Beaker Street Festival heads to Cradle Mountain with Dr Karl in tow | The Advocate | Burnie, TAS

2022-08-13 08:36:15 By : Mr. Zway Zhou

The chance to learn all about the unique biodiversity of Cradle Mountain over a three-course meal is on offer for science enthusiasts tomorrow, as the Beaker Street Festival heads to the North-West.

Tomorrow, Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat is set to play host to University of Tasmania professor and plant biologist Greg Jordan for a guest talk, as part of the festival's road trip.

Following the talk, which will break down Tasmania's distinct mountain flora and how it relates to the climate, there will a chance for guests to enjoy a three-course dinner to discuss all they've learned - with science celebrity Dr Karl Kruszelnicki joining in on the action.

No prior science knowledge is needed, Professor Jordan said - just a sense of curiosity.

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"Science is for everyone," he said.

"Our mountain flora is like nothing else in the world.

"What I hope (after the event), is that people will have a look at what they see around them and think about it in a different way. To think about them as not just pretty things, but things that tell them about how this part of the world was formed."

A love of all things nature was instilled in Professor Jordan at a young age, he said, with an interest in mountains and climbing forming when he was a teenager.

Our mountain flora is like nothing else in the world.

However, it got to the next level when he moved to Tasmania for university.

"I didn't think plants were that interesting, but then it turned out that they're amazing," he said. "They're logical. You can work things out by looking at, and thinking about, them.

"Better than that, you can actually get a really good understanding of - from understanding relatively few different factors... the geological history of an area.

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"We've got the most amazing ancient flora - relics from hundreds of years ago, up to about 150 million years."

All this and more will be unpacked during Monday's talk and dinner, with questions from attendees encouraged.

The following morning, Tuesday 9 August, roadtrippers staying at Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat will be invited along on a guided walk at Cradle Mountain, led by Professor Jordan and Road Trip MC Zoe Kean.

Tickets to the talk and dinner with Professor Jordan and Dr Karl can be booked online. The talk begins at 5pm, August 8.

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