Inventing Tomorrow - FREE SCREENING

Inventing Tomorrow - a free screening brought to you by Australian Meteorology and Oceanographic Society (AMOS)!

This screening is hosted by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS), an independent, not for profit organisation representing the atmospheric and oceanographic sciences in Australia. AMOS currently has over 500 members drawn from the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, the university sector, other State and Federal agencies, as well as the private sector. Most members of AMOS are actively employed or studying in scientific fields, but the membership also includes retired scientists, school teachers and members of the general community with an interest in weather and climate. AMOS provides support for and fosters interest in meteorology and oceanography through its publications, meetings, workshops, public events, grants and prizes.  

The Joint 26th AMOS Annual Meeting and the International Conference for Tropical Meteorology and Oceanography (AMOS-ICTMO 2019) is being held in Darwin from 11-14 June 2019.  The conference will bring together experts in meteorology, oceanography, climate and other related sciences from Australia and around the world as well as government representatives, NGOs, businesses and the media to focus on the latest scientific research. This year we will be highlighting the current research in tropical oceanography and meteorology.

Prior to the film screening, there'll be an opportunity to discuss weather, climate and ocean science though a Q&A panel with scientists visiting Darwin for the conference.
Inventing Tomorrow follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today – right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing original scientific research that he or she will defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Framed against the backdrop of the severe environmental threats we now face, we immerse the audience in a global view of the planetary crisis, through the eyes of the generation that will be affected by it most.
Considered the Olympics of high school science fairs, ISEF is the largest gathering of high school scientists in the world, attracting approximately 1,800 finalists from over 75 countries, regions and territories. All the finalists want to do a good job, but the heart of the story isn’t about whether they go home with an award. As they take water samples from contaminated lakes, dig up the dirt in public parks, board illegal pirate mining ships, and test their experiments in a lab, we see each student display a tenacious curiosity, and a determination to build a better future. Motivated by the desire to protect their homes, these young people are asking questions about the issues they observe in their communities, and proposing innovative solutions to fix them.
The students spend close to 600 hours each on their projects, guided in their scientific quest by dedicated university mentors. At home with their parents, grandparents, and siblings, they compare the world their elders knew with the stark reality of the one they’re inheriting.
But they’re still teenagers, with their own unique struggles. We spend time with them in classrooms, at after-school jobs, behind the wheel as they learn to drive, and in their rooms hanging out with friends, and learn more about the obstacles they face just to get to the fair. As each finalist prepares to leave home, some for the very first time, we witness their unique intellectual and emotional journeys on the way to ISEF 2017 in Los Angeles.
Once they land in Los Angeles, our characters join a vibrant, excited community of young students from around the globe. They meet peers who are just as bright and determined as they are, competing in every category of STEM, from Robotics to Computer Science. The tension builds as they practice how to defend their research in front of 1000 volunteer judges, all specialists in their fields.
Beyond the gauntlet of judging, the week is a whirlwind of social activities, field trips, and exploring brandnew foods in the cafeteria. The students form bonds that many call life changing. Regardless of who wins an award, they all discover a community that celebrates their ingenuity and enthusiasm. They meet peers who turn into lifelong friends; other kids like themselves who believe in a shared vision of environmental stewardship and collective action.
When the fair ends, we follow our characters home to witness how they process their experiences. Some leave with a renewed sense of purpose and continue their project at university. Others are inspired to pursue a new direction. But as they integrate their time at ISEF into the next phase of their lives, they all realize they’re not alone. They’ve finally met other kids like themselves who believe in a shared vision of environmental stewardship and collective action.
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“"inspirational and invigorating, and the young scientists they follow have a passion and enthusiasm that's a tonic to the soul."”

- Kenneth Turan, The LA Times

“"an empowering celebration of an oft-mocked high school subspecies, the science nerd...the optimism of INVENTING TOMORROW is quite uplifting"”

- David Rooney, THR

Show Time(s)

Add to Calendar 7:30pm,
Tuesday 11 June
Deckchair Cinema

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Laura Nix



Running Time

104 minutes


Country of Origin

India | Mexico | Indonesia | USA