National Science Week

swk_stacked_positive_largeNational Science Week (12 to 20 August) is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science, and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society.

First held in 1997, this year is Science week’s 20th birthday.

It’s a celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians. And you can get involved by hosting or taking part in events across the nation.

More information about the initiative is online at www.scienceweek.net.au.

We’ll be helping to promote the best stories and talent of the Week, letting you know about events and stories relevant to your round/area.

For more contact: Tanya Ha or Ellie Michaelides on scienceweek@scienceinpublic.com.au or 03 9078 5398

Grants help more Australians celebrate National Science Week

Media release from Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Pop-up science festivals, an astronomical observatory on wheels, and Future Earth innovations are among 39 projects sharing in $500,000 in National Science Week grants.

I want to congratulate the successful grant recipients for their efforts to inspire people about science, technology and innovation.

National Science Week gives people in metropolitan, regional and remote areas opportunities to meet scientists, discuss hot topics and celebrate the contribution of Australian science to society, culture and economy.  [click to continue…]

Scientific bollocks; NASA’s hunt for life; biotech, the virus slayer; and racing single cells in the Slime Mould Cup

Sunday 21 August 2015

Highlights from Day 9 of National Science Week

2It’s the final day of National Science Week with 760 events and activities, and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Brisbane: Engineer and test fly paper planes and whirly bird helicopters.

Sydney:

Canberra: Why NASA’s hunt for water in the solar system is the hunt for life.

Melbourne:

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Up close with a virtual reality dinosaur; on water matter; building LEGO particle detectors; and music for plants?

Saturday 20 August 2015

Highlights from Day 8 of National Science Week

1It’s the penultimate day of Science Week’s nine-day week with 790 events and activities, and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Brisbane: Superbugs, sea level rise, baby stress, and seabird conservation: Soapbox Science spruiks discoveries in King George Square.

Sydney:

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Science bollocks; Nobel Universe tour; saving Nemo; and the kittens of Schrödinger’s cat

30,000 people identify 800,000 animals – Australia’s online wildlife census is working!

1Scientists—many available for interviews—say thank you to the thousands of people (30,000 and growing) who have identified animals caught on camera. Media release below.

Day seven of Science Week’s nine-day week has 888 events and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Sydney:

Melbourne:

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New MacDonald has a drone (e-i-e-i-o); will robots replace teachers; and the science of parenting

It’s day six of Science Week’s nine-day week with 831 events and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Sydney:

Newcastle: RoboCup Junior: kid-controlled robots playing soccer, dancing, and coming to the rescue.

Melbourne:

Renmark, SA: Future farming with agri-robots – a look at automation in farming today and in 2022.

2 SABusselton, WA: 50 years and 20,000 participants on what the Busselton Health Study has found.

Perth:

Canberra: Celluloid’s secrets – the physics and chemistry of preserving our film history.
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The scent of a Sav Blanc; fats, fads and navigating nutrition; and a whisky-powered jet engine?

Science Week highlights for foodies

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • 3 foodiesThe science of beer, wine and chocolate –Ipswich, South Brisbane and Toowoomba, QLD
  • What’s whisky got to do with climate change and could there be a whisky-powered jet engine? – Parkes, ACT
  • The science and scent of a Sav Blanc – North Adelaide, SA
  • Drones in the vines – Pokolbin, NSW
  • The science of chocolate, make your own sherbet and a special space-guest at Queen Vic Market – Melbourne, VIC
  • Gluco-what? Poly-huh? The science of what’s in our food and on the label – Ultimo, NSW
  • DNA: what makes fruit a fruit, and a human a human? – Falcon, WA
  • Make your own gin with scientific equipment – Canberra, ACT
  • Fads, facts and a tasting tour of a training restaurant – Geraldton, WA

… and there’s more on each below.

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My room had 1,200 penguins. A whisky-powered jet engine? Science denial and bullshit. Innovation summit in Sydney

It’s day five of Science Week’s nine-day week with 770 events and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Canberra:

  • Whisky business: what’s whisky got to do with climate change and could there be a whisky-powered jet engine?
  • 7749668-3x2-700x467[1]An obsession with penguins wins ANU’s Ceridwen Fraser ACT Scientist of the Year.
    She has made 15 trips to Antarctica studying how species survive in extreme conditions through the study of volcanoes, genetics and animal migration.

Sydney:

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Flying robocops; cyber security; and what space robots are next for NASA?

Tech highlights from National Science Week

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Local and international talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • Robots in NASA’s search for ‘Terra-Nova’? – SA, NSW and ACT
  • Flying robocops! Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – Adelaide, SA
  • Cryptic questions on cyber security – Adelaide, SA
  • What do robots and the Space Age represent for minerals and wealth? – Newcastle, NSW
  • All things quantum, from computing to transport – Carlton, VIC
  • Teaching with technology in the 21st Century – Melbourne, VIC

… and there’s more on each below.

