Category Archives: Science Week

Victorian National Science Week Networking and Info Session (plus small grants!)

Past, current and future event holders are warmly invited to be a part of this state-wide celebration of all things Science. Join us at the Information and Networking Session at the RSV building.

Monday, April 23 2018. 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Royal Society of Victoria
8 La Trobe street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Royal Society of Victoria

Our focus on the day will be on National Science Week (11 -19 August), providing some examples of planned events, hearing from the Victorian Science Week Lead Dr Renee Beale on small grants and how to get involved, and an opportunity to network with colleagues (including the National Science Week Manager, Geoff Crane) over morning tea at the Royal Society of Victoria.

If you’re thinking about hosting or supporting a Science Week event, or just want to know more about the Inspiring Australia program in Victoria, please register to join us!

Community Grants and Unsung Hero Awards in SA

Community Grants for National Science Week Events

Applications are open for grants of up to $2500 to support events and activities for the general public to take part in National Science Week in South Australia.

The grant round will close on Friday 4 May, 2018 and applicants should be advised of the outcome by early June.

Be sure to carefully read the grant guidelines before applying (.doc, 63kB).

Download the application form (.doc, 40kB).

Unsung Heros of South Australian Science

Nominations are now open for the Unsung Hero of South Australian Science and the Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Communication awards.

Nominees should not have been publicly recognised previously.

Nominations close on Friday 1 June 2018.

Download the nomination criteria and application form (.doc, 74kB).

WA National Science Week grants round open

The Western Australian Coordinating Committee’s (WACC) small grants program supported 13 activities in 2017 which engaged over 1000 West Australians across National Science Week.

Some activities run by successful small & micro grant applicants in 2017 included:

Malleefowl Mob (Millennium Kids
Owl Pellet Dissections (Society for the Preservation of Raptors Inc.)
Future Earth Makers (Curtin University Library)
BEEz Inspired (Wickepin CRC)
Indigenous Engineers Film Tour (Engineers Without Borders WA)
Real Research Experience (Gravity Discovery Centre)

The WACC is once again providing seed grants in 2018 for activities to be held during National Science Week in August (activities encompass an event or project).

Small grants of up to $2000 (excl. GST) are available for organisations to run community activities.

Grants are available for individuals, community groups, universities, research institutions and other organisations to hold events for the public to engage with science. The purpose of these grants is to facilitate events or projects that add value to National Science Week in Western Australia. These grants are not intended to fund existing activities.

NEW in 2018 – past applicants are encouraged to take their learnings and expand upon them, or launch new event ideas in 2018.

Get creative with your events and projects! The 2018 science week school theme of Game Changers & Change Makers will provide platforms to get creative and celebrate Australia’s STEM accomplishments and spark innovation.

Applications are required to meet the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:

the activity engages the general public with an innovative and science-based event or project.
the activity is held in August 2018, ideally during National Science Week (11 – 19 August); note events may occur anytime during the month of August and still be promoted as a National Science Week event).
the activity is free for general public to attend.
the grant covers the cost of consumables, cost of promotional material (and costs for invited speakers if required), but not event coordination or staff delivery costs.
you plan to evaluate the activity by collecting feedback from participants.*
you will be able to complete a report upon the conclusion of your activity.*

*Both feedback and reporting templates will be provided by Scitech.

Desirable criteria include:

Involves two or more organisations working in partnership to coordinate the event.
Event or project partners with, or aims to engage underrepresented or disadvantaged groups with science (e.g. minority groups, multicultural, indigenous, low socio-economic, disability, regional or remote groups).
Involve new or emerging programs that have not been part of National Science Week before.
Create an opportunity for attendees to further explore science activities in their local area after the event or project.
Uses National Science Week as a launching point for a broader program or event with lasting impacts or outcomes.

Key dates for grant applicants in 2018

Grant applications open: 23 March
Grant applications close: 26 April
Successful applicants notified: By Friday 11 May
Successful applicants send valid tax invoice via email: No later than 31 May
Invoices to be paid by: 30 June
Logos will be provided that must be used on all event/project material: After invoice has been received
Register your event/project on National Science Week website: By 1 July
Successful applicant runs event or project: August (ideally during National Science Week 11-19 August)
Successful applicants send through post-event feedback and report and receipts: 5pm Friday 14 September

Successful applicants will also be given the opportunity to promote their activities through the WA National Science Week Coordinating Committee as part of existing promotional materials. Strict deadlines will apply to any successful applicants who wish to use this opportunity.

