Science in Surprising Spaces

Science Week chalk logo on Adelaide footpath

When you think about science, where is it taking place? In a laboratory? In a science centre? How about a doughnut shop?

With National Science Week well underway, events have already been happening in some peculiar locations around Australia. So far venues have included a toy shop, a distillery, an art gallery and a stadium – but there are still some truly unique and unusual places to come. Read on to discover some of the surprising spaces where you could find yourself sciencing soon!

Antarctica
Bet you didn’t think you’d be exploring one of the remotest, coldest places on the planet! Using Virtual Reality step inside the shoes of one of the researchers of the Davis Station and find out what goes on.
Antarctica VR Sneak Peak
Claremont Showgrounds, WA – Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August
(NB This full length VR adventure can be enjoyed at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle this September.)

A brewery
You’re probably expecting the science of beer. While that will be on show, the real star of this event will be the Windara Reef and the oysters that come from there.
Marine Science in the Brewery – Beers and Oyster Reefs
Watsacowie Brewery, Minlaton, SA – Friday 17 August

The vault of a museum
Go behind the scenes and venture into the vault of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Filled with collections of animal specimens, you’ll be taken on a tour of part of the museum that’s usually closed to the public.
Into the Vaults – an evening at the state’s zoology collection
TMAG Collections and Research Facility, Rosny, TAS – Monday 20 August

A doughnut shop
Come along to the Doughnut Department and check out the work of 6 researchers in the form of cool teeshirts! As well as that there will be walk up workshops, science trivia and of course, science-y doughnuts.
Shirty Science Science café
Doughnut Department, Canberra City, ACT – Until Saturday 18 August

A lighthouse
Climb the steps of the striking Point Moore Lighthouse to find not only awesome views but to learn about the history of the building and some of the conservation happening in the area. Usually closed to the public, they’re opening their doors for National Science Week and International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.
Point Moore Lighthouse Open Day
Point Moore Lighthouse, Geraldton, WA – Sunday 19 August

Head over to the National Science Week website and have a look at the events happening near you. With hundreds of events being held all over Australia, you might be surprised where they take you!

Source:: National Science Week