National Science Week

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National Science Week 2017 took place from August 12 to 20, with a record 2,100+ events around the country.

The media alerts, stories and talent highlights we’ve shared are included below.

You can see some of the Science Week stories on social media via

For more information contact: Tanya Ha on scienceweek@scienceinpublic.com.au, 0404 083 863 or (03) 9398 1416.

Images are available here

National Science Week 2018 will take place 11 – 19 August.

In the interim you can get in touch with the state coordinators, sign up for the National Science Week newsletter for news of grant rounds and other information, or visit the Science Week website www.scienceweek.net.au

Perth Science Festival coming, rain or shine

Media release posted on behalf of the Western Australian National Science Week Coordinating Committee

Perth Science Festival moves to the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Rain or shine, we’ll see you there with explosive shows, hands-on experiments, native animals and more!

Perth Science Festival is set to kick off National Science Week in Western Australia, with a free family-friendly event in a new indoor venue at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Wander the stalls exploring Future Earth or cuddle up to native animals, then hear from inspirational speakers or jump on a fact-finding tour through art and video games.

With more than 70 different stallholders and shows across the weekend, there will be something for everyone!

Discover augmented reality and sample edible bugs in Scitech’s Future Earth zone, power your own city with Western Power, explore space with Gravity Discovery Centre and Perth Observatory, cuddle up to native animals with Kanyana Wildlife, WA Reptile Park, and Native ARC, and much more.

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Tasmania’s National Science Week Launch

Media release posted on behalf of the Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee

National Science Week Launch: 10am, Friday 11 August

The Hon Michael Ferguson will be joined by an array of esteemed Tasmanians to launch National Science Week in Tasmania and formally open the 2017 Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards at the Festival of Bright Ideas (FoBI) schools day.

Joining the minister will be:

  • Dr Stephanie Downes, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Centre (ACE CRC).
  • Andy Baird, Chair of the Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee and Deputy Director of Engagement at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Jeremy Just, explosive live science performer

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570 Science Week events in NSW New South Wales launches National Science Week with NASA’s mission to Mars; boozy botany; the chemistry of life and death and more

8 August 2017, launch at 8.30am at Australian Museum

1 William Street, Sydney. Please enter via Crystal Hall, corner of William and College Streets

With NSW Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane, Australian Museum Executive Director and CEO Kim McKay molecular biology guru Merlin Crossley, Winny the Muttaburrasaurus, and students from Chifley Public School, animals and experiments.

Contact: Claire Vince on Claire.Vince@austmus.gov.au, or 0468 726 910.

Statewide highlights include

  • Can parasitic worms halt MS? Or honey fight superbugs?
  • Sporty science at the Innovation Games
  • The botany of brewing
  • The chemistry of the smell of death, with a modern-day Sherlock
  • Chemistry saving lives and creating jobs
  • Greenhouse or madhouse? What’s holding back climate action?
  • Dinosaurs invade the Blue Mountains, and more…

And more than 570 other events across the state.

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There will be ‘Blood’; the GMO debate; and more – the first of 1,800+ events for National Science Week

National Science Week officially kicks off 12 August—but there are a few cheeky events sneaking in early (this week).

Below are some highlights we’ve picked out of the 1,800+ events—you can see all our picks here.

From tonight in Melbourne

There will be ‘Blood’

‘BLOOD: Attract & Repel’—the inaugural exhibition of Science Gallery Melbourne—opens today, exploring the significance and fascination of blood in science, medicine, art, and religion.

Science Gallery Melbourne director Rose Hiscock and ‘BLOOD’ creative director Ryan Jeffries are available for interviews.

Media enquiries via Katrina Hall kathall@ozemail.com.

Tomorrow in Melbourne

Is GMO the solution to feeding a growing global population? What does the science say?

A new movie ‘Food Evolution’, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, explores the facts, fictions and feelings swirling around genetically modified crops and the role of biotechnology in food.

One of the experts featured in the doco Dr Alison Van Eenennaam (University of California, Davis) is in Melbourne for a screening and is available for interviews.

