Astrophysical Research and STEAM

A very rare image of the moon.

Recently I travelled to Harvard University in Boston where I met with members of the educational and curatorial staff from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. This unit operates as a unique partnership between Harvard University and the Smithsonian collaboration between the university and government sector. The SAO is the largest Smithsonian research unit and the largest … Read more

Meet leaders from government and business at the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2015APCS) & Mayors’ Forum.


2015APCS is an invaluable opportunity to access the key influencers and decision-makers of the Asia Pacific and beyond. The summit connects government leaders and enterprise, drives business opportunities and promotes global best practice in sustaining and governing growing cities. The overarching theme of this global gathering is ‘business and leadership in the Asia Pacific’. Four program themes will be addressed by international government and … Read more

APDL Interview with Uro Publications (Mongrel Rapture: The Architecture of Ashton Raggatt McDougall)


We sat down with Uro Publications to discuss their latest publication, Mongrel Rapture: The Architecture of Ashton Raggatt McDougall ahead of its official launch at SLQ, May 21.  Can you please give our readers some information about what Mongrel Rapture is about? Mongrel Rapture is the first major monograph on Ashton Raggatt McDougall, one of the most significant architectural … Read more

STEAM and the Cultural Sector: the Smithsonian Learning Lab

Nam June Paik 1995/6
Smithsonian Museum of American Art

The Smithsonian Centre for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) ( focuses on a range of strategies to enable teachers and students to collaboratively engage with the Smithsonian resources including collections, spaces, programs, research and the intellectual capacity of the staff. Since its inception in 1971, as the Smithsonian Centre for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS), … Read more

Thinking About Innovation

A very important lifestyle  innovation.

Dr Kathy Mackey, Manager of the Queensland Academies, will be undertaking a Smithsonian Fellowship in 2015 as part of her ongoing research into how the cultural and education sectors can partner more effectively in order to influence the development of design thinking as a more explicit form of inquiry based pedagogy across all areas of … Read more

Kurilpa Ideas Forum


The recent change in government in Queensland has created an exciting opportunity to revisit plans for the future of West End.  The new Labor Government has scrapped the coalitions Draft Master Plan: Time for fresh ideas. With this in mind, Kurilpa Futures is holding a workshop May 17, to which all are invited, particularly those with an … Read more