National Science Week

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National Science Week 2021 will take place from August 14 to 22.

Hundreds of events, both virtual and physical, are set for around the country, from a shark dissection in Darwin to drinking in Hobart to virtual reality tours of the Universe. Plus, many schools and workplaces are holding ‘Brain Break’ science-themed morning tea Zoom catch-ups.

Media alerts, stories and talent highlights are included below.

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

See our pick of themed highlights: Arts, Disability, Environment, Farming & Agriculture, Food, HealthIndigenous, Talkback, Technology.

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

Families for climate action, brains and burlesque, deadly science, and more

Sunday 15 August 2021

Highlights from day two of National Science Week

432 events and exhibitions, 234 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

Researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview around the country.

  • VIC: How can families fight climate change?
  • TAS: Making the greatest sourdough ever
  • NSW: Deadly Science: Indigenous astronomy and modern bush medicine
  • SA: Soil your undies for science
  • NT: Rock stars and researchers: science in cabaret
  • QLD: Make a melon go boom

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

Also today:

National Science Week 2021 runs from 14 to 22 August. Media kit at www.scienceinpublic.com.au. Or visit the National Science Week website for more events and activities: www.scienceweek.net.au.

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No social media, mood food, beating lie detectors tests, and more

Saturday 14 August 2021

Highlights from day one of National Science Week

469 events and exhibitions, 238 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

Researchers, experts, and performers available for interview around the country.

  • ACT: Can we grow food in space and on Mars? – online event
  • WA: Gut bugs impacting our mental health
  • NSW: Making weeds into salad
  • NSW: The need to delete social media
  • SA: Donut shooting robots at the Showgrounds
  • NT: Can you beat a lie detector test?
  • National: Help find the night owls with your ears

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

Also today:

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Eating insects, no-kill meats, Aussie volcanoes, marine threats, a Blue New Deal, and more

Great National Science Week ENVIRONMENT stories up for grabs now around Australia.

Growing no-kill meats in vats
▪ Volunteers needed to bury cotton jocks
▪ Are insects nutritious?
▪ Indigenous knowledge applied to climate change
▪ Can nuclear energy stop climate change?
▪ Australia’s explosive volcanoes
▪ Satellites keeping an eye on the environment
▪ What a teddy bear dissection reveals about plastic and material use
▪ Oceans drowning in plastic
▪ Saving the last sawfish

These are just a few of the events happening during this year’s National Science Week (August 14 to 22).

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

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

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Jedis with Down syndrome, animation by and for people with autism, and sensory science books by a legally blind artist

National Science Week events created by and for people with disabilities:

  • Animating cartoons brings microbiology to people with autism – Kelmscott, WA
  • Calling all Jedis – make your own lightsaber ACT
  • Meet the legally blind artist making sensory science ‘books’ you can read with your eyes closed – Clayton, VIC

These are just a few of the events and activities happening across Australia during National Science Week (August 14 to 22).

Several on-line and in-person events have an Auslan interpreter or can arrange for one. Find Auslan-supported events here.

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

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

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Mood food, ending COVID, over-exercising, hastening cures, loneliness and more

Great National Science Week HEALTH stories up for grabs now around Australia.

  • When will the global pandemic end?
  • Fighting fake medicine and wellness woo
  • Wiping out loneliness
  • Using food to fight depression
  • Protecting space travellers from radiation
  • Can you exercise too much?
  • Portable x-ray machines
  • Quicker cancer cures

These are just a few of the health-related talks, speakers and events taking place during this year’s National Science Week (August 14 to 22).

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

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

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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The forgotten physicist, bird song, sensory science books, Antarctic music, and more

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

Acting out a forgotten female physicists’ life
▪ Creating art works with light, computers and physics
▪ A feminist cabaret at Darwin Festival
▪ Music meets Antarctic science
▪ Artists explore brain health
▪ The art and science of bird song
▪ Meet the legally blind artist creating ‘books’ to read with your eyes shut

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

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

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Deadly Science, alcohol goggles, modern bush medicine, sourcing native foods, and more

Great National Science Week INDIGENOUS SCIENCE stories up for grabs now around Australia:

▪ A chronic disease time machine
▪ How nutritious is bush tucker?
▪ Indigenous astronomy
▪ Deciphering Australia’s rock art
▪ First People’s approach to climate change

These are just a few of the events and activities during this year’s National Science Week (August 14 to 22).

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

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

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Space food, growing meat in vats, agriculture in a warming world, what’s in our soil, and more

Great National Science Week FOOD & FARMING stories up for grabs now around Australia:

▪ Plants in space
▪ Will climate change kill our crops?
▪ How much food does the world need?
▪ Bury your undies for science
▪ The beauty of bush tucker
▪ Cellular agriculture: meat grown in vats

These are just a few of the events happening during this year’s National Science Week (August 14 to 22).

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

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

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Growing meat in vats, beating addiction, listening out for owls and the demise of social media

Plus dozens of Science Week stories around NSW:

  • Why addiction is so hard to beat
  • Eating meat grown in vats
  • Is science in movies fair dinkum?
  • A call to delete our social media accounts
  • Can a musician help bring about climate action?
  • Bizarre, ancient Aussie fish with giant jaws
  • Bush medicine’s healing qualities
  • Astronauts exposed to the risk of cancer
  • Help map Australia’s owls by listening to their calls

More on these highlights below, and others at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

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

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Exploding watermelons, giant cave spiders, more mangoes, and saving our oceans

Plus dozens of Science Week stories around Queensland:

These are just a few of the events happening during this year’s National Science Week (August 14 to 22).

▪ Growing an agricultural economy
▪ The impact of acidification in our oceans
▪ What do whale songs tell us?
▪ The survival of ancient, giant spiders
▪ Help map Australia’s owls by listening to their calls

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

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

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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