Sydney will come alive during National Science Week (13-21 August), as part of a statewide festival of science which is set to inspire bright young minds and encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Sydney Science Trail, now in its third year and held across three sites – the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Australian Museum – will feature a diverse range of hands-on activities, talks, panels and shows, presented by science communicators and scientific researchers.
Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Alister Henskens said the event is one of hundreds available across NSW, with many funded through the National Science Week grants.
“STEM provides our young brilliant minds with an unrivalled opportunity to make a difference to our society and the planet,” Mr Henskens said.
“Whether it’s inspiring a sense of wonder about the species in our oceans, hearing from women leading in their fields of STEM research, or exploring science through improvisation, music and art, there’ll be an event for everyone to enjoy.”
National Science Week in NSW is an initiative of Inspiring Australia, aimed at promoting partnerships and collaborations across the science sector and building on the myriad science engagement activities across the country.
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte said by ensuring widespread community access to scientists, often in a recreational and family-friendly context, the community will be better informed about scientific research and the process of investigating critical challenges.
“I commend all those who work with Inspiring Australia NSW in its collaborative approach to promoting our brilliant NSW scientists and engineers and ensuring more people are aware of their achievements,” Professor Durrant-Whyte said.
The NSW Government is investing $832.7 million in scientific research, innovation and technological development in 2022-23.