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Media bulletins, National Science Week


National Science Week state launch events in:

  • 10am in Launceston with the Minister getting experimental at QVMAG
  • 11.30am in Canberra with the announcement of the ACT Scientist of the Year, at Kingston Bus Depot
  • 5.30pm in Melbourne with the Lead Scientist, and the volcanic roots of Frankenstein
  • 6pm in Darwin with dramatic weather at Brown’s Mart Theatre
  • 7pm in Adelaide with astrophysics and the announcement of the Science Excellence Award winners at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

More below.

Plus, dozens of MPs and senators will join CSIRO Scientists in Schools to launch Science Week locally in their electorates or regions.

See our state highlights for New South WalesQueensland and Western Australia.

We’ll have daily highlights each day of the Science Week’s nine-day ‘week’ at and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists and event organisers are available for interview throughout the week – contact Tanya Ha on, 0404 083 863 or (03) 9398 1416.

This morning, in Launceston… 

Tasmania’s Minister for Science and Technology, the Hon. Michael Ferguson, will join the Launceston STEMinists to launch National Science Week in Tasmania. Minister Ferguson will don a lab coat to assist the STEMinists in a science experiment.

Where: QVMAG, 2 Invermay Road, Invermay (Launceston), TAS, 7248. At 10amEvent details

Media enquiries for Science Week in Tasmania: Jenni Klaus, or 03 6226 2373

Plus: eating insects, NASA scientists, slime moulds, and the man headed for Mars and more.

Dozens of stories and interesting people at 150+ Science Week events in Tasmania:

This morning, in Canberra

Who will be the ACT’s Scientist of the Year? Find out at Science in ACTion’s school day with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, daleks and school children.

Where: The former Transport Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, ACT. At11.30amEvent details

Media enquiries: Anne-Sophie Dielen, or 0468 633 954.

Plus: whisky science, disaster art, and Indigenous songs of the night sky.

Dozens of stories and interesting people at 125+ Science Week events in ACT:

Tonight, in Melbourne

Science Week in Victoria kicks off with Three Years of Winter: The (Scientific) Story Behind Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Monash University geologist Dr James Driscoll tells the story of the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in present-day Indonesia—the geological catastrophe that created the conditions for the writing of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

With Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples, and a science photography exhibition.

Where: Magnet Galleries, 1/1 Wharf Street, Docklands. At 5.30pmEvent details

Media enquiries: Annika Priest, or 0413 058 509

Plus: racism, robots, parasites, and the search for new planets.

Dozens of stories and interesting people at 400+ Science Week events in Victoria:

Tonight, in Darwin

Science Week in the Territory kicks off with a Darwin Festival performance of Pathetic Fallacy, followed by a Q&A session. Canadian theatre director Anita Rochon challenges our understanding of the weather in the hot Top End of Australia, with climate change turning small talk about the weather into high drama.

Where: Brown’s Mart Theatre, Corner Smith Street & Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin. At 6pm. Event details

Media enquiries: Marianne Harvey, or 0427 584 939.

Plus: Drone challenges, wildlife, NASA’s search for new worlds, and more.

Dozens of stories and interesting people at 100+ Science Week events in the Territory:

Tonight, in Adelaide

Thirty-one finalists are in the running for nine awards, recognising the state’s top scientists, PhD students, educators, collaborations, industry professionals, and unsung science communication heroes. With Minister for Industry and Skills, the Hon. David Pisoni.

Keynote speaker Swinburne University astrophysicist Alan Duffy will share his knowledge of dark matter, cosmology and his passion to create Universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form. Alan is also the Royal Institution of Australia’s Lead Scientist.

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. At 7pm. Event details

Media enquiries: Sarah Thomas,, 08 8429 2995 or 0408 806 652.

Media enquiries for Science Week in SA: Rona Sakko, or 0419 827 723

Plus: dark matter, light science, wine science, NASA’s search for new planets, and more.

Dozens of stories and interesting people at 280+ Science Week events in South Australia:

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