What’s on in NSW

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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.

Our next briefing event will be at 3.15 pm on Wednesday 22 November

When:  3.15 pm – 5pm Wednesday 23 November, followed by networking drinks
Where: Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, Building J, 651 – 731 Harris St Ultimo
RSVP:     Please send an email to by Thursday 15 November.

Mr Nick Kaye, the CEO of Sydney School of Entrepreneurship will be our special guest.

Please join us at the final networking event of the year to learn about the exciting work of Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, a groundbreaking initiative recently established to develop a more entrepreneurial culture amongst tertiary and vocational students across the state. Read more about the New Entrepreneurial Student Hotspot

We’ll also update you on recent Inspiring Australia grant outcomes, upcoming opportunities and the results of this year’s stellar Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week campaigns and how to get involved in 2018.

Networking drinks will be served from 5pm.

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

Spark Festival

As part of the Spark Festival of Australian Startups, Inspiring Australia presented a  Commercialising Research forum, 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.

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.

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.