Talking Water
Experts and everyday experience
Thu 21 Mar, 10.30am – 4pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings or 3840 7768

Water science is everywhere – in the media, in urban policy and in advertising. Come along to this one-day forum exploring how water science seeps into our everyday lives, how it becomes plausible and how ordinary people make sense of it. This lively and engaging multimedia event mixes expert discussion and everyday experiences of water. Join academics, designers, activists and artists to explore how the science of water is communicated and how ordinary encounters with water – from backyard creeks to bottles – make science meaningful.

Popular engagements with water science: floods, online maps and soggy carpets
Featuring Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environmental Geography, Oxford University and Christian Duell, Manager Asia Pacific Design Library, State Library of Queensland.

Sarah and Christian explore community responses and knowledge-sharing to flood phenomena. Both will look at bespoke models of alternative flood mitigation interventions as generated by affected communities in UK and AustraliaFollowing this session, participants can participate in an interactive where they generate their own multimedia water science media campaign. 

Selling water science: comics and advertising
Featuring Maureen Burns, Joan Leach, and Gay Hawkins, Centre for Critical Cultural Studies and the Science Communication Program, University of Queensland.

Our panel of experts examine how we sell water science. Speakers will look at the evolution and changing fashion of selling water science, from the ‘science fixes all’ approaches of the 1960s and 70s to contemporary campaigns where science is used in advertising. This session will be followed by a hands-on interactive where participants devise their own comics and storyboards designed to bring scientific concepts to general audiences.

Backyard arts and sciences of water
Featuring Trish Fitzsimmons, Documentary filmmaker, Griffith University and Phil Heywood, Urban Planning, Queensland University of Technology.

Session three explores grass-roots and activist responses to water issues. Panel members will concentrate on recent work centred around the Norman Creek Water catchment, and invite the audience to share their own local stories of environmental challenges and collaboratively generate solutions. 

More information: 3840 7768 or or #talkingwater


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