Research on show

Each of Sydney’s universities and several research institutes will present events during Sydney Science Festival, many of them free. All welcome to participate in these initiatives to meet scientists and discover some of the fantastic science research underway in Sydney.

Join the NSW Chief Scientist Professor Mary O’Kane and her guest Professor Louise Baur for breakfast at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday 9 August to discover the latest research into childhood obesity.

Visit the Australian Plantbank, participate in brain training activities at Neura and join researchers for an open day at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research to learn how scientists are finding novel solutions to medical conditions.

At UNSW you can learn about the cutting-edge techniques used by wildlife detectives at the Australian Museum Research Institute on Thursday 17 August.

Join a panel of experts on Wednesday 16 August to explore the obstacles to climate change action at Sydney Opera House where you can also meet the international team on a Mission to Mars the following night.

School groups across Australia and around the globe are encouraged to join the Women on Mars event live from Sydney Opera House

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Discover how UTS researchers are exploring the therapeutic potential of worms and bees and developing new techniques to forensic evidence. You can also experience the sonic possibilities of the future.

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At The University of Sydney, you can contemplate common themes in Science and Philosophy, discover the amazing evolution of life, explore the links between music and quantum theory at City Recital Hall in a free lunchtime event on Monday 14 August and get up to speed with the future of data science at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research on Tuesday 15 August.

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Western Sydney University invites audience members to contemplate stem cell research and examine solar- based technologies for a sustainable and renewable future. You can also embark on an intergalactic journey at the Penrith Observatory.

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Macquarie University staff and students invite all to visit its campus for the annual open day. Researchers will deliver the outstanding Indigenous Science Experience program for schools and community groups at Redfern Community Centre and you can also meet Macquarie researchers at Taronga Zoo for a Wild Science Race.

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The Science Festival Schools Expo takes over the Australian Museum from 8–11 and 15–18 August and many researchers will join science communicators to give students an opportunity to meet the experts, ask the hard questions, try some experiments and get excited about the future of science!

Thanks to Sydney’s research community for its support of Sydney Science Festival, founded by Inspiring Australia in partnership with the Australian Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences to boost the reach of National Science Week across Sydney.