Staff from the ACE CRC and IMAS recently took part in Hobart's inaugural Festival of Bright Ideas, held as part of National Science Week.

The two-day festival in the Princes Wharf 1 Building exposed thousands of curious minds to the world of science, through hands-on exhibitions, workshops and science demonstrations.

The festival was an exciting opportunity for scientists from the ACE CRC and IMAS to meet and inspire the scientists of the future. The combined stall included demonstrations on sea ice properties, ocean circulation, drones, ice cores, Redmap Australia and a scale 3D map of Antarctica recreated in the game Minecraft.

Scientists from the ACE CRC gave public lectures on topics ranging from Should The Penguins Panic About Climate Change? (Stuart Corney) to What’s Up With The Sea Ice Down There? (Will Hobbs) and Exploring The Bottom Of The Ocean (Dr Stephanie Downes).

Close to 5000 school students and members of the public attended the festival over the two days.

img-fobi-drones-williamsSea ice expert, Dr Guy Williams, gives students a close up look at drones used for mapping Antarctic sea ice.

img-fobi-ice-cores-curranIce core scientist, Dr Mark Curran, shows a sample of Antarctic ice drilled by Australian climate scientists.

img-fobi-minecraft-corneyEcosystems modeller, Dr Stuart Corney, leads festival-goers on a virtual tour of Antarctica in Minecraft.

Dr Stuart Corney dresses up for the occasion.

Professor Tom Trull demonstrates some of the major drivers of ocean circulation using a rotating tank.

img-fobi-minecraft-hobbs-reillyDr Will Hobbs and David Reilly explore Minecraft Antarctica.

Mana Inoue, Meredith Nation and Dr Stephanie Downes at the Antarctic ice core display.


Authorised by the CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre October 2019.

The ACE CRC was established and supported under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program.

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