2020 program goes virtual, DIY and well-spaced, accessible across the country
15 to 23 August – start scheduling stories now!
And because most of them are online, anyone can take part, no matter where they live. Broome residents can see the sea-dragons of the Great Southern Reef, Territorian students can join the Sydney-based challenge to eradicate malaria, and science fans in Penrith can test their ability to spot deep fake videos with a neuropsychologist in Melbourne.
There are stories here not just for science rounds, but also health, environment, kids, sport, tourism and the arts.
- Swim with giant Australian cuttlefish without getting wet, through an online virtual tour of Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park.
- Fake meat, sautéed spiders and lobster lollipops: how will we feed a global population of 10 billion? In online events, scientists discuss foods of the future, with mystery boxes sent for sampling.
- E$$ENTIAL MEDICINE$ – scientists from the Breaking Good project, involving the community in chemistry research, explore overpriced drugs and improving access to essential medicines.
- Requiem for a Reef: artist Ngaio Fitzpatrick and composer Alexander Hunter explore the fragility of the Great Barrier Reef through sculpture, music, and Q&A with scientists, livestreamed from Canberra Glassworks.
- The Big Watermelon Experiment: schools learning about physics and forces by seeing how many rubber bands it takes to implode a watermelon.
- Sci Art Walks into Tasmania’s Wilderness: audio artworks and talks from prominent Tassie scientists, musicians and cultural icons to accompany people on walks in the state’s natural wonders.
Headline science stars include:
- Astrophysicists Lisa Harvey-Smith, Alan Duffy and Rebecca Allen;
- Gardening expert Costa Georgiadis;
- War on Waste presenter Craig Reucassel;
- And many more
National Science Week is one of Australia’s largest festivals, first held in 1997. Last year about 1.2 million people participated in more than 2100 events. It is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and media sponsors including Cosmos and Science Illustrated.