Science shines at Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University robot Nao

Robotics, climate change, animal conservation, health promotion and astronomy are just some of the key research areas on show at Western Sydney University during this year’s Sydney Science Festival.

Researchers from the University will lead exhibitions, talks and panel discussions in several locations during the festival which runs from 6-18 August as part of National Science Week.

Festival-goers will be able to meet and greet robots Pepper and Nao at Parramatta Library. Dr Omar Mubin from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, in partnership with MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, will demonstrate the innovative science behind the robots, as part of a suite of events hosted by City of Parramatta Council.

Dr Paul Rymer, from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, will speak at Penrith Library on research he has been conducting with Penrith City Council to find out which trees are the best for cooling the city — after Penrith was named the hottest place in the world on 7 January 2018.

Professor Jane Ussher, from the University’s Translational Health Research Institute, will lead a session exploring the University’s contribution to improving community health at the Parramatta South campus. Researchers, students and industry will come together to discuss the benefits of collaborative, evidence-based approaches to community health.

For more information on events presented by Western Sydney University, please visit the University’s website (opens in a new window).

For more information on the festival, please visit Sydney Science Festival’s website (opens in a new window).

Some events require registration.


5 August 2019

Ali Sardyga, Senior Media Officer