Recently Melinda and I were invited to give a demonstration at Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre's (SBRC), along with a plethora of other PhD students.
Our demonstration focused around UOW's new Light Induced Fluorescence Transience (LIFT) instrument, which uses pulses of blue light to measure photosynthesis in plants. We set the instrument up to take measurements from the plants growing on the SBRC green wall (many of which were really struggling due to the low light levels). We were thoroughly surprised at the amount of interest from the public and the number of people who came to see the new building.
Hopefully future events like this will help the public engage with scientists and understand its importance.