Beer, bandicoots, bat-poop, black holes, and science in the courtroom

Media releases, National Science Week

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Highlights from day five of National Science Week

342 events, 588 competitions and online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

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

  • ACT:  In court, is scientific evidence the same as legal proof?
  • NSW: Holy bat-poop! What bugs are spread by flying faeces?
  • NSW: Talking climate change like your life depends on it, with Tim Flannery and Rebecca Huntley
  • NSW: From supermassive black holes to Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador—meet Lisa Harvey-Smith
  • QLD: Pandemic proofing the future
  • QLD: Humpback whales—the biggest tourists regularly visiting the Gold Coast
  • SA: Help SA’s endangered bandicoots find prickly new homes
  • TAS: What can four different brews teach you about the science of beer?
  • WA: Tiny food for huge whale sharks
  • WA: How much sunlight is good for your health?
  • WA: Can big data help save the quokka, koala and wallaby?
  • WA: Curtin University Big Watermelon Experiment
  • WA: Oceans vs space: the battle of the final frontiers
  • VIC: Science and technology saving lives in natural disasters

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

Coming up:

Herding caterpillars, good science, and bad behaviour in space – see a preview of Thursday’s highlights.

National Science Week 2020 runs from 15 to 23 August. Media kit at www.scienceinpublic.com.au. Or visit the National Science Week website for more events and activities: 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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Essential meds, future factories, and the science of your pinot noir

Media releases, National Science Week

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Highlights from day four of National Science Week

289 events, 536 competitions and online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

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

  • NSW: Should the Moon have legal rights?
  • NSW: Is your diet good for the planet?
  • WA: Calling all innovators: ideas wanted to change the future of our oceans-for the better
  • NT: Will the Territory be the centre of Australia’s new space race?
  • TAS:  Are bushfires good for plankton?
  • VIC: Vaccines, coronavirus, criminal trials, and climate change: trusting science in a time of crisis
  • QLD:  Lasers, robots, 3D-printing: what will the factory of the future look like?
  • NSW: Why can’t some people get the essential medicines they need?
  • TAS: Celebrate International Pinot Noir Day by finding out where your pinot get its flavour and aroma from
  • VIC: What’s wrong with ultra-processed food

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

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Beer, bandicoots, bat-poop, black holes, and science in the courtroom – see a preview of Wednesday’s highlights.

National Science Week 2020 runs from 15 to 23 August. Media kit at www.scienceinpublic.com.au. Or visit the National Science Week website for more events and activities: 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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Fitbits for sharks, studying the brains of the dead, and why maggots are our new best friends

Media releases, National Science Week

Great National Science Week stories featuring top women in STEM up for grabs now around Australia.

  • Career advice from astrophysicist Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith
  • Learn why maggots are our new best friends
  • Find out what robot makers, illustrators and Indigenous storytellers have in common
  • Catch up with Ili Baré’s Australian compelling documentary, The Leadership
  • Why is geotechnical engineering the best job in the world?
  • Explore the reality of women in STEM, and ways to address gender inequality in the industry

These are just a few of the events and activities happening across Australia during National Science Week (August 15 to 23).

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 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, canoe engineering, bush pharma, and more

Media releases, National Science Week

Great INDIGENOUS stories up for grabs now around Australia.

  • Meet Indigenous STEM leaders from maths to medicine—Canberra
  • Learn from 60,000 years of Aboriginal astronomy and Indigenous knowledge—Sydney
  • Water, desalination and sugary drinks—Arnhem Land
  • Bull kelp, bush foods and resin chemistry at TMAG—Tasmania
  • Make a canoe and hear about local Aboriginal engineering and navigation—Tasmania

These are just a few of the Indigenous science events and activities happening across Australia during National Science Week (August 15 to 23).

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, and event organisers are available for interview. 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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Art meets astrophysics, Tassie tigers, superbugs, and mythbusting the Hulk

Media releases, National Science Week

Monday 17 August 2020

Highlights from day three of National Science Week

332 events, 578 competitions and online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

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

  • Sydney: Radiation and the human body: will it turn you into the Incredible Hulk?
  • Launceston: The Tassie tiger’s secrets revealed by its hair
  • Melbourne: Real whodunnits: what’s fact and fiction on crime TV shows and disaster movies?
  • Sydney: Is there life on other planets, and how did life on Earth begin?
  • ACT and NT: Your selfie from space
  • Perth: Flying doctors: how do you save lives while flying thousands of metres above sea level?
  • Melbourne: Black holes, dark matter, tipping points and new horizons: art collides with astrophysics
  • Adelaide: How do superbugs get super-villain powers?
  • Gold Coast:  What do warming waters and weird weather mean for whale sharks?