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Bounty from space science; biotech; and building bridges and bright young minds

Innovation-focused events around Australia

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Local and international talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • Where is Australia’s innovative future headed? The inaugural AFR Innovation Summit ­– Pyrmont, NSW
  • What do robots and the Space Age represent for minerals and wealth? – Newcastle, NSW
  • From the sheep’s back to the resources boom: what’s next? – Brisbane, QLD
  • World Biotech Tour comes to Scitech – West Perth, WA
  • What will NASA’s search for ‘Terra Nova’ yield? – SA, NSW and ACT
  • Can smart technology save our planet? – Ultimo, NSW
  • A multinational engineering company is building bridges from sticks, string and cardboard, with kids – Darwin, NT
  • Surveying oceans with robots – Launceston, TAS
  • The global biohacking revolution – Eveleigh, NSW

… and there’s more on each below.

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Astronomy at Uluru; the science behind boomerangs; and #footyneurons

Indigenous science stories from National Science Week

Tuesday 16 August 2015

Talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • Students explore Indigenous science, artefacts, bushfoods and demonstrations – Sydney, NSW
  • Neural Knitworks to stop sporting concussions – Sydney, NSW
  • The science of weaving and super seeds – Narrung, SA
  • Boomerangs, bush tucker, rockets and robots: traditional tool making meets contemporary science – Balga, WA
  • Aboriginal science at the museum – Albury, NSW
  • Howling wood to talk to distant neighbours – Wagga Wagga, NSW
  • Walk the walk of the ancient Aboriginal people – Eden, NSW
  • Astronomy in Uluru – Yulara, NT

… and there’s more on each below.

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Floral fragrances; future medicine; and science, fear and Facebook

Lifestyle stories from National Science Week

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • Are you a human or an ecosystem? What can we learn from ancient DNA? – Adelaide, SA
  • Risky business or worried well? The science of why and what we fear – Melbourne, VIC
  • 2084: How future medicine will create a happier world – University of Sydney, NSW
  • Meet the Mars Lab’s rovers and step inside the Large Hadron Collider – Ultimo, NSW
  • Make your own perfume and fabric dye with flowers – Hopetoun, WA
  • So you think you can science? Vote for your favourite science staff video – National

… and there’s more on each below.

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Wine science; climate science; and the science sector’s odd jobs

Today’s National Science Week highlights:

1Aussie and international talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview on a range of different science topics, from what’s happening in the icy Antarctic, to using forensics to identify bodies in major disasters.

More than 600 events, exhibitions and online activities on offer around the country today, with plenty of photo and interview opportunities.

Canberra:

Sydney:

Newcastle: What’s next for renewable energy? See where the science is put to the test.

Cairns: Science, music, art, and parasites in your brain.

3Adelaide: The chemistry of your buttery chardonnay.

Hobart: What’s up with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean?

Melbourne:

Kings Park, WAAre plant barcodes the future of conservation?  [click to continue…]

Invisible films to repair blindness; space bots and biohackers for Science Week, and can you name five Aussie science heroes?

Today in Melbourne at 11am: researcher and patient talk about vision loss, and a potential cure.

A Melbourne researcher has a patented treatment that has restored eyesight in animal trials. It could potentially restore eyesight for millions of corneal-disease sufferers around the world.

We’re at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in East Melbourne this morning at 11am with the researcher and a cornea-transplant patient who can talk about the life-changing effects of losing vision to corneal disease, and getting it back. Details of the story are below.

Today’s National Science Week highlights:

Brisbane: Broncos, ballet dancers and cricketers battle it out on Centre Stage at Queen Street Mall to see who is the fittest, according to sports science.

Darwin: Move over ‘Paleo Pete’ Evans, paleontologist Dr Paul Willis hunts for the dinosaur in a roast duck at the Territory’s Science Week launch event.

Canberra: Inside Australia’s earthquake alert and tsunami warning centres.

Sydney: Young Creators Conference.

Melbourne: What space robots are on the cards for NASA?

Adelaide: The science of what’s in your water.

Perth: Visiting biohacker and World Biotech Tour come to town.

National: Alan Finkel AO challenges you to name five living Australian scientists. His media release and call to action below.

  • More than 500 events, exhibitions and online activities on offer around the country today.
  • It’s the first school day of Science Week 2016, with many classes learning about ‘Drones, Droids and Robots’.
  • Plenty of photo ops, and scientists and other interesting people to interview.
  • Our specialist story and event collections on Arts and Health are online. Later today we will have collections on Food, Indigenous, Environment, Innovation, Lifestyle and Technology.

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Looking for the next young Attenborough, energy innovation, and what would you save from extinction?

Environment and energy highlights from Science Week: 13-21 August

Monday 15 August 2016

  • The search for the next young David Attenborough – South Brisbane, QLD
  • What’s next for renewables? Explore the CSIRO Energy Centre – Newcastle, NSW
  • What’s happening down south and why should we care? – Hobart and Launceston, TAS
  • Are plant barcodes the future of conservation? – Kings Park, WA
  • Which ten species would you save from extinction? – Sydney, NSW
  • Solar innovation for the harsh Aussie environment – Darwin, NT
  • Corals and tree rings tell tales of our past climates – East Maitland, NSW
  • The Big Climate Trivia Night – Civic, ACT
  • Levee tour: see a city’s flood defences – Wagga Wagga, NSW

… and there’s more on each below.

