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Raising the Bar is a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture. We create one of a kind, knowledge-driven events in unusual locations. Our goal is to raise the bar on the content people consume in their everyday lives.

8.30pm to 9.30pm          

Talk: Cult, fetish & wicked problems

The world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, is enjoying cult status. Well, she would be enjoying it, except she’s dead. Born in 1815 Ada Lovelace is now a cult figure due to our fascination in arts and science and our concern that women are being left out of the dominant narrative. Director of a new international gallery coming to Melbourne, Rose will explore our interest in arts and science, why it matters and what’s in store for the future. She will share insights garnered through planning a new gallery with eight nodes around the world and talk about Australia’s participation.
Speaker: Ms Rose Hiscock

Rose Hiscock is the inaugural Director of the Science Gallery Melbourne, a new gallery dedicated to the collision of art and science. Part of the acclaimed International network with eight nodes worldwide, the gallery will be embedded into the University of Melbourne and is scheduled to open in 2020.  Rose was previously Director of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. She also worked for the Australia Council where she was responsible for national and international arts development. Rose is committed to building a vibrant, balanced and accessible arts sector. She is a Board member of Back to Back Theatre and Chunky Move.



10pm to 11pm

Talk: Making Darkness Visible

In the last 50 years astronomers realised that invisible type of mass exists in the Universe, outweighing all of the atoms in every star, planet and person five times over. It’s responsible for holding the galaxy together, for making the galaxies form where they do in the cosmos and is our best guide to physics beyond the Higgs boson, aka the ‘god’ particle. Yet astronomers are no nearer to understanding its nature.  Using a combination of baby universes created on Australia’s most powerful telescopes, next generation telescopes like the Australian SKA Pathfinder, and rather fittingly, with a wine glass, Alan will explore what we know about the invisible and how  Australia may uncover the most sought after particle in physics with the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, SABRE.
Speaker: Dr Alan Duffy

Dr Alan Duffy is an astronomer at Swinburne University creating baby universes on the nation’s most powerful supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter holding it together. With colleagues from around the world, he is attempting to find this dark matter with SABRE, the first such detector in the Southern Hemisphere. He is also a team member mapping out the dark matter in the universe using galaxies found with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.




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