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Big Science Adelaide

Big Science Adelaide

Big Issues, Brilliant Minds, Great Sights and Top Science.

Feast Your Mind on National Science Week in the heart (and head) of Adelaide.

Big Science Adelaide is a curated program of events for primarily adult audiences. Big Science Adelaide brings together events within the Adelaide CBD around a central theme. This year’s theme is ‘The Colour of Science’.

Adelaide is a city of scientific and technological achievement and innovation, with world-class universities, research and cultural institutions, and award-winning researchers. Big Science Adelaide celebrates and showcases our diverse and multidisciplinary science and innovation community to inspire pride and increased appreciation and recognition of science.

Events include:

  • Explorer in Residence, State Library of SA
  • Proton Therapy lecture, SAHMRI
  • Create Your Own VR Experience, Adelaide City Library
  • Battle of the Brains, RiAus
  • Where Art Meets Science in the Intertidal Zone, National Wine Centre

More information (3.5 MB, PDF).

NatSciWk Branding for Victorian Events

Are you running a National Science Week (NatSciWk) event in Victoria this year? Do you want your volunteers wearing NatSciWk t-shirts and caps, making them instantly recognisable? Do you have spare wall space for some NatSciWk posters?

If you answered yes to any of the above – read on!

National Science Week State and Territory Coordinating Committees are provided with a number of t-shirts, posters and caps to help event holders celebrate National Science Week.

If you are hosting an event in Victoria and would like to receive some National Science Week collateral please email Carly Siebentritt with the following information:

Contact name
Contact number
Courier address (no PO boxes, must be available to sign during office hours)
Anticipated audience numbers and type (eg children, adults)

Collateral will be distributed on a first-come, first served policy. Carly’s contact details are:, 03 9545 2615 (email preferred).

In the absence of an Inspiring Australia manager in Victoria, CSIRO administer NatSciWk for the NatSciWk Victorian Coordinating Committee.

SA Unsung Heros of Science and Science Communication – Finalists

These are the finalists in South Australia’s annual Unsung Heros of Science and Science Communication awards. The winners will be announced at the SA Science Excellence Awards gala dinner to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 11 August.

Unsung Hero of SA Science

Rachel Burton

Professor Rachel Burton is a plant molecular biologist with the University of Adelaide and she has a particular interest in the genes that control the processes by which plant cell walls are formed. Her research to date has mainly focused on barley, but now extends to other cereals and native grasses. She has recently added an interest in biofuels to her research portfolio, and future developments could contribute significantly to the global need to reduce carbon dioxide and replace fossil fuels without impacting on food security.

Her scientific contribution to her field is significant, and the importance of the application of her work is reflected in the large amount of research funding she has been able to attract.

Professor Burton views communication and outreach as an important component of her work, making her complex area of science accessible and meaningful to the broader community. She is a strong advocate for women in science fields and is an inspiring teacher, supervisor and mentor to junior scientists and research students.

Peri and Faith Coleman

For more than three decades, mother and daughter team of Peri and Faith Coleman have together and separately contributed enormously to our scientific understanding of the South Australian environment. Both operate their own Environmental Consulting Agencies but regularly combine forces to produce outstanding management plans, recovery programs, policy documents and published scientific research around species of plants and animals or specific regions within the State.

Both Peri and Faith have most frequently focused their work on coastal, saltmarsh and estuarine regions around South Australia, but they are also regular researchers for government, NRM Boards and Industry on topics and regions including birds, wetlands, grasslands, plant assemblages and many other issues of environmental concern.

Faith and Peri are committed to supporting each other in their applied science, research, advocacy, policy construction and environmental understanding to ensure best outcomes.

Francesca McInerney

Dr Francesca McInerney, from the University of Adelaide, uses the chemical traces of ancient plants to understand how climate change affected ecosystems in the past. The broad aim of her work is to use these records to anticipate future climate change impacts on vegetation, soils and biogeochemical cycles.

Originally from the US, she had a thriving career and an extensive professional network across a number of universities before finally accepting an ARC Future Fellowship in Australia in 2012. Since that time she has built up a large and active research group and developed wide-ranging collaborations.

Her infectious enthusiasm for her science is communicated through her university teaching, popular public lectures, events with school students and providing – in a volunteer capacity – other field and laboratory experiences to post-graduate researchers.

