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Hunt for the Plastic Eaters

Science Gallery Melbourne throws down the gauntlet and sets an ambitious challenge: can we find a new plastic-eating bacteria in Australia? This project asks citizen scientists to culture bacteria in the search for a new species that could solve our plastic waste dilemma.

When: Thursday, August 1 2019 till Saturday, August 31 2019. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Topic: Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free

The lid has been lifted on human wastefulness, but what next? Science Gallery Melbourne delves into an ever-growing mountain of garbage to find innovative opportunities within our consumerist behaviour, through their third sci-art pop-up season DISPOSABLE.

For National Science Week, we’re throwing down the gauntlet and sets an ambitious challenge: can we find a new plastic-eating bacteria in Australia? Building on the research of Japanese plastic-eating bacteria expert Dr Shosuke Yoshida, and working with biohacking group BioQuisitive, this project takes Melbourne’s new science engagement initiative for young people Australia-wide, asking citizen scientists to culture bacteria in the search for a new species that could solve our plastic waste dilemma.

Join the team trying to find Australia’s Next Top Plastic-Eating Bacteria!

Contact details:

Claire Farrugia
Science Gallery Melbourne
Email: claire.farrugia@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: 03 8344 4694