National Science Week 2017

National Science Week kicks off in Sydney on 8 August with the Science Festival at Australian Museum and we are thrilled to see that over 600 events will be presented over the coming weeks across NSW and a record 2,000 nationally! Thanks to all those who have worked collaboratively to produce major science festivals in Sydney and in the Riverina, Hunter and Sapphire Coast regions of NSW.

Other regional highlights include Science in the Snowies, Neural Knitworks in the Far West, the Festival of Flame in the Illawarra,  Science! You’re standing on it at Ballina Fair shopping mall, Science in the Club in Armidale, Science Alive in Penrith and SCINEMA screenings in cinemas and libraries across the state.


Sydney Science Festival

In Sydney, everyone is invited to celebrate the festival launch on Thursday 10 August at MAASive Lates: Science at the Powerhouse Museum from 7-10 pm.

Meet experts, get creative with a range of hands-on activities, tour exhibitions and chat with curators in this huge night of science.

Discover the role plants play in your favourite alcoholic drinks in Botany Distilled. Discuss the government’s role in climate change in The Madhouse Effect: What is Stopping Action on Climate Change?

The Science Festival Schools Expo takes over the Australian Museum from 8–11 and 15–18 August and Life on Mars: NASA’s 2020 Rover Mission brings an incredible panel of NASA experts to Sydney Opera House on Thursday 17 August who will speak to school students at a Girls in STEM forum the following day that you can also join via livestream.

Meet Sydney’s up and coming science and technology experts at dozens of free events presented by each of the city’s universities:

University of Sydney
Western Sydney University

Find out what a Les Paul, Telecaster and Marshall amp can tell you about quantum theory with acclaimed experimental physicist Professor David Reilly at a free lunchtime event at City Recital Hall on Monday 14 August as part of Inspiring Australia’s This Sounds Like Science series.


Large family events

With lots of free events on the program we hope that this year’s festival will reach many more Sydneysiders. Get your FREE, EDUCATIONAL and FUN science fill at:

Science in the Swamp at Centennial Park
Wild Science Race at Taronga Zoo
Science in the Wild at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Gondwana Garden at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah
Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park
Indigenous Science Education Family Fun Day at Redfern Community Centre
Chatswood Science and Technology Expo at Willoughby Library.

Sydney’s most loved museums will put STEAM to the test at:

Super Science Saturday at Australian Museum
Powerhouse Museum Family Fun Day.

Help promote the national campaign!

Help make the national celebration of science more visible and take advantage of our national marketing channels by tagging #ssf17 and #NatSciWk in posts. You can also follow National Science Week and Sydney Science Festival on Facebook and Twitter via @Aus_ScienceWeek and @SydScienceFest.

You might like to share our online banners and logos too.

Nothing planned?

If you still wish to join the celebrations but have been too busy to get organised, there are lots of things you can do! Check the National Science Week website for ideas including how you can host a SCINEMA screening, invite a scientist to come and talk in your workplace or participate in this year’s online Citizen Science project that looks at smartphones.

And if you happen to be presenting public events with a science, technology or engineering focus in August, add them to the national events calendar to boost your reach!

Have a great Science Week from all of us at Inspiring Australia in NSW.