffee beans have passed through the digestive tract of the Asian palm civet before being
29
May
2014
Tonight Professor John Rayner will share results of his research into how PhD students construct their ideas about their research.
22
May
2014
The ACT branch of the Australian Science Communicators and the ANU Science Communication Society will tonight host a careers and networking night where aspiring science communic
01
May
2014
Tonight Graham Walker will share experiences from a recent CPAS program in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana. See amazing demos communicating radio astr
24
Apr
2014
Tonight two students enrolled in SCOM3003 Special Topics in Science Communication will report on their research projects' progress. The students and their topics are:
03
Apr
2014
Tonight Rami Ibo will present the results of his honours research, which investigates
27
Mar
2014
Tonight guest Dr Linda S. Rayor from Cornell University will share her experiences with science outreach.
20
Mar
2014
Tonight CPAS staff Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant will talk about their various online science communication activities that aim to provoke.
13
Mar
2014
Tonight Dr Merryn McKinnon and Dr Sean Perera will present the results of their recent research project, 'The Big Picture', which examined preservice science teachers' perceptio
06
Mar
2014
Tonight Professors Stocklmayer and Gore will discuss diverse science communication capacity building activities that they have been involved in across the African continent.
27
Feb
2014
Tonight Dr Suzette Searle will speak about a national survey of the Australian public conducted in February 2014.
20
Feb
2014
Tonight CPAS staff will welcome to CPAS our new students and staff and those returning for another year.
14
Nov
2013
In partnership with Questacon, CPAS has been hosting seven staff from Indonesian science centres for in November 2013 as part of an ongoing capacity development workshop.
07
Nov
2013
PhD candidate Savita Sharma will tonight present her final seminar on her research.
31
Oct
2013
Tonight's seminar will be presented by three groups of SCOM3002 Science in the Media students
24
Oct
2013
Tonight CPAS PhD candidate Eleanor Gates-Stuart will talk about her science-art commission StellrScope, which she worked on throughout 2013.
17
Oct
2013
This week's CPAS seminar will be presented by guest Dr Timothy Dyke, Executive Director of the Strategic Policy Group of the National Health and Medical Research Council, on the
10
Oct
2013
Two PhD students who commenced research in 2013 will speak tonight about their intentions and progress. Chris McGillion's topic is:
03
Oct
2013
Tonight PhD candidate Penny Wilson will present her second PhD seminar, outlining the progress she has made in her PhD research.
26
Sep
2013
Undergraduate students conducting original research projects through SCOM3003 will present their projects this evening. The presenters are:
12
Sep
2013
Tonight Phoebe Melvin and Siân Keys - Master of Science Communication Outreach students, who this year are members of the Shell Questacon Science Circus - will share experiences
05
Sep
2013
Tonight Rudi Spennemann will present his formal seminar reporting on his honours research on the topic 'Audience responses to fictional representations of future technology'.
29
Aug
2013
Suzette Searle will present the results of a CPAS research project she conducted with Rod Lamberts and Will Grant which asked Australians what they think science is.
22
Aug
2013
Tonight Dr Lindy Orthia will launch her edited volume of essays, Doctor Who and Race, to be published this year by Intellect Books, by giving a presentation on the inte
15
Aug
2013
Tonight we have a variation on the 'prop-off' science communication seminars...called artefact-off!
08
Aug
2013
Emotions, enthusiasm, interactivity, relevance, curiosity and motivation are critical factors in many science communication activities, especially science shows.
25
Jul
2013
How do Tumutian magnets power Canberra? What do buddhist singing bowls have in common with orgasmonic solar cells?
23
May
2013
Lawrie Kirk will present the results of his MPhil research on the topic, 'Science Communication Capacity Building Needs for Pacific NGOs - a response to the new strategic direct
16
May
2013
Speaker: John Rayner
What do the uptake of hybrid rice, twitter activity, foxes and rabbits, and patterns of smoking have in common with each other?
09
May
2013
This evening the Science Communication Society along with the Australian Science Communicators bring you our first networking night. Guest speakers include:

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