National Science Week 2022 | Microscopy: revealing the hidden detail of our world

Saturday 13 August

UWA Campus

  • In-person

Event details


  • UWA Campus

Date and time

  • 13 - 20 August 2022

Event type

  • In-person


  • Parents and guardians
  • High school students
  • Studying at UWA
  • Career advisers and teachers
  • Community

Event Fee

  • Free

Microscopy: revealing the hidden detail of our world
2022 National Science Week

UWA is hosting events for 2022 National Science Week that you can get involved in. 

Histology Workshop – Saturday 13 August, 12pm-1pm

Observe the hidden details of the human body in a hands-on microscopy workshop during National Science Week in the Histology Laboratory at UWA. In this workshop, Dr Meyer will teach participants how to use a light microscope and take them on a journey to explore the eye of primates and other species to microscopically examine the cells that allow them to see! Dr Meyer will cover the basic histology of the retina and participants will be encouraged to draw or colour along and find out how human eyes are different from other species.

Dr Amanda Meyer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Sciences at UWA. She teaches neuroanatomy, gross anatomy and histology to hundreds of students each year. 


Public Symposium – Saturday 13 August, 2pm-3.30pm followed by refreshments

Join us for a free public symposium to explore the art and science of modern imaging techniques, the stunning images they can produce and the spectacular insights into the macro and microscopic world that they can reveal. The symposium will feature the internationally renowned photographic artist, Martine Perret, alongside Dr Jeremy Shaw, a senior researcher from the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, UWA.

Martine will take us on a journey of scale and perspective from aerial photographic images of the vibrant WA outback to the microscopic composition of the land we live on. Martine is developing this artistic project at SymbioticA as part of her ongoing collaboration and consultation with indigenous elders from the Goldfields and the South West. Jeremy will demonstrate the amazing power of high-end microscopy techniques and how the spectacular insights they provide help to drive new discoveries in the physical, biological and biomedical sciences.

The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion with Martine, Jeremy and scientists from CMCA (chaired by Oron Catts, SymbioticA). The panel will explore the different ways in which the glass lens has expanded human’s ability to perceive the world around them within different contexts and knowledge systems, such as art, science, indigenous and western ways of thinking and seeing the world. The symposium will be followed by light refreshments in the foyer of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.


Image courtesy of Martine Perret. 

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