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Diversity is the Bee’s Knees

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Update: This event will now take place online. Please tell all your LGBTIQA+ friends here and interstate about "Diversity is the Bees Knees" so they can also sign up for access to the online activities. Thanks for your understanding and support. Bee kind to yourselves.

This event introduces LGBTIQA+ students to the amazing ways in which plants share genetic information through pollination. By showcasing this diversity, we hope to break down commonly taught misconceptions about what is ‘natural’. The real natural world is full of amazing adaptations. Nature loves diversity.

Aimed at LGBTIQA+ student scientists 16 to 20 years old, this online event will give participants a renewed appreciation that all the world’s beauty and resilience comes from its incredible diversity.

Simon, Vicki and Kelsie are organising some cool online activities for registered participants:

  • An introductory talk by Allan the Allergen and Beryl the Bee (aka Queer scientists doing pollen research)
  • A pollination game that demonstrates pollination using crocheted bees, mammals and birds – crochet patterns, tutorials and materials will be available to make your own game
  • A demonstration of how pollen is extracted from flowers in the lab
  • Microscope activities to explore the diversity of pollen and learn what pollen tells us about our environment
  • A musical rendition of “Pollination Rap”, hosted by an LGBTIQA+ identifying musician
  • Q+A session with LGBTIQA+ scientists at ANU
  • Freebies like a folding microscope, 3D-printed pollen grains & cute badges

These events aim to provide positive role models and open participants’ eyes to the diversity of people working behind the scenes in Australia’s labs.

Auslan available.

This National Science Week event is supported by the Australian Government.