Be part of Sydney Science Festival

Calling all science and technology workers, STEM researchers, thinkers, teachers, venue managers and innovators: If you are considering producing a science-based or themed event, talk, workshop, forum or exhibition between 7–19 August, 2018, we invite you to be part of Sydney Science Festival. Expressions of interest are now open until 13 April 2018.

Now in its fourth year, Sydney Science Festival is city-wide celebration of science that is produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and the Australian Museum in partnership with Inspiring Australia (NSW), as part of National Science Week.

The Festival aims to encourage an interest in science among the public, and provides opportunities to highlight Sydney’s scientific credentials and foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry.

It brings together science organisations throughout Sydney and supports them in the production of diverse science-themed events for people across the community.

2017 results

In 2017, the Festival attracted more than 70,000 people to 180 events, hosted by 60 program partners. Almost 600 scientists and researchers participated in the events city-wide. Promotion of Sydney Science Festival generated over $800,000 worth of media value, almost 150,000 twitter impressions, more than 7,000 Facebook likes and over 300,000 website views.

Who gets involved?

Sydney Science Festival’s events, venues and producers are diverse: research institutions, museums, universities, theatres, community groups, libraries, galleries, and businesses (both small and large). Venues have included Sydney Opera House, The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Chatswood Library, Sydney Olympic Park, Marrickville Town Hall, Australian Technology Park and Parramatta Park.

How to join us this year

We are accepting expressions of interest until 13 April 2018 via the Festival’s online portal.

Before you submit your application:

  • Check that your event meets the selection criteria in the areas of relevance, quality, engagement potential and feasibility. In return there are many benefits to being part of this exciting festival.
  • Read the How to Guide to help guide you through the EOI application process.
  • Register for a Sydney Science Festival login here
  • Be sure to submit your event before 13 April.

Please feel free to contact the festival producers to discuss any aspect of your submission by email

Funding for large events

Large presenters that have the potential to attract more than 3,000 people to their event should consider applying for a NSW Science Grant. These grants are intended to extend the reach of the Festival into the Greater Sydney Region and up to $20,000 is available. Applications must be received by Wednesday 18 April 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you and reading about your proposed events!