Unsung Hero of SA Science Communication

Lisa Bailey

Dr Lisa Bailey has enjoyed a varied career, but truly began working within the field of science communication when she moved to London and worked for the renowned Royal Institution of Great Britain. Upon her return to Australia, Lisa played an integral role in establishing the Royal Institute of Australia, where she is still employed as Programs Manager. She recently commenced as a part-time lecturer in Science Communication and Policy at Flinders University.

Throughout her career Lisa has made a significant contribution to communicating science to thousands of people throughout the world. She has also been the driving force behind the resurrection of Australia’s most successful science film festival, the SCINEMA International Science Film Festival.

She is a tireless advocate for quality science communication, as well as for increased opportunities for women and girls to have meaningful STEM careers.

Ingo Koeper

Dr Ingo Koeper is an outstanding lecturer at Flinders University. He has continuously shown a great enthusiasm for teaching and for the engagement and motivation of students.

Like all great teachers, Dr Koeper always puts his students’ needs first and endeavours to understand what motivates them to learn and develop. He has applied this philosophy to chemistry and nanotechnology topics across all years, from first year undergraduate students to postgraduate level, and has been a leader in making major changes to the way these topics are taught.

As well as being at the forefront of developing and implementing new teaching approaches, he is also a pioneer of online learning within the school of chemical and physical sciences. To quote one of his students: “Dude knew how to rock it!”.

Ian Musgrave

Dr Ian Musgrave is a molecular pharmacologist/toxicologist at the University of Adelaide where he has worked as a researcher and lecturer since 1994, producing over 100 scholarly publications.

Dr Musgrave has also made an enormous contribution to the communication of science and for many years has been the most prolific media commentator for the university across the sciences and health sciences. He is a regular contributor to the online publication “The Conservation”, including his own column which focuses on his research area of toxicology. He enthusiastically engages the media and the public on topics requiring scientific explanation and his essays have been included in high-profile science writing and blogging anthologies.

In addition, Dr Musgrave is a dedicated amateur astronomer, with his own blog “Astroblog”, as well as contributing to podcasts and articles related to popular astronomy. He has also written on evolution for the “Panda’s Thumb” blog and he is involved in numerous science communication events throughout each year.

Tassie seed grant recipients

The Tasmanian National Science Week committee has awarded 10 seed grants to help launch science communication events around the state during National Science Week, 12-20 August. These fantastic outreach initiatives include:

What’s the job of a marine scientist? Tasmanian Branch of the Marine Science Association This event will introduce Tasmania’s young minds to marine science.

The George Town Bigger Science Expo The University of Tasmania
This community-based event co-presented by George Town Council, Bell Bay Aluminium, George Town Community Hub and the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, University of Tasmania with local industry support. The Expo will bring together a number of hands-on age appropriate science-related activities to produce an event with broad and popular appeal for students, parents, schools and the broader community in it’s second year

Challenges And Successes Of Women In Science Science in the Pub
The hugely popular Science in the Pub will be hosting a panel with inspirational local women in science. It will be held at BeakerStreet@TMAG, Australia’s first pop up science bar!

Gatekeepers Of Truth Scli Coms Tasmania
This panel will open the door between scientists and the community and ask how can scientists learn to better communicate with the public? The panel was inspired by the March for Science. The organisers came to understand that public distrust of science was due to the perceptions of scientists as being elitist the ‘gatekeepers of truth’. This panel discussion looks to address how these perceptions came about and what can be done to remove ‘the gates’.

Tasmanian Bushfoods: Growing, Harvesting & Eating Respectfully Source Community Wholefoods Co-op
A public workshop with local indigenous woman Kris Schaffer about Tasmanian bush foods, and the creation of a Growing Respect Garden at Source Community Wholefoods.

Big Changes in Big places: Past, Present and Future Australian Meteorological And Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Tasmanian Regional Centre
This fantastic event will come to both Launceston and Hobart! Each evening will involve a diverse panel discussing how large-scale changes in the earth’s oceans and icesheets will affect people in Australia. Both events will include Q&A. Hobart: August 15, Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay Campus, University of Tasmania. Launceston: August 16, Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, Newnham Campus, University of Tasmania.