Contact her directly via alvaneenennaam@ucdavis.edu, or via Belinda Griffiths on 0400 042 297.

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Future Earth, life on Mars, and a gallery full of bloody science

August a prime time to talk innovation and science—National Science Week kicks off 12 August

It’s time to plan your coverage of over 1,800 events across Australia for National Science Week from 12-20 August.

We have national touring speakers, and local events everywhere from the Tiwi Islands to Hobart:

  • the man behind the visual effects of Interstellar: Oliver James in Canberra and Melbourne
  • US science writer Dava Sobel, author of books The Glass Universe and Longitude in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Bendigo
  • the 17-year-old inventor of a build-it-yourself tablet, Taj Pabari—in Perth, Darwin and Brisbane
  • Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey—ABC’s national project
  • Australia joins the global Moonhack world record attempt for the most kids coding—national
  • Canadian astronaut and ‘Space Oddity’ Chris Hadfield coming to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Innovating Energy Summit: Powering Australia’s Future at Parliament House in Canberra
  • art meets science in ‘Blood’, the first exhibition of the new Science Gallery Melbourne
  • Future Earth science lessons in schools; science-themed Brain Break morning teas in workplaces

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Wine science, outer-space, hackerspaces, the scent of death, and are you a slave to your smartphone?

A taste of some of the 1,800+ National Science Week events and activities around the country.

  • What’s your relationship with your phone? (national)
  • Is your future written in your genes? (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)
  • NASA scientists and potential Martians on the Red Planet (NSW)
  • Science Gallery International’s bloody Australian debut (VIC)
  • Hunting pests in pantries (WA and SA)
  • Plus many more

International guests

  • Canadian astronaut and ‘Space Oddity’ Chris Hadfield
  • The man behind the visual effects of the movie Interstellar Oliver James
  • US science writer Dava Sobel, author of The Glass Universe, revealing more hidden figures from the history of astronomy
  • English physicist, writer and broadcaster Paul Davies

Local science stars

  • Katie Mack—the astrophysicist J K Rowling follows—will be the Women in Physics Touring Lecturer, before heading back to America in 2018
  • Astrophysicist and science communicator Alan Duffy, Mamamia’s ‘hot astronomer
  • Lee Constable—Steminist, host of Network Ten’s science show SCOPE, and the brains behind Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art
  • 17-year-old inventor, social entrepreneur and educational pioneer Taj Pabari, who developed a build-it-yourself tablet and creativity kit for kids
  • Forensic chemist and modern-day Sherlock Holmes Shari Forbes, who uses a ‘farm’ of buried bodies to study the smell of death and decay
  • Comedian, science communicator and Mars One candidate Josh Richards

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Stopping superbugs with ‘tyre tracks’; from chemical weapons to saving the planet; media award

Today: fighting superbugs with ‘tyre tracks’

Cynthia Whitchurch discovered that dangerous bacteria follow each other like ants, or 4WD drivers following tracks in the sand. She plans to stop them in their tracks and new catheters are being developed using her ideas. She’s won the David Syme Prize and is at UTS in Sydney.

More details below, and call Cynthia on 0408 408 443 or Marea Martlew, Media & PR Advisor (Science) on 0424735255

Starting 23 July: Chemistry: from chemical weapons to saving the planet

Trump’s ‘Aussie mate’, three Nobel Prize winners, and 2,500+ chemists converge in Melbourne.

Topics and speakers include:

  • CEO Dow Chemical Company and ‘Trump’s Aussie mate’ Andrew Liveris
  • Caltech scientist Frances Arnold, pioneer of ‘directed evolution’
  • Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • 100 years of Australian chemistry: what have we achieved and what’s next?

More below.

And coming up in August…

International geeks and gurus

  • Interstellar visual effects wizard Oliver James
  • Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and The Glass Universe
  • Physicist, astrobiologist, author and broadcaster Paul Davies
  • Canadian astronaut and ‘Space Oddity’ Chris Hadfield

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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