Phil Plait Multi-city Lecture Tour of Australia

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July 30 2013 5:03 PM

Oi! I’m Going to Australia! Soon!

Australian flag with Phil Plait's face
Fair dinkum.

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I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be in Australia from Aug. 8 – 14, 2013! Yup: In two weeks I’ll be in a land down under. I’m really excited about this trip, and I’ve wanted to announce it for a while but haven’t had all details nailed down until pretty recently.

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

But nailed down they are. I’ll be in Gold Coast, Canberra, Sydney, and Adelaide to give talks, schmooze, and generally just hugely enjoy being surrounded by Australians. I visited Oz back in 2003, and had an immense time. I can’t wait to go back! [Update (July 31 at 03:30 UTC): I had originally written that my first talk was in Brisbane, but have been informed (and checked on a map) that Gold Coast is actually an hour south of Brisbane. Sorry for any confusion!]


The big reason I’m going is due to the work of Chris Cassella and Science Alert, a group in Australia promoting science, science news, and science outreach. The main event is a celebration of science in Sydney on Monday, Aug. 12, called “IFLS Live!”, where IFLS stands for I Love Science, and the F is for exactly what you think it’s for; this is the immensely popular Facebook group maintained by Elise Andrew. I’m sorry to say that particular event is already sold out, but there’s room left at most of the other venues I’m visiting.

My itinerary is below; if you have specific questions about location, timing, what gifts to shower me with, and so on, please contact the specific venue (links are provided). I’ve only listed public events, too. I’m doing some other talks to schools and such but they’re not open to the public. I also get a day off here or there which will be spent carousing with friends and, hopefully, soaking up some of the fantastic southern skies I can’t see from home because of this 13,000-kilometer-wide opaque planet in the way.

My schedule:

August 8, 2013: GOLD COAST — Griffith University

At 6:00 p.m. I’ll be at the Griffith University Gold Coast campus (in the Griffith Health Institute Lecture Theater) to give my Bad Astronomy talk. This talk is free, but you have to register to attend.

August 9, 2013: CANBERRA — Australian National University

Next up is Canberra, where at 6:00 p.m. I’ll be at the Finkel Lecture Theatre in the John Curtain Medical Centre, Australian National University to be a part of a panel about science and social media. The other folks there are Henry Reich from MinutePhysics and MinuteEarth, Elise Andrew from IFLS, Michael Moffit from ASAPScience, and the creator of the SmarterEveryDay YouTube channel. Again, this is free, but you have to register (note: this event is listed as sold out, but if I hear of any seats becoming available I’ll tweet it).

August 10, 2013: SYDNEY — Powerhouse Museum/Sydney Observatory at the Fort Street Primary School Hall

I’ll be the guest of the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory to give my “Death form the Skies!” talk, which will be at the Fort Street Primary School Hall (Upper Fort Street, Millers Point NSW 2000) at 5:00 p.m., with viewing at the observatory afterward (I’m really excited about that part). There is a charge for tickets; go to the registration site to sign up.

August 12, 2013: Sydney — IFLS Live at the Powerhouse Museum

This event is sold out. But a) it will be live-streamed (I’ll add a link when I get it, and I’ll be sure to tweet it, so follow me on Twitter!), and 2) it’s possible more tickets will become available. If I hear of that I’ll tweet it as well. Note this event is for folks 18+ only. There’s an F in there, so maybe this isn’t too surprising.

August 14, 2013: ADELAIDE — The Gov/Royal Institute Australia/National Science Week

I’ll be giving my “Bad Astronomy” talk at 7:00 p.m. at The Gov (59 Port Rd Hindmarsh SA 5007) as part of their “Science in the Pub” series. It’s free, but you have to book your seat.

After that I’ll be winging my way back to the northern hemisphere and home. I’m truly honored and excited to be heading down to Australia again, and I hope I see a lot of my southern hemisphere BABloggees there!



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