Strange-looking parasites on display

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HOT on the heels of some most unfair ridicule of Barnaby Joyce on national television for his War on Bugs – he is Agriculture Minister after all – comes news that the Australian War Memorial and other national institutions are hosting a series of events about parasites.

Parasites

In the first of the series titled, “Parasites: The War Years,” Alex Loukas and Graham Mitchell from the Australian Society for Parasitology will describe some of the devastating effects of diseases caused by parasites in times of war. Sunday, June 29, from 2pm – 3pm. Bookings essential to public.programs@awm.gov.au or 6243 4473.

On Tuesday July 8 from 10.30am – 12.30pm at the War Memorial you can join the Young Parasites Science Club to find out about the bugs that have been affecting soldiers for centuries. Participants can even make larger-than-life models and masks of parasites and investigate what they look like close up. This workshop is suitable for children aged 5 and over. Bookings essential and close on July 3 to public.programs@awm.gov.au or 6243 4473.

The same day, Tuesday, July 8 from 5.30pm – 8.30pm the National Film and Sound Archive’s Arc Cinema will join in with a screening of the 1979 cult American science-fiction horror movie “Alien” directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Sigourney Weaver, with a pre-movie parasites discussion around “Revenge of the Body Snatchers (1978) included. Free but bookings essential to 6248 2000

Until August 1, the CSIRO Discovery Centre (weekdays from 9am – 5pm) is holding an exhibition of microscopic creepy crawlies called “Parasites in Focus.”

Finally, on Sunday, August 17 from 2pm – 3pm at the War Memorial, Dr Rowena Martin from the Australian Society for Parasitology will discuss the latest malaria research and control strategies, as part of National Science Week. Bookings essential to public.programs@awm.gov.au or 6243 4473.

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