My room had 1,200 penguins. A whisky-powered jet engine? Science denial and bullshit. Innovation summit in Sydney

Media releases, National Science Week

It’s day five of Science Week’s nine-day week with 770 events and dozens of great stories and talent, including:


  • Whisky business: what’s whisky got to do with climate change and could there be a whisky-powered jet engine?
  • 7749668-3x2-700x467[1]An obsession with penguins wins ANU’s Ceridwen Fraser ACT Scientist of the Year.
    She has made 15 trips to Antarctica studying how species survive in extreme conditions through the study of volcanoes, genetics and animal migration.


Brisbane: From the sheep’s back to the resources boom: innovation and economic growth.

Darwin: Solar innovation in the hot, harsh north.

Adelaide: A bullshit battle. Will our scientists spot the BS…cience?

Launceston: A night at the museum, dinosaurs, Tassie tigers, and the night sky.


Nedlands, WA: The latest in fighting blinding eye diseases.

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

More than 770 events, exhibitions and online activities on offer around the country today.

Plenty of photo ops, and scientists and other interesting people to interview.

For general Science Week media enquiries, contact:

Running from 13-21 August, National Science Week 2016 is expected to reach over a million Australians—with everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert talks, art installations and performances, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities.

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year’s program saw a staggering 1.3 million people participate in over 1,500 events and activities.

The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, New Scientist and Popular Science.

Visit the National Science Week website for the details of events in your area: