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The light side: Illuminating life

An illuminating discussion into the wonderful properties of light
Join Dr Alice Motion and Associate Professor Liz New on 29 May in a discussion of the fascinating and useful properties of light.

Event details:
Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019
Time: 5:45pm for 6pm – 7pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre, D17
Cost: Free. Register here.

Did you know that the human eye can only see less than one ten-billionth of the electromagnetic spectrum? Have you ever wondered about animals that glow in the dark? How can researchers see cells inside the darkness of our bodies?

Dr Alice Motion and Associate Professor Liz New from the School of Chemistry, will light up your life at this Sydney Science Forum.


Our panel

Cathie Sherrington

Associate Professor Liz New
School of Chemistry, University of Sydney.

Liz New has studied and worked in Australia, the UK and the US, and is currently Associate Professor and Westpac Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. She and her team of 18 study light-emitting molecules and their applications, including fluorescent tracking of molecules in the body to better understand diseases. Her awards for research and teaching including the 2018 Eureka 3M Emerging Leader Prize, and the 2016 RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year.

Cathie Sherrington

Dr Alice Motion
School of Chemistry, University of Sydney.

Alice Motion has studied and worked in the UK, Switzerland and Australia and is currently Lecturer in Chemical Education and Outreach at the University of Sydney. Alice is an open source scientist and director of Breaking Good - a project that empowers young people and citizens to make molecules that matter. Her research is centred on ways to connect people with science. Alice was a finalist in the Google Impact Challenge, Australia 2018, has presented a weekly science segment on FBi Radio since 2015 and is the co-host of the ABC Science Podcast Dear Science.

Event information

This event is free and open to all but online registration is essential.

Simply click the "Register Now" button or follow this link.

Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised and given on a first in, best dressed basis until the room reaches capacity. If an event is full, this may result in standing room or delayed admittance until an appropriate time.

We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 15 minutes before the advertised start time. 

If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.

This event takes place at Charles Perkins Centre Auditoriumwhich is below ground, with the entry opposite the main building entrance.

There will be directional signage on the day leading to the theatre. You may also refer to the map on this page. 

By bus

The closest stop is at Parramatta Rd (before Ross St). It is a 2 minute walk to the venue. Use the campus map to locate the bus stop. 

While there is some street parking available on Ross St, Arundel St and surrounding streets, there is no dedicated parking at this venue and spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.

Use the University Campus Maps tool to find out more details about parking and access areas: search D17 under "Buildings" for the Charles Perkins Centre.

Getting there