ANU Open Day 2021: Science sessions

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Pre-recorded sessions

Most of the sessions listed below were recorded in the last 12 months, but they still provide a good overview of our degree programs, research and student experience.

43:54

All about black holes

What are black holes? How are they formed? What do we know about them? Dr Brad Tucker talks about the latest discoveries in black holes - from the first image of them to detecting their collisions.

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1:55

ANU Kioloa Campus Creating a virtual fieldtrip

With Covid19 restrictions, lecturers are coming up with innovative ways to teach students field work. Dr David Freudenberger explains how he's adapted his class at ANU's Kioloa Campus to a virtual version.

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5:39

ANU MakerSpace - Learning by Doing

The ANU MakerSpace is a growing network of spaces across campus, and a community where people learn by doing.

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2:26

ANU Science on Location: Booderee National Park

ANU researchers are learning how ecosystems regenerate after bushfires thanks to the long-term monitoring surveys at the Booderee National Park.

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7:01

Asymptotically Fast Polynomial Multiplication

In this video, our recent Mathematics and Computer science graduate Will Cashman talks about fast methods of polynomial multiplication - what it is, why do we care about it and a brief overview of one of the most popular algorithms being used today.

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43:25

Bachelor of Health Science: a pathway to a career in the health care sector

Hear a welcome message from some of the teaching staff of the Bachelor of Health Science and take a deep dive into the structure of the program. You will hear from students who have graduated from the Bachelor of Health Science and are now working towards a career in medicine.

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22:49

Becoming a mathematical biologist and making the world a better place

Are you interested in Biology and Mathematics? Xia Hua will talk about their experience studying at ANU, and how it has helped them to become a mathematical biologist.

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45:43

Biology student experiences

Hear from current students Ivan Vinogradov and Zhijia Yuwhat it is like to study Biology, Biological Sciences and Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics at ANU.

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30:05

Building blocks for baby planets

Ever wondered how the Earth and other planets ended up around the Sun? In this talk Eloise will explain how planets grow and how they can get their moons.

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48:02

Climate change: a sustainability, policy and health crisis – where do we go from here?

Join our expert panel as they tackle climate change, social justice and health and how policy is impacted (or impacts) these issues.

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44:41

Conservation in the 21st century: how the Fenner School conducts fieldwork

Listen to Dr Natasha Robinson, Dr Benjamin Scheele, Dr Craig Strong, Professor David Lindenmayer and PhD student Meena Sivagowre Sritharan explaining how ANU students are involved in conservation science fieldwork.

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1:00:05

Discover Psychology at ANU

Listen to Dr Stephanie Goodhew and Associate Professor Mark Edwards introducing Psychology at ANU and demonstrating how the brain perceives the outside world.

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36:44

Discover Seismology at ANU

Usually the first thing that people associate seismology with is earth quakes and faults. While that is an important part of seismology, it contributes to a minor part of the discipline. This talk aims at uncovering some of the lesser known areas of seismology and aims to answer some questions about pursuing studies in seismology.

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42:24

Earth Sciences student experience

Learn about what it is like to study Earth Sciences at ANU and hear from current students, Emily Oboroski and Baoyi Huang about their experiences.

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48:04

Employability in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Learn about different areas of Astronomy & Astrophysics and their applications, examples of careers and employment trends.

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45:55

Employability in Biotechnology

Learn about different areas of Biotechnology, examples of careers and employment trends, as well as an overview of studying the Master of Biotechnology at ANU.

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39:48

Employability in Earth Sciences

Learn about different areas of Earth Sciences and its applications, examples of careers and employment trends in different areas, and what it is like to work in Earth Sciences as well as an overview of studying the Master of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University.

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38:23

Employability in physics

Learn about different areas of Physics and their applications, examples of careers and employment trends in different areas, what it is like to work in Physics as well as an overview of studying the Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement and Quantum Technology at the ANU

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38:22

Employability in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics

Learn about different areas of Biology and Bioinformatics and their applications, examples of careers and employment trends in different areas, what it is like to work in Biology and Bioinformatics as well as an overview of studying the Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics at the Australian National University.

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34:07

Energy change - student experiences

Hear from the convenor Kenneth Baldwin, and current student Desy Prihardini about their experiences

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56:49

Environment Student Experience

Learn about what it is like to study Environment, Forestry, Agricultural Innovation and Environmental Sciences at ANU, and hear from current students Md Kamruzzaman and Hongzhang Xu about their experiences.

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1:00:08

Explore astronomy at ANU

This pre-recorded session introduces Astronomy at ANU. The speakers then go on to explain the course structure of the first year science undergraduate degree and talk about courses you need to include in order to pursue astronomy at ANU. This session involves an interactive Q&A session with the audience and was presented by Professor Paul Francis and our student Janet Tang.