What Makes an Insect? Resource Work Cooperative
This free hands-on inclusive family workshop will introduce participants to the characteristics of major insect groups, and teach them how to identify them on the fly. The workshop will link the impact of trash with inhabitants of the natural environment. Resource Sunday 6 August, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Education Centre, South Hobart Tip Shop site.

Pop-up Kids Dig! University of Tasmania, Cradle Coast Campus
This exciting event in the Northwest brings together culture and STEM for primary aged children. This hands out experience will be taught by archaeologist Dr Louise Zarmati, PHD Candidate Sarah Stockwin and Northwest Aboriginal community representative Associate Lecturer (UTAS) Sharon Dennis.

The Climate Experimentum Show CAN West (Climate Action North West)
The Climate Experimentum Show’ is an extravaganza for the whole family that will entertain, inform, and at times surprise. If you have ever wondered how greenhouse gases change our climate, then this is a show not to be missed. Saturday 12 August 2-3pm AND Sunday 20 August 2-3pm, Cradle Coast Campus, 16-20 Mooreville Rd, Burnie, TAS, 7320

New wireless/radio technology – LoRa Hobart Makers An enthusiastic team of engineers and electronics enthusiasts have someone to introduce you to. LoRa is a new wireless radio technology that will surely impress! *** There is truly something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you during National Science Week!

Join the conversation online!

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Festival of Bright Ideas Facebook event

Festival of Bright Ideas Instagram

Grab The Mercury Saturday the 29 July, or the Examiner or Advocate on Monday 31 July for your free printed program or or download the free program app in the Google Play or Apple stores – just search for National Science Week!

Guest Blog post by the Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee.

FLOW on the Go


FLOW are proud to be taking our environmental education program on the road to towns around Central Queensland, providing even more opportunities for students in the Fitzroy Basin to learn more about the region’s river systems, land use, animals and unique environments.

We’ve visited Emerald, Springsure, Gladstone and Biloela, to name a few, so please let the FLOW team know if you would like us to consider a future road-trip to your part of the Fitzroy Basin.

FLOW’s tailored education sessions are tied to the Australian school curriculum. The FLOW classroom sessions will cater for up to 25 students and be up to 1.5 hours in length, providing the ideal amount of time to engage students in a fun, informative and engaging way.

For National Science Week, FLOW on the Go is headed to regional Central Queensland towns to visit schools to present a range of fun, engaging and interactive science activities. Our interactive activities will feature our brand new Augmented Reality Sandbox – realtime topographic contour line generation, which has been funded through a National Science Week grant!

The Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox allows users to create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The system teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.

Bookings via email or call 07 4999 2800 or online.

Street Science Shows

Liquid nitrogen demonstration

QUT Extreme Science are providing select primary schools in the Caboolture/ Brisbane North area with explosive science shows from the team at Street Science in honor of National Science Week.

These shows will have upper primary students engaged in scientific concepts through exciting demonstrations that will also illustrate topics from this years National Science Week theme Future Earth.

Contact Sara Sheather via email or call 07 3138 1200.

Catch a Rising Star: women in Queensland science

During last year’s National Science Week (13–21 August 2016), more than 30 women researchers based in Queensland visited regional Queensland communities after attending a two-day training workshop in Brisbane. We call this program the “Catch a Rising Star: women in Queensland science,” and it was the first of its kind. Our aim is to build relationships between women scientists and regional communities in Queensland.

The roadshow will take place during National Science Week.

Locations this year include: Bundaberg, Cairns & Atherton, Kowanyama, Mackay & Moranbah, Mount Isa & Julia Creek, and Townsville.

Visit us on Twitter @ScienceStarsAu or email for up-to-date information.

Queensland Grants Announced

The Queensland National Science Week committee is pleased to announce these successful projects for this years’ event. The launch event is being supported with $10 000 and the seed event grants are for up to $2000.

Queensland launch event

To celebrate the launch of National Science Week, Griffith University is partnering with Westfield Garden City to showcase science to the public.

There will be a launch presentation by the Queensland Chief Scientist followed by a 45-minute panel discussion with science experts on how to “Future proof your career with science”.

These experts will share their inspiring stories on how science has shaped their career, the exciting opportunities a science career offers, how scientific skills have helped them become successful and the importance of these skills.

The three day event will take place from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 August to allow visitors to the centre to view and engage with the exciting installations.

Shoppers will engage with flight simulators, street science, career information, industry displays, and hands-on discovery activities in an environment where they would not expect to see such things.

