Be part of National Science Week

Now’s the time to start planning how you will celebrate National Science Week that runs from 15-23 August 2020. Science week is a chance for science and technology experts to connect with the community.

With thousands of audiences looking for ways to find out about cutting edge research, hundreds of event organisers facilitating participation by scientists in family-friendly events and a national publicity campaign in planning, National Science Week presents a great opportunity for scientific researchers of all kinds to promote the value and relevance of their work and inspire the next generation of scientists.

Get involved by hosting an event, presenting in libraries or at festivals and events run by NSW Regional Science Hubs. You can apply to be part of Sydney Science Festival or participate in large events being delivered across Sydney including those managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands and the Australian Museum.

Take your science to new audiences by being part of the Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park and put your hand up to be part of activations presented to school kids at the 2020 Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) event, the largest space science assembly in the world.

Sydney Science Festival

Expressions of interest for the sixth Sydney Science Festival will open on 16 March.  This year, Sydney Science Festival will present a curated program of events on the theme of Adaptation, exploring how science and technology help us adapt to society’s greatest challenges across diverse fields like climate, waste, health and space technology.

Visit sydneyscience.com.au in March for details on how to apply or send any questions through to info@sydneyscience.com.au

Join a large National Science Week event

Many of Sydney’s popular venues host large, family-friendly events that provide exceptional opportunities for universities, research institutions and scientists to reach new audiences by staging a hands on activity or presenting a talk, display or workshop.

Ecologist Amelie Vanderstock presents a pollinator workshop.

The Innovation Games

Held on Saturday 15 or 22 August pending announcement of the GWS Giants AFL home games, The Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park typically attracts over 11,000 visitors to Cathy Freeman Park. Its target audience is families with young children, the new residential community of Sydney Olympic Park that will be over 7,000 by 2020 and the surrounding suburbs of Western Sydney that represent Sydney’s highest population and most culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Innovation Games is particularly interested in engaging audiences who may not normally engage in science activities in order to improve their understanding and enjoyment of science both in sport and in everyday life in a fun and interactive way. Organisers are looking for science and technology presenters to deliver hands-on workshop style activities related to science in sport and demonstrating cutting edge technology. They welcome interactive displays and activities that demonstrate physics and chemistry in everyday life, as well as science related performances that will wow the audience.

Activations will be presented in the open green space adjacent to the Olympic Stadium and the Showground (Giants Stadium). Marquees and power can be provided if an enclosed space is needed. 

Email Danielle.Leggo@sopa.nsw.gov.au for more information.

The Innovation Games is presented in partnership with the GWS Giants at Sydney Olympic Park

The Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney events

The Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will be co-presenting a range of exciting programs and events during National Science Week this year targeting both school students and the general public. 

From small boutique events that allow a 101-science experience to big community events with up to 11k visitors, in 2020 there will be all kinds of opportunities for scientists to share their knowledge and research:

  1. The Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney events
    The Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will be co-presenting a range of exciting programs and events during National Science Week this year targeting both school students and the general public.
  2. Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parkland events
    Large, well-loved family events like Science in the Swamp (Centennial Parklands and Science in the Wild (The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan) are the perfect space to get in touch with the public and present your work.

Details around how your organisation can become involved will be made available via Inspiring Australia and National Science Week channels over the coming months.

The Australian Plant Bank opens its doors at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

COSPAR-K

The 2020 Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) is the largest space science assembly in the world with 2000+ delegates being held in Sydney during Australia’s National Science Week (15-23 August). With the world of space research coming to Australia during National Science Week, the opportunity to spark the next STEM talent through exposure to space is enormous.

COSPAR-K is an interactive event held in conjunction with the COSPAR 2020 Assembly. It’s a free event aimed at secondary school students and will be held from Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 August at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia. With interactive experiences and activities structured into 3-hour blocks for school groups, COSPAR’s STEM ED Committee is now seeking participation from STEM educators with exciting exhibits or hands-on activities.

Email stem@cospar2020.com for more information and visit http://www.cospar2020.org

Present at your local library

Last year over 100 scientists presented short talk and hands on activities in local libraries across NSW. Facilitated by Inspiring Australia and organised by professional program managers in libraries, Talking Science is a great way for researchers to build confidence and communication skills as well as sharing their research knowledge with diverse community members in welcoming environments. Many past participants have been invited to speak at other events and forums as a result of their library experience as well as attracting media coverage across print, radio and TV.

Email inspiring.nsw@sydney.edu.au if you’d like to present in a library this year.

Host a lab tour

Many research institutions take the opportunity of National Science Week to open their labs to the public, allowing community members to meet researchers and see how research is conducted. This experience to enter a lab and get behind the science can be life changing for young people considering a career on science or technology.

Promote participation in National Science Week

Whatever you decide to do, help raise awareness of opportunities for scientists to join the national celebration of science by sharing this call to participate with your colleagues. You can also join the celebrations online and in social media by tagging #scienceweek @Aus_ScienceWeek

Feature image shows a science week celebration presented by the Orange Cowra Cabonne Science Hub. For more information about how to get involved in the celebrations visit National Science Week.