Scientific bollocks; NASA’s hunt for life; biotech, the virus slayer; and racing single cells in the Slime Mould Cup

Sunday 21 August 2015

Highlights from Day 9 of National Science Week

2 It’s the final day of National Science Week with 760 events and activities, and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Brisbane: Engineer and test fly paper planes and whirly bird helicopters.


Canberra: Why NASA’s hunt for water in the solar system is the hunt for life.


Adelaide: Kids navigate neuroscience – why does food not taste good when we have a cold? How do neurons communicate? What does the brain look like up close?

Perth: Pipette by number, take a ‘cellfie’ and slay a virus – part of the family day at the World Biotech Tour at Scitech.

Science advocate Alan Alda talks about Australia’s Science Week here (suitable for radio grabs):

More than 760 events, exhibitions and online activities on offer around the country today.

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

For general Science Week media enquiries, contact Tanya Ha on or 0404 083 863, or Ellie Michaelides on 0404 809 789.

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: