Science in the Pub – Fri 30th Sep



30th September 2016, 7:30pm till 9:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm – get there early for the best seats)

From 4pm the Bowing club will have a band on the outside lawn along with a beer truck, wine, soft drink and a BBQ.


Coonabarabran Bowling Club, Edwards St Coonabarabran


Professor Fred Watson will MC the evening. This year our special guest panel will consist of Prof. David Malin, Mr Brad Moore, Dr Elisabete da Cunha and Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez.


A fun filled evening discussing the mysteries of the Universe including the much anticipated 2016 astro song live on stage!

How Much?

Tickets are $15 or $55 for a family of up to 4 (2 adults and up to 2 children or 1 adult and up to 3children)


Yes, they will be available and with great prizes

Where Does the Money Go?


All proceeds from the night go to supporting the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

The VRA will be raffling a 40″ Hisense Smart TV over the weekend. Tickets will be on sale from the VRA and Starfest Committee. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

How Do I Book?

Tickets on sale snow.

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Science in the Pub 2016


Meet the Panel!

Prof. Fred Watson

Fred Watson

Professor Fred Watson

Fred Watson has been Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995, but is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, books, and other outreach programmes – including science tourism. Fred is a musician, too, with both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.

Prof. David Malin

David Malin

Professor David Malin

David Malin worked at the Australian Astronomical Observatory for 26 years as photographic scientist and astronomer. There he pioneered new ways of extracting data from photographic plates that led to a series important scientific discoveries and a new way of making true-colour images of faint astronomical objects. These were the first colour astro-photographs made with an RGB process that is now universal in the digital age. These images were widely published and exhibited, and led the AAO outreach effort for many years.

David has published 10 books and numerous scientific papers and popular articles on astronomy and photography and lectures widely on these topics. Like Fred, he has an asteroid named after him (4766 Malin), which always remains at respectful distance. His name is also attached to Malin 1, which he discovered in 1987, and which remains the largest known spiral galaxy in the Universe. He intends to retire there when the NBN reaches it.

Mr Brad Moore

Brad Moore

Mr Brad Moore is an Amateur Astronomer and the Managing Director of iTelescope.Net.  Brad’s passion for astrophotography began in 2002, inspired by the work of Dr David Malin, a fellow panellist.  Brad’s astrophotos have been featured on the cover of Astronomy Magazine, Sky & Telescope magazine, NASA’s Hubble Heritage Website, NASA’s APOD and countless book publications.

Over the past 14 years, Brad has been committed to bringing Astronomy to the people through both his business, iTelescope, and his numerous guest speaking events, including presenting at the Advanced Imaging Conference in the USA and inspiring the next generation of astronomers through his school based presentations.

Brad’s business, iTelescope, is proudly Australian owned. Brad offers the public the unique opportunity to take digital photos of the night sky via iTelescope’s 30 Internet connected telescopes which are located in 4 observatories around the world.  This includes a large facility located at Siding Spring Observatory.  The business is entirely self-funded by its 24,000 members worldwide.  

By managing more than a quarter of a million imaging hours,  Brad has supported  iTelescope members in making countless scientific discoveries, as well as producing some of the finest astrophotography art the world  has seen.  iTelescope boast 42 NASA’s Astronomy Pictures of the Day (APOD).
Brad has devoted his career to sharing his passion for astronomy, and encouraging all of us, academic and non-academic alike, to look to the skies and wonder.  

Dr Elisabete da Cunha

Elisabete da Cunha

Elisabete da Cunha is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on understanding how galaxies have evolved throughout the history of the Universe by combining theoretical models with observations at different wavelengths obtained with sophisticated ground-based and space-based telescopes.
Elisabete obtained her PhD in 2008 from the Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris, France. She then worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Greece and Germany before moving to the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne in 2014, and she has been at the Australian National University working on the beautiful Mt Stromlo since May 2016.
Elisabete thoroughly enjoys her everyday job of doing scientific research, but also loves sharing her science with the general public. She believes the Universe is so fascinating that everyone should learn about it, and she particularly hopes to inspire younger people to the wonders of science.

Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez

Angel at the AAT

I’m a Spanish astrophysicist working at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Macquarie University (MQ). My research is focused in the analysis of star formation phenomena in galaxies of the Local Universe using multi-wavelength (UV, optical, IR, radio) data.

In 2006 I presented my PhD Thesis at University of La Laguna & Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain). In 2007 I joined CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (Sydney) with a postdoctoral position. I joined the AAO/MQ in 2011. Part of my work is providing support to observations at the Anglo-Australian Telescope (Siding Spring Observatory, NSW). I have extensive experience teaching undergraduate and PhD students and giving lectures about Astronomy.

I consider outreach is a very important part of my job. I’m continuously giving talks and public lectures, writing popular science writings and organizing stargazing activities. I enjoy astrophotography and I have created many spectacular images and movies.