How do we know that the Earth’s climate has changed over time? – by Sarah Kachovich

This weekend, I had the great opportunity to run a small, hands-on workshop for World Science Festival! The workshop featured my own innovative research project illustrating the importance of the fossil record, where we investigated the clues left by micro-organisms in the past to predict future climate.  Participants had the opportunity to explore scientific techniques with microscopes, graphing, critical thinking and ground-breaking techniques involving 3D printing to identify microfossils. It was a great opportunity for people interested in becoming involved in this field!

 The World Science Festival began in New York in 2008 and is an annual week-long celebration and exploration of science. The World Science Festival brought together great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that presented the wonders of science and the drama of scientific discovery to a broad general audience. This was its first year outside of New York, where Brisbane saw some of the world's greatest minds come to Queensland, including astronaut Andy Thomas, Brian Greene and Alan Alda, as well as showcasing local scientists from the Asia Pacific region.

A special shout out to Dr Gilbert Price and Dr Linda Nothdurft at the University of Queensland for helping make this workshop a great success!