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 Knowledge and Wikipedia – 24th August
In our first partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, we’ll be hosting a discussion and working with people aged 15 – 24 to explore the future of knowledge creation and how projects like Wikipedia can support free knowledge, for everyone. There will be a further focus on Australian plants and the knowledge base of Indigenous Australians to get everyone started.
The afternoon will be split into two parts:
- Part One: Shaping the future with Wikimedia (2:00-4:00pm): We’ll be working with young people to discuss how the Wikimedia Foundation can continue to shape how knowledge is created, used and shared in the future. We’ll have guest presentations from competition winners (details on entering competition here)
- Part Two: Australian plants – past, present and future (4:30-7:00pm): We’ll be hearing from expert speakers who will share their knowledge about native plants, how Aboriginal people use these plants, and what we can learn from the past to help inform the future of using plants as food and medicine.
Hot chocolate and marshmallows on offer!
Date: 24th August
Time: 2pm – 7pm
Register here: https://future-knowledge.eventbrite.com.au
Get involved in helping us plan this event here.
Please note, this free event is aimed at 15-24 year olds – but all ages are welcome. Places will be prioritised for 15-24 year olds. This event is partly financed by a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, public donations and a grant from the State Government of Victoria. ‘Science for All’ is proudly supported by the Royal Society of Victoria.
We’re asking for submissions from people aged 15-24 to enter a competition to share their views about Wikipedia.
You can submit either a mini-essay (200 words max) or a short audio or video recording (under 3 minutes) answering some of the following questions:
- How do you use Wikipedia now?
- What would make you use Wikipedia more?
- What do you think Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects should do in the future?
Enter the competition
How: Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Before August 22nd
What next? Winners will be invited to share their ideas around the campfire and will be given a book voucher.
More information can be found here.
Saving species with Citizen Science – August 2019
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’ve run 4 free courses where people learned how to use environmental DNA to detect species. The sessions were in a lab where people learned practical skills they can use in the forest and beyond.
Campfires and Science: Wild DNA & restoration – 27th July
At this special ‘Campfires and Science’ event we showed people how to look for critically endangered animals using DNA and lead trips to plant trees and restore critically endangered. We were also joined by Taungurung man, Shane Monk, who gave a Welcome to Country and a ‘walk and talk’ education session in the forest. We also heard from Chris Taylor, and expert in evidence-informed forest management in Australia. Our final session was run by Andrew Gray from Bioquisitive, giving a demonstration of how to gather DNA samples in the wild and analyse them in the forest with a portable ‘lab’.
This event was being 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: 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