Sydney Science Festival

Now presented by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Science Festival will be free and online with a series of live panel discussions and talks including from Inspiring Australia NSW’s incoming Executive Committee Chair Corey Tutt, health reporter Dr Norman Swan, astronomer Karlie Noon and Dr Karl. Australian and international scientists will discuss First Nations sovereignty in science, the ecosystems of our oceans and the origins of COVID-19.

Festival highlights

Justice for the Oceans
3 to 4.30pm, Saturday 21 August

Hear about inspiring Australian conservation measures to restore seagrass, protect vulnerable species and preserve a critical ecosystem in Justice for the Oceans. Join a virtual conversation between globally-renowned ocean defender Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and leading Australian marine scientist Prof Emma Johnston. Supported by Inspiring Australia NSW. Learn more

Great moments in science with Dr Karl
3 – 4.30pm 15 August

Explore the wonderful world of science with Dr Karl, from the humorous to the planet-saving, as he tackles some of the biggest ideas today. Dr Karl explores great moments in science answering questions such as: How do whales keep on swimming after they die? Why are we running out of sand? Is it possible to reverse climate change? The talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Bring along all your burning science questions to ask Dr Karl – be they chemical, physical, technological or astronomical! Learn more

Our Deadly Science
5 – 6 pm Sunday 15 August

Inspiring Australia NSW’s Executive Committee Chair Corey Tutt is also this year’s Sydney Science Festival Ambassador. Join him in a keynote address celebrating the breadth and depth of knowledge of our first scientists – from bush medicine, astronomy, engineering and forensic science to chemistry, land management and ecology. Discover how Corey continues this tradition with his work at Deadly Science – an initiative he founded in 2018. Learn more

The Disordered Cosmos
11 – 12 pm Sunday 15 August

Join American queer cosmologist and racial justice advocate Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in conversation with Gomeroi astronomer and Sydney Observatory astronomy ambassador Karlie Noon for a conversation about prejudice in the academic system and their shared love for physics and astronomy. Read more

Feature image shows ocean defender Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. For more information visit the Powerhouse Sydney Science Festival