Saturday 14 April 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM AEST
Please join us for March for Science Launceston.
An event to increase interest and understanding of science, to encourage decision makers to support and listen to science, and to empower scientists in all fields.
12pm - Meet at the John Hart Conservatory, City Park, Launceston to walk together to QVMAG, Inveresk.
1pm - Speakers from scientific fields, Q&A, community round table and hands on activities at QVMAG, Inveresk.
Everyone welcome, family friendly event, bring a poster and an enthusiasm for Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
This event is free, for organisational purposes we would really appreciate if you could pop over to Eventbrite to show you'll be attending, and if you would like to provide monetary support March for Science Launceston we would extremely appreciate the donation.
For those who might be interested in volunteering, both Hobart and Launceston volunteers are using a Facebook Messenger group chat to organise their events. Please feel free to send a request to join either Hobart Facebook Messenger group chat or Launceston Facebook Messenger group chat.
Second-in-command (2IC) on the day is Cassandre Tickner-Smith, she can be reached on 0433 490 345.
N.B. Jin-oh Choi, Lead Event Organiser will be in Launceston on the day.
Deanna has a passion for simulation and virtual reality. She has experience within the mining, healthcare, defence, transport, and manufacturing sectors in designing and implementing complex simulation projects. She was elected Chair of Australia’s international simulation conference, SimTecT, from 2008 to 2013 where she joined the international simulation community, forging strong relationships with organisations and thought leaders in Europe and the Americas.
As CEO of SIBA|GITA, Deanna is focused on developing sector-wide governance infrastructure (such as professional accreditation and standards) and knowledge about emerging applications such as virtual reality, simulation and BIM. She contributes as either a committee member or speaker at several emerging technology events and has an influential voice in the Spatial business industry.
David has spent a lifetime following his passion for teaching others in the fields of science and technology. He has taken a keen interest in working out the logical way things work, whilst allowing for the inevitable complexities that human emotions introduce that then “cloud” the issues.
Being “enabled and set free by technology” VS “not being a slave to technology” is what it is all about!
Karen is a Bachelor of Science Honours student at the University of Tasmania, undertaking a research project on the effect of sea level rise on tidal dynamics. She has recently set up four sensors to measure water levels in the Tamar to provide updated information about how the tidal range increases in the estuary. What excites her about science is complex problem solving for real world issues. She lives in Trevallyn with her partner and three children.
Cassie Tickner-Smith is an enthusiastic environmental-agricultural scientist. Working with farmers across Victoria and Tasmania over the last ten years, Cassie is dedicated to practical natural resource management and improved science communication. Outside of work Cassie is passionate about increasing the appreciation of science, organising events, and lots of swing dancing.
Cassie is also Second-in-command (2IC) for March for Science Launceston.
Jin-oh is President of the Launceston Skeptics Inc. and a science advocate who seeks to promote critical thinking and an understanding of the scientific method. He is also the Lead Event Organiser for March for Science Hobart (2018) & Launceston (2017 & 2018).
Not in Launceston? We're organising science marches all across Australia!
See the March For Science Australia page for more details!
The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.
We are a nonpartisan group, marching to demand action in the following areas:
Literacy, Communication, Policy, and Investment.
A well-informed community is essential to a free and successful society. We support education to promote broad public knowledge and discussion of scientific work. As professionals, parents, and community-engaged volunteers, we enthusiastically contribute our time and expertise to helping children and students of all ages engage with the physical universe and biological world.
Publicly-funded scientists have a responsibility to communicate their research and public outreach and accessibility of scientific knowledge should be encouraged. Communication of scientific findings and their implications must not be suppressed.
Public policy should be guided by peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus. Public policy must enable scientists to communicate their publicly-funded research results, and must support literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A long-term, strategic approach to investment in scientific research and development is essential for driving true innovation. Government commitment to stable science funding policy will deliver solutions to complex challenges, promoting prosperity for all.
Science belongs to everyone. It should be pursued for the benefit of all people and for the health of the environment we depend upon.
At March for Science Australia we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Australian continent, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and pay our respects to ancestors and Elders both past and present.
We recognise that science and scientific pursuits have been used in the past to disenfranchise many minority groups. We are committed to the promotion of science, now and in the future, as an endeavour which all persons have the right to pursue and enjoy the fruits of, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or lack thereof, political affiliation, or socioeconomic status.
Diversity has strengthened and enriched scientific inquiry, and the inclusion of all peoples and the promotion of equal opportunity and training within science should be a goal pursued by scientists and non-scientists alike.