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See Dr Pamela Gay in Melbourne on September 12 and 13

Much to my delight, Dr Pamela Gay of AstronomyCast / CosmoQuest is coming to Melbourne, and thanks to some wonderful crowd-fundees, Swinburne University, Science on Top and Embiggen Books, you can come along to hear her speak.

There are two public events scheduled for Melbourne. The first is at Embiggen Books on Thursday 12th September at 7pm, and the second is at Swinburne University in Hawthorn on Friday 13th September at 6:30pm.

Bookings are essential for both events.

Tickets for the Embiggen presentation, a panel featuring Dr Gay, Dr Alan Duffy and science writer Sean Elliot, are available here for $20, although at the moment I’m writing this there are only 4 tickets left. Takings from this event will be donated to CosmoQuest.

Bookings for the Swinburne event, a public lecture by Dr Gay entitled “CosmoQuest: Science inside (powered by you!)” are free and can be made here.

After Melbourne, Dr Gay will head up to Sydney to participate in some events with the Australian Skeptics. Keep an eye on their website for information.

Special thanks also to New Zealand Skeptics for loaning Dr Gay to us following your national convention.

Dr Pamela Gay Melbourne trip kickstarter


We have some great news – Dr Pamela Gay, co-host of the hugely popular AstronomyCast podcast, head of CosmoQuest, AstroSphere and too many other awesome things to list here, is coming to Australia en-route back to the US after presenting at the NZ Skeptics Convention in September.

Planning is underway for one or two events in Melbourne (at least one will be free), which will feature Dr Gay and some other wonderful local Science educators, but WE NEED YOUR HELP!

To cover flights, accommodation and so-forth, we need to raise some funds, so I’m going to pass around the proverbial (virtual), hat. We need to raise $2,000 – $3,000 as quickly as possible – so please share this far and wide!

$670 pledged so far.

If you would like a chance to see Pamela live between September 12-13th, please pledge via this form. I’ll keep a tally of pledges, and once we reach a critical threshold, I’ll provide payment details so we can get the ball rolling. Any excess funds will be donated to AstroSphere.

Note: it has been pointed out that use of the term “kickstarter” may imply the involvement of the website of the same name. I have used the term generically, and that site is not involved.

Special Event April 19 in Melbourne: ‘Are we alone? The hunt for E.T’

On Friday 19th April I shall be attending a special event with Ed Brown in Melbourne.

Tickets are $30 per person. Why not come along?


Are we alone in this vast universe, or are there planets outside our solar system teeming with life? That’s the question a panel of renowned local and international scientists, along with Fairfax science columnist Peter Spinks, will debate on Friday 19 April at 6:30pm at The Edge in Federation Square.

Hosted by The Age science columnist, Peter Spinks, Science at The Edge – ‘Are we alone? The hunt for E.T’, will see presentations from special guests including leading astrophysicists, cosmologists and astronomers from Melbourne, Monash and Swinburne Universities; as well as video interviews with experts from NASA, CSIRO, and the European Space Agency.

Presenters will be:
• Dr Alan Duffy, Melbourne University astrophysicist;
• Dr Katie Mack, Melbourne University cosmologist;
• Dr Rosemary Mardling, Monash University astronomer; and
• Dr Christopher Fluke, Swinburne University astrophysicist.

Video interviews from:
• Mr Allen Sirota, robotics supervisor at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory;
• Dr Mario Perez, NASA astrophysicist and planet hunter in Washington;
• Professor Mark Sims, former mission manager of the European Space Agency’s Mars probe, the Beagle, and now astrobiology professor at UK’s Leicester University;
• Dr David Patterson, CSIRO astrophysicist and citizen scientist with Planet Hunters.

Bookings are more information here.


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