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Events and Outreach

The Epoch of Reionisation group are passionate about communicating their science to the public, and inspiring everyone to get involved in astronomy.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun and keep up-to-date with the list of upcoming and past events in the tabs below.

If you would like our team to be part of an event you are organising, please email our outreach officer Teresa Slaven-Blair at

Upcoming Events

National Science Week 2018 18th and 19th August 2018

The Epoch of Reionisation group will have a stall at the Perth Science Festival, as part of National Science Week, on the 18th and 19th of August at the Claremont Showgrounds. We will have bubble-based activities designed to help you understand the principles behind our observations of the early Universe. These activities will be appropriate for everyone from very young children through to playful and curious adults. If you wish for an in-depth discussion of the science involved, the stall will be attended by the scientists whose research the activities are based on. Come by our stall and have a chat, make some bubble art and learn a thing or two about how we might observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies in our Universe.

More information about National Science Week can be found here.

Past Events

Fresh Science Awards 2018 26th and 27th July 2018

In the 2018 round of Fresh Science, we are proud to announce that early-career researcher Dr Benjamin McKinley has been shortlisted for his recent research on the Epoch of Reionisation. The prize includes a day of media training at Fremantle’s Maritime museum, followed by a day of science communication to a range of audiences.

Ben’s performance in June at the Science in the Pub event was fantastic. He had to explain his research to an audience in the time it took a party sparkler to burn out (pictured below) and answer a lot of audience questions about it.


Ben's sparkler talk

Photo: Ben getting his sparkler lit to time his explanation of his research. Image credit: Teresa Slaven-Blair


The Fresh Scientists (pictured below) were also told of a surprise round where they had to turn their science into either a limerick or a haiku. Ben’s haiku got a special mention for including a plea for funding!


2018 Fresh Scientists

Photo: All nine of the Western Australian Fresh Scientists for 2018. Image credit: Teresa Slaven-Blair


More information about the competition can be found here.

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