Busy Science Week to go viral

National Science Week aims to make science accessible, says David Thurley. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

National Science Week aims to make science accessible, says David Thurley. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

A SERIES of events planned for Albury next week aim to make science accessible to the public.

From Tuesday to Thursday students will be able to learn about the big bang, how sound is made, how science is used to solve crimes and what energy consumption means for climate change.

Nobel Prize winner Dr Peter Charles Doherty will discuss viruses and how the immune system works with students on Thursday, followed by a public lecture at 7pm.

National Science Week organiser David Thurley said science was an important part of understanding our world, but was a mystery to most people.

“I’d really like the public to come on board,” he said.

“My view is the public’s understanding of science is not really flash.

“We need to educate people to understand the science of the world we live in.”

Dr Doherty will talk about viruses, including Ebola, and how susceptible people are to pandemics.

Cr Thurley said the information would be a clear and simple format in a “bid to get science to the public.”

Most events will be held at CSU in Albury, with the Albury Entertainment Centre to host the public lecture.

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