Need some tips about organising your event? Here are some suggestions.

To assist you in crafting your application we have provided a sample application from a successful grant applicant in 2017.

To apply for support please download a copy of the application form (DOCX, 51kB).

To submit an application for a small grant please complete the application form and email this to the WA National Science Week Committee by 26 April 2018. Incomplete forms will not be eligible for funding.

TAS: $500 seed grants available

Do you have a great idea for an event in Tassie for this year’s National Science Week? Have you always wanted to host an event but not been sure where to start? Applications are now open for seed grants of up to $500 to boost your event and all you need to do is submit a brief application by April 24 this year.

National Science Week is one of Australia’s biggest festivals – with hundreds of events across the country annually. Last year saw around 200 events, with thousands of attendees in Tasmania alone!

Events take many forms, creatively communicating how science is a vital part of our everyday lives by engaging an interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and innovation.

To be eligible for the grant, your event needs to be open to the general public, and to take place in Tasmania (regional venues are encouraged!) between August 11-19 this year – though if your event is the week before or after these dates, don’t worry, you can still apply!

If you’re approved for the grant you’ll also get support from the Tasmanian Science Week Committee (TSWC) with event planning, promotion and more.


For full details and to apply, just head on over to WhySci and enter your details in the required fields by 24 April 2016.

Applications will need to include:

Your name and the location of the proposed event
An overview of the project aims and expected outcomes
Details of how the project will be delivered
A brief budget detailing proposed expenditure of the grant and any in-kind contributions (eg. staffing from the venue or organisation)


National Science Week 2016, 13-21 August
Applications for $500 seed grants will close at 11.59pm on 29 April 2016


If your application is successful, you’ll get paid upon receipt of a valid tax invoice (including your organisation’s ABN).

There are also a few requirements you’ll need to follow if you receive a grant*:

You’ll need to list your event on the National Science Week website by 1 July 2018
Make sure to acknowledge funding support by including the National Science Week and Inspiring Australia logos on all event material
Provide images or video of your event/s to help National Science Week showcase local successful grant-supported events
Complete a brief evaluation in a specified format by 21 September 2018

*View the application and a full list of requirements at WhySci.


For enquiries about seed grants, please email

Not sure about National Science Week or how to hold an event? Come to one of the upcoming networking and info sessions which will include a bonus grant writing workshop!

5 April Launceston

6 April Hobart

12 April Ulverstone

National Science Week grants available in the NT

The NT Science Week Committee with support from InspiredNT and the Inspiring Australia program are offering individual grants, up to the value of $3000, for community groups to assist with the running of an event during National Science Week in 2018. A total of $12 000 will be allocated to events.

The aim of National Science Week is to increase the awareness and understanding of the role of science, technology and innovation in everyday life and our future.

Applications will close on Friday 20 April 2018.

For more information or to receive an application form contact InspiredNT by email; or phone Paul Lyons on 08 8946 7423.

Ignite your imagination to the possibilities.

Join in the Sydney Science Festival

Calling all science and technology workers, thinkers, teachers and innovators: If you are considering producing a science-based or themed event, talk, workshop, forum or exhibition between 7–19 August, 2018, we invite you to be part of Sydney Science Festival. Expressions of interest are now open until 13 April 2018.

Now in its fourth year, Sydney Science Festival is city-wide celebration of science that is produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and the Australian Museum in partnership with Inspiring Australia (NSW), as part of National Science Week.

The Festival aims to encourage an interest in science among the public, and provides opportunities to highlight Sydney’s scientific credentials and foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry. It brings together science organisations throughout Sydney and supports them in the production of diverse science-themed events for people across the community.

In 2017, the Festival attracted more than 70 000 people to 180 events, hosted by 60 program partners. Almost 600 scientists and researchers participated in the events city-wide. Promotion of Sydney Science Festival generated over $800 000 worth of media value, almost 150 000 twitter impressions, more than 7000 Facebook likes and over 300 000 website views.

Sydney Science Festival’s events, venues and producers are diverse: research institutions, museums, universities, theatres, community groups, libraries, galleries, and businesses (both small and large). Venues have included Sydney Opera House, Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, Chatswood Library, Sydney Olympic Park, Marrickville Town Hall, Australian Technology Park and Parramatta Park.


