What’s on in the Great Southern?


Rocks, Rips and Renewables: A UWA Profile of Sandpatch

This half-day forum showcases research questions and projects driving our understanding of renewable energy potential around Sandpatch, the Southern Ocean’s energetic wave zone off Albany’s rugged southern coastand will be suitable for anyone interested in renewable energy.
Keynote speaker is Professor Jessica Meeuwig, Centre for Marine Futures, with Dr Mark Buckley, Dr Wiebke Ebelling,  Associate Professor Katy Evans and Professor Stephen Hopper. Topics range from the intricacies of developing the project to  geology and ocean dynamics to the vegetation communities.

In the afternoon the Sand Patch Field Trip offers a bus visit to the majestic cliffs and unique coastal habitats overlooking Sandpatch seascape.  Our guides highlight complex features to enhance our understanding of renewable energy research in the region.

Self-drive option to meet on-site.

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Places limited so bookings are essential

The wave flume at Great Southern Marine Research Facility

The wave flume at Great Southern Marine Research Facility

3D Wave Energy Converter Hack

Wave Energy Converters promise sustainable energy from the oceans but demand innovation in oceanography, hydrodynamics and geotechnical engineering. Join the UWA Wave Energy Research Centre in the new Albany headquarters to learn more and 3D print your own WEC design – and test it in the wave flume.

When: Friday, August 16 2019. 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Great Southern Marine Research Facility,
55 Proudlove Parade, Albany, WA, 6330

Professor Fiona Wood

Professor Fiona Wood

A presentation from renowned burns specialist and plastic surgeon, Professor Fiona Wood.

Professor Wood is one of Australia’s most innovative and respected surgeons and researchers. A highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon and world’s leading burns specialist, she has pioneered research and technology development in burns medicine.

For this year’s Great Southern Speaker Series Professor Wood will share her thoughts and insights on women in science and medicine, a perspective from WA’s first female plastic surgeon, featuring her invention of ReCell, the world’s first spray-on skin.The Great Southern Speaker Series is delighted to host Professor Fiona Wood for a special presentation during National Science Week.

When: Thursday 15 August 2019, 5:30 pm

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival
@ Museum of the Great Southern

SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere showcasing the best in science cinema from around the world. SCINEMA is a celebration of the power of the moving image to inspire the young, satisfy the curious, explain the baffling and ask the impossible.

Topic:    Human body and movement, Energy and transport, Environment and nature, Health and medical, Space and astronomy, Innovation and technology

When:   Saturday, August 10 2019 till Sunday, August 18 2019. 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: Museum of the Great Southern, Residency Road, Albany, WA, 6330

Cost:      Free


The Science of Slime

Slime mould Source: Wkipedia

Slime mould Source: Wkipedia

‘The Science of Slime’ is a three hour event to be held at the Mount Barker Community resource Centre. Everyone is welcome to come along and make various types of slime that mimic the different types of slime some animals produce for protection against predators or invasion.

We will have a guest speaker from the Great Southern Science Council to talk about the interesting ways some animals use slime as a defensive weapon when under attack and for other biological benefits. Tea, coffee and healthy snacks available at no cost.

When:   Wednesday, August 14 2019. 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Where: Mount Barker Community Resource Centre

1 Lowood Road, Mount Barker, WA, 6324
Bookings:      Martina Meinen     08 98512674

Museum of the Great Southern Tuesday Curatorial

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Museum of the Great Southern Tuesday Curatorials explore various subjects across the Albany and Great Southern Region with lecture style presentations.

When: Tuesday 13 August 2019. 10.30am to 11.30am

Where: Co-op Building, Museum of the Great Southern, Residency Road, Albany

Cost: $2 donation Contact: 08 9841 4844

Science Café – Master or Servant? Living with fire in the south west

Join in a lively panel discussion of our relationship with fire and the many ways we go about living with, managing and understanding fire in our region. Enjoy afternoon tea and sweeping views of Princess Royal sound as you help nut out the best ways to move forward with fire.

When: Saturday August 17 2:00-3:30 pm

Where: The “View” restaurant, Albany Entertainment Centre

Cost: $10 - Bookings essential - Malcolm Traill 08 9841 4844

On Country – Quaranup Boodja


Join Menang guides Vernice Gillies and Larry Blight with WA Museum curator Paul Doughty to explore indigenous culture, bush tucker and animals at Quaranup. Morning tea provided. Bring sturdy shoes, sun protection, water and preferred snacks. Young Naturalists Albany members will assist presenters.

When: Sunday, August 18 2019. 10.30pm to 1.00pm - Free

Where: Meet at 09:45am at Museum of the Great Southern for 10am departure bus trip to Quaranup field site.

Bookings Essential - Phone 08 9841 4844 or In Person Museum of the Great Southern, Residency Rd Albany


It Ain’t Easy Being Brown: Frogs of Western Australia

WA Museum curator Dr Paul Doughty showcases the unique frogs of Western Australia in the Tuesday Curatorial talk at Museum of the Great Southern.

When: Tuesday, August 20 2019. 10:30am to 11:30am

Where: Museum of the Great Southern Co-op Building

More Information: Malcolm Traill Phone 08 9841 4844