Science [Week] is for everyone

street-science.jpgNational Science Week (11-19 August 2018) is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. It offers Australians from all walks of life the opportunity to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society. With events right across Australia – in museums, libraries, galleries, research institutions, schools, universities, parks and even shopping centres – there’s something for everyone.

This year’s National Science Week boasts around 2,000 events, from Corals in the Outback in western Queensland to the Australian Antarctic Festival in Tasmania, and from STEM meets Dance in Perth to The Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park. Plus, hundreds of schools and workplaces are holding ‘Brain Break’ science-themed morning teas. Just visit www.scienceweek.net.au/events/ to find out what’s happening in your area; click on the Map tab and zoom in to your region, or search by postcode.

Other high-profile activities involve some amazing Aussie scientists, including:

  • Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith—the Essex-expatriate-turned-Australian astrophysicist and Stargazing Live TV presenter delivers a lively talk about dramatic changes to our night sky
  • Lawrence Leung—the actor, self-confessed sceptic, and Rubik’s cube enthusiast takes a comedian’s look at science
  • Alan Duffy—astrophysicist, RiAus Lead Scientist and TV science presenter, and fellow Swinburne University astrophysicist Rebecca Allen lead a VR tour of the universe
  • Taj Pabari—18-year-old inventor and social entrepreneur wants to future-proof the next generation of creative young people
  • Alanta Colley—comedian and science communicator in Parasites Lost, the story of one woman who found she wasn’t alone.

And, there are international science stars (of the human kind), too. There’s NASA scientists from the Cassini and Kepler missions; UK actor/comedian John Hinton, who’s going to bring dead scientists (Einstein and Curie) back to life; Canadian-Australian Derek Muller hosting the new documentary feature film Vitamania; and, US dancer, algebra teacher and founder of ‘STEM from Dance’, Yamilee Toussaint.

The program of events will contribute to realising the Government’s vision of a society fully engaged with and enriched by science. National Science Week is supported by the Australian Government by providing just over $600,000 to 45 projects in National Science Week grants. Recipients include science festivals, regional astronomy tours and a search for Australia’s next top weather presenter.

The grants are part of the Government’s Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically-engaged community.

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