Expressions of interest are now open until 13 April 2018
Check that your event meets the selection criteria in the areas of relevance, quality, engagement potential and feasibility. In return there are many benefits to being part of this exciting festival.
Read the EOI How to Guide to help guide you through the application process
Register for a Sydney Science Festival login and submit your event before 13 April.
Contact us to discuss any aspect of your submission.

We look forward to reading about your proposed events!

Event seed grants available in Queensland

The Queensland National Science Week Coordinating Committee offers annual seed grants up to $2500 for activities undertaken during National Science Week (11 – 19 August 2018).

The aim of the grants is to increase community awareness, understanding and engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based activities during National Science Week in Queensland.


The event must be held in National Science Week.

Events aimed at the wider community, rather than a single organisation, will be preferred. School-based activities are ineligible unless they can demonstrate significant community partnerships, engagement and audiences.

Applications should address key criteria.


Grant recipients will be required to:

Register your event on the National Science Week website;
Use the National Science Week and Inspiring Australia logos in event promotion;
Hold your event / run your activity as per your application;
Provide an acquittal report by Friday 31 August 2018;
Complete the online evaluation process established by National Science Week using information collected from feedback forms at the event.


A free online webinar will be held on Tuesday 27 March 2018, with tips for completing your grant application. Please register your interest via email. A recording of the webinar will also be available following the session.

How to apply

Applications are made via the online form and close at 5pm Tuesday 10 April. Please send an email if you have any questions.

Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke and NASA Flight Director Gerry Griffin touring in May

A live Q & A with Apollo 16 astronaut and Moon walker Charlie Duke and NASA Mission Control Flight Director Gerry Griffin along with the epic film screening of MISSION CONTROL: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo.

Charlie Duke was an aeronautical scientist and US Air Force test pilot before joining NASA as an astronaut in 1966. He served as backup crew for Apollo 10, 13 and 17 and landed on the Moon with John Young on the Apollo 16 mission. He was also the CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and his words of relief after the landing are famous: “Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot!”

Gerry Griffin was an US Air Force pilot and aeronautical engineer before joining NASA during the Gemini program. As a Flight Director for Apollo, his “Gold” team were at the consoles for three of the six lunar landings, and they played a key role in the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew.

The show will also feature a special tribute to the Commander of Apollo 17, Captain Gene Cernan – The Last Man on the Moon.

The show is hosted by acclaimed Australian astrophysicist Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith.

Tour dates

Melbourne (Astor Theatre): Wednesday 2 May @ 7:30pm
Canberra (Llewellyn Hall): Saturday 5 May @ 7:30pm
Sydney (Event Cinema): Monday 7 May @ 7:30pm
Brisbane (City Hall): Thursday 10 May @ 7:30pm
Perth (Concert Hall): Sunday 13 May @ 7:30pm

Tickets are available via Live on Stage Australia.

Host a Day of STEM event

Day of STEM

Host a Day of STEM at your school for National Science Week. Combine Day of STEM online programs with in-class activities to inspire students about future STEM careers and skills.

Programs include:

  • STEM Cup
  • Australia 2020
  • Women in STEM
  • Optus Cyber Security Challenge

Suitable for Years 7-12 and you will need to set aside about an hour. The program is free of charge.

See Day of STEM for detailed program information and classroom activity ideas.

School Grants and Poster for 2018

2018 National Science Week poster

The school theme for this year is Game Changers and Change Makers, reflecting on the significant people and moments that shifted our knowledge and our thinking.

In developing the theme and the teaching resource book we took inspiration from three significant celebrations in 2018:

  • 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (genetic engineering, biotechnologies, prosthetics, bionics, genetic modification, brain enhancement and ethics);
  • 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby (genetic engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology);
  • International Year of the Reef (coral reefs and the scientists who study them.

School grants

The school grant round for National Science Week 2018 is now open for applications.

All Australian schools, from preschool to senior secondary are welcome to apply for up to $500, but your school’s event will have to be held in National Science Week to be eligible.

Your event should focus on the impact science, engineering, technology and mathematics has on our lives, our economy, our society and our world.

There is a total grant pool of $114,000 provided by the Australian Government and the grant round is administered by the Australian Science Teachers Association.

Applications are open through until 23 April via the online form. Be sure to read the conditions of the grant and the tips and hints before applying.

Game Changers and Change Makers Poster

The school poster for Game Changers and Change Makers is now available for download (590 kB, PDF) to print and display in your classroom.

Note that there will not be a printed poster mailout to schools this year, instead the school grant pool has been increased by $24,000.