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National Science Week exploding with eye-opening events

31 March 2014

Over 39 new programmes encompassing many hundreds of events will brighten the spotlight on Australia’s scientific endeavours this August during National Science Week.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said that $500,000 of funding will help National Science Week continue to grow after almost 1.6 million Australians took part in some 1800 events held in 2013.

“National Science Week, now in its 17th year, continues to provide new and interesting ways to involve communities in remarkable stories of science,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“This funding will allow National Science Week to continue engaging and exciting Australians young and old on the wonder of science and how it directly relates to their everyday lives.

“I encourage everyone to join in, whether they live in a city or in the bush, either by hosting an event or attending one of the hundreds of events that will be held across the country.”

The 39 National Science Week projects include:

  • ScienceAlert will hit the road to bring science to cities across Australia,
  • MONA will commission a new biological art installation in Hobart,
  • Maths ambassador Simon Pampena’s live comedy show will tour five states,
  • Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute will display biomedical science images,
  • Science festivals on the Gold Coast, Perth, Geraldton, Sydney and Sapphire Coast,
  • There will be a BioBlitz event in Adelaide and an Ecofair in Alice Springs,
  • Astronomy will take place at Burnett Observatory in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges,
  • Science will explode at Brisbane’s EKKA,
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens will host PechaKucha, a fast paced presentation format, and
  • A replica of Cook’s ship the HMB Endeavour will explore science on Sydney Harbour.

National Science Week (http://www.scienceweek.net.au/) will be held from 16–24 August 2014 and is a focus of Inspiring Australia which aims to engage Australians in science.

A full list of grant recipients is available on www.scienceweek.net.au

Media contacts: Mr Macfarlane's office 02 6277 7070