National Science Week

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National Science Week 2022 will run from 13 to 21 August.

Last year 1.3 million people participated in more than 1750 events and activities, despite a global pandemic!

Media alerts, stories and talent highlights for 2022 are included below, with more added each day.

See our pick of 2022 highlights state-by-state: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA.

Or you can visit ScienceWeek.net.au/events to find stories in your area using the event listing.

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

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You can also 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

Selfies in ‘space’; sex in the sea; rugby on the Richter scale; and what do scientists think of sci-fi?

ENTERTAINMENT highlights from across Australia this National Science Week

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Scientists, performers and event organisers are available for interview leading up to and throughout National Science Week: 13 to 21 August.

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The arresting drama of dementia; Antarctic prophesies; humanity as swarm, and more

Great National Science Week ARTS stories up for grabs now around Australia

Phone scanning art

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Scientists, performers and event organisers are available for interview leading up to and throughout National Science Week: 13 to 21 August.

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Sea Country, science on silos, daleks and drones, and Alzheimer’s takes centre stage

Dozens of Science Week stories around South Australia

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Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week.

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Growing skills and STEM careers this National Science Week

Media release from The Hon Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science

4 August 2022

The Australian Government is celebrating the work of our scientists this National Science Week, working to close the gender gap and inspire the next generation to be part of the highly skilled STEM sector. 

Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic made the comments at Parliament House as he marked this year’s National Science Week, which will run from 13-21 August.

“Australia is home to some of the best and brightest scientists and researchers – and it’s an incredible talent pool that we want to grow,” Minister Husic said.

“The Government is determined to address the gender gap in our science and research sectors, to ensure that girls and women can see a place in that STEM talent pool and then to take a deep breath and dive in.” 

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Fighting superbugs, life in space, microfactories, and what do Australians really think of science?

This year’s festival runs from 13 to 21 August, with thousands of events.

National launch with Minister at Parliament House – Thursday 4 August.

Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview leading up to and throughout National Science Week. Here are some early stories:

  • National: 88% of Australians trust science and scientists, but scepticism has increased slightly amid social media misinformation – 3M State of Science Index 2022 results reveal what we think of science
  • Canberra: First Nations Sciences of the Land: the official launch of National Science Week at Parliament House
  • Hobart: Dr Karl, a NASA astrobiologist, and 150 roving scientists walk into a science bar…
  • Adelaide: Daleks, racing drones, and dinosaur droppings: Science Alive! is back
  • Melbourne & online: Are you smarter than a TV personality? Charlie Pickering quizzes Nate Byrne, Lawrence Leung and scientists
  • Melbourne: Step inside the International Space Station and take a selfie
  • Perth: What does climate change have to do with human rights?
  • National, with Brisbane talent: 1,500+ rockets simultaneously launched around Australia
  • Darwin: Thunderbirds are go! Why have they gone? Ask a palaeontologist
  • Sydney: Fighting superbugs, big bad tech, caring for sky country, and microfactories making new materials from old – Sydney Science Festival returns.
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Bat caves, eating bugs, beer science, and a NASA astrobiologist

Dozens of Science Week stories around Tasmania

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Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week.

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Butterfly botany, the art of cancer biology, and hundreds of mini-rockets take to the skies

Dozens of Science Week stories around Queensland

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Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week.

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Factchecking 5G, future energy, swarming behaviour, and how real is virtual reality?

Dozens of Science Week stories around Victoria

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Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week.

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Soil, seafood, and seeing your future health

Dozens of Science Week stories around the Territory

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Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week.

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Indigenous astronomy, internet evils, the poo palace, and what will the Antarctic look like in the future?

Dozens of Science Week stories around New South Wales

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Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week.

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