PARASITE PARADISE FOR NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK
Discover the amazing world of parasites, and the role they play in human health, exploring science and art through workshops and fun activities. Drop in or book in to take part in these great events presented as part of National Science Week.
All the activities take place in front of Bernard Lee Singleton’s painting Gula Guri mayin (Heal the body), which explores themes of parasites and health. View the painting and then watch an animation based on it by Russell Milldge and Tai Inoue. The painting and animation are the outcome of a partnership between the Australian Society for Parasitology and a group of artists in Far North Queensland, with funding from Inspiring Australia.
These Inspiring Australia activities are jointly presented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Federation University and, the Australian Society for Parasitology and are supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.
Find out more about the Australian Society for Parasitology
CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE: THE ART OF PARASITES – PAINTING A NEW IMAGE
Saturday 11 August, 5pm to 6.30pm
Join us for a lively discussion about art and science, where a panel of scientists and artists thrash out some of the issues. Guests are seated at tables and are encouraged to join into the debate. Drinks will be available from the bar. Free event but bookings essential.
CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE: PETS, POTS, PINTS AND PARASITES
Saturday 18 August, 5pm to 6.30pm
An entertaining National Science Week evening of discussion and debate as experts try to convince the audience of the strange beauty of parasites and how they’ve driven advances in human and animal health. Delve into this peculiar world and discover all things parasitic!
Host microbiologist Andrew Greenhill will be joined by Ballarat vet Stewart Greedy, parasitologistand Sarah Preston and pathologist Brie Dendle.
The Roundabout Folk Band will be playing before the discussion gets underway.
Cheese and nibbles are provided, and drinks will be available to purchase at bar prices.
Book ahead to help us with set-up!
FAMILY FUNDAYS: PARASITES ON PARADE
Saturday 11, Sunday 12, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August, 10am to 5pm
Discover parasites with lots of hands-on science activities for everyone! Explore the science of parasites through art — make your own parasite mask, take a selfie in the Me as a Flea activity or face paint a parasite. Experience Parasites up close and personal through Virtual Reality and join one of our fun workshops or go into the Parasite Lab where you will have close encounters with parasites. For our young parasitologists, join the ‘creepy crawlies and parasites’ book-reading and sing-song.
PARASITES ON PARADE WORKSHOP PROGRAM
These great workshops will be run as public sessions during both weekends of National Science Week, but are also available during the week for schools and community groups between Monday 13 and Friday 17 August, between 9.30am and 2.30pm.
SCOOP THE POOP SCIENCE CLASS
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August, 10am to 10.45am
This science class is suitable for anyone who wants to explore the fascinating, and sometimes disgusting, parasites that live in poop!
We will have one microscope available for every two ticket-holders, so be ready to share.
SCIENCE-ART MOVIE-MAKING WORKSHOP
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August, 11.15am to 1pm
For young filmmakers and families to create a set, write a script and film a short movie about any science topic they like. Bring your imagination!
Please book one ticket only per family or group, as you will be making your movie together.
SUCKERS, CRAWLERS AND SLIDERS STORY-WRITING AND ART
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August, 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Parasites that suck, crawl and slide storybook workshop for aspiring authors.
NELLY AND NED THE NEMATODES
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August, 2.30pm to 3pm
A wormy parasite story-writing workshop for budding young authors.