Celebrations set to begin for 25th National Science Week

Discovering the science behind beer making, taking a virtual reality tour of the universe and solving ecological crimes with eco-botany are just some of the ways Australians can get involved in National Science Week 2021.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual event, which starts this weekend and recognises the achievements of our scientific community. It also helps to spark the imaginations of the next generation of budding scientists.

Throughout the week, universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and other organisations across the country will deliver a range of in-person or online events, ensuring everyone can participate regardless of COVID-19 restrictions.

“This year’s National Science Week continues its tradition of excellence and I encourage all Australians to jump online and check out the range of opportunities to get involved,” Minister for Industry Science and Technology, Christian Porter, said.

“Whether it’s Dinner with Dinosaurs in South Australia, ExBEERimental Science in Hobart, or testing your science knowledge in our national science quiz (nationally online), there are events to suit all ages and interests.

“Of course, National Science Week is also an important opportunity to thank our extraordinary scientists and researchers for their hard work and their efforts to inspire and encourage the next generation of Australian leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Specific events have also been organised for students, with the 2021 school theme Food: Different by Design providing insights into topics such as food production, sustainable agriculture, biosecurity, food technology and laboratory-developed foods.

The Morrison Government provided almost $500,000 to support public science projects as part of the National Science Week Grants announced earlier this year.

National Science Week 2021 will run from 14 to 22 August. More details, including a full list of events is available at https://www.scienceweek.net.au/