Taste the future, eat a spider, ferment your cabbage

Media releases, National Science Week

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

  • Taste tomorrow: fake meat, sautéed spider and lobster lollies —Melbourne
  • Eating for the planet—talent in Sydney and Melbourne
  • Take a virtual tour of the world’s only Sourdough Library—Tasmania
  • What’s wrong with ultra-processed food? — Melbourne
  • Carbon Counter: cut your contribution to climate change—online

These are just a few of appetising 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, chefs 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 slime, essential meds and pandemic-proofing Australia

Media releases, National Science Week

Great HEALTH stories up for grabs now around Australia.

  • What’s working in Australia’s COVID response? —Canberra
  • Fit or fat? How your postcode affects your health—Sydney
  • Why can’t some people get the essential medicines they need?—Sydney
  • Can we pandemic-proof the future? Ask Ian Frazer—Brisbane
  • The dangers of staying awake: speak to a sleep scientist—Perth
  • Sunlight: are you getting the right amount? —Perth
  • Can you eat for healthier planet?—talent in Sydney and Melbourne
  • Discover how superbugs get super-villain superpowers—Adelaide

These are just a few of the health-related 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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How much carbon will you pledge to save this National Science Week?

Media releases, National Science Week

See how much carbon you could save with just one small change and join our national online challenge to cut carbon emissions.

Media release: Wednesday 12 August

Media contacts: Andrew Masterson, andrew@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0488 777 179; Ben Keirnan, ben@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0408 184 858.

Put on a jumper when you’re cold, cut your shower time, eat roo or fish instead of beef, cycle instead of driving. These are some of the small changes that you, your household or your school can adopt to reduce your carbon footprint.

Sign on at Carbon Counter, a countrywide challenge produced by the ABC Science for National Science Week. See what savings your lifestyle hacks will make and pledge to make a difference.

The Carbon Counter project – which launches onWednesday 12 August– invites individuals, households and schools to pledge small changes to day-to-day energy, food and transport use with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas production.

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National Science Week

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Satellite selfies, sauteed spiders and deep fake videos; National Science Week 2020 will take place from August 15 to 23, with hundreds of events and activities around the country.

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

And see our highlights by round or theme: Arts, entertainment, wildlife, education, beer, health, food, disability, environment, lifestyle, Indigenous, women in science.

VIC: Dancing androids, chook-wire viruses, and the future of beer

National Science Week

Great National Science Week stories and talent up for grabs in Melbourne and around Victoria, including:

  • Real whodunnits: what’s fact and fiction on crime TV shows and disaster movies?
  • How will beer taste in the future?
  • Black holes, dark matter, tipping points and new horizons: art collides with astrophysics
  • Phasmid of the opera: performances featuring music, dance and a stick insect
  • Discover the galaxy in your kitchen
  • Vaccines, coronavirus, criminal trials, and climate change: trusting science in a time of crisis
  • Making viruses from couscous and chook-wire
  • Gamers: can you power up enough molecules to fire a laser?
  • Take a virtual reality tour of the solar system
  • Become a Carbon Counter and join the challenge cut our contribution to climate change.

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

Scientists, artists, performers and event organisers are available for interview throughout 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

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TAS: Wine science, wilderness, and beauty from the ashes

National Science Week

Great National Science Week stories and talent up for grabs around Tasmania, including:

  • Meet the sneezing scientist, a cheesy microbiologist, Batwoman, and more Young Tassie Scientists
  • Famous Tasmanians talk science in the wilderness
  • Are bushfires good for plankton?
  • What can four different brews teach you about the science of beer?
  • Beauty from the ashes: recovery after bushfires—Tasmania
  • Where does your pinot get its flavour and aroma from? Ask a wine scientist (yes, that is a real thing!)
  • Become a Carbon Counter and join the challenge cut our contribution to climate change.

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

Scientists, artists, performers and event organisers are available for interview throughout 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

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NSW: Bat poop, dark skies, making beer with algae, and defining the rights of the Moon

National Science Week

Great National Science Week stories and talent up for grabs in Sydney and regional New South Wales, including:

  • Identify a frog and see the emu in the sky on the Sydney Science Trail
  • Talking climate change like your life depends on it—with Tim Flannery, social researcher Rebecca Huntley, and marine scientist Emma Johnston
  • Learn from 60,000 years of Aboriginal astronomy and Indigenous knowledge
  • Should the Moon have legal rights?
  • Is your diet good for the planet?
  • Get your dark sky back
  • From supermassive black holes to Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador—meet Lisa Harvey-Smith
  • What do algae have to do with beer-making?
  • Plant pathogens, pests and pollinators: the fight to get food on your plate
  • Become a Carbon Counter and join the challenge cut our contribution to climate change.

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

Scientists, artists, performers and event organisers are available for interview throughout 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

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WA: Count cuttlefish, map quokka genomes, and make a melon go boom

National Science Week

Great National Science Week stories and talent up for grabs around Western Australia, including:

  • Take up the challenge to change the future of our oceans?
  • Flying doctors: saving lives while flying thousands of metres above sea level
  • How much sunlight is good for your health?
  • Can big data help save the quokka, koala and wallaby?
  • Hit the beach in Kalgoorlie
  • How many rubber bands can a watermelon withstand?
  • Which would win in a fight: the ocean or Mars?
  • Become a Carbon Counter and join the challenge cut our contribution to climate change.

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

Scientists, artists, performers and event organisers are available for interview throughout 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

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QLD: Nudibranchs, exploding watermelons, NASA missions, and more

National Science Week

Great National Science Week stories and talent up for grabs around Brisbane and regional Queensland, including:

  • Discover the factories of the future
  • Can Gen Z rescue humanity?
  • Make a melon go boom
  • What’s the connection between NASA and phytoplankton?
  • How to use your panic-bought food stash
  • Brissie Science Festival kicks off
  • Roo or beef? Become a Carbon Counter and cut your contribution to climate change

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

Scientists, artists, performers and event organisers are available for interview throughout 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

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ACT: Battling COVID-19, satellite selfies and science in court

National Science Week

Great National Science Week stories and talent up for grabs in the Australian Capital Territory, including:

  • The scientists driving Australian coronavirus research
  • In court, is scientific evidence the same as legal proof?
  • Your selfie from space
  • How to make a reef from music and glass
  • What can we learn from last summer’s fires to prepare for the next?
  • Discover new species, map wildlife, track the effects of climate change
  • Science experiments and games for people with disabilities
  • Become a Carbon Counter and join the challenge cut our contribution to climate change.

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

Scientists, artists, performers and event organisers are available for interview throughout 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

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