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14 AUG


Join us as we celebrate National Science Week with an evening of spoken word entertainment with speakers presenting on a diverse range of scientific and general topics.  PechaKucha Nights are a rollicking ride - you never know what you're going to learn about!

 If you would like to contact or know more about our presenters, please check out their biographies on this site.


See you on Wednesday August 14th!

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Adventures with the Cairns State High Symphony Orchestra

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 24, 2018

Eloise Little is a Year 10 student at Cairns State High School in north Queensland, Australia. Here shares her experiences with the Cairns State High Schools Symphony Orchestra where she is a 1st violinist and harpist.

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.56 of a second makes a difference

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 24, 2018

David Burston lives in Cairns, far northern Australian.  He is passionate about helping others to build on their communication skills.  He is the volunteer Pitch Master at a local business incubator, a TEDx coach, and owner of two businesses - one marketing and instalation, and the other a communications business ‘Confidence Unlimited’.

 David is a big believer in the power of being present in life and business, a mantra that he shares with all of his clients.  Here David shares his personal experience surviving a workplace accident and how his focus on being in the present moment saved him from catastrophic injury.

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Amazing Amazon Birds

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 24, 2018

Susan Lawrence arrived in Brazil in 1996 to study birds, she stayed for an incredible 6 years. The focus of her study was over 400 bird species in an area of South America. Her study was on bird populations and what makes species vulnerable to development, and how the road widths affect the living environments of avian populations.

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Upcycling Garbage & People

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 24, 2018

Megan Bayliss and Kayleen Jackson, are self proclaimed craftivists, they love talking garbage, they teach women to weave garbage in prison and communities, they are change lives by upcycling and re using garbage. They propose the question, can we up cycling people, by show people acts of kindness, encouraging, inspiring and teaching people to make positive changes in their lives, they believe they can.

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Wild Frog Research

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 24, 2018

Lee Berger has spent her life studying frogs, she started studying veterinary science. She discovers the mystery of where all the frogs have gone, and the deadly fungus that caused the dramatic decline of frogs in the tropical climates. 43 species have now become extinct and further are close to extinction. Her goal is to increase the health and lifespan of frogs in the wild.

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Controlled Burning

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 24, 2018

Daryl Killan & Lou Van Rikxoort say they have the best job in the world. They talk about how they support the traditional owners of the Cape York Peninsula undertake early controlled burning. For countless generations indigenous Australians have used controlled fires for land management. They work with the landowners to manage fire plans and provide training to implement fire management plans.

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Geeks on Peaks


The geek on the peaks, Darren tells us all about the research he conducts and how he applies science on mountains, he shares the discoveries of the incredible bio diversity on tropical north Queensland mountains. And the sweet spots in the misty subtropical mountains that creates an incredible array of flora and fauna.

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Ice in Iceland

@ VOL 24 ON AUG 15, 2018

Sarah-Jane Botham is an artist based in Cairns, Australia.  At the beginning of 2016 Sarah-Jane was in Reykjavic, Iceland for two months as an artist residency.  She became fascinated by the incredible ice formations she was living amongst.  Sarah-Jane shares her photographs and stories from her time in Iceland.



City Focus: Cairns

Just in time for their PKN Vol. 24, Cairns is taking the spotlight for this week’s City Focus. Located in Queensland, Australia, this PK city is breathtaking with it’s clear blue waters and white sand. Cairns is a popular tourist location due to it’s access to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is hosting their PKN Vol. 24 during National Science week and we can’t wait. See you all there!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Cathy-Ann Kerr

    Hi, I'm Cathy-Ann Kerr I have a Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood. I love to laugh, dance, sing, travel, work with children and creatives. I strongly believe in the power of shared story, particularly in building dynamic, caring communities. I have lived in Cairns for 21 years and am married with two teenage children.

  • Pamela Bigelow

    Pam is the founding manager of the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance, IACA. She holds Bachelor of Education with a double major in Art and Science. Pam's career has seen her heavily involved in the teaching and promotion of visual arts and community engagement projects in both government and community organisations. Pam loves to travel and work with community.