Archaeology and sex health education latest topics for Science at the Local - Blue Mountains

Sexual health education and archaeology are the topics of the last Science at the Local of 2016.  

Springwood and Winmalee Neighbourhood Centres invite all community members to the next Science at the Local at Springwood Sports Club on Sunday, November 13 from 2.30pm.

The first talk is ‘Sex – do our youth need protecting?’, by Dr Eva Jackson. Dr Jackson is Clinical Director and Staff Specialist at the Blue Mountains Sexual Health and HIV Clinic. With 20 years experience, Dr Jackson aims to enable people to talk about their sexual health with the doctor of their choice without embarrassment, in an open, safe and non-judgmental atmosphere.

Also speaking at the event will be Kristen Mann, a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. Her talk is ‘Lives in Ruins: the Archaeology of Households’.

Mann has nearly a decade of experience on archaeological projects in Greece, Cyprus, Jordan and Australia. Her doctoral research investigates the archaeology of households and settlements at Zagora on the Greek island Andros, which dates back to 900-700 BCEs.

Science at the Local is free and consists of short and engaging presentations from leading scientists, with time for Q&A and discussion over a meal or drink.

Two local residents, Kevin Joseph and Hamish Clarke, came up with the idea for Science at the Local. Winmalee and Springwood Neighbourhood Centres loved the idea and helped organise the first event in November 2014.

They have been partners ever since and together form the Blue Mountains Science Hub, a regional focal point for science communication and engagement activities in the mountains.

This is the last Science at the Local event of 2016. Hamish and Kevin are seeking sponsors for the 2017 program, which they are currently developing.

If you are interested in supporting Science at the Local, or just want to get involved, go to or follow @SciAtTheLocal on Twitter.

The initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.

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