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Concussion in Sport - Big Issue or Should We Just Shake it Off ?

From international level through to junior levels, concussion is one of the biggest issues facing sport today. Join one of Australia's foremost authors and speakers Peter Fitzsimons (yes the ex Wallaby), Prof. Damian Bailey (Wales) and Prof. John Sullivan (Otago) as they give their different perspectives on the impact of sport on brain health and challenge us to think about what can (or should) be done.

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Wed 13 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Making a Difference - Using 3D Technology to Change Lives

Limbitless Solutions are focussed on helping innovators to use their skills and passion to improve the world around them using personalized bionics and solutions for disabilities. Come and hear their story about how they are looking to assist communities to innovate with compassion. They will also be demonstrating how they use 3D printing to create an arm specifically for a local young man.Limbitless Solutions are proudly sponsored by the Otago Polytechnic. Funding support from the US Embassy.

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Fri 15 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Women In Science Breakfast with Lucy Collins

Join special guest Naval Architect Lucy Collins over breakfast as she shares her science journey in the specialist field of submarine design. With one of the most unique job descriptions of any festival guest, Lucy is passionate about inspiring young women into science. Sponsored by the British High Commission.

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Tue 12 July 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

What Inspires Me - Women in Science 2 Minute Talks

Be part of this inspirational evening with some of our special guests and women from our science community where they share in two minutes what inspires them. Women from all walks of life and backgrounds share their science stories. Two slides, two props, two minutes.

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Wed 13 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

How Unique is My Job! With Special Guest Submarine Designer Lucy Collins (UK)

Lucy Collins’ job is one of the most unique we have ever had at the festival. With a first class Masters degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, Lucy worked for the Ministry of Defence as a Naval Architect (a designer of ships and submarines for the Royal Navy) and is now helping run an MSc in Naval Architecture, as well as undertaking a PhD in submarine design. Join Lucy as she shares some of her insights from this unique role, and her work in encouraging young women into science careers.

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Mon 11 July 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

ZooMoo Live

ZooMoo Live is a unique opportunity to meet the loveable characters of ZooMoo - an international children's television channel filmed right here in Dunedin and broadcast in over 20 countries around the world!

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Sat 16 July 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

How Climate Change is Degrading My Daughter’s Future: From Epidemiology to Economics

Nearly all predicted rates of climate disruption have been exceeded in the last five years, meaning that a number of worst-case scenarios are being realised much earlier than expected. Coupled with a guaranteed increase in the global human population any chance of a sustainable future will require radical revamping of many of our traditional systems and processes. Join Prof Bradshaw as he looks at the future of our children and the impacts on their generation.

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Tue 12 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Sounds like Science with Dr Graham Walker and DJ Sixfootsix

A strange experiment is afoot in Dunedin… DJs and science performers are hybridising to let music enlighten science, and science light up song. Combining Dr Graham’s thrilling science with DJ sixfootsix’s tunes, this show will amuse, intrigue and astonish as fireballs, explosions, marshmallow cannons, massive liquid nitrogen clouds and more get mashed-up to music.

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Sat 09 July 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Exploring Together - with NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman

Come and hear Dr. Newman as she outlines the vision of space travel.

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Thu 14 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
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Why Science is Cool - with Nigel Latta

Nigel Latta loves science. He's weighed penguins in the Antarctic, been zapped with a million volts, jumped out of planes with fruit and burned down an entire house. In this session he'll show you why science is the coolest thing in the world right now. Be warned, stuff may blow up!

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Fri 15 July 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Fri 15 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

The Hum of The Parts | A Global Honeycomb Artwork

Bee architecture is at once simple and sophisticated. We have much to learn from these industrious creatures. They are a model for successful collaborative community. Join me in the creation of a giant communal honeycomb. Write. Draw. Stitch. Hum.

