Not all superheroes where capes – some of them wear fur coats!
Join us on the verandah for a conversation with Natalie Dowling and detection dog Maya from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Detection Dogs for Conservation program. Natalie will disuss the innovative koala research programme that trains and employs dogs to be science superheroes. The dogs are trained to sniff out the scat of koalas so the humans can collect it and study it to secure the long term future of koala populations without disturbing the koalas. Dogs and poo – it’s a match! The dogs have sniffed their way through significant portions of Gympie and the Sunshine Coast and have contributed to the mapping of koala populations to secure the future of this unique but threatened species.
This is a free event. We just ask you to register to help us plan for catering. Drinks available at the bar.
Alan Mackay-Sim is a science superhero as far as we’re concerned. You’ve probably noticed by now that we are all about the science. There is plenty of fun to be had in this project, but at the end of the day we want to promote more science literacy to battle the fake new scare tactics. To fight the good fight you need some smart muscle on your side, which is where our Science Superheroes come in.
2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist. His research career has focused on how the sensory neurons in the nose are replaced and regenerated from stem cells. He is a world leader in spinal cord injury research. He led the Brisbane team in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord in the first stages of a therapy to treat human paraplegia. Alan established the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in 2006. He developed an adult stem cell bank from over 300 people with different neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial mutation disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, ataxia telangiectasia and motor neuron disease. These stem cells are used to identify the biological bases of neurological diseases using genomics, proteomics and cell function assays and this work is leading to new drug therapies.
In another first for Gympie, the Gympie Bone Museum brings 2017 Australian of the Year Prof Alan Mackay-Sim to town for Science in the Pub.
Join us for a cold one after work on the verandah at the family-friendly Australian Hotel Gympie for a conversation with Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim . Alan is a neuroscientist, stem cell scientist and STEM champion at the Griffith University Institute for Drug Discovery.
Cindy Vogels will be our host to find out from Alan what he knows about stem cells in the nose and how that led to some leaps and bounds in spinal regeneration treatment.
Bonus points for getting Alan’s top tips for maintaining a magnificent mustache!
Its a free event, just register so we can get a handle on numbers for seating & finger food. Drinks available at the bar.
Good news, Skeleton Crew! The Gympie Bone Museum art show at The quARTz HuB has been extended due to popular demand. The show will now be closing next Thursday 10 August. This will be your last chance to see the exhibit in this format. The last Torchlight Tour will be held on Wednesday the 9th from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Other than that we have no private bookings for the coming week so if you’d like to rent the exhibition to host a private function it is available. Don’t forget that the artwork is for sale so you can take home a piece of history – this is the first exhibition from the first dedicated bone museum in Australia. Certain pieces are also available for touring so if you’d like to host them in your local gallery or public venue then please get in touch. Finally, National Science Week is coming up 12-20 August and if you’ve got a boney idea you’d like to put into action then we’re all ears. Let’s do something brilliant together!
I met Juliette Claire at a skeleton articulation workshop not long ago. She was wearing the most amazing silver earrings she had made. Juliette is bright and bubbly and ridiculously talented and when we decided to put on this art exhibition I asked her to join us. Thankfully she agreed and the photos below show her talent and her wit. I love her hashtag #whywegetoutofbedinthemorning.
Come and see Juliette’s pieces at the Skeleton Articulation and Adornment exhibition this July at the quARTz HuB 13 River Rd Gympie. More of Juliette’s work is featured on her instagram @fossickandforagedesign and you can pick yourself up a piece on Etsy.
Artists, photographers, teachers and students are encouraged to visit the exhibition and be inspired by the works on display. We are interested in seeing the creative work this exhibition might inspire in others.
The quARTz HuB is now in the building formerly occupied by PC Place at 13 River Rd Gympie next to the Telstra shop. The exhibition will be open 3 – 30 July and entry is free. The HuB is open 9-3 Monday to Friday and 9-12 on Saturday. Private viewings and after hours access can be arranged for groups, school groups, art clubs etc by contacting us via our contact page.
Yesterday What’s On In Gympie took the time to have a chat with us about Cloudland – Gympie’s first rooftop cocktail bar event. It’s the event of the year in Gympie and loads of businesses have pitched in to make it really special. Check out the video to see the menu, hear about the Scurvy Dog, find out which cars the Gympie Historic Auto Club are bringing along and check out the Cloudmobile in all her V8 glory.
Ticket sales close tonight on Eventbrite so Book Now!