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Bulletins, Media bulletins, National Science Week

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.



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?


Kings Park, WAAre plant barcodes the future of conservation? 

For general Science Week media enquiries, contact Tanya Ha on or Ellie Michaelides on, or call us on 03 9398 1416.

From tomorrow:

This week in Far North Queensland, three laser shows celebrate the centenary of Australia’s ‘forgotten Nobel’: the physicist born a century ago in Far North Queensland who went on to win a Nobel Prize for his role in the invention of the laser.

Laser shows honour the contributions of Aleksandr Prokhorov in Townsville, Cairns and Atherton. Read the full release here, and there’s imagery from the show that can be used to accompany a story.

And, so you think you can science? Vote for your favourite ‘On the Job’ video

4Australia’s world-class scientific track record would not be possible without the technical and support staff who keep science moving. So the Australian Academy of Science and Australia’s Science Channel (RiAus) want you to meet the science support staff – the people who slice the specimens, run the machines, collect the data, grow the crops, sterilise the equipment, mix the chemicals, and communicate the science.

5From dozens of submissions, these are the finalists:

  • Peter Thomas-Hall—a lab chemist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Vanessa Mollard—runs Australia’s first malaria life cycle facility, at the University of Melbourne
  • Patricia Gadd—runs the micro X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) scanning facility at ANSTO
  • Madeleine Flynn—a medical and scientific illustrator and graphic designer at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Duane Chapman—a roof plumber by trade, Duane is the fix it man at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • Nardia Bordas—a lab technician at Edith Cowan University
  • Matthew Bell—a resident techy at ANSTO since he was 16.

See their videos and vote for your favourite.

Enquiries: Dion Pretorius, or 0418 281 777.

These are just a few of the highlights, and there are more events listed online at

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