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1:56

Fiji Reef Study (Fiji Field School)

ANU students Jamica Kwani and Will Hunter share their experience in the Fiji Reef Study as part of the ANU Fiji Field School.

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47:45

First year Environment & Sustainability: how sustainable development studies can help solve global challenges

Listen to Professor Lorrae Van Kerkhoff, Professor Jamie Pittock, Dr Rebecca Pearse and our student Kate discussing the first year studies at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.

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1:42:24

First year science at ANU - What to expect

Join our pre-recorded session where our academics, first-year convenors and our student will take you through an interactive Q&A session to explore course guidance, enrolment advice and different perspectives on what you can expect as a first year science student at ANU.

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23:50

Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Dr Kial Stewart and PhD Candidate Jemima Rama introduce the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the Research School of Earth Science and perform experiments to understand the physics of fluids.

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59:01

Forestry in the 21st Century

Professor Peter Kanowski, Dr Matt Brookhouse and Depi Susilawati discuss forestry and forest science at ANU.

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38:33

Graduate outcomes in Science Communication

Learn about different areas of Science Communication and its applications, examples of careers and employment trends in different areas, what it is like to work in Science Communication as well as an overview of studying the Master of Science Communication at The Australian National University.

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56:14

Honours and Masters degrees at Fenner School of Environment & Society

Dr Sara Beavis, Dr Rob Dyball and Sam Provost will have panel discussion around honours and masters studies at Fenner.

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21:33

I want my own star too!

Do you know what a Laser Guide Star is? Join Dr Noelia Martinez to find out what this is and how it works in this interesting video about her research.

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2:32

Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School

Learn about the Fiji Field School and how it gives students a first-hand experience of the real-world circumstances that confront an island nation by exploring important themes in the context of sustainable development.

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4:24

Laser demo at a physics lab at ANU

Ever wondered how a LASER works? Join Professor Ben Buchler for a short demonstration and explanation of how a LASER works at one of our physics lab at ANU.

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56:31

Learning to learn how everything works

Joe Hope talks about physics graduates careers and opportunities. ANU builds upon its world leading research to offer the best in physics education. Find out more about how you can pursue studies in physics and play a part in addressing the challenges facing the modern world.

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31:50

Life on a scientific expedition ship

Ever wondered what happens on a scientific expedition? Join Dr Brad Opdyke as he takes the audience on a journey to explain his life on various scientific expeditions as part of his interesting research on rocks and sediments beneath our oceans.

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30:15

Making Singularities Count

Martin Helmer talks about quantifying the singularities of surfaces defined by polynomials.

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54:25

Managing bushfires – how the Fenner School research is changing how we think about fire

Professor Saul Cunningham, Dr Marta Yebra, Professor Geoff Cary, and Professor Phil Gibbons discuss different approaches to bushfire mamangement, how ecosystems are adapting to more frequent fires and how ANU research is shaping fire management policies.

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8:07

Master of Climate Change at ANU

Do you want to tackle one of the most important and complex environmental problems encountered by humankind? Join our session to find out why the Master of Climate Change might be the best option for you.

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51:50

Masters programs in biology

In this postgraduate focused session, we talk about the Masters of Science program at the ANU Research School of Biology. Our panelists cover the different choices we offer based on your area of interest, briefly explaining the program structure, courses you can take and the benefits of each of your options.

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59:03

Mathematics, Computers and Earthquakes

Kenneth Duru talks about how earthquakes are modelled and how these models can be solved using supercomputers.

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46:46

Meet a current Psychology student

Danushika, Bachelor of Science (Psychology) graduate and current Clinical Psychology PhD student at ANU, shares her experience studying at ANU and living in Canberra.

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1:01:41

Meet Atul, current Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) student

Meet Atul, ANU Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) graduate who is now pursuing a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) degree at ANU. In this pre-recorded Atul talks about his background, motivations, his student experience and journey into studying Medicine at ANU.

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52:25

Meet Lachlan, current Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) student

Listen to current Doctor of Medicine and Surgery student Lachlan Arthur sharing his experience studying at ANU and living in Canberra.

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54:29

Mount Stromlo Observatory Virtual Tour

Join Dr Brad Tucker on a virtual tour of Mount Stromlo Observatory, the headquarters of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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31:15

MSI Women of Mathematics panel

Listen to some of the talented women from the Mathematical Sciences Institute interview each other and discuss their career paths, challenges overcome, their current research, and advice for other women interested in mathematics.

