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Spark Festival

As part of the Spark Festival of Australian Startups, the Commercialising Research forum is a chance for the research, startup and business communities to come together to discuss the process of research commercialisation and how scientists translate cutting edge research in a variety of settings.

Academia and business might be like chalk and cheese, but these sectors are increasingly collaborating to create new products and services, using scientific knowledge to benefit the community.

This Forum, developed in partnership with Sydney’s research community, looks at culture and collaboration between researchers and the business/startup world.

Come along to interact with science and engineering researchers that have founded companies and are collaborating with industry and entrepreneurs to progress exciting scitech innovation – both within and outside of universities and medical research environments.

Networking drinks and canapés will be served at the end of formal proceedings.

Date and Time: 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Monday 16 October, 2017
Location: Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, 651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007

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Sydney Science Festival

The third Sydney Science Festival ran from 10-20 August 2017 with ten huge days of talks, hands on science events, family fun days and more.

National Science Week

National Science Week, Australia’s longest running festival, will take place from 11–19 August 2018. All are welcome to join the national celebrations by hosting an event and logging it on the campaign website.

NSW Inspiring Australia Briefings

Inspiring Australia hosts regular events for the STEM community to provide updates on research and policy issues and flag opportunites to participate in high profile campaigns like National Science Week and Sydney Science Festival.

We also provide information on grants funding for STEM outreach and engagement activities, stakeholder consultations and influential channels that can help raise the profile of science and engineering researchers.

Our next briefing event will be at 3 pm on Wednesday 22 November at Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.

To be invited to these get togethers please join the Inspiring NSW mailing list by sending an email to

Regional events

Dozens of science engagement activities are presented across the state by NSW Regional Science Hubs, including events for National Science Week as well as year round, entertaining science activities in the community that explore everything from the natural environment and coding to biodiversity mapping and astronomy.

To find out what’s on offer visit our News page. You can also receive monthly updates by joining the Inspiring NSW mailing list. Send an email to

Regular science talks

Attend STEM events presented by City of Sydney Libraries, Sydney Science Forum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australian Museum Research Institute, UNSW and UTS. For science talks in pubs, check out Nerd Nites, That’ll Learn You, Pint of Science Australia and Science at the Local.

For regional events check out the social pages listed by NSW Regional Science Hubs,

Science for families

There are often science-based activities for children on offer at Australian Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Museum of Human Disease, Centennial Parklands and Royal Botanical Gardens and Domain Trust. Fizzics Education provides science themed activities for schools, community festivals and private parties.