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Science festival raising the bar

RETURNING for its third year, Tasmania’s unique pop-up science bar BeakerStreet@TMAG is set to present two mind-expanding nights of talks, debates, drinks and live music at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) during National Science Week.

On Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August, more than 150 scientists and artists from across Australia will take part in the festival’s biggest and most ambitious program yet.

Beaker Street director Dr Margo Adler said the two-night event would be expanding to utilise a number of different spaces around Hobart.

“Part of the festival is that we’re showing people the science behind everyday life and giving them an inside look into things – one part of that is an inside look into some of Hobart’s iconic buildings like the Town Hall and Town Hall Underground,” she said.

Along with the events happening within TMAG, BeakerStreet@TMAG will feature a series of ticketed, hands-on workshops in the Town Hall Underground where participants can learn about topics from the science of brewing and winemaking to scientific illustration and astronomy.

Four world-leading scientists will also present a series of talks at Town Hall on the Friday, with the speaker and audience being escorted to TMAG by a group of lively musicians following the talk.

Other events include a half-day guided walk following the footsteps of Charles Darwin on kunanyi, scientific storytelling at the Story Bar at MACq01 Hotel, Antarctic tales at Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum, and a special tasting and workshop at Federation Artisan Chocolate on the science of chocolate making.

“There’s going to be all sorts of things for people coming to the event who aren’t necessarily into science,” Dr Adler said.

“I just wanted to expand people’s minds a bit so they can discover the science in everyday life.”

Notable features of the event include a Mona invasive species cocktail bar, a Tasmanian Whisky Week Distillers’ Bar, and a Retro Video Game Arcade where guests can play games from decades past and talk to tech experts about how gaming technology has changed.

There will also be seven bars scattered around TMAG for guests to taste Tasmania’s finest food and drink.

“I’m constantly amazed by the outpouring of enthusiasm and support from the community for this festival,” Dr Adler said.

“We have so many incredible local and visiting scientists involved – it’s pretty astounding to get them all together in one place at the same time, and such a fantastic opportunity for the public to chat with scientists in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.”

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.beakerstreet.com.au.

Caption: From left, wine scientist Peter Dredge, BeakerStreet@TMAG director Dr Margo Adler and McHenry Distillery brand ambassador Kayne Blazely-Kelly are gearing up for the science festival’s biggest program yet.

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