Sex in the sea, the science in sci-fi, and measuring a Footy Quake

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Dozens of Science Week stories around ACT

More on these highlights below.

Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week.

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National Science Week in ACT: event highlights

Reaching organism: an adults-only marine science show – Canberra

Flatworms cross their double-pronged penises in the heat of foreplay. Sharks hold each other close by biting into their tangled bodies while writhing in passion. A single whale crosses a surging ocean to find a lover, singing into the darkness ‘where are you’ in whale song.

Science communicator Alice Ryder invites you to join these organisms down below it’s wet and dimly-lit: the ocean.

In ‘The Sex on the Beach Science Show’, Alice’s adults-only comedic one-woman show, she will be exploring underwater animal sex and drawing on her own experiences working in marine science.

Date: Saturday 13 August. Event details:

Media enquiries: Alice Ryder,

Alice Ryder is available for media interviews.

Footy Quake: can a rugby crowd register on the Richter scale? – GIO Stadium

The ‘footy quake’ made by rugby league crowd cheers is set to be measured by researchers.

Scientists from ANU’s Research School of Earth Sciences will install a seismometer–a piece of equipment normally used to measure earthquakes–under the main stand at the GIO Stadium for the Raiders versus Dragons NRL match.

They want the Raiders crowd making seismic noise by stamping on the ground when the Raiders score and during the famous Viking clap, to see how large a footy quake fans can make.

Sunday 14 August. Event details:

Media enquiries: Jillian Matthews, or 0406 355 996

Earth scientists available for media interviews.

Science in the shopping centres – multiple locations

Science while you shop! Pop-up science activity centres will give shoppers the chance to meet scientists, engineers and daleks, and learn about space, mushroom growing, engineering with LEGO, parasites, chemistry, geology, space, robotics, and more.

Westfield Belconnen, Westfield Woden, South.Point Tuggeranong, Cooleman Court, and the Canberra Centre will host a variety of displays and hands-on science activities during the weekends of National Science Week (13 – 14 and 20 – 21 August).

Multiple dates and locations. Event details:

Please contact Jillian Matthews, or 0406 355 996

What do experts make of the ‘science’ in Mars Attacks!? – Acton

Have you wondered what an alien scientist looks like and what their science might be? What do scientists think how their work is depicted in movies? And how do movies and pop culture influence public understanding of science, for better or worse? Join two expert as they discuss the spaced-out science from Tim Burton’s film ‘Mars Attacks!’

A screening of ‘Mars Attacks!’ at the National Film and Sound Archive will be followed by a discussion of the popular image of science in space cinema, our cultural fascination with clowns and scientists in space, and why it’s all worth investigating.

Thursday 18 August. Event details:  

Media enquiries: Media enquiries: Brad Tucker,, 02 6125 6711 or 0433 905 777

Brad Tucker and Anna-Sophie Jurgens ( are available for media interviews.

Wattle vs woollybutt: what is Australia’s favourite tree? – online

Do you love the water-bulging boab or the towering mountain ash, the world’s tallest flowering tree? Are you intrigued by the carbon capturing power of grey mangroves or the ‘living fossil’ story of the Wollemi pine?

The search is on to find Australia’s favourite tree. This National Science Week, ABC Science wants people to go online to explore the wonder and science of the plant kingdom, and vote for their favourite tree.

33 different tree species have been long-listed by ABC’s resident tree-lovers in consultation with horticulturalists so that people can get to know our natives and vote for their favourites.

Monday 1 – Friday 26 August. Visit:

Media enquiries: Laura Boland, or 0408 166 426

Experts available for media interviews. Media kit at:

About National Science Week

National Science Week is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society—from art to astrophysics, chemistry to climate change, and forensics to future food.

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year—despite a global pandemic—1.3 million people participated in more than 1,750 events and activities.

National Science Week is proudly supported by the Australian Government, CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association, the ABC, and Cosmos magazine.

National Science Week 2022 will run from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 August. Event details can be found at