Author Archives: Science in Public

Science Week grants open; saving snakes, shaking up share markets; and world-changing ideas

Plus more grants announced for student science engagement, Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science winners, and events and opportunities around the country. Science Minister Greg Hunt has announced grants for National Science Week 2017 AND funding to support science students participating in special science engagement activities and international competitions. As a National Youth Science Forum alumnus

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The Science Nation mixes scientists, comedy and live panel events

Seed funding from Inspiring Australia gave science communicator Andrew Stephenson his big break in producing live comedy-style panel events and developing a viable business. Andrew Stephenson is the guy who put comedian Charlie Pickering, radio host and rocker Red Symons, Victoria’s Lead Scientist Leonie Walsh and Prime Minister’s Prize for Science winning statistician Terry Speed

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Science by stealth: with zombies; million-dollar barramundi; and biological art

Rather than reinventing the wheel or preaching to the converted, InspiredNT manager Paul Lyons is working with a range of science engagement activity organisers to bring bigger and broader audiences to their events, as well as his own. Just don’t say the word ‘science’ too loudly. Territorians aren’t particularly known for their interest in theoretical

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Supercharging citizen science

Involving people from all walks of life in scientific studies through citizen science has enormous potential to demystify science and contribute to research. But first, we need to share ideas and best practice, build confidence within the scientific community and bring in the government agencies that might benefit. An international Citizen Science Forum held in

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Taking maths to the masses; working with policy makers; and encouraging the next generation—the rewards of recognition

Winners of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science receive more than the prize money and medallion presented to them on the awards night. Past winners including, epilepsy researcher Ingrid Scheffer, statistician Terry Speed and plant ecologist Angela Moles also gained communication skills and media experience, received recognition, enjoyed the spotlight on their disciplines, and found

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Diamonds, swarm intelligence, super-oysters, and seahorse sex: Inspiring Science at the local library

Local Councils have great libraries and links to local communities, but limited connections to scientists. Universities have great scientists, but are concentrated on campuses. Inspiring Australia in NSW is bringing the two together in the Inspiring Science talk series at Ultimo Library. Have you ever wondered how ants, with brains smaller than a grain of

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Supercharging innovation on the Sapphire Coast

The Sapphire Coast Science Hub presented Australia’s first regional Innovation Week in Bega Valley in 2016, tapping the potential of science and innovation for regional economies and future jobs, and showing the strength of the grassroots networks of Inspiring Australia’s regional science hubs. Software developer Liam O’Duibhir and his Bega friends and colleagues are convinced

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