Monday 19 May, 2014

8 04 2014

Before seeing the sequel Scientist in the Kitchen II: It’s all about the texture make sure you see the original by coming to an encore of last year’s:

Scientist in the kitchen: How science is changing how we cook

Tea ravioli

We are approaching a revolution in the way we cook. Food scientists are now able to tell us not just what works in the kitchen but why, identifying the underlying (horrendously complicated!) chemical processes. Even better, equipped with the latest technology science can help us cook in better, or even completely new ways. Armed with the twin tools of knowledge and technology, the world’s leading chefs are creating new flavours, textures and experiences that are making their way into the home kitchen.

Dr Joel Gilmore returns for a repeat performance to discuss the science AND demonstrate the methods behind cutting edge cuisine: from cooking the perfect steak in a rice cooker to how a whiskey sour is like a pavlova to the latest developments in molecular gastronomy (such as coffee caviar and green tea ravioli)! He’ll also demonstrate how equipment that formerly cost thousands of dollars is now cheaper than many microwave ovens.

We’ll project all the demonstrations onto the big screen for maximum visibility, and there’ll be taste tests afterwards for the keen. So come along to see how chemistry, physics and even psychology all play a role in the dishes of tomorrow, and get some practical tips on how to cook better – with science!

*Please note, this is event is a repeat of the BrisScience event held on the 12th of August 2013. As such, it will be very similar in content – but we will have improved technology if you’d like to see sous vide in all its glory, and is a perfect prelude to the talk on texture the following week*

Monday 26 May, 2014

8 04 2014

Scientist in the kitchen II: It’s all about texture

Dr Joel Gilmore, ROAM Consulting

Caviar 300x200Back by popular demand, physicist and science communicator Dr Joel Gilmore returns to share some more science and techniques from the world of molecular gastronomy and food science: showing how science is helping us cook better.

This year, we’re looking at the science of foams: from meringues to angel cakes to the perfect ice cream. From the conventional (are plastic bowls actually bad for beating egg whites?) to the intriguing (making foams out of fruit juice) to the extreme (melt in your mouth desserts using liquid nitrogen and some high pressure gas), Joel will show how the same key science underlies many different dishes. More significantly, he’ll explain how these ideas, plus some clever technological and chemical engineering, have been stretched to create some intriguing new textures and means of delivering flavours where it counts.

With live demonstrations of each dish (projected onto the big screen) and taste tests throughout, you’ll take away not only a deeper understanding of physics and chemistry but practical tips for your own cooking and further experimentation. (Although you might need to bribe a scientist for your liquid nitrogen!)

For those that missed last year’s Scientist in the kitchen: How science is changing how we cook an encore will be held one week prior on Monday the 19th of May.

Joel Gilmore 279 x 191Dr Joel Gilmore completed a PhD in physics at the University of Queensland in 2007. He then spent two years as a full time science communicator, managing  a group of physics performers that he co-founded in 2002 and doing public lectures, radio and television appearances. In 2008, he joined ROAM Consulting where he is now the Principal of the Renewable Energy & Climate Policy team, providing advice to industry and government on transitioning Australia to a low emissions future.

As a great lover of cooking (and even more so of eating) Joel has begun applying his physics background to understanding food and cooking. In his spare time, he likes swing dancing, theatre sports, travelling (43 countries so far), stand-up comedy, learning new musical instruments and, occasionally, unicyling to work.

Thursday 5 June, 2014

8 04 2014

An Evening With Dr Michio Kaku

Physics of the impossibleRevolutionary physicist, bestselling author and celebrated broadcaster Dr Michio Kaku is set to enthrall and entertain audiences at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 5.

An Evening with Dr Michio Kaku, presented by QUT, will explore the wonder and weirdness of the universe and describe how scientific advances will transform our lives over the next 50 years and beyond. Discover how technologies once considered science fiction are real possibilities – from emotional robots, floating cars and teleportation to mind reading, telekinesis and memory uploads and downloads. Learn the physics behind these improbable endeavours and hear about the scientists working on them right now.

Michio Kaku has written several popular science bestsellers, including The Future of the Mindand Physics of the Impossible, and has hosted or appeared on numerous Discovery Channel and BBC programs.

Michio Kaku is the co-creator of string field theory and is continuing Einstein’s search for the “Theory of Everything”, which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature.

  • Time: 6:30 – 8pm, Thursday 5 June, 2014.
  • Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Tickets: $49 – $159. Tickets on sale through Ticketek
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Amanda.

