Celebrate science week online

In NSW, we’ll be celebrating National Science Week online in August in light of restrictions to public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expressions of Interest for support of up to $5,000 for innovative online programs are now being sought until Monday 27 April 2020.

With so many STEM providers, creative practitioners and contractors affected by widespread event cancellations, we are especially interested in collaborative proposals that support the work of people whose incomes may have been affected by the pandemic.

Your online program could be anything from a live event or performance to an interactive forum, webinar, a virtual tour, a series of videos or podcasts profiling local scientific activities or a series of lessons or workshops. All creative proposals are welcome.

Please note that Inspiring Australia NSW does not provide grants for in-school activities. While schools may be involved in the creation and delivery of a funded project, the target audience for these grants is members of the general public.

Please refer to the program guidelines to check your eligibility for this funding and to download the application form.

New to digital engagement?

We understand that many of our longstanding public engagament partners are new to online program delivery. For this reason, Inspiring Australia will offer FREE online training to provide creative ideas on how to design and deliver engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) content for the general community.

Specialists in online education backed by 20 years’ experience and research from Virtual Excursions Australia will deliver a bespoke program in May and June that will be offered to all those who deliver science engagement programs as part of Inspiring Australia’s national network, delivered in partnership with State Governments. Learn more

In the meantime, see these online event tips from Eventbrite and get inspired by recent online projects that have emerged in response to COVID-19!

We encourage the NSW network to use this opportunity to gain news skills in order to be able to keep Regional Science Hubs and other partners connected and to deliver ongoing science engagement at a local level at this uncertain and challenging time. It is critical that we keep important conversations with scientists going!

Feature image shows the Jurassic Garden app developed by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Centennial Parklands. For further information about the NSW National Science Week grants program please contact Jackie Randles, Manager Inspring Australia (NSW).