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ChemCentre in the community

ChemCentre in the community

Date Published: 27-Jun-16

ChemCentre will be on show at two big events in coming months: the first will involve demonstrating chemistry-based activities and career options at Curtin University’s Open Day on Sunday 31 July, and the second will be a major presence at the Perth Science Festival, as part of National Science Week on the weekend of 13 and 14 August.ChemCentre CEO Peter Millington said an exciting and informative set of displays and demonstrations were being developed for the events.

“The demonstrations will engage all the senses – particularly smell and sight,” he said. “Yes, there will be flames! But no, we’re not blowing anything up, although we will make some things disappear.

“I’m confident that people attending will see just how much chemistry is all around us every day. ChemCentre works at a very high level across a wide range of industries, including forensic science and environmental chemistry. Getting involved in these exciting careers can begin with a fascination for basic chemistry. We hope to inspire young people to consider chemistry, while showing all Western Australians how we help keep communities safe.

“At both events, ChemCentre staff will be on hand to conduct the demonstrations and answer questions about ChemCentre and chemistry in general. I’m very thankful to the staff who are volunteering their time to bring these events to the public.”

At Curtin Open Day, ChemCentre’s display will be in Building 500, in the Resources and Chemistry Precinct, and the home of ChemCentre’s laboratories.

The Perth Science Festival will be held in the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge, with ChemCentre occupying a marquee in the central display space. A giant LCD screen at the festival will show a range of ChemCentre images. Also during the festival, Dr Kari Pitts, ChemCentre Chemist and Research Officer, will present a special public lecture Zombies, Cars and Shoes, describing some of the criminal cases she has worked on providing physical evidence using  forensic chemistry. The lecture, to be held in the State Library Theatre, will be based on her successful Bayliss Youth Lecture delivered to audiences in WA and Darwin earlier this year.

Peter said events such as these are an important way for ChemCentre to fulfil its outreach and education mandate.

“For a range of reasons, the ChemCentre team made the difficult decision not to hold its own Open Day this year,” he said. “Instead, we are pleased to be focusing our efforts among the broader community with these two great events.”

More information: Jean Burton, Media and Communications Manager,  or phone 08 9422 9823.

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