Saturday, August 26, 2017

Beaker Street@TMAG: The Laborastory

I've been enjoying the variety of storytelling opportunities on offer and one of my favourite kind/genre (?) of stories are those with science themes. Melbourne hosts a fabulous monthly event called The Laborastory where I can get my fix. The Laborastory is a space where storytelling meets science. The stories are usually about a person whose life and research has touched the teller in some way.

So it was an honour to be invited to Hobart to MC the inaugural Laborastory in Hobart for the inaugural Science Week event, Beaker Street@TMAG.

Beaker Street@TMAG rocked. Over 5000 people came through the doors of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery over 3 evenings, all hungry to talk science. And the beauty of it is, it is accessible to folks with little science education (like me). All that is required is a curious mind. Presenters wandered the venue in glowing name tags so conversations could continue beyond the presentations and stories.

We had a healthy crowd at The Laborastory, an all women session with tales from passionate botanists from the early 1800s to  the present day. The team from L-R: self, Mary-Anne Lea, Laura Davis and Nicole Gill.

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