We organise events in order to bring people together to share knowledge and ideas.
This page has our 2019 calendar of events. The best place to get the most up to date information is our Twitter account and Facebook page.
Campfires and Science: Future Forests – 21st May
Victoria’s unique biodiversity and enormous trees are managed by the Victorian State Government and they asking for people to give feedback on how these forests should be managed in the future. Register for this free event here where you can join us around the campfire for some free food, hear experts speak and learn how you can get involved in understanding the best way to manage our forests:
This event follows a free Royal Society public lecture at 1:30pm at at the same location – which you can register for separately here.
Date: 21st May 2019
Place: Box Hill Institute Lakeside Campus (GPS co-ordinates: -37.7674957,145.3422557)
Campfires and Science: Kororoit Creek – 29th June
Join us for this special ‘Campfires and Science’ event along Kororoit Creek on the 29th June.
We’ll be hearing from Aboriginal elders about how people used to live along this creek, looking for which animals are living here now using eDNA testing, planting trees and mapping the area with drones. People of all ages are welcome. Free food will be provided. Registration opens soon.
Campfires and Science: Wild DNA & restoration – 27th July
Join us at this event where we’ll be teaching people how to look for critically endangered animals and leading trips to plant trees and remove invasive species.
More information coming soon about events in June, July and August in central Melbourne and the Central Highlands!
Campfires and Science: Wild DNA in Toolangi
This free ‘Campfires and Science was attended by around 50 people who met to head outdoors, light a campfire, and share knowledge. At our second free ‘Wild DNA‘ environmental DNA sampling event we worked with the Australian National University, teaching people how to gather samples and look for a critically endangered species which live in the trees. We also tested a new way of finding species on this trip, using mosquito traps to look for DNA in the blood of animals they had taken blood from! After a free vegan dinner, we also heard from local experts who shared their knowledge, including a recitation of a famous local poet. The event was moved to Toolangi at last minute owing to uncontrolled bushfires, and feebback about the event was highly positive.
Date and time: 16th March – 2pm – 8pm
Location: Toolangi Recreation Reserve, Toolangi, (co-ordinates: -37.5348921,145.4728553)
If you want to get involved in helping us plan any part of the Wild DNA project you can get involved here.
This event was run with the kind support of the Royal Society of Victoria and with a grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Government of Victoria, Australia.
Campfires and Science: Wild DNA
This free event hosted by ‘Science for All’ was attended by nearly 30 people, who had a chance to come and learn how to collect environmental DNA samples. This event was the first in a series of events which are part of our new and exciting ‘Wild DNA’ project, funded by the Victorian Government. Learn more about the project here and how you can get involved. We’re currently looking for members of the public who are interested in being trained to teach others how to gather environmental DNA samples. Contact email@example.com.
Date: 13th October 2018
Place: Andersons Mill Campsite, Marysville (Location: -37.5426699,145.7365716)
This ‘Science for All’ event received financial support from the Victorian Government and is supported by the Royal Society of Victoria. Stay up to date with event information at the Facebook event.
‘Campfires & Science’ at Plenty Gorge
This special ‘Science for All’ event on 15th September 2018 at Plenty Gorge, was hosted by the new Whittlesea Tech School and was supported by the Royal Society of Victoria. We gathered around a campfire with some delicious free food:
- We worked with people of all ages to teach them how to gather environmental DNA samples to look for playtpus in Plenty Creek by Enviro DNA with a world-first as we carried out campfire side sequencing of the sample.
- We all had a ‘drone-selfie’ taken by Mick Russel and a demonstration of how drones can be used to help research.
- We had Dave, an elder from the Wurundjeri Tribe Council, talking about the importance of indigenous knowledge and how to integrate it into other kinds of knowledge systems. He spoke about an experimental archaeology project to build a bark canoe in the Plenty Gorge.
- We learned about nocturnal animals and the effect positive effect of changing to LED street lighting with less white in the spectrum from Alicia Dimovski.
- We learned about how the organisation ‘Wildlife of the Central Highlands‘ trains the public to use thermal imaging cameras to spot critically endangered animals in order to carry out research.
- We heard from Whittlesea Council about their Biodiversity Strategy and how people can get involved in shaping it.
‘Campfires & Science’ at Plenty Gorge 15th September