2023 National Science Week Commonwealth grant funding recipients

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Congratulations to all eleven of the NSW-based event presenters who have been successful in securing funding in the Commonwealth grant round for their 2023 National Science Week activity.

Among successful applicants that will present public events this August are museums, parks, community centres, councils and universities and citizen science projects.

Inspiring Australia NSW will announce its own state grant recipients, separate this Commonwealth round, for 2023 National Science Week, soon.

2023 Commonwealth grant funding recipients

Science Week 2023 LIFT OFF!
Newcastle City Council

Science trivia, a meet-a-scientist pizza lunch and awe-inspiring science shows from the University of Newcastle’s SMART team are some of the events at LIFT OFF!, a day of science fun in western Newcastle.

Novocastrians will meet real scientists, learn about their research, and engage with them on current science topics. High school students can learn more about career pathways.

This region is home to a less-advantaged demographic of science lovers, including a higher proportion of people from Indigenous and diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This initiative hopes to encourage more people to take up STEM careers and be fascinated by science in daily life.

Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern
Macquarie University

What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used in bush medicine and soap making? How do Indigenous Australians make axes from stone and other artefacts? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60 000+ years of Indigenous culture?

The Indigenous Science Experience will showcase the value of traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge in science and technology, and the relevance of science to our everyday lives.

The event will bring together First Nations peoples, science academics, and Indigenous and STEM outreach organisations to provide immersive activities for primary school students and a community open day at the Redfern Community Centre.

In addition, online presentations and workshops will provide inclusive opportunities across Australia to engage in science.

Indigenous students from National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) partner schools will lead activities, building pride and growing exceptional role models for other Indigenous youth.

Macquarie University

Can nature’s recycling systems be put to work to help save the planet and grow a greener economy? Built around a bespoke card game, Remediate is a series of in-person events to be held around the country to highlight innovative solutions to environmental damage.

The events will teach the science and strategy behind genetic selection. They will also highlight the jobs that are emerging in the burgeoning bioeconomy, and provide a platform for conversations in rural areas: Could they become hubs for transforming waste into useful products?

Coleambally Community Science Engagement Project
Coleambally Central School

Coleambally Central School will provide an opportunity during National Science Week for students and the broader community to see unique practical science experiments that link to growing infrastructure and job opportunities within the region.

Coleambally is an innovative and robust agricultural centre in the Riverina. It is also home to plenty of wildlife, including kangaroos, the Southern Bell Frog, and a vast array of water birds.

However, as a rural and remote town, Coleambally has limited opportunities for hands-on science engagement. This event aims to encourage and support students to participate in science, including those from historically under-represented groups

Empowering Future Generations through First Nations Science Knowledges

Indigenous people were Australia’s first scientists, engineers, zoologists and astronomers. A series of live interactive webinars will provide participants with a deeper knowledge and understanding of First Nations scientific and technological development.

This initiative is the brainchild of TIPIAC (Teaching Indigenous Perspectives In the Australian Curriculum), an Indigenous-led organisation that takes the perspectives of First Nations scientists and knowledge holders into classrooms around Australia.

Invasion and Extinction: The Myrtle Rust story told thru Science and Music
Dr Mark Temple

Myrtle Rust is an introduced plant pathogen causing widespread destruction to Australian native plants. We will use music performance, video projection and scientific data to promote awareness of how invasive Rust is causing extinction. The Rust genome has just been sequenced and I have used computer code to translate the DNA sequence into AUDIO patterns. These audio patterns have been taken into the recording studio with live musicians to compose MUSIC.  

There will be science conversations describing the Myrtle Rust narrative. There will be video projections and live music performances of compositions made from the genomic data, all combining science and art to tell a story will promote science to a wider audience at events in Sydney and Melbourne.

Sydney Science Trail Community Days
Australian Museum

See rare orchids, learn about First Nations medicine, talk to scientists, and meet puppet dinosaur Winny the Muttaburrasaurus at the Sydney Science Trail Community Days held at the Australian Museum and the Botanic Gardens.

They aim to bring science alive in meaningful and accessible ways for visitors through hands-on activities, family-friendly activities, expert talks, silly science, spectacular demonstrations, and a STEM expo.

The Australian Museum is home to the Australian Museum Research Institute, and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is home to the Australian Institute of Botanical Science, including the new NSW National Herbarium and the Australian PlantBank.

Science in the Swamp – Superpowers of Nature
Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust

Which animals are the fastest, the strongest, have the best vision, or the best hearing? Learn the science of nature’s superpowers, wander the wetlands, try daytime astronomy, ID a frog, meet Centennial Park’s bats, and learn about Indigenous knowledge.

Science in the Swamp will return to Centennial Parklands for a free, outdoor family and community event celebrating science and providing a range of diverse and exciting hands-on science activities accessible for all ages.

This community event will focus on nature’s superpowers showcasing the work of some of Sydney’s biggest science institutions and grassroot community science organisations that will open the eyes of a new generation to the wonders of nature.

The event is a partnership between Centennial Park and Sydney’s science community.

Science Showcase UOW
University of Wollongong

An evening in the planetarium with a presentation exploring the Universe from the roles of molecules to Indigenous astronomy, guided tours of science labs and research spaces, and an opportunity to meet top local scientists: all at Science Showcase UOW.

Science Showcase UOW includes an open day at the UOW Wollongong and Shoalhaven campuses, with presentations and interactive activities at the UOW Science Space.

The open days will include live ABC Illawarra radio broadcasts, and will introduce the general public to local scientists, research ideas and facilities. 

The Drag Experiment
Naomi Koh Belic

The Drag Experiment is the show of the year for drag lovers, science nerds, and people across the LGBTQIA+ and STEM spectra.

Four people who are scientists by day and drag performers by night will headline the event. They will give drag performances interwoven with scientific concepts and research and the audience will vote for their favourite to be crowned.

The drag scientists will join a panel discussion where the audience can ask their own questions to get to know them for the dazzling people they are; both in and out of drag. After the curtains close, online videos and science explainers from the event will be posted to social media.

Science by the Sea: Collecting Microplastics with AUSMAP
Total Environment Centre

Plastic pollution is a pressing environmental issue, with microplastics at the forefront of concern. Microplastics can harm the environment and human health. They’re easily ingested and various chemicals can leach from them, the effects of which are compounded as plastics bioaccumulate through the food chain.

Experts from AUSMAP, Australian Microplastic Assessment Project, will share the science behind the monitoring and reduction of these plastics on Australian coastlines through a series of community sampling workshops in the field.

Focused on regional beaches in NSW and SA, the project will allow participants to become citizen scientists in their own communities to help monitor and quantify microplastics on their local beaches.

Media release from the Office of the Minister for Science and Industry, The Hon. Ed Husic MP.

National Science Week is Inspiring Australia’s flagship campaign and runs each year in August, with annual grant funding programs offered by both the Commonwealth and State Governments.

See these links for previous recipients.

2022 https://inspiringnsw.org.au/2022/05/27/national-science-week-2022-grant-recipients/

2021 NSW grants https://inspiringnsw.org.au/2021/05/04/funding-boost-for-nsw-stem-engagement/

2021 Commonwealth grants  https://inspiringnsw.org.au/2021/04/07/national-science-week-grants-announced/

2020 https://inspiringnsw.org.au/2020/06/04/2020-science-week-grant-recipients/

2019 https://inspiringnsw.org.au/2019/04/18/national-science-week-grants-announed/

2018 https://inspiringnsw.org.au/2018/02/14/science-week-grants-announced/