The inaugural Sydney Science Festival will present 80 events across 35 venues including The Powerhouse Museum, The Australian Museum, The Australian National Maritime Museum, Google, university campuses and local libraries. The citywide Festival that runs from 13 – 23 August during National Science Week includes talks, tours, workshops, exhibitions and fun science activities for kids and science fans of all ages.
Sydney Science Festival is coordinated by Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences who will also deliver NSW’s National Science Week launch event on Thursday 13 August. The free over 18s science-themed party, MAASive Lates: Science has sold out with more than 2500 people coming along to experience a cold fusion of performances and hands-on activities.
A stellar Festival lineup includes some of the world’s leading names in science, including astrophysics’ pop hero Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, space tweeting and singing astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, and Stanford University’s own genetic guru Professor Kelly Ormond. The program features dozens of experts like Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli (dietics), Associate Professor Simon Ho (biology), Professor Judy Anderson (education) Scientia Professor Rob Brooks (evolutionary biology), Associate Professor Darren Curnoe (biological anthropology), Dr Rachel Murrihy (psychology), Dr Vanessa Moss (astronomy) and popular science brain Dr Karl.
Leading local researchers will tackle topical issues from alterative energy solutions and sustainable food production to bringing science to wellness. Rising science stars will also present their cutting edge findings, with a number of Sydney’s early career researchers participating in talks, panel discussions and events.
“The Sydney Science Festival extends our mission of inspiring curiosity and creativity in our community” said Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director, Rose Hiscock. “We’re delighted to be connecting community, research organisations and industry partners under the banner of the Festival during National Science Week.”
NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane said National Science Week is a chance for everyone to experience the wonder of science and its relevance to everyday life.
“With events happening across Australia and throughout New South Wales, National Science Week is a great opportunity for people everywhere to discover the wonders of maths, science and engineering and how these disciplines solve pressing problems.”
Among Festival offerings are several events aimed to spark interest in science from the earliest years. There’s an under 7s day at the Australian Museum Science Festival, a videoconference from experts at Little Scientists to inpire young children’s curiosity for science through age-appropriate, fun and playful experiments and opportunities fr the whole family to enjoy hands on activities at large scale family events.
Students in years 5-8 and their parents are invited to join mathematician and TV star Lily Serna at Google’s Australian headquarters for a discussion about the careers of the future and meet some of the talented young Australians building solutions to life’s – and the world’s – toughest problems. Other events are designed to support science, technology, engineering and maths teachers in their approaches to teaching. There’s a primary science meet up, where teachers can network and share ideas; a half-day workshop for teachers to learn how to lead their students in building a game in Scratch, playing with code using Arduino and LEGO robotics; and a free forum at University of Sydney that considers how to bring more creative approaches to STEM teaching.
The full Sydney Science Festival program is available at www.sydneyscience.com.au