This listing of BHI 2016 Community Engagement activities demonstrates the wide range of community and media presentations given by BHI researchers in just one year. This list of over 150 presentations does not include any presentations given to other research groups or at scientific meetings. The majority of the media opportunities, including monthly interviews on Coast FM Radio were coordinated by The Hospital Research Foundation.

Talks and Tours

BHI researchers regularly give presentations to community groups including the University of the Third Age (U3A), Probus and Rotary Clubs. In addition, public talks and tours of the BHI are given about 4 times a year. For further information and bookings please visit THRF’s website.

Science Alive!

Since 2014 the Basil Hetzel Institute has participated in Science Alive!, the largest hands-on science event in the southern hemisphere, held at the Adelaide Showground every August. Science Alive! 2017 was held on Friday 4 August (year 7-12 school students), Saturday 5 August & Sunday 6 August (general public). An estimated 30,000 people visited the event over these three days. The BHI display allowed visitors to measure how much air they could force out of their lungs in 1 second (their FEV1 or forced expired volume) using a spirometer, and to test their laparoscopic surgical skills on two Box-Trainers on loan from The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Thanks to all the BHI researchers and TQEH surgeons who volunteered at the BHI booth over the weekend.