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National Science Week

National Science Week – Ignite Your Imagination

National Science Week involves over one million event participants across the nation, with another 160 000 taking part in school activities. A Science Week event can be as small as a morning tea in the office or as large as a performance with thousands of attendants.

Permission to reproduce Ignite Your Imagination and Explore the Seafloor with Dr Karl kindly granted by National Science Week. National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each year in August, it features over 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, museums and science centres.

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National Science Week 2013 (August 10th – 18th, 2013)

National Science Week goes from 10-18 August in 2013 and you’ll find tonnes of Science Week happenings around that time. (Download 2013 Tasmanian National Science Week program here.) The 2013 National Science Week iOS app has just been released on the App Store. If you use Facebook or Twitter, here are a few pages, handles and hashtags to keep an eye on during National Science Week.

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

What: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence What: Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking
Where: Brisbane Street Mall, Launceston
Brisbane Street, Launceston
Where: Nuala O’Flaherty Auditorium,
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG)Inveresk,
2 Invermay Road, Launceston
NB. We’ll be located between OPSM and Crossroads on the Charles Street side of the Mall.
When: Wednesday (14/8/2013) -­ Saturday (17/8/2013), 11am ‐ 3pm When: Friday (16/8/2013), 6pm ‐ 7pm (Doors open: 5:45pm)
NB. This event is from Wednesday to Saturday, not just Wednesday and Saturday as reported in The Examiner.
Cost: Free Cost: Free
RSVP: (03) 6323 3798 or email (weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm).
NB. Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.
With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Here Be Dragons is a free 40 minute video introduction to critical thinking. It is suitable for general audiences and is licensed for free distribution and public display.
Our aim is to promote science to the broader community by offering ourselves as skeptics and science enthusiasts; for anyone who has questions or is interested in science and how it impacts our daily life. Most people fully accept paranormal and pseudoscientific claims without critique as they are promoted by the mass mediaHere Be Dragons offers a toolbox for recognizing and understanding the dangers of pseudoscience, and appreciation for the reality-based benefits offered by real science.
We will also be providing a wide range of material – promoting skepticism, science and critical thinking. Followed by a Q&A session with members of the Launceston Skeptics.
(Download Media Kit here.)
Please join us after the Q&A session for refreshments (at bar prices) and great conversations at The Royal Oak Hotel (more details on the night).
Sponsors: Sponsors:
(Download the Science Open Season brochure here.)

Our regular events during the week

What: Skeptical Sunday What: Skeptics in the Pub
Where: Cube Café (aka. Cube Seaport),
5/28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston
Where: The Royal Oak Hotel,
14 Brisbane Street, Launceston
When: Sunday (11/8/2013), 2:00pm When: Thursday (15/8/2013), 5:30pm

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