National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, aiming to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and inspire younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.
Established in 1997, and running this year from August 11 to 19, National Science Week features more than 2000 events around Australia delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.
Government funding via the 2018 National Science Week Grants helps facilitate 45 major activities to engage people of all walks of life and in all corners of Australia with science.
Key events this year include the Perth and Sydney Science Festivals, the Festival of Bright Ideas in Hobart, Science in ACTion, Adelaide’s Science Alive!, desertSMART EcoFair in Alice Springs and the Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park.
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“This year’s grants recipients have exhibited tremendous creativity in developing such an exciting range of activities,” Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja said.
“NASA scientists are headed to Australia to celebrate the end of Kepler and Cassini, in a series of events where audiences can hear about what we learnt from the Cassini spacecraft’s 13 years with Saturn and the hundreds of planets discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope.
“The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will host a two-night pop-up science bar featuring talks by prominent scientists, live music, an underground Antarctic bar, and even an interactive forensic science murder mystery!
“Palaeontology will meet music and theatre in a storytelling experience that travels to the locations where the prehistoric stories have been revealed, and science will take over from sport during the half-time entertainment at a GWS Giants game at Spotless Stadium in Sydney.”
“Other activities incorporate Indigenous STEM knowledge, and encourage girls and young women to get involved in science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.”
For more information about National Science Week events in your area, visit scienceweek.net.au.