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Health and medical highlights from Science Week

Fear and Facebook, future medicine, and the Broncos vs ballerinas fitness challenge

  • listingimage-300x160Broncos vs ballerinas in a fitness challenge – Brisbane, QLD
  • Health lessons from the Neanderthals – Adelaide (SA)
  • Risky business or worried well? Science, fear and Facebook – Melbourne, VIC
  • What has a 50-year population health study found? – Busselton, WA
  • Will we be happier in 2084, thanks to future medicine? – Camperdown, NSW
  • Diabetes, heart disease, obesity: a looming healthcare crisis? – Westmead, NSW
  • Mobile health checks for Territorians – multiple locations across NT
  • Superbugs, the science of scent, and pharmaceutical science on the big screen – Parkville, VIC
  • Seeing clearly: what’s the latest from eye and vision science? – Nedlands, WA

… and there’s more on each below.

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Evil weevils in your pantry; science at the Broncos/Eels match; dance to gravitational waves…1,700 science events from Darwin to Antarctica

National Science Week – starts officially tomorrow but with lots of events today and launches around the country.

  • More than 1,700 events and activities around the country
  • Plenty of photo ops, and scientists and interesting people to interview
  • 500,000 animals already identified in the national experiment – Wildlife Spotter

We will bring you daily highlights over the next week. Read on for your first set of highlights.

Today:

Tasmania: Space geeks and Festival of Bright Ideas kick off Science Week.Tasmania release below.

Alice: Costa, the Human Hedge, talking science and sustainability at the desertSMART EcoFair in Alice Springs.

Brisbane: science at the Broncos/Eels game, and the world’s largest science practical attempt with 3,000 students at the Convention Centre.

Canberra: dance to the drums of God – gravitational waves at Canberra’s Science Week launch. ACT media release below.

Tomorrow (Saturday):

Perth: Biohacker, electric vehicles, and a ‘rainbow science explosion’ at the Perth Science Festival, WA  media release below.

Melbourne: from WWI to a nurse’s gut – a graphic novel launched by Robyn Williams.

Sydney: Meet a dinosaur in the Centennial Park swamp; shark in a bus; behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Adelaide: a ‘singing palaeontologist’ and his youth theatre friends tell the Universe’s story…in song.

And many more events below and online.

And go online later today for our specialist story and event collections on Artsand Health, and (from Monday), Food, Indigenous, Environment, Innovation,Lifestyle and Technology. 

Kind regards,
Niall

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NASA’s hunt for life; spot wildlife not Pokémon; and evil weevils in your pantry

National Science Week starts tomorrow with over 1,700 events from Darwin to Antarctica

  • lightbulb_explosion_with_textIs that an evil weevil? What pests are in your pantry? – from Saturday 13 August across WA
  • Dinosaurs, bees, and a shark in a bus – Saturday 13 August in Sydney
  • Bleaching hits a crocheted coral reef – in Darwin all next week
  • How hard is it to get scientists to believe BS (bad science)? – Wednesday in Adelaide
  • Born in Atherton, he co-invented lasers –Wednesday to Saturday in Townsville/Atherton/Cairns
  • What do changes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica mean for Tasmania? – Tuesday in Hobart, Wednesday in Launceston
  • The muddy trenches of World War I and the mucus-lined trenches of a nurse’s gut – a graphic novel – Saturday 20 August in Melbourne

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Arts stories from Science Week

Bleaching hits a crocheted coral reef in Darwin all next week

The muddy trenches of World War I and the mucus-lined trenches of a nurse’s gut – a graphic novel – Saturday 20th in Melbourne, VIC

Improvised climate change in Melbourne tonight, 11 August

Sex, dragons and music – Homer’s Iliad for lizards tonight, 11 August in Acton, ACT

How synthesisers revolutionised pop culture – this Sunday in Wagga Wagga, NSW

Plus

  • Keith-Armstrong-Light-of-Extinction-2014.-Image-Bryan-Spencer-web-1200x799Indigenous music, science and art that’s ‘All in the Mind’ – next Tuesday in Cairns, QLD
  • Celestial wilderness exhibition – next week in York, WA
  • The sights, sounds and science of a ‘River Journey’ – Paddington, NSW
  • Movement and drawing on an Antarctic journey – multiple events in Hobart, TAS
  • New media exploring the ocean’s depths – now on, with panel talk next Thursday in Ultimo, NSW

More on each below.

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The ABC’s Wildlife Spotter is off to a brilliant start

Media release from ABC Radio National

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Australian wildlife scientists need all eyeballs on deck this August to help them study where Australia’s wild things are, as part of Wildlife Spotter — the ABC’s citizen science project for National Science Week (1321 August 2016). 

Since its launch on Monday 1 August:

  • 133,601 images have been identified, and
  • 153,463 animals have been
  • spotted by 7,290 citizen scientists.

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