The Anti-conference: Innovation, Inspiration, Intelligence
Happening in National Science Week 2023, get ready to immerse yourself in WA's latest innovation. This isn't your typical conference, we're bringing interactive workshops, quizzes and debates to the heart of Perth. Note, whilst catering will not be provided, there will be ample opportunities throughout the day for attendees to organise themselves some food. Learn more about our event below ⬇️
👉 1 TICKET = $20, discounts apply when registering for multiple sessions
👉 For the event website
👉 For specific details about individual workshops and presentations
How will the event be structured?
Friday 11 August
Session 1: Intelligence (6 pm - 830 pm)🧠
Calling all science enthusiasts, geeks, and quiz aficionados! Prepare to embark on a knowledge-packed adventure as we celebrate National Science Week with an electrifying Quiz Night at Perth Mess Hall! 🎉
Hosting this unforgettable evening of brain-tickling fun will be none other than the renowned Bamboozled Quizmasters! They'll keep you entertained, engaged, and laughing throughout the night. They'll be joined by the fabulous team from Deaf Connect who will provide Auslan Interpretation services on the night.
🎟️ Tickets are only $20, with your ticket you'll receive a free drink voucher. BYO snacks allowed and food trucks will be available to purchase dinner from, but NO EXTERNAL DRINKS. Note, this event is strictly 18+ only 🔞
Round 1 - How well do you know your Blue Backyard - Minderoo Foundation 🌊
Round 2 - Physics and Engineering - Murdoch University 🚂
Round 3 - Biodiversity - WA Biodiversity Science Institute 🦘
Round 4 - General STEM Questions - Particle Science Magazine ⚙️
Round 5 - ReWild Perth: Bring Nature Home - Perth NRM 🌿
Saturday 12 August
Session 2: Innovation, morning (9 am - 1230 pm)🚀
Have you ever wondered what innovation is happening right here in Western Australia but didn't know how to find out without sitting through an hour-long presentation? So did we. Cue the Anti-conference, a day filled with 35 minute interactive sessions and hand's on workshops.
Join us in Hackett Hall and the Woodside Learning Studios to hear about robotics, carbon sequestering, the space industry, antibiotic resistance, renewable energy and more.
Session 3: Inspiration, afternoon (130 pm - 5 pm)💡
In the afternoon session we'll be continuing to explore WA based innovation through 35 minute sessions. Hear about the deep sea, unexpected career pathways, the diversity within teams, and the likelihood of finding love (and aliens). Or have a go at coding a drone and learning the ropes of Quantum computing.
Sessions will be opened with a keynote panel (30mins), followed by 3 x interactive sessions (30-40mins each). The half-days will conclude with the group getting back together for a final concluding session. You can check out the program below ⬇️
Who is the target audience?
We're looking to reach young adults (18 - 24) who are not currently studying or working in a STEM based field. We're also looking to reach groups who are historically underrepresented in STEM, such as Women & Girls, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Regional and Remote communities, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse individuals, those who identify as LGBTQI+, and those living with a chronic illness or disability.