Seed grant recipients

Battle of the Brains Science Nation

To celebrate National Science Week the Science Nation is holding the greatest contest of intelligence and wit the world has ever seen. Covering everything from quantum mechanics to the Big Bang, and everything in between, Battle of the Brains is an intellectual obstacle course that will be terrify the contestants and entertain you! Come along and join the fun as the Science Nation tries to find the best, brightest, and funniest physicist in the land.

Gold Coast Primary Science and Engineering Challenge Upper Coomera State College

Upper Coomera State College in collaboration with Dreamworld, will host the 3rd annual Gold Coast Primary Science and Engineering Challenge. The Primary Science and Engineering Challenge is a day-long competition, designed to provide Year 5 and 6 school students with a positive science and engineering experience. Students work in small teams on 2 half-day activities.

This year the challenges will reflect the physics and engineering behind theme park rides. Students will participate in two challenges each, positioned alongside the thrill rides that they are trying to construct a prototype of in an effort to complete their challenge and accrue the most points for their school teams and become the overall winner of the Gold Coast Primary Science and Engineering Challenge.

A culinary journey through the world of science Woodridge State High School

Chefs around the world are turning their kitchens into laboratories, experimenting with taste and texture, exciting our tastebuds and extracting surprise. Would you like to know what the physical and chemical scientific processes are that transform food produce from a useful resource that sustains us into an experience? Chefs love to share, so why not create of a team of “Sci-chefs” with your friends.

You have heard of the chef and the cook, well now meet the chef and the scientist: Master Chef finalist Ben Milbourne and physicist Dr Joel Gilmore together they will launch the afternoon by explaining and demonstrating scientific principals through cooking. Then, after rotating through several scientific investigations looking at Australian bush foods and traditional cooking methods the afternoon will conclude with a Kup-murri (Indigenous earth oven) organised by a team of dedicated senior students with the support from their Elders and community.

Future Earth: Rural Future Blackheath and Thornburgh College

The Future of Energy, Water and Food with lunchtime activities for students including energy design challenges, water chemistry, the sustainable chef and more! Starry Night: The Charter Towers community are invited to view the stars from the college observatory.

Future Earth Science Evening: an evening of science demonstrations and interactive displays by college staff and students for the whole community. Come and see STEM in action and learn about the use of robots in agriculture.

Snitch Hunt: a game highlighting the dangers of mass surveillance for whistle blowers and society as a whole, or workshops about using technology to protect your data and your privacy online, or a hackathon programming an Indigenous language preservation app using the JILA framework.

Minden Science Fair Minden State School

A variety of exhibitors and activities including two shows. We also have the support of two of the high schools in the region one private and the local high school.

Robot Revolution – Codename: Playtime Australian Institute of Physics (QLD branch)

A fun night of physics in a relaxed atmosphere. Eight scientists, eight-minute talks, songs poems and experiments. From astronomy to quantum physics, from geophysics to future energy generation, come and hear local physicists discuss their work over a beer and a few nibbles. Staged by the Queensland branch of the Australian Institute of Physics and MCd by the inimitable Dr Phil Dooley from Phil Up On Science, it will be a fascinating night to remember.

FLOW Fitzroy Basin Association

The Fitzroy Basin Association is a community based organisation that works to protect natural assets, and promote sustainable land management by fostering community stewardship, increasing community awareness and conducting programs that improve land use. The association’s FLOW Visitor Centre is a public space designed to inform and engage locals and visitors to discover our region’s natural beauty, diversity and range of land use.

FLOW’s National Science Week activities comprise of two aspects; community event in Rockhampton in the Centre and FLOW on the Go tours with events in regional towns. The seed funding will purchase a new, innovative, interactive educational resource; an Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox, which will be used across two Science Week events (and many more over time) to demonstrate how a catchment, its soils, water and topography functions.

The AR Sandbox allows users to create topography models by shaping sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water.

Opportunity Workshop – Science Intensive! Fiftysix Creations

The workshop will teach students ages eight to twelve about the importance and real world applications for scientific skills. The Workshop will involve tablet exploration, robotics, entrepreneurship and virtual reality. The Lead Facilitator for the day will be Fiftysix Founder & The Queensland Young Australian of the Year, Taj Pabari.

