Past Events

View some of the past events we’ve been involved with:

  •  Science and Innovation in SW WA Agriculture ( 18 & 19 May, 2017) 
  • Ocean, Waterways and Landscapes: STEM in Action Science Conference (20 & 21 October, 2016) 
  • 50 Years of the Busselton Health Study ( August 19, 2016)
  • Marine Animal Rescue – Collie! ( August 18, 2016)
  • STEM Fair( August 18, 2016)
  • Marine Animal Rescue – Collie! ( August 18, 2016)
  • Sci Film 2016 Launch ( August 17, 2016)
  • 2016 Growing Science Forum ( August 16, 2016)
  • National Science Week (August 15-21, 2016)
  • South West Science Symposium (May 26, 2016)
  • Crash Simulation (September 22, 2015)
  • STEM Fair (August 20, 2015)


What: 50 Years of the Busselton Health Study
When: August 19, 2016
Where: Bayview Resort, Busselton

A public forum presented by Western Australia’s leading medical researchers. Quiz a Professor in a Q&A session and find out how the study is unlocking the causes of wide-range of chronic health conditions and disorders.

What: Marine Animal Rescue – Collie!
When:August 18, 2016
Where: Collie Public Library

The Collie Family Centre held an educational session at the library with a marine biologist to learn about marine animals, local conservation efforts  and get up  close and personal with creatures in the touch tank!

What: STEM Fair 2016

When: August 18, 2016
Where: Newton Moore Senior High School

Showcasing Science and Engineering Students’ Research – Newton Moore Senior High School students, years 8-11

CREST – Creativity in Engineering, Science and Technology.

What: Sci Film Festival Launch
When: August 17, 2016 
Where: Busselton Cinema

Participants were asked by Film Harvest and Inspiring Australia to express via film what their personal connection to science is,  what science inspires them.

Entries had to be under 3 minutes and about science.

The winning entry ( a 12 year old boy from Kalgoorlie) took home a Cash Prize, the title of ‘Best Sci Film 2016’ . His win kick started a Sci Film on Screen Cinema showcase, at the ‘Sci Film On Screen’ Launch Eventwhich was held during National Science Week. The top 15 shortlisted films were showcased at selected cinemas around the State, as part of Film Harvest, regional WA’s ongoing programme of alternative and arthouse film.


For more information go to:   or to the Film Harvest Geographe Facebook page to check out what was held:

What: 2016 Growing Science Forum

When: August 16, 2016
Where: Manjimup Repertory Theatre

Food Security in a  Changing Climate 

Invited by the  Southern Forests SEED Program Professor Tim Flannery visited  WA to speak to  students and the community  ( Prof. Flannery at evening session only) alongside  Prof Lyn Beazley, Dr Peter McGilchrist from Murdoch Uni and Sarah Marley from Curtin University.

Southern Forests SEED Program

The Southern Forests SEED Program aims to foster relationships between students, education providers and the agriculture industry in order to highlight career opportunities that exist within the industry, particularly in the Southern Forests Region.

Several initiatives have been rolled out during 2014, 2015 and 2016 targeting education professionals, agriculture industry professionals and students ranging from primary school age right through until school leaver age.

For further information on the Southern Forests SEED Program, please contact Stephanie Carstairs, Education Development Officer for the Shire of Manjimup. Phone 0417 881 665, email

Growing Science _Flannery


What: National Science Week 2016
When: August 14-21, 2016
Where: Nationwide

Welcome to National Science Week 2016

Science, technology, engineering and maths get us going on the pathway of knowledge and investigation, starting with steps that get us used to the language and methods of the disciplines. These are not ends in themselves but the building blocks on which we rely when we are called on to learn and exercise knowledge and skills at work, at home, in our hobbies, in our volunteer work and contributing to making decisions of social and environmental importance.

Where does that knowledge come from?  One important way in which knowledge grows is through science and what we call the scientific method. Scientists work hard to answer questions about how things work and, knowing that, how we can do things better. The scientific method is a tried and tested way of looking at something new, a new idea, and looking for as much evidence as possible that will test whether that idea is possibly correct. We can then discard ideas that fail that test and see what other idea might then be suggested and tested.

