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Each year universities across NSW use the opportunity of National Science Week to connect with the broader community through surprising and thought-provoking events and programs. 2021 highlights include radio broadcasts, new music, science student interviews and conversations on topical issues with participation from leading local and international science and technology researchers.

University of Sydney

  • Lunchbox Science: Discover the science behind ‘face pareidolia’ with Prof David Alais. Tuesday 17 August 2021, 12-1pm. Learn more
  • Live from the Lab: Listen to new music from six musicians and performers who’ve partnered with six science researchers each weekday morning 8:15-8:45am, 13-20 August liveon FBi Radio. Learn more
  • Great moments in science with Dr Karl: Sunday 15 August from 3pm. Learn more
  • Birds and language conference: Discover how the sounds birds make form structured series, comprised of complex syntaxes, nuanced in tone, precise, sometimes excessive, often regarded as being of compelling aesthetic value. Learn more
  • Understand the microbiome-gut-brain axis and how it affects our mental health in a presentation by psychologist and research fellow Dr Caitlin Cowan. Thursday 19 August from 6.30pm. Learn more

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Megafauna will perform as part of Live from the Lab


  • Science in Focus: Mending Broken Hearts with Stem Cells and 3D Biotechnology with Dr Carmine Gentile. Monday 16 August, from 12:30pm. Learn more
  • Student Insight Series: UTS science students from diverse backgrounds discuss their path to uni, talk about life as a student and discuss their research interests. 16-19 August.
  • Meet the winners of the Algae Innovation Challenge and view their final presentations. Friday 20 August from 2pm. Learn more
  • Join a Women in STEM Panel as part of the Sydney Science Trail, this event targets secondary school students and will be live streamed through DART networks.

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Dr Carmine Gentile will present at Science in Focus.


  • Future of Food: Join food and health expert Johannes le Coutre in conversation with journalist Joanna Savill as they explore the future of food. Monday 16 August from 6.30pm Learn more
  • Space Weather: Researchers Sarah Brough, Iver Cairns, and Susanna Guatelli talk all things space weather, astronaut protection and whether we’ll ever make our Mars aspirations a reality. Tuesday 17 August from 6.30pm Learn more
  • Sounds from the Ice: Join Earth scientist Prof Chris Turney and composer Brendon John Warner in conversation with A/Prof Tracy Ainsworth as they discuss a suite of new musical compositions created in response to Antarctic research and field recordings. Thursday 19 August from 12.30 pm. Learn more
  • Justice for the Oceans: A conversation between US-based ocean defender Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and leading Australian marine scientist Prof Emma Johnston followed by a panel discussion with local marine scientists. Saturday 21 August from 3pm. Learn more
  • Future Medicine: Consider why so many promising medical breakthroughs take so long to reach the doctors’ consulting rooms. Wednesday 1 September from 6.30pm Learn more

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Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson will present in Justice for the Oceans.

University of New England

  • Food: Different By Design: Participate in an 8 course degustation menu at beautiful Tattersall’s Hotel led by UNE scientists who will demonstrate in an artificial digestive system to explore tastes and ideas around food in our future. Saturday 14 of August. Learn more

University of Wollongong

  • Celebrate National Science Week at Science Space with online demonstrations and a chance to have fun with Dr Karl in an extended, live Q&A session. You can also attend one of dozens of online science shows and workshops. Learn more

University of Newcastle

  • All welcome to join Science in Practice hosted by the College of Engineering, Science and Environment. This year’s program is developed and led by world-class experts and includes a range of free online experiences, interactive activities and presentations for the whole community. Read more

Feature image shows Dr Carmine Gentile from UTS who will present at a Science in Focus online event in National Science Week.