#SciPubSustainability: from local research to real change

Thursday, 7 July 2022, 6-8 pm

Come and hear a fantastic panel speak about some local sustainability research and how that research is working to create real change for a more sustainable future.

1. Corey Peterson – Chief Sustainability Officer (UTAS)

2. Ruth Whelan – Outdoor classroom teacher, Sustainable Learning Centre, Department of Education

3. Emily Flies–Lecturer, GPSS (UTAS), and the Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub

Special guest host: Catherine Elliott (senior sustainability officer)

#SciPubKelp: a celebration of Tasmania’s giant seaweed!

Thursday, 9 June 2022, 6-7:30 pm

Note: this is a week later than usual (second rather than first week in June) to accommodate speaker availability)

Come and hear a fantastic panel speak about ground-breaking efforts to restore giant kelp beds off Tasmania’s coasts, how we can track kelp from space, as well as fascinating questions about whether we can farm kelp, and how sea urchins might affect kelp populations in the future.

Professor Craig Johnson (UTAS)

Dr Cayne Layton (UTAS)

Claire Butler (UTAS)

Inspiring Women in STEMM

Tuesday, 8 March, 2022 (International Women’s Day)

Hear the powerful stories of our Inspiring Fellows and how they are using their SciPub grant to engage youth in STEMM activities

Check out the full event here

Our special International Women’s Day event will feature our four Inspiring Fellows for 2022:

Kumudu Amarawardhana (Engineering, UTAS)

Sowdamini Sesha Prasad (Marine Ecology; IMAS)

Shasta Henry (Entomology; Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences)

Dilani Ratnajeewa (Logistics and Transport; AU Maritime College)

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SciPub September: SciPub in Practice

Thursday, 2 September 2021

How a team of dedicated public health researchers and policy makers are turning science into policy and practice

Every scientist (well most of them!) dreams of having their research make a real difference in the world. So how do we actually get science to translate into action on the ground?


Dr Verity Cleland: Physical activity researcher, UTAS

Dr Kim Jose: Public health researcher, physiotherapist and social scientist, UTAS

Kate Garvey: Manager, Partnership Development and Acting CEO, Public Health Services

Watch the livestream

Science in the Pub August 2021— #SciPubMemes

Meme your science! Find out what happens when we challenge three scientists to explain their research with memes!

Watch the livestream here



Dr Thomas Botterill-James, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania

Ash Russell, PhD Candidate, Bioinformatics, Tasmanian School of Medicine, University of Tasmania

Dr David Hamilton, School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania

SciPub Breath

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of breathing! Who knew there was so much involved, and how many ways there are to do it?

Please join Prof Graeme Zosky, Dr Glen Bain and Shasta Henry for an inspiring and entertaining journey into the ways that humans, birds and insects breathe.

For more details about our panellists, follow the links below:

Professor Graeme Zosky, Professor in Physiology, School of Medicine, UTAS

Dr Glen Bain, Bird Ecologist, School of Natural Sciences, UTAS

Shasta Henry, Entomologist (insect genius!), School of Natural Sciences, UTAS

Watch the livestream of this event at out Facebook page

How maths informs ecology and evolution – #SciPubMaths

4 February 2021

This event will be held *in person* as well as live-streamed for folks to view from home. The in-person event will ahdere to strict social distancing and hygiene restrictions at the Black Buffalo. If you are feeling sick or part of a high-risk population for COVID, we ask that you participate from home via the live stream.


Michael Charleston, Associate Professor in Bioinformatics, UTAS

Nick Fountain-Jones, Disease Ecologist, UTAS

Barbara Holland , Professor in Mathmatics, UTAS

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Beauty from the Ashes

Thursday, 20 August 2020 – Online event


A special National Science Week event featuring short film and panel discussion, bringing together scientific and artistic perspectives on fire-affected Tasmanian landscapes.

6-7:30 pm


Prof David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeographpy, University of Tasmania

Rowena Hamer, Conservation Scientist, Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Megan Walch, Tasmanian Artist

#SciPubDogs: scientists putting dog research fur-st (Online event)

Thursday, 9 April 2020

The format:

*Talks will be distributed on the Science in the Pub Tasmania facebook page, and by @SciPubTas on twitter.

18:00 Bob Holderness-Roddam, Associate, School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania

18:15 Dr Romane Cristescu, Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
18:30 Dr Simone Blackman, Lecturer in Commercial Law, Tasmanian School of Business & Economics, UTas

18:45 Professor Christopher Johnson, School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania

19:00-19:20 Speakers (Bob, Romane, Simone and Chris) will answer your questions via facebook and twitter by tweeting to #SciPubDogs.

19:00-19:20 Speakers (Bob, Romane, Simone and Chris) will answer your questions via facebook and twitter by tweeting to #SciPubDogs.

2nd Annual Science in the Park – CANCELLED

We are cancelling our 2nd annual Science in the Park events due to Coronavirus concerns. We plan to bring you this event again next year.

Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Music Bowl in Tolosa Park

Hands-on activities include guided hikes, solar printing, DNA extraction, crystal chemistry, experimentation of ocean and climate, science of the brain and body and much more.

This event is a great opportunity to share the fun SciPub style with the family! So come and learn and play in the park.

