Dave chats with Event organiser and PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania Niamh Chapman about the first-ever Science Street Party in Tasmania to  be held on Saturday (3 August 2019), as part of the State-wide National Science Week.

Party-goers are invited to watch live street art, meet the scientists who inspired the art and enjoy live performances, including music and dance.

Images from local scientists have been incorporated into the final art piece which strives to showcase iconic Tasmanian science and scientists. The work is designed and will be installed by award-winning local artist Rory Dick.

Early-career scientists will be showcasing their work on the night, including the history of marsupials, the uniqueness of Tassie devils, the natural history and scientific discoveries of Tasmania and more.

There will be live science-themed performances that include cinematic visuals, interpretative dance by Drill’s Neon, and local science band Atomic Deluxe will be rocking the crowd.

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A likeness of Tasmanian National Science Week Patron Professor Emerita Elizabeth Blackburn features in the street art, which also appears on the cover of the Science Week program.


Entry is free to the Science Street Party, and all are welcome. It is suitable for families, and food and drink will be available for purchase.


Science Street Party runs from 4 pm-8 pm on Saturday 3 August, at Good Grief Studios, 62 Argyle Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000.


Science Street Party is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania and a coordinating committee led by Niamh Chapman.


It is supported by National Science Week and the Australian Government.


The event also leads into  UTAS Open day in Hobart on 4 August,the campus  will host family-friendly activities, entertainment and interactive sessions. Course and scholarship advice will also be on hand.

Course advisers will be onsite to chat about study options, and graduates will give career tips and talk about their pathways in the alumni lounges.


The Sandy Bay campus will be the hub of Hobart’s Open Day, with attractions extending to the CBD, including the Medical Sciences Precinct on Liverpool Street, Creative Arts on Hunter Street, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Castray Esplanade, the Media School in Salamanca Place and the Hobart Apartments on the corner of Elizabeth and Melville Streets.

Shuttle buses travelling between venues will be available between 10am and 3pm on the day.

Highlights of Hobart’s Open Day will include:

  • Ask-a-law expert mini-lectures (lower Sandy Bay campus):
    • 11am – Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard on online crime and drugs;
    • 12pm – Dr Helen Cockburn on public attitudes, violence and the criminal justice system;
    • 1pm – Dr Lisa Eckstein on gene editing and the law;
    • 2pm – Dr Jeff McGee on the Antarctic Treaty System.
  • Presentation live from the Conservatorium’s new home at The Hedberg (11:30am, corner Campbell and Collins streets). Associate Professor Andrew Legg will share what awaits music students from Semester 1, 2020.
  • Take a virtual reality tour of Tasmania’s kelp forests (all day, IMAS, Castray Esplanade). Dive into Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast with virtual reality and learn what is being done about the invasive sea urchins.
  • Immersive 360 video bringing distance learning to anywhere (all day, ground floor, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay campus). University College is harnessing technology to include distance learners in field trips.
  • Get hands-on with household chemistry (all day, Sandy Bay campus). Create slime, conduct cabbage chromatography and learn how the humble expresso machine can extract plant compounds for future pharmaceuticals.
  • Medical emergency training (all day, Medical Science Precinct). Learn about brain anatomy from a larger-than-life thinking organ at the Wicking Dementia Centre and check out the training ambulance.


Visitors who pre-register online for Open Day go into the draw to win a $5,000 Tasmanian adventure and get a complimentary gift pack on the day. Terms and conditions apply.


View the full program at https://www.utas.edu.au/open-day