National Science Week

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National Science Week 2020 will take place from August 15 to 23, with hundreds of events and activities around the country.

Media alerts, stories and talent highlights are included below.

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

Deep fake videos, imploding watermelons, and sautéed spiders: a taste of National Science Week

2020 program goes virtual, DIY and well-spaced, accessible across the country

15 to 23 August – start scheduling stories now!

Workshops on conserving endangered honeyeaters, lessons in making sourdough bread, insights into Indigenous astronomy – the range of events in this year’s National Science Week is vast.

And because most of them are online, anyone can take part, no matter where they live. Broome residents can see the sea-dragons of the Great Southern Reef, Territorian students can join the Sydney-based challenge to eradicate malaria, and science fans in Penrith can test their ability to spot deep fake videos with a neuropsychologist in Melbourne.

There are stories here not just for science rounds, but also health, environment, kids, sport, tourism and the arts.

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Innovative projects to help Australians celebrate science

Media release from The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

Forensic science, ocean sustainability and pop-up health lab projects are among those being funded by the Morrison Government’s 2020 National Science Week Grants.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said 33 projects across Australia will share in $500,000 of funding to support creative and engaging events during National Science Week in August.

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Bush medicine, beer goggles, climate conundrums, and a cancer-themed escape room

Highlights from the final day of National Science Week

115 events and exhibitions, 12 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

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

Canberra: Can we adapt to live with drought, wild weather and climate change? Ask the experts.

Sydney Olympic Park: Kick the physics out of a footy at The Innovation Games.

Sydney: Dinosaurs and superpowers at Science in the Swamp, Centennial Park.

Sydney: Bush medicine, astronomy, engineering and sustainability: what we can learn from 60,000 years of Indigenous knowledge.

Darwin: Beer goggles and fitness tests with a health clinic on wheels.

Brisbane: Liquid nitrogen, flame tests, explosions, and cool chemistry experiments at Brisbane Science Festival.

Brisbane: Think, puzzle and learn your way out of a cancer-themed escape room.

Melbourne: ‘The Curiosity Show’ meets music.

Tasmania: Aboriginal science in Tasmania’s Midlands biodiversity hotspot.

Perth: Scitech, animal encounters and waste as a resource: expo on the Canning River.

Read on for more on these, including event contact details.

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Sydney: Be a scientist for a day at the Royal Botanic Garden’s Living Laboratory.

Alice Springs: Questacon’s Science Circus comes to town with a pop-up science centre.

Murray Bridge, SA: Citizen scientists monitor microbats and mozzies.

Allynbrook, NSW: New MacDonald has a robot: explore the future of farming.

Canberra: See the past, present and future of astronomy on a Mt Stromlo Observatory tour.

National Science Week 2019 runs from 10 to 18 August. Media kit at www.scienceinpublic.com.au. Or visit the National Science Week website for the details of events in your area: www.scienceweek.net.au.

For general Science Week media enquiries:

Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977

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Cosmic rays, pyramids, spitting for science and the Universe in four dimensions

Highlights from the penultimate day of National Science Week

171 events and exhibitions, 9 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

Theatre, dance, virtual reality, astronomy and home-brewing all feature in Science Week events around Australia for Saturday. Pic opportunities and interviews abound.

National: What are the early insights into creative thinking from The Aha! Challenge?

Melbourne & multiple other locations: Immersive astronomy livestream with Alan Duffy and Rebecca Allen.

Melbourne: Spit for science: researchers want to map the microbiomes of Melburnians.

Melbourne: The alchemy of turning waste into wealth. Professor Veena Sahajwalla available for interview.

Adelaide & Canberra: A theatre work exploring Australia’s contribution to space science.

Canberra: The Universe in Four Dimensions: a trip through space and time using dance and animation. 

Canberra: How cosmic rays revealed a hidden chamber in an Egyptian pyramid. Researcher Dr Karin Sowada available for interview.

Hobart: A pop-up science bar at TMAG, with expert talks and 100+ roving scientists.

Hobart: Last day! NEON: three scientists, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and 18 local young dancers.

Sydney: Harbour cruise: Indigenous navigation by the stars.

Sydney: The Planets: concert and stargazing in Centennial Park.

Darwin: Revisiting the 1919 great London to Darwin air race. Interview the creators and performers.

Brisbane: What can we do to help our coral reefs?

Perth: The Innovators’ Tea Party networking women and girls in science.

National: Spot wildlife with your smartphone in the Great Aussie BioQuest.

Read on for more on these, including event contact details.

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Melbourne: Particle/Wave: gravitational waves explained by scientists, sounds, video art and poetry.

Adelaide: Spot the bull s…cience! Teams of scientists battle to sort fact from fiction.

National Science Week 2019 runs from 10 to 18 August. Media kit at www.scienceinpublic.com.au. Or visit the National Science Week website for the details of events in your area: www.scienceweek.net.au.

For general Science Week media enquiries:

Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977

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Coral reefs, cancer, cocktails and painting with light

Friday 16 August 2019

Highlights from day seven of National Science Week

378 events and exhibitions, 18 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

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

Hobart: Invasive species cocktails, engineering coral reefs, and retro videogames at a pop-up science bar.

Canberra: The science behind your favourite drink.

Sydney: Painting with light through long-exposure photography.

Darwin: Revisiting the 1919 great London to Darwin air race.

Brisbane: Science on the streets with Brisbane Science Festival.

Brisbane: What happens inside a cancer cell?