Primary School Science Fair Heatley Secondary College

Each day, a different primary school from the area (Heatley SS, Currajong SS, Aitkenvale SS and Vincent SS) will come in and participate in a science fair, run by Year 8 and 9 students. The primary school students will learn and participate in a range of science concepts, including sustainability in our aquaculture classroom. We will also host an evening of science, with parents and community members invited to participate in similar activities including a chance to view and learn about the solar system.

Grants Awarded in NSW

Funding of just under $200 000 will go to twelve new science and technology engagement programs to be delivered across NSW as part of Australia’s national effort to engage the community with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

For the past six years, the NSW Government has partnered with University of Sydney and the Australian Government to deliver the Inspiring Australia initiative in NSW, ensuring the delivery of regular STEM events in regional communities.

As the national strategy for public participation in science, technology and innovation, Inspiring Australia seeks to change perceptions about science, engineering and technology and their relevance to everyday life.

NSW Regional Science Grants are offered each year to increase public engagement with STEM, promote awareness of STEM careers and to celebrate the state’s vibrant and innovative research culture. The programs we support connect diverse communities to cutting edge science through welcoming events and programs that are entertaining, transformative and locally relevant.

This year, Sydney Science Festival will again be held during National Science Week from 8 to 20 August 2017. With significant funding going to three, large-scale family events to be presented by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah, Festival participation is expected to even stronger than last year when around 62 000 people attended more than 100 events across Sydney.

Elsewhere in NSW, imaginative programs will be delivered in dozens of local communities to make science, technology, engineering and maths – the STEM disciplines – accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Grant recipients
Sydney Olympic Park Authority

The Innovation Games will aim to entertain and inspire sport loving audiences with science shows, interactive displays, live animals, hands-on activities and interactive use of the big screen. With main events running directly outside of Sydney Olympic Park Station, the full day program will also run friendly competitions on nearby Cathy Freeman Park. Among activities will be a ‘science decathlon’ involving drones, virtual reality LAN Gaming, solar cars, Lego robotics, cooking challenges, sporting performance challenges, agricultural challenges and more. Indigenous culture and technologies will also be on the program with activities planned to be presented in the Brickpit, the Badu Wetlands, the Archery Centre, the Aquatic Centre, Water Bird refuges, AFL and Netball clubs, the Parramatta River and Newington Armory. In addition, there will be walking tours of the urban centre to showcase Sydney Olympic Park as a leading example of sustainable urban design and development.

MacArthur Science Hub

The MacArthur Science Hub plans to present two events during National Science Week at the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan, building on its success last year with the well-attended Jurassic Gardens event. First, Science in the Wild will welcome families to a free outdoor event on the 13 August to enjoy hand on science in outside labs and classrooms. With more than 20,000 people expected to attend, this event aims to enhance the public’s perception of science and to encourage young people into STEM careers. The following weekend, visitors with an interest in science will be encouraged to attend the PlantBank Party on 19 August, a family-oriented Open Day designed to showcase the state of the art facilities of the Australian PlantBank.

Blue Mountains Science Hub

The Blue Mountains Science Hub will present Gondwana Garden, a unique event planned for the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah. Comprising more than ten presenting partners including expert scientists and educators from the Botanic Gardens, the University of Wollongong and Taronga Zoo, community members attending this entertaining and educational event will get a chance to enjoy science shows, mini-workshops, hands-on activities, demonstrations, talks, walks and more.

Cowra-Cabonne Science Hub

During National Science Week, the Cowra-Cabonne Science Hub will join forces with Orange and Bathurst Councils to present Sounds Like Science a live discussion session with local experts talking about their work. Led by local arts organisation The CORRIDOR project in partnership with Canowindra’s Age of Fishes Museum and Oxley Wine Bar, Sounds Like Science will also create a series of podcasts that profile five STEM professionals who will discuss the impact of science and technology on the community. It is anticipated that the Sounds like Science will be available via local media platforms including ABC Open, local radio, newspapers and social media outlets.

