Vice-Chancellor's Community Open Day

Come and experience the University’s new Natural History Museum

Date: Sun 23rd Jul 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: The Agricultural Education Building - W077
Contact: Sarah Burrows 6773 3217

Every year the Vice-Chancellor welcomes the community to join her in a different area of the campus.

This year we're showcasing the new home for UNE’s Natural History Museum. We would love everyone to come and see it.

What's happening on the day

  • Hands-on activities for children (and grownups) outside and in our laboratories all day.
  • Talks by UNE experts every half hour from 10 am – 2 pm
    • 10.00 am Dr Romina Rader and Dr Manu Saunders — Pollinators and Pollination
    • 10.30 am A/Prof Nigel Andrew — Assessing insect responses to climate change
    • 11.00 am Dr Mark Moore — The ‘Hobbit’: Our human cousin from Flores, Indonesia
    • 11.30 am A/Prof Karl Vernes — Jaguars and Pumas in Mexico
    • 12.00 noon Dr Mark Moore in the laboratory — Handaxes and arrowheads: A demonstration of stone tool-making
    • 12.30 pm Dr Steve Debus — Birds
    • 1.00 pm Prof Fritz Geiser — Zoology
    • 1.30 pm Dr Jean Holley — Dung beetles and the environment
  • Tea, water and cakes – free all day
  • Sausage sizzle — gold coin donation for charity — run by students from a UNE College
  • Café 77 open 10 am – 3 pm.

Competition details

NSW Permit No. LTPS/17/15942

We're running a competition for children to win a night at the Museum on Saturday 12 August 2017.

4 children (8–10 yrs) — each winner gets to invite a friend of a similar age. A parent can come along too if they want.
4 children (11–14 yrs) — each winner gets to invite a friend of a similar age for an overnight stay.

Saturday 12 August 2017

4.30 pm — Arrive at the museum and the entertainment begins. A private science class – all fun, no boring bits and a tour through the back of the museum
5.30 pm — Pizza for dinner
6.00 pm — Screening ‘Night at the Museum 1’ movie with popcorn and treats
8.15 pm — Home time for the 8–10 yr olds

For the older children, a sneaky torch lit adventure through the back rooms of the museum then snuggling down in sleeping bags.
9.00 pm — Why stop at one movie when you can watch ‘A Night at the Museum 2’?!
10.40 pm — Children can be picked up or sleep over under supervision.

Sunday 13 August 2017

In the morning we shall wake the sleepy heads for a light breakfast so they are ready to head home.
8.30 am — Collection by parents

How to enter the competition

Fill in the details required on the slip provided at the Vice-Chancellor’s Open Day on the 23 July 2017 (between 10 am and 3 pm) drop it into the entry box near the cafe in the museum on the day.

Children will be supervised by Sarah Burrows, Kirsti Abbot and Narelle Jarry who can be contacted on 0427 233 185.


  • Children must be available to attend on Saturday 12 August 2017.
  • Children must be between 8 and 14 years of age to enter.
  • All details required on the form must be completed.
  • Competition entries must be placed in the box near the café at the  museum between 10 am and 3pm on 23 July 2017.
  • Winners will be drawn at random at 3pm on 23 July 2017.
  • Winners will be advised by phone.
  • Prizes are Not Transferable.
  • Prizes are Not Redeemable for Cash.
  • Children staying over will need to bring sleeping bag/swag/duvet, pillow. We also suggest: pyjamas, change of clothes, toothbrush and small towel.
  • UNE takes no responsibility for any items belonging to children which get  lost or broken.
  • If any child has a medical condition this must be declared to the event organisers.
  • If any children require medication this must be given to the event organisers in a plastic bag with instructions and timing for use and  child’s name marked clearly.
  • If any child has dietary requirements these must be declared to  the event organiser.
  • Parents must be able to be contacted on the night in case of illness,  emergency or any other problem.
  • Adults in charge all have up to date working with children checks.
  • Details of the night at the museum may change.

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