Sometimes there is only a little bit of evidence available that seems to support or lead to the idea and scientists prepare an experiment that will test the idea more carefully. To carry out an experiment for this purpose, the scientist develops a hypothesis, which is a carefully developed way of making a statement which, if tested and found not to be false or wrong, establishes the idea as being supported by the new evidence. Great care is taken to state the hypothesis in terms that allow experimental testing. An experiment requires setting specific stes of conditions and making accurate measurements, analysising the data for statistically significant differences and interpreting what those differences mean. That new idea is usually challenged by other scientists who set up a different experiment that will confirm or deny the idea. What is important is to establish that the idea is right for the right reasons and whether it holds in more than one specified set of conditions.

How do you know someone is a scientist? They don’t always wear a white coat or have a beard and fuzzy hair! They are people who are very curious about the world we live in and ask questions all the time. They want to know what things are, how they work, what place they play in the universe, in their ecosystem or in our lives.  The knowledge they develop serves purposes of greater understanding and better management of the environment, our social conditions and the economy. No one scientist answers the whole question alone, but some lead us into new areas of knowledge or are important because they dig deeper and change our understanding of when, where and why an idea is useful.

We hope that you will be inspired by what you saw and experienced during National Science Week and enjoyed being a partner in science.


What: The Future of the South West in a Changing Climate – Science Symposium
When: May 26, 2016
Where: Edith Cowan University, Bunbury

On  May 26, attendees heard from 9 invited guest speakers including the Chief Scientist of WA. The speakers covered “Incorporating Climate Change into South West Regional NRM Strategic Plan”, “Ocean Events and Fisheries”; “Marine Ecosystems”, “A new approach to Biodiversity”, “Forests: Consequences of drought and heat events”; “SW Agriculture and Food Production”, “Climate Change and Human Health in the SW” and “What has climate change got to do with Cities and Towns?”

The Chief Scientist addressed the audience on “Science technology and Innovation”, emphasizing science’s role in creating new opportunities and meeting new and emerging challenges.

The day concluded with a Panel Q&A session, which was scheduled for 20 minutes but because of enthusiasm lasted an hour.

122 people registered, with a diverse spread of professional and lay interests represented. Individuals and groups traveled up to 150 kms for the event from all points across the SW Region and included farmers, small business owners, Shire councilors, students, teachers, and interested general public. 8-10 volunteers worked on the preparation for and the supporting services on the day, including some new members.7 new applications for membership were received on the day.

For more information refer to the Science Symposium tab on the website here:

Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken


What: Crash simulation
When: September 22, 2015
Where: Manea Senior High School, Bunbury

HMSP and St John Ambulance crash simulation at Manea Senior College

On September 22nd 2015, 18 eager Health and Medical students waited patiently with their St John Ambulance paramedics  mentors for their turn to take place in the third Manea Senior College Simulated Crash scene.  Annette Mateljan from St Johns held meetings all year with HMSP teacher Jo Ellard and a crash scenario was developed.  To make the injuries more realistic students were exposed to a professional makeup artist who was keenly watched by students from the drama department.

After 8 weeks of training and passing their applied first aid, the students, under the tuition of St Johns Lorraine Guest and HMSP teacher Carolyn Harvie, spent the morning responding to a mock set up at the Bunbury ECU oval. The simulation exposed a minivan and a moped crash in which 12 Rural Clinical school medical students were involved in simulating injuries arising from the crash.  The HMSP students were the first responder to the crash and had to assess and treat the injuries exposed.

This year the MSC students were fortunate as the rescue helicopter was able to land and be involved in the simulation as a patient was involved in a simulated airlift. All student’s, Bunbury police, Bunbury Volunteer Fire brigade, St John Ambulance, Rural Clinical School medical students and their supervisors were involved in a debrief over lunch after the event.  During this time Annette from St Johns was keenly involved in discussions for the 2016 simulation


What: STEM Community Fair
When: August 20, 2015
Where: Newton Moore Senior High School, Bunbury

Newton Moore Senior High School held its annual Community STEM Fair on Thursday 20th August 2015 during National Science week. The events was a showcase of student projects and science and technology  displays manned by enthusiastic students and industry. The aim of this event was to promote the value of Science, Technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the wider community and  was open to visiting schools and the general public. Industry and community partners that also participated in the event included the South West Science Council, Doral, South32 Worsley Alumina, City of Bunbury, Bunbury Leschenault Rotary Club and Edith Cowan University. These organisations generously donated their time to provide engaging STEM activities and presentations to visitors. Edith Cowan University also generously gave their time to judge student projects and provide prizes to outstanding student project entries.