Hunter Innovation and Science Hub

The Hunter Innovation and Science Hub will again present its popular, week-long Hunter Innovation and Science Festival, this year including a series of satellite events across the Hunter region from Newcastle to Lake Macquarie and Scone. With 31 partners involved, activities will include demonstrations, workshops, talks, tours and public seminars presented at the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Western Sydney Science Hub

Led by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment and Penrith South Public School, the Hub plans to present four events during National Science Week involving eight partners. Among planned events are demonstrations of scientific concepts including a planetarium experience led by Penrith Observatory, a Science in Arts workshop at Penrith Regional Gallery, student participation in the Reptile Experience at Western Sydney University and hands on workshops held at Bunnings Penrith.

Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub

On the far South Coast of NSW, the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub will host Questacon’s Science on the Move exhibition at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre during National Science Week. Audiences of all ages will have a chance to discover and explore principles of light, music and sound, human biology and health, force and motion, ecology and the environment, electricity and magnetism, human population and genetics. Science on the Move’s intriguing exhibit investigations invite everyone to engage their minds and body. Additionally, Local IT company Loaded Gamer will showcase interactive online games, conduct coding activities and present VR and robot interaction displays.

Northern Sydney Science Hub

The newly formed Northern Sydney Science Hub convened by CSIRO will host three kinds of public events in National Science week including a talks series at Chatswood library, a Tinker-Maker-Tech Fair and a series of Technology Workshops. These free events will explore the use and impact of technology in the community, with interactive sessions led by local STEM professionals targeting audiences of all ages. Later in the year, the Science Hub plans to present more science activities that involve members’ organisations at a Spring into Science festival planned from September through to November 2017. Among themes will be the science in surf lifesaving, gardening, wildlife and sustainability, with dozens of talks, open days, astronomy nights and free activities in local parks on program.

Illawarra Science Hub

During National Science Week 2017, the Illawarra Science Hub will present the Illawarra Festival of the Flame, a day-long program that unites science and the arts with the theme of fire. Featuring a diverse program that includes theatrical performances by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company, 3D printing workshops fire safety activities, talks, Indigenous cultural performances, the event comprises over thirteen partners.

Murray Science Hub

On the Victorian-NSW border, the Murray Science Hub will explore the fascinating squirrel gliders through a series of theatrical performances and citizen science activities. The Gliding into the Future: Squirrel Glider Theatre Project will see a new play created by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company that once performed in the region in National Science Week, can then be presented in schools and communities across Australia. Working with scientists, the project aims to secure viable populations of squirrel gliders across the Murray catchment area through community action. With over fourteen partners including conservationists and scientists, the Science Hub plans to present three outdoor performances over two days in October. A short film will also be produced for use as an educational resource to inspire young people into science careers.

Shoalhaven Science Hub

In September all are invited to Bundanon Trust where the Shoalhaven Science Hub will again present all kinds of science talks and activities as part of the annual Spring event Siteworks. This full day program includes art and performance alongside debates and hands on activities focussing on the theme of The Birds and the Bees. Scientists from variety of backgrounds have been invited to discuss the vital role of birds and bees in our environment. Performers and artists will also respond to these themes to create unique artworks and unforgettable performances held outdoors in the site’s unique property on the Shoalhaven River. With invited guests including local birdwatching and Landcare groups, ABC broadcaster Robyn Williams and UNSW Professor Rob Brooks, the initiative will strengthen relationships between scientists and community members in the region. Participants will also have the rare chance to camp overnight.

North West New England Science Hub

The North West New England Science Hub will host a workshop in October for farmers and community members in Armidale and surrounds to introduce local farmers to the concept of natural ecosystems. Led by David Hardwick, a soil scientist with Soil Land Food, this practical, hands-on learning experience will show how by logs on the ground and other coarse woody debris provide water infiltration, wildlife habitat, soil nutrient cycling, decomposition, shelter and pasture shade. Participants will be encouraged to use this knowledge to observe the impact of fallen logs in paddocks compared with the soil quality of bare paddocks, acquiring ecology skills that they can apply on their own farms.

Eromanga: Life in the Prehistoric Sea


In order to plan for the future Earth, we need to understand the past. Throughout, and around National Science Week, schools can book renowned singing palaeontologist Professor Flint to explore how we got to where we are across millions of years, and discover the extraordinary creatures that once lived in the ancient seas.

Travel back in time in an underwater musical adventure that explores the story of Australian sea creatures, and what it can tell us about where we are now, and where we might end up!

$5 per student. Minimum number 100.

Via email. More info online.

Available in South Australia. Suitable for school levels Reception to Years 4/5.