Monday 7 April, 2014

7 04 2014

Baking bread by the numbers: statistics in agriculture

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Dr Emma Huang, CSIRO

In the bread-making process, most of the key players (the farmer, miller, and baker) and their roles are obvious. But where does the statistician fit in? Statistics and agriculture have a long history together, and nowadays farmers work hand in hand with computational scientists to develop crops that are high-yielding, disease-resistant, and climate-adaptable.

Join Emma as she peeks behind the scenes at ways in which data and their analysis are used to improve our food supply. These range from preparing for future climate scenarios, to dissecting the factors that produce taller plants, to ultimately baking a better loaf of bread.

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday 7 April, 2014.
  • Venue: The EdgeState Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew.

Dr. Emma Huang is a statistical geneticist and senior research scientist with CSIRO Computational Informatics and the Food Futures National Research Flagship. She received her doctorate in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina in 2007 developing methods to map association between genes and disease in humans. Since moving to Brisbane in 2007, her research has focused on modernizing genetic analysis in crop plants such as sugarcane and wheat.

Dr Huang has received numerous awards in her career, including the Reynolds and Fryer Fellowships during her Ph.D. research; the Gertrude Cox Scholarship from the American Statistical Association; and an International Science Linkages Grant from the Australian Academy of Sciences. In 2011 she was awarded the Julius Career Award from CSIRO and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council to address the need for statistical methods to help produce wheat varieties that will contribute to Australian food security.

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Monday 31 March, 2014 – Qskeptics

31 03 2014

BIO Fuels

Prof Ben Hankamer, CSIRO

BIO FuelsThe issues concerning fossil fuel are well known but is the next impasse to be virulent GMO algae in the environment? Bio fuel research is far more advanced than most people know. The ideal algae is more than likely going to be a GMO organism designed to produce diesel virtually without processing. The competition between the various players is fierce. Amazing and potentially planet saving; huge research efforts are going into, organisms and production facilities and indeed a boy has produced some in his backyard.

The financial implications however, are mind boggling; a whole paradigm shift in Global economics. Australia, with lots of sundrenched land available may be the ideal place to produce the world’s bio fuel and soak up CO2 from the atmosphere at the same time. Is this a real win win?

  • Time: Dinner 6pm, Meeting 7:30pm.
  • Venue: The Redbrick Hotel, Cnr Annerley and Stephens Rd, Woolloongabba.
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Bob.


Monday 17 March, 2014

17 03 2014

Our Future World

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, CSIRO

Through this presentation Stefan will take us on a whirlwind tour of global megatrends and scenarios for Australia over the coming twenty years. This captures the latest thinking from CSIRO Futures on topics such as  disruptive technology, the rise of emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region, skyrocketing healthcare bills, pressures on the middle income classes, biodiversity loss and the vital importance of education. All these trends and drivers are creating a new world around Australia. We will rely on our ideas and innovation to jump into a new space and ensure sustained wealth growth and improved quality of life for our children and grand-children. Word cloud

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday 17 March, 2014.
  • Venue: The EdgeState Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew.

Hajkowicz 170x300Stefan is a principal scientist at CSIRO based in Brisbane who spends his time thinking about how people make choices and plan for an uncertain future. He leads CSIRO Futures which is a team of researchers, analysts and consultants working on strategy and foresight projects to help government and industry organisations adapt to a rapidly changing world.

Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England. He is widely published in the international scientific research literature, and is an active communicator with his material on global megatrends featuring on TEDx.

Stefan is currently writing a book titled “Moments of freefall” which examines how global trends signal critical moments of rapid social, economic and environmental change with profound impacts on how people live.

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Thursday 13 March, 2014

13 03 2014

Does the Media Help or Hinder Science? Passion vs Accuracy

Accurate communication is often an issue for scientists, particularly when they feel the essence of their research is lost or reported in a way that is misleading. But would the public get to know about recent discoveries, without the media? Would messages be delivered in a form that is easy to understand and interpret without media intervention? Be part of a discussion that debates the role of the media in science communication and explore how science, communicators and the public can work together for effective information dissemination.

Before the discussion, grab a drink and brush up on your facts with a visit to the Lost Creatures exhibition; doors open at 5.30pm for an exclusive after hours viewing (please note, you must arrive at the Museum for admission before 6.20pm. Late entries may not be accommodated).

  • Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm, Thursday 13 March, 2014 (doors open 5:30-6:20pm for a/h exhibition viewing and cash bar, panel discussion 6:30 – 7:30 followed by audience questions)
  • Venue: Theatre, Level 2 Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, South Brisbane
  • Tickets: $11.50 available online. The BrisScience audience is being offered the Queensland Museum’s members discounted rate, which requires selecting ‘MyMuseum Concession’ when purchasing tickets.
  • Questions: For any further information please contact Maryanne.


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