Immersive Science II: Revealing the Invisible Universe

Thursday 15 February 2018

Rebecca Allen and Alan Duffy with SciVR headsets

Astronomers, Dr Rebecca Allen and Associate Professor Alan Duffy, will present the incredible advances in our understanding of the invisible Universe during National Science Week.

In summary

  • Swinburne astronomers receive National Science Week grant to present live Virtual Reality talks exploring the Universe
  • VR events to be held at Victorian State Library and Mountain Goat Brewery with online video streaming
  • Science in the Park: Wildlife Counts event to be held at Coolart Wetlands and Homestead Reserve in Somers

Swinburne astronomers Associate Professor Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allen have received a National Science Week grant to present public events in August exploring the invisible Universe that surrounds us.

There will be two live Virtual Reality (VR) talks based on the successful Science in VR app using bespoke cardboard VR headsets, coordinated regional viewing parties, and tailored educational material for all.

One will be a day-time event for families at the State Library, followed by an evening event for adults at the Mountain Goat Brewery, regional viewing parties and online video streaming.

“Immersive Science II will build on existing online enquiry tools when running the app and live events as shown by the success of Immersive Science last year,” says Associate Professor Duffy.

“We will be exploring new realms of science, from nanostructures to blackholes and insects to electrons in the Synchrotron.”

Regional science enthusiasts will have access to online streaming of the talks, Q&A from the audience and via social media, viewing parties hosted by local societies throughout NSW, and educational material customised to the VR experience.


Science in the Park: Wildlife Counts

The Swinburne PrimeSCI team has also received a National Science Week grant for Science in the Park: Wildlife Counts event at the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead Reserve in Somers.

This will be the third year this event catering for all ages will be held on the Mornington Peninsula.

There will be science presentations, displays and hands-on activities, wildlife monitoring, and education on sustainable practices in the unique wetland environments of the Coolart Reserve.

Ian Temby, author of Wild Neighbours, will be a key speaker.

The National Science Week grants were announced by Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Senator the Hon Zed Seselja on 14 February 2018.

National Science Week will be held from 11-19 August 2018.