Overview of the Workshops

Energy Efficient Home Kathleen Barker

Design a 10 Star Energy-Efficient Home

By Joanna Newton (BVN), Felicity Bernstein (Melbourne Design Studios) & Simone Schenkel (Designer and Director at Gruen Eco Design), Geraldine Petit (suho)
An energy efficient house can save up to 90% of the energy a normal house would use. In this workshop you will design a home that needs as little energy as a hairdryer to keep you warm in winter.

Digital Art © Colourbox

Artificial Intelligence and the Arts

Aneta Neumann (The University of Adelaide)
Artificial intelligence is substantially changing the nature of creative processes. In this workshop, you will explore the interface between art and artificial intelligence. Evolutionary image transition can be utilised as inspiration for creating original digital art and videos. Is artificial intelligence set to become the next great art movement?

Plant Breeding Tanya Siebert

Breeding Heat and Drought Resistant Plants

By Jessica Schmidt (University of Adelaide)
Many farmers in Australia lose wheat yield every year due to droughts and heat. Scientists now try to breed new plants that are more resistant to these weather extremes. But how exactly do they do that? And how important is their work to secure our food supply? Get ready to find it out!

Biodegradation of Contaminated Sites Byron Martin

Biodegradation of Contaminated Sites

By Melanie Bruckberger (CSIRO and the University of Western Australia)
Bacteria can do us harm but they can also do all sorts of good things, such as cleaning up contaminated industrial sites. In this workshop you will delve into the world of microorganisms and analyse different types of bacteria. You will gain an insight into the structure of bacteria.


Inside a Computers Brain Kathleen Barker

Inside a Computer’s Brain

By Associate Professor Karsten A. Schulz (Digital Technologies Institute)
You probably already know that computers operate in binary — a numeric system that only uses two digits — 0 and 1. But what does that mean and how exactly does binary work? In this workshop, we’ll make our own binary data and you’ll figure out how the computer’s brain really works.

DNA from a Banana Kathleen Barker

DNA, Genes and Gene Therapy

By Felicitas Vernen (University of Queensland), Dr Ueli Nachbur (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research) & Gladstone Balachandran (Monash University)
Gene therapy is one of the next big things in medical research. Researchers and doctors are now able to correct defective genes and introduce new ones. In this workshop, you will isolate a banana’s DNA and answer questions like: What is a gene? What does a gene look like? Can you actually see it?

Social Media Analytics Colourbox

Social Media Analytics

By Professor Axel Bruns (Queensland University of Technology)
From One Direction to Donald Trump, social media is now being used by politicians, celebrities, businesses and ordinary people to talk about the things that matter to them. Social media analytics are crucial for making sense of this global conversation, identifying key influencers and tracing the flow of content (from viral memes to fake news) across the online universe. Focusing on a current topic, this workshop introduces you to some key social media analytics methods.

DNA Forensics Goethe-Institut Australien

Wildlife DNA Forensics

By Dr Andrea Ducki and Dr Thea Linke (Murdoch University)
All living organisms use the same universal code in their genetic make-up to grow, function and reproduce. This information is stored in the form of a biomolecule called DNA. The unique arrangement of this information identifies all species (and reveals how close we are related to each other). You will be able to isolate and even touch this amazing DNA molecule, learn how to read its secret code and help wildlife forensics to identify a species smuggled into Australia.

Healt & Safety Training Goethe-Institut Australien

Health and Safety Training using Virtual Reality

By Dr Torsten Reiners (Curtin University)
You probably know about 3D simulations from computer games, but they are also used to create training environments. Dr Torsten Reiners will use 3D spaces in his workshop to help you reflect on day to day Health and Safety measures and to develop your own virtual training platform. And you’ll get to see a VR city from above.

Rock Paper Scissors Colourbox

Rock-Paper-Scissors and Game Theory

By Dr Sabrina Streipert (University of Queensland)
Rock-paper-scissors really seems to be a game of chance. However if you know a bit of game theory and human psychology you might have an advantage. In this workshop you will play and then analyse the game. You will try out different game strategies and find out if they work to your advantage.

Glitter Bug Liam Hartley

GlitterBugs: How clean are your hands?

By Dr Marie Greyer (University of Melbourne), Dr Katharina Richter (The University of Adelaide)
You may not be aware but many microscopic bugs and bacteria live on our skin and within our bodies. Some are beneficial to us whilst others can cause harm. The ‘GlitterBug’ experiment highlights the abundance of bugs that live in our environment, such as those that reside on our hands.

antimicrobial resistence Liam Hartley

What does antimicrobial resistance mean for the world?

By Dr Helmut Thissen (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation CSIRO)
Antimicrobials save millions of lives every year. Most of us have had antimicrobials before: in the form of antibiotics. But greater resistance to antibiotics is constantly developing. What can we do? Helmut’s research focuses on the surfaces of medical devices and implants and how we can make them safe by reducing the risk of infection.

Adaptive Optics Byron Martin

Adaptive Optics for Space Debris applications

By Dr. Doris Grosse (Australian National University)
60 years of space travel has created millions of pieces of space debris that continually orbits the Earth. This debris is now threatening our global satellite network. Doris explores a possible solution to this problem with you.

Livestock Genetics Byron Martin

The sheep has a big bottom - Livestock breeding and genetics

By Dr Sonja Dominik (CSIRO Agriculture and Food)
Nowadays farmers need to continually select their best animals for breeding. But how do we know which animals have the best genes? In this workshop, you will find out how research into animal breeding locates the particular genes needed for the best livestock. You will have the chance to explore things like the genetics that determine a horse’s colour and the size of a sheep’s bum.

Microscopic view Goethe-Institut Australien

Microscopic view of tissue cells

By A/Prof Claudia Nold (Hudson Institute of Medical Research)
The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect our bodies against disease. Scientists all over the world are currently trying to decode the specific functions of this system. Claudia Nold is one of them. In this workshop, you will discover how an
unbalanced immune system affects tissues. Using a microscope you’ll find out how inflammation and disease can be identified.

Cyber security Byron Martin

Cyber security: How do we make digital information hacker-proof?

By Dr Max Ott (Data 61)
Every second of the day sensitive information, from credit card numbers to health records to military secrets, is transmitted online. Thanks to encryption it can all be done securely. Together with Dr Max Ott you will create an encryption algorithm and find out how it transforms digital information.

Cryptocurrency Transactions Colourbox

Cryptocurrency Transactions

By Dr Ingo Weber (Data 61, CSIRO)
You might have heard of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin or Ethereum. Cryptocurrencies are a new type of money that is digital. If you pay using a cryptocurrency, it is transacted digitally. But what does this sort of money look like and what technology lies behind it? In this workshop, you will explore cryptocurrency and observe live transactions on the Ethereum net.