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Jayne Keane jayne.keane at qm.qld.gov.au
Tue Feb 26 07:18:15 UTC 2013

Talking Water
Experts and everyday experience
Thu 21 Mar, 10.30am - 4pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings
r>  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
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
Australia. Following this session, participants can participate in an
interactive where they generate their own multimedia water science media

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

More information: 3840 7768 or learningparticipation at slq.qld.gov.au or


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