Perth: Forensic science and criminology at Fremantle Prison.

Melbourne: Artificial intelligence and the future of humanity: world premiere of the movie MACHINE.

Adelaide: From medical sensors to night vision: how light is useful.

Read on for more on these, including event contact details.

Also today:

▪ Sydney: From Wollemi pines to persoonia: the science of PlantBank.

▪ Pokolbin, NSW: Bots beers and wine at the Ben Ean winery.

▪ Wollongong, NSW: What does climate change mean for Australia’s coasts and oceans?

▪ Brisbane: Touring coral reefs in virtual reality.

▪ Ballarat: Aboriginal astronomy.

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Searching for insight? Maybe get into nature

Early results from Australia-wide experiment suggest being outdoors can be a good way to trigger “aha” moments.

People are most likely to have a sudden bright idea when out in the bush – or lying in bed.

That’s one of the early observations arising from The Aha! Challenge, the month-long Australia-wide science experiment that kicked off during National Science Week and runs until the end of August.

The experiment, which revolves around a series of online brainteasers, aims to explore sudden bursts of clarity and insight, and their role in problem-solving. In effect, it’s a nationwide quest to find the things that make you go “aha!

And so far the results have been very revealing.

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Life on Mars, wine science, e-cigarettes, and a recipe for disaster

Highlights from day six of National Science Week

368 events and exhibitions, 16 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

National and international talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people are available for interview around the country. Plenty of photo opportunities.

Melbourne

  • A virtual reality tour of the Universe with Alan Duffy, starting at a brewery.
  • The Knowledge Wars with Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty.
  • Mad Max meets MasterChef: a post-apocalyptic dinner party.

Perth

  • What’s the potential for life on the Red Planet? Ask astrophysicists and NASA scientists.

Canberra

  • A science comedy quiz show that aims to save our species.

Sydney

  • Searching for dark matter from an old underground gold mine.
  • Young people, social media and e-cigarettes.

Adelaide

  • The science and psychology of wine.
  • Zoos as research institutes, studying rhinos, African wild dogs, palm cockatoos, reptiles and more.

Hermannsburg, NT

  • It’s in the stars: stories from Indigenous and Western astronomy.

Read on to find out more, including event contact details.

Also today:

National Science Week 2019 runs from 10 to 18 August. Media kit at www.scienceinpublic.com.au. Or visit the National Science Week website for the details of events in your area: www.scienceweek.net.au.

For general Science Week media enquiries:

Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977

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Women and the Internet, dolphins in Adelaide, and fun with the Periodic Table

Highlights from day five of National Science Week – hump day brings comedy, dance and memories of the flu.

423 events and exhibitions, 18 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

Adam Spencer, Karl Kruszelnicki and many distinguished scientists feature in events around the country today – bringing tales of music, maths, Indigenous history and the untold stories behind the invention of the World Wide Web.

National

  • In class online with Karl Kruszelnicki.

Sydney

  • Indigenous science sessions at Redfern begin.
  • Pandemic in Parramatta:when the Spanish flu hit town.
  • Reclaiming the contribution of women to the creation of the Internet.
  • Periodic Table fun with Adam Spencer, Karl Kruszelnicki and Alice Motion.

Cairns

  • Rapid-fire science education: 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each in a PechaKucha Night.

Adelaide

  • Meet the local dolphins.

Tasmania

  • High-voltage art made by electrifying matter.
  • The science and comedy of your poor decisions, with Alanta Colley & Ben McKenzie.

Melbourne

  • TheIndigenous stories, memories, and roadmaps of the night skies.

Read on for more on these, including event contact details.

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Women’s woo, Pokémon, and the Ghost in the Machine: Tuesday’s Science Week highlights

Highlights from day four of National Science Week

348 events and exhibitions, 15 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

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

Canberra

Meet the medical inventor behind the cochlear ear and a nutrition scientist using one.

Sense and sensibility: how pseudoscience helps market wellness woo to women.

Sydney

What is life? Ask theoretical physicist and best-selling author Paul Davies.

The state of the oceans.

Our warped Milky Way, better meds for brains, and trees cooling cities.

Arnhem Land

Beer goggles and fitness tests with a health clinic on wheels.

Queensland

Are Pokémon biologically possible? Events in Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

In Brisbane, ask a microbiologist.

Adelaide

Tigers, house cats and zoos.

Staying healthy while working shifts.

Hobart

Chemistry in dance: three elements, three choreographers, three composers and 18 performers.

Melbourne

What is the future of plastic?

Western Australia

Perth: Who will win the Premier’s science awards?

Pinjarra: How to survive the end of the Universe – and the next 50 years.

Read on for more on these, including event contact details.

National Science Week 2019 will run from 10 to 18 August. Media kit at www.scienceinpublic.com.au. Or visit the National Science Week website for the details of events in your area: www.scienceweek.net.au.

For general Science Week media enquiries:

Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977

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Wave energy, creative climate activism, hunting wildlife with your smartphone, and more

Great energy and environmental stories up for grabs now around Australia.

From artworks to school strikes, how is climate change activism evolving? What is the future for the world’s oceans? Rethinking our waste: is ‘disposable’ a dirty word?

These are just a few of the exciting, and occasionally stomach-churning, questions tackled at exhibitions, shows and talks across Australia during National Science Week (August 10 to 18).

If you’re after more great ideas for highly visual stories, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists, artists, performers and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week. Read on for contact details for each event, or call:

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