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Sat 09 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sun 10 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mon 11 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Tue 12 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wed 13 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thu 14 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fri 15 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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Science and Superfoods: An Evening at Technique Restaurant

Superfoods. Fact or fiction? Enjoy a meal made up of superfoods, and be challenged by Food Science's Phil Bremer and the team at Technique as to what superfoods really are and what really can make a difference to our brain and body. This 3 course meal includes a glass of beer, wine or juice. Cash bar also available. Be part of another unique "science of" event that have fast become festival favorites.

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Sat 09 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

University of Otago Science Festival Expo

The SciFest Expo grabs the best, quirkiest, coolest, weirdest and most helpful science from around the university and packs it all into the ground floor of the St David complex.

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Sat 09 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sun 10 July 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our Living World

An all-ages event packed with activities & workshops exploring the world around us! A Walk on the Wild Side, Bird Watching Walks, Mysterious Mistletoes, Pop-up Library, Shedding Light on the Night Display, Stream Health, Pond People Perusal, Weedy Dunedin, Wild Nightlife in the Garden

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

The Science of Wall Street Mall

Join us on the hour by LOL Cafe for live interactive demos from stores within Wall Street Mall including the science of cheese presented by Marbecks Foodstore, how LUSH products are made & The Frontrunner’s science behind running.

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Sun 10 July 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Super Science Mash Up Family Quiz Night

Join the festival team and festival guests Dr Graham Walker and Chris Foster in a science game show mash up where Family Feud meets Iron Chef meets Face Off. A good old fashioned slice of science fun for the whole family to get into.

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Sun 10 July 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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From the Lab to the Stage Workshops

Become a science communicator making your own science show along with scientists of the University of Otago and the Science Communicators of the Otago Museum! Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Geology at its best!

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Mon 11 July 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum: Guided Tours

Have you ever seen the smallest bone in the human body? A tour around the W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum brings to life the wonders of the human body...

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Sat 09 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat 09 July 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Sun 10 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
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Edwardian Innovation Tour

Join our Edwardian Innovation Tour and experience the technological marvels the Theomin family enjoyed at their home. Afterwards, create some delicious treats using Edwardian methods in our 'Drying Room'.

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Mon 11 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue 12 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed 13 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu 14 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri 15 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3D IT - 3D Printing

3D printing is the new technology of the future? Understand how 3D printing can be used in all manner of ways in engineering to change how manufacturing occurs.

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Thu 14 July 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

The Curious Case of Science Family Fun Day

Meet scientists from around Otago as they explore the Museum's collection in our galleries. They will shine a light on physics, help you make your own robotic insect and take you to other planets with virtual reality. Don't forget to bring your curiosity to our explosive free science show at 2pm!

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Sat 16 July 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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Fight Like a Physicist

Practical and interactive workshop where concepts of centre of mass, gravity and equilibrium are developed using stances, and basic foot movements. Learn how a small person can “win” against a bigger opponent through Physics. Force, momentum and torque concepts are explored using basic striking and fighting techniques.

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Mon 11 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Back to the Future: An Intergenerational Food Journey Like No Other

Dunedin's multi-generational study began 40 years ago. Be part of this special meal with a menu made up of 5 courses from throughout the decades, beginning in the 70s, and throughout the night hear from Prof Richie Poulton has he explores some of the findings over the years from this world leading study. Get a group together, pick a decade, and get into the swing of things. There will be prizes for best (and possibly the worst) dressed and spot prizes.

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Tue 12 July 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Colour to Enhance Your Home Inside & Out

Learn how to transform your home inside & out with colour! Talk to our experts and learn the tips and tricks about the following: Spraypainting, Colour consultant, Lighting, Tiling, Curtains & Blinds, Flooring, Pots, Plants, Paving. Drinks & Nibbles provided!

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Thu 14 July 06:45 PM - 09:30 PM

Cafe Sci: From Zika to Measles, Take Another Look at... Infectious Diseases

Join Prof Kurt Krause (Director of the Webster Centre for Research on Infectious Diseases) and some of the University team as they look at current issues facing us from a local, national, and international perspective. Whether it be the current concern over measles or the potential impact of Zika, come along, hear from the panel and ask them some of the burning questions you may have on infectious diseases.

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Wed 13 July 12:15 PM - 01:15 PM