Sydney Science Festival 2016

Expressions of interest are now open for Sydney Science Festival 2016 that will run from 11-21 August with eleven huge days of talks by some of the world’s best researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions, events for family and panel discussions. You are invited to be part of this high profile Festival that brings together research institutions, museums, galleries, universities, businesses, scientists, engineers, and community organisations to discover, discuss and debate science at venues across Sydney.

If you have an idea for an event, talk, workshop, tour or exhibition, the Festival team want to know about it. If you are already planning an event as part of National Science Week 2016, you can submit your idea to be part of Sydney Science Festival too!

If you haven’t yet thought about it, now’s the time to plan what you might do. It’s FREE to submit an event, and we ask that in the interest of great science engagement that your event meets a simple selection criteria around relevance, quality, engagement and feasibility.

There are plenty of benefits to being part of this exciting Festival. Your event will be

  • Supported by a team of highly-experienced science program producers based at Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Promoted through an integrated print, digital and outdoor marketing, advertising and publicity campaign across Sydney
  • Featured on the Festival website, with individual program partners profiled
  • Festival goers using the website will be able to add your event to their festival calendar, share it with friends and see where in Sydney your event is located

About Sydney Science Festival in 2015:

The inaugural Sydney Science Festival saw 132 events presented at 50 venues across Sydney.

  • Partners included Sydney Opera House, the State Theatre, Hordern Pavillion, the Australian National Maritime, Powerhouse and Australian Museums as well as Manly and Ultimo Libraries, Redfern Community Centre, the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens and universities.
  • Diverse showcase of scientific talent: 3 international speakers and more than 250 local researchers, scientists, engineers and science communicators
  • Over 39, 000 participants
  • $2.7 million worth of media coverage
  • Our audience:
    – 58% female; 42% male
    – 68% live in Sydney inner West, East and Northern suburbs
    – 42% attended 2 or more events as part of the Festival

Browse the full program

Timeline for applications
Applications are open from 1 February to 7 March 2016.


Isabelle Kingsley is a Program Producer at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.