This monthly series of rapid-fire interactive talks served on the last Friday of each month mixes innovation into every recipe on the fastBREAK menu.
Each event hosts five savvy young creative thinkers who transform five minutes into an idea delicacy using the top-notch ingredients of creativity, commercialisation, collaboration, connections and conversation.
This month fastBREAK teams up with the Ultimo Science Festival.
Our five speakers tackle the Ultimo Science Festival 2011 theme - "WHY DO YOU CARE?" They will discuss various aspects, including creativity, commercialisation, collaboration and connections, but they're only given five minutes to get their point across.
Erika Taylor, curator in science, technology and industry at the Powerhouse Museum. For the last five years she has researched and cared for a wide range of collections including historic wool, plastic, scientific instruments, and medical paraphernalia. She has curated exhibitions such as the ‘Australian International Design Awards’ and ‘Ecologic: creating a sustainable future’. When not working on science exhibitions you can find her designing iPad games, walking tour apps, and getting curators involved in social media.
Dr Peter Macreadie, marine biologist at University of Technology, Sydney. His interests and background cover a wide range of ecosystems; from the deep-sea to the coast. Peter’s current research focuses on seagrasses, with the goal of understanding how we improve their resilience to climate change, and how can we capitalise on their amazing ability to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere.
Mia Sharma, head of science at International Grammar School. Mia has developed innovative, contextualised programs that emphasize how science is used in daily life, and leads students to develop a love of investigation and analysis. She has been teaching and/or tutoring for nearly 10 years and in 2010 she received the NSW Scientist of the Year Award for Leadership in Teaching. She has also been working to improve safety in laboratories by helping to develop RiskAssess software for schools and presenting at conferences.
Dr Dominic Hare, chemist at University of Technology, Sydney. Dominic began his academic career in forensic science but quickly discovered a love for research and 'back to basics' science. He now focuses his work in the areas of chemistry and health sciences. He is specifically looking into the role of metals in health and disease of the human body and he is developing new ways to observe them in the human brain.
Ben Cubby, Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald. Prior to his current role, Ben was a reporter in various roles within the news section of the paper. He studied journalism at UTS – though is yet to graduate with a diploma – and arts at Sydney University. He garners his knowledge of science from reading journals but isn't much good with technology and is yet to own an iPhone, iPod or personal computer.
Tickets are $10 and include a delicious breakfast from Black Star Pastry.