SciPub’s Inspiring Women in STEM winners

Thursday, 5 March 2019

SciPub’s Inspiring Women in STEM winners


Mercy Ndalila (Kenya) – PhD candidate in pyrogeography (School of Natural Sciences, UTas)

Stephy Libera (India) – PhD candidate in Oceanography (IMAS, UTas)

Gabriela Paniagua Cabarrus (Guatemala) – PhD candidate in Chemistry (School of Natural Sciences, UTas)

Abigail Smith (Fiji) – PhD student in Marine Science (IMAS, UTas)


Thursday, 3 October 2019

#SciPubBioethics: how to save the masses without forsaking the individual



Dr Rebekah McWhirter, Research Fellow, Centre for Law and Genetics, Faculty of Law, and Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTas

Dr Lisa Eckstein, Lecturer in Law and Medicine/Health Law in the Faculty of Law, UTas

Dr Frederic Gilbert, ARC DECRA Research Fellow with the School of Humanities, UTas

Click here to RSVP

Marine predators

Thursday, June 6, 2019



David Green – PhD Student at the University of Tasmania

Angus Henderson – Master Student at the University of Tasmania

Madeline Green – PhD Student at the University of Tasmania


#SciPubEnviroHealth: from climate change to therapeutic landscapes

Thursday, 2 May, 2019


From therapeutic landscapes to urbanisation, climate change and the microbial world: how our environment shapes our health


Dr Pauline Marsh, therapuetic landscapes researcher, Centre for Rural Health, UTAS, 

Dr Emily Flies, health ecologist and spatial scientist, School of Natural Sciences, UTAS

Sharon Campbell, PhD candidate, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTAS, and Heatwave Preparedness Project Officer, Public Health Services, Department of Health


*** Special event – Science in the Park ***

Sunday, March 31, 2019

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Science in the Park at Tolosa Park in Glenorchy, The Music Bowl


Science in the Pub is hosting their first-ever family-friendly event: Science in the Park!

This event will be hosted in Tolosa Park, in Glenorchy, on the 31 March. Scientists and teachers will present a series of workshops and hands-on activities for kids of all ages including guided hikes, aboriginal science and dance (with NITA guides), DNA extraction, sun art chemistry, create your own ocean climate change in a bottle, anatomy, geology, poo and much more!

This event is a great opportunity to share the fun SciPub style with the family (alcohol free)! So come and learn and play in the park.

Activities will be designed for children between 5 – 12 years old, parents must accompany children at this event.

Sponsored by University of Tasmania

The nature of conservation and the conservation of nature: a philosophical, legal and scientific discussion #SciPubConservation

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
The nature of conservation and the conservation of nature: a philosophical, legal and scientific discussion


Aidan Davison, Assoc. Prof, Human geography and Environmental Studies, UTas

Phillipa McCormack, Lecturer, School of Law

Andrew Balmford, Professor of Conservation Science, University of Cambridge


SciPubTechEdu: How does technology influence our learning?


Thursday, 4 October, 2018


Jill Downing, Program Director of the Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) and the Bachelor of Adult and Applied Learning Faculty of Education; “Learners, learning, and technology”

David Pretorius, Chief Executive Officer of Eaglecreast Technologies: “How does virtual reality fit in Education?”

John Kertesz, Lecturer in Applied Learning, School of Education: “Enough of the big words already!! What’s the evidence you can actually do it??”

Science at NASA


*** Special event for national science week featuring NASA scientists !***


Dr Jonathan Fraine – Staff Research Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope

Dr Andrew Rushby is a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center

Jake Clark – PhD candidate & Science Communicator, University of Southern Queensland

Women of Science: stories of experimentation, frustration and creation

Part of the BeakerStreat@TMAG pop-up science bar

Central Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art GalleryDunn Place, Hobart, TAS, 7000


Dr Brigid Heywood, Deputy Vice Chancellor (research) leading UTAS pilot of the Athena Swan initiative

Dr Anu Verma, former researcher, now senior science teacher at Fahan School

Dr Angela Crean, animal reproduction specialist and current L’Oreal Women in Science fellow

Dr Rosalie Woodruff , Epidemiologist turned Greens politician

Dr Lila Landowski, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, UTASDr Gwen Fenton, first female Chief Scientist of the Australian Antarctic Division

Five fantastic females and their science success stories

Part of the Festival of Bright Ideas (Princes Wharf 1)


Dr Lavenia Ratnarajah, marine biogeochemist, former “SciPubPoo” panelist, current postdoctoral researcher at IMAS, UTAS

Prof Dianne Nicol, Cell biologist-law academic and director of the Centre for Law and Genetics, UTAS

A/Prof Lisa Foa, Neuroscientist, Associate Head of Research, School of Medicine, UTAS

Dr Helen Fitton, Chief Scientist, Marinova biotechnology company

A/Prof Sharon Fraser, Former scientist, now science educator

SciPub Brewery Tour and BBQ at Two metre Tall Brewery


Two metre Tall Brewery

A sciencey tour of the brewery (with explanation of their brewing process) followed by beer tasting, first full drink free and a BBQ lunch of hamburgers and sausages made from their sustainably farmed “beer-fed beef” (veggie options will also be available). As a safe, economical, environmental and friendly option, we will have round-trip bus tickets available to get folks to-and-from the brewer!

Cost: $10 for just the tour, drink & lunch OR $25 for the bus to and from the brewery plus the tour, drink & lunch!

You don’t have to be a SciPub regular to attend either of these events! First-timers and friends are welcome so if you have been looking for a reason to come to a SciPub event, join us for one of these friendly (and slightly nerdy) events!

SciPub Social

SciPub Social

Please note that this event is on Thursday Just like a normal SciPub but without the presentations. We will provide free hot nibbles and you buy your own drinks. We will be inviting all of our former panellists as well!

SciPub Debate: The Future of Humanity

This special event at the Granada Tavern to kick off National Science Week.



John Dickey, Head of School, Mathematics and Physics, UTAS

David Bowman, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, UTAS

Roberta Julian, Associate Professor, Sociology Director, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), UTAS

Rosalie Woodruff, PhD, Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Franklin

Gretta Pecl, ARC Research Fellow & Deputy Associate Dean of Research, UTAS