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1:28

Protecting Australia’s endangered species

Find out what has motivated Kate’s career in wildlife conservation and science communication.

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40:22

Psychology at ANU

Professor Michael Platow, Associate Director (Science Education) talks about what psychology is, what psychologists do and what studying psychology is like at ANU.

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1:02:52

Psychology at ANU and pathways to a psychology career

Join Professor Iain Walker, Director of the ANU Research School of Psychology, who will talk about Psychology at ANU, pathways to become a psychologist and career opportunities in this discipline.

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32:46

Science Communication: what can I study?

You can be a part of Australia's first science communication center and become a skilled communicator who can engage people with the science, technology, or medical information that is most relevant to them. Find out how.

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58:04

Sharing science pathways with meriSTEM

Find out more about the exciting meriSTEM project and tune into a pre-recorded panel discussion between four of our students about their journey into Science and their involvement with the meriSTEM project.

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56:54

Study a Master of Science Communication at ANU

What is Science Communication and what do our graduates go? In this pre-recorded session, our lecturers from the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science discuss the postgraduate options in Science Communication and touch upon courses you can take up during your undergraduate degree at the ANU as well.

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1:03:50

Study Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU

Learn more about the course structure of the science degree and how astronomy can fit into the your undergraduate degree at ANU. Professor Michael Ireland and our student Janet Tang talk about the research, facilities, teaching and student experience at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at our Mt Stromlo Observatory in this webinar.

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5:10

Study Earth and Marine Sciences at ANU

Find out more about pursuing your studies in the complex systems and processes that shape our planet at Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth Sciences.

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43:03

Studying biology and biomedical science

Considering studying Biology or Biomedical Science? Dr Susan Howitt and Dr Julie Beckman discuss why the Research School of Biology at ANU might be the best place for you.

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27:22

Studying Geology at ANU

Join our talented PhD students Bozana and Ross as they discuss what geology is and what it is that geologists do? what kind of career an undergraduate degree in geology can get you into and other exciting stuff about the Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU.

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31:15

Studying mathematics at ANU

Three students and three different stories. Join Adam, as he discovers the interesting reasons behind the motivation for our students to pursue their studies in mathematics.

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1:08:26

Understanding climate science, our greatest challenge - panel discussion

What is climate change? how does it impact weather patterns? what effects does it have on food production? what roles can governments, experts, organisations and the community play to contribute to the fight against climate change? These are just some of the questions that a student that wants to study climate change might have. Find out what our experts have to say about the courses that you can take as part of your degree to study Climate Change at ANU.

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48:36

Understanding food systems

Listen to Professor Saul Cunnigham, Dr Craig Strong, Dr Robert Dyball and Associate Lecturer Bronwyn Wilkes answering questions from the public about food systems and how food connects to a number of environmental problems.

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1:49

Unlocking the secrets of Australia’s environment with fieldwork

Discover how fieldwork at ANU helps students gain hands-on experience on environmental science.

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2:49

Vietnam Field School

In January 2018 a group of 25 students touched down in Ho Chi Minh City and commenced a 3-week field school in Vietnam. Supported by the New Colombo Plan, the students learned first-hand about the big challenges faced by the region. In this video hear from the participants about what they got out of the trip.

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15:38

Volcanoes, earthquakes and climate change

Listen to Associate Professor John Mavrogenes explaining how Earth Science can impact society through research and introducing first-year Earth Science courses and major.

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1:02:03

Want to study Environmental Science? - Putting together your undergraduate degree

Learn from Harriet Torrens, Rachel Larobina and Dr Craig Strong how to structure your undergraduate degree to study environmental science.

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51:31

What connects Genghis Khan and the Australian lungfish? Radiocarbon dating in archaeology and ecology

Rachel Wood & Stewart Falon discuss the connections between Genghis Khan, the Australian lungfish, and the link between Radiocarbon dating in archaeology and ecology.

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39:48

When one telescope just isn't good enough

Join a short presentation by PhD student Adam Rains where he talks about his study on the technique in Astronomy where light combined from multiple telescopes is used to do impressive things in our pursuit of knowledge about our universe.

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48:59

When the Universe was a baby

Learn about the universe far back in time when it was still a baby, to find the building blocks of life. This intriguing talk is presented by PhD student Ayan Acharyya and he talks about where the building blocks are found and how do we look back in time using maths, physics and computer programming.

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37:05

Why study chemistry at ANU

Chemistry is a central science which underlies every scientific discipline from the environment through biology to physics and astronomy. Solutions to the world’s current major challenges - energy, water, and climate - will have their origins in chemistry. Join our academics and students to hear about their journey at the Research School of Chemistry at ANU.

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