Best of the Laborastory



2 Booker Street
Spotswood, Victoria, 3015
What's On

Science takes centre stage with the best stories from Laborastory in 2018 alongside the Museum of the Moon, an astounding seven metre diameter spherical sculpture featuring large scale NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

Listen to the stories of tragedy and triumph from the men and women who made science their passion. The Laborastory is a science storytelling event that brings together scientists to tell the remarkable stories of the heroes of their field, and the legacies of the discoveries that still inspire the scientists of today.

On the evening of Wednesday 5th of December, hear from the best of the Laborastory scientists, with each story running for ten short minutes.

Doors open at 6.30pm if you wish to purchase food and drinks. Stories start at 7.30 pm.

There will be Moon Dog craft beers available, as well as tasty dinner options including nachos and our famous loaded fries.


Dr Freda Werdiger will never know enough about optics. She was awarded a Ph.D in 2016 for her work in Classical Field theory with the School of Physics at Monash University. Because no one will pay her to find exact solutions to irrelevant things, she is currently on loan to the Adelaide Women's and children's hospital and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University to analyse flow patterns in fibrotic lungs using x-ray imaging. She can intubate a 20 gram mouse.

Name of Hero: Joseph B. Keller; Mathematician.

James Hutson is a visual science communicator using words, pictures & moving pictures to make complex information easier to understand. He's been making science and technology more engaging for 20 years, having started as a researcher with Beyond 2000 in 1996

Name of Hero: Beatrix Potter

Dr Kiri Beilby is a lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Reproductive Science at Monash University. She graduated from The University of Sydney with a Ph.D. in animal reproduction & genetics, followed by a science communication chaser at the ANU. Kiri accepts that you only get a noble prize by experimenting on yourself, and she works with sperm, so it’s a bit awkward - her subjects would have to buy her dinner first!

Name of Hero: Christopher Polge

Mark Nikolic completed his honours degree last year with a project in zoology and evolutionary-developmental biology (or evo-devo as the cool kids call it). He now works as a specimen registration officer in the entomology and marine invertebrate departments at Museums Victoria; a role in which he has already learned many things, such as what anal forceps are and that there are fly larvae that will burrow into a small child’s scalp. Nightmarish insects aside, Mark loves riding bikes, listening to disco and funk, and pondering the nothingness beyond the edge of the universe.

Name of science hero: Galileo Galilei