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.
Introduction to DNA barcoding – 14th July
Using DNA from wild animals is an increasingly important way to reliably assess biodiversity in an ethical and cost-effective way. ‘Science for All’ is working to make sure that knowledge of how to do this is available for free, to as many people as possible.
We’re running a free course on ‘DNA Barcoding’ with Bioquizitive on the 14th July from 1-5pm and are offering some free places. You’ll learn how to use environmental DNA to detect species. You’ll be in a lab and the day will have practical sessions.
We have very limited places, please register your interest here.
Campfires and Science: Wild DNA & restoration – 27th July
Join us for this special ‘Campfires and Science’ event where we’ll be teaching people how to look for critically endangered animals and leading trips to plant trees and remove invasive species.
We’ll be joined by Taungurung man, Shane Monk, who will give a Welcome to Country and a ‘walk and talk’ education session in the forest. We’ll also be learning how to gather DNA samples in the wild and analyse them in the forest with a portable ‘lab’.
Register here: https://toolangi-dna.eventbrite.com.au
Date: Saturday 27th July – Sunday 28th July
Location: Toolangi Recreation Reserve (GPS: -37.5365146,145.4752022) will be the campsite, with other locations for restoration shared on this website nearer the time.
Timings: Saturday 27th July – 10am -1pm restoration work (tree planting), 1pm lunch (bring your own), 2pm eDNA session, 3pm-5pm ‘walk and talk’ education session in the forest with Taungurung man Shane Monk, 5:30pm free dinner, 6pm onwards spotlighting walks and star gazing (please note exact timings may change, check website for most up to date information).
Sunday 28th July: 10am-12pm – restoration work (tree planting), 12pm-1pm – special guest presentation – close 2pm.
Please note free camping is available for everyone (no limit), and there are disabled access toilets and electric BBQs.
This event is being run in partnership with Deakin University Enviro Club partly funded by a grant from the State Government of Victoria and public donations. ‘Science for All’ is supported by the Royal Society of Victoria.
Campfires and Science: Future Knowledge 2030 – 24th August
In our first partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, we’ll be hosting a discussion with young people about the future of knowledge and how projects like Wikipedia can support free knowledge, for everyone.
The day will be split into two parts:
- The first session will be a discussion about the future role of the Wikimedia Foundation (2-4pm)
- The second session will be about native Australian plants and how traditional Aboriginal knowledge can inform the future of sustainable food production (4pm-7pm)
Location: CERES Community Environment Park (GPS location -37.7657843,144.9833435)
Time: 2pm – 7pm
More details coming soon!
Campfires and Science: Kororoit Creek – 29th June
At this special ‘Campfires and Science’ event along Kororoit Creek on the 29th June we had a great day – whatever the weather!
People learned how to plant trees, do water testing, use environmental #DNA and microscopes to see what’s in the creek & heard from a Wurundjeri Elder about Aboriginal knowledge!
Date: Saturday 29th June 2019
Timings: Activities start at 1:30pm, welcome to country and free food 4:30pm, stargazing 6pm onwards – come along to any part that you can or stay all day!
Place: Kororoit Creek – Neighbourhood House (GPS co-ordinates: -37.7813366,144.8133104)
This event was run in partnership with Friends of Kororoit Creek, and is supported by the Royal Society of Victoria, and partly funded by public donations and grants from the State Government of Victoria.
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. This free event brought together people who have worked in the logging and sawmill industry, experts on forest management and people who work for the State Government in understanding the views of the public about forests. We got to hear from all of them around the fire, along with some free food!
This event followed a free Royal Society public lecture, and was supported by the Royal Society of Victoria, hosted by the Box Hill Institute Integrated Technology Hub and supported in parts by money crowd-funded by the public and matched by the State Government of Victoria.
Date: 21st May 2019
Place: Box Hill Institute Lakeside Campus
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