Plus, it’s the first school day of Science Week 2020

National: The secrets of whale snot, and other mysteries of the depths – schools go Deep Blue.

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

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Fake meat, cartoon conundrums, and Sea World science in your home

Media releases, National Science Week

Sunday 16 August 2020

Highlights from day two of National Science Week

145 events and exhibitions, 559 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

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

  • Melbourne: Fancy a fake meat burger in a bug-flour bun?
  • Darwin: Can you save a cartoon character from being plunged into a vat of acid?
  • Gold Coast: Discover the marine science of Sea World without leaving your couch
  • Melbourne: The Leadership: meet three of the 76 women who journeyed to the Antarctic
  • Perth: Sign me up for science: meet six researchers with an Auslan interpreter
  • Sydney: Girls just wanna have fun—with aquatic robotics, drones, paramedicine and more.
  • Read on for more on these, including event contact details.

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Frogs, fermentation, phones from space, where’s wallaby, and more

Media releases, National Science Week

Saturday 15 August 2020

Highlights from day one of National Science Week

145 events and exhibitions, 559 online activities, and dozens of great stories and talent.

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

  • National: Discover new species, map wildlife, track the effects of climate change
  • Queensland: What’s the connection between NASA and phytoplankton?
  • Adelaide: Forget the Telstra shop. Your smartphone came from the stars. Find out how.
  • Sydney: Identify a frog and see the emu in the sky on the Sydney Science Trail
  • Tasmania: Famous Tasmanians talk science in the wilderness.
  • Darwin: Can you brew a decent beer using a wild yeast caught from a backyard in Darwin?
  • Tasmania: What is a sourdough library? Fermentation in focus

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

Also today:

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Sunlight, sleep, cutting carbon, and why your postcode matters for health

Media releases, National Science Week

Great LIFESTYLE stories up for grabs now around Australia.

  • Fit or fat? How your postcode affects your health—Sydney
  • Is your diet good for the planet?—talent in Sydney and Melbourne
  • The dangers of staying awake: speak to a sleep scientist—Perth
  • What’s wrong with ultra-processed food?—Melbourne
  • How much sunlight is good for your health?—Perth
  • How to use your panic-bought food stash—Queensland
  • Save energy and save money in the home—Tasmania
  • Roo or beef? Hot wash or cold? Become a Carbon Counter and cut your contribution to climate change—national

These are just a few of the events and activities happening across Australia during National Science Week: August 15 to 23.

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 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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Carbon-neutral beer, the secret life of a nudibranch, Guinness World Records and more

Media releases, National Science Week

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

  • Become a Carbon Counter and help tackle climate change—national
  • Preparing for the fires to come—Canberra
  • Talking global warming like your life depends on it—Sydney
  • Is your diet good for the planet?—talent in Sydney and Melbourne
  • What do algae have to do with beer-making?—Sydney
  • Are bushfires good for plankton?—Tasmania
  • Can big data help save the quokka, koala and wallaby?—Perth
  • Get your dark sky back—talent from Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne
  • How to keep the Great Barrier Reef great—Gold Coast

These are just a few of the environmental talks, events and activities happening across Australia during National Science Week (August 15 to 23).

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 and event organisers are available for interview. 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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Circuit breaking, virus-making and empowering neuro-diverse students

Media releases, National Science Week

National Science Week events re-geared to people of all abilities. Check out these examples:

  • Circuit breaking and making for all—Melbourne
  • Scientists tell their career stories, with an Auslan interpreter—Perth & Bunbury
  • Build viruses using couscous and chook-wire—Melbourne
  • Inclusive experiments and games —Canberra

These are just a few of the events and activities happening across Australia during National Science Week (August 15 to 23).

Several on-line and in-person events have an Auslan interpreter, including:

Find more Auslan-supported events here.

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 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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