Science at the Local

August 4, 2019, 2:30 pm

Blue Mountains Theatre

All welcome to join Science at the Local to launch National Science Week in New South Wales on Sunday 4 August.

This FREE family event will feature the state’s Chief Scientist & Engineer, a Digital Farmhand robot demonstration and expert talks on how technology is transforming NSW.

  • Meet a Digital Farmhand robot and see how it works to monitor and irrigate crops, and identify and eradicate weeds.
  • Hear how advances in sensor technology and farming automation are helping farmers maximise crop yields in a time of climate uncertainty.
  • Find out how students at 10 regional NSW high schools are gaining coding skills through the robotics program, which may lead to a career in agricultural science.
  • Learn how NSW is supporting research to deliver smart, cost-effective solutions to challenges in areas like health, energy, quantum computing, water management, recycling and digital security.

Join NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte and Professor Salah Sukkarieh of Agerris and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at The University of Sydney to see first-hand how scientific and technological innovations are creating innovative businesses and providing exciting career opportunities for STEM graduates.

Engage in a conversation about transformational technologies that have global applications and agricultural robots that are inspiring students and helping farmers.

About the speakers
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, tasked with drawing together business, research and government to drive innovation in NSW and provide independent advice. He is a world authority on machine learning and robotics, and their application in areas including cargo handling, mining and defence. He works part-time for the University of Sydney as Special Advisor for the Western Sydney Strategy and has won numerous awards, including 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year. From 2016-2018, Professor Durrant-Whyte was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence.

Salah Sukkarieh is Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and CEO of Agerris, a new Agtech startup improving agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability. He is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems and has worked across logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining. Salah was awarded the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science and was a 2019 NSW Australian of the Year nominee.

About Science at the Local
Science at the Local is a popular community initiative that brings locals and scientists together in the cozy confines of the local club. Since 2014, bimonthly talks have featured a wide range of speakers and topics, and partnered with groups like the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and Penrith Observatory to deliver special events. Science at the Local is run by high school teacher Kevin Joseph and bushfire researcher Hamish Clarke and acts as the Blue Mountains Science Hub with support from Inspiring Australia. Find out more

This event is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government as part of National Science Week.

Science at the Local
Sunday 4 August, 2.30pm


Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, on 4723 5050 or online.