National Science Week

by Deb on August 17, 2010

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This is National Science Week in Australia, already 3 days old.  To celebrate there is all sorts of fun on offer, I can only showcase a few here but check out the official website to see what is happening near you.  Events are run at all different levels, from the National Tour to state museums to local schools.


Go and sign up for the National Sleep Project.  Every year a national project is run so people across Australia can participate in genuine research, this year it is a sleep survey asking is how technology is changing our sleep patterns.  There is a sleep survey to fill in online, and you can sign up to do a 7 day sleep diary as well.

The National Tour:

There are 4 scientists involved in the National Tour, Dr Chris Smith is the Naked Scientist, Dr Hazel Barton is a microbiologist and cave explorer, Tim Jarvis is an environmental scientist and Arctic explorer and Jan Herrmann is a nanotechnologist, so they are a very diverse bunch.  Check the itinerary to see if one is speaking near you, Dr Barton is talking about survival of micro-organisms in the context of life on other planets in Katherine on Friday.  I’m so tempted to go – it’s only 673km!

State Events:

There are many events in each state, I’ve just chosen one here but check the link for more.

  • ACTCanberra Family Science Spectacular – 3 days of hands-on science fun at CSIRO Discovery Fri 20, Sat 21 & Sun 22 August.
  • NSWThe Ultimo Science Festival from 16 to 29 August 2010 with day and night events, school sessions, family & kids’ events, talks and forums for everyone.
  • NT – An interactive Dinosaur exhibition at the NT museum, including a ‘petting zoo.’
  • Qld – The Dinosaur Trail goes through Richmond, Winton and Hughendon.  They were an inland sea during the Cretaceous and fabulous fossils have been found in the area.
  • SAAdelaide Planetarium, Mawson Lakes Campus, will be doing a tour of the Constellations of the Zodiac on the 21st of August.
  • Tasmania – The inaugural Tasmanian Science Festival focuses on the theme areas of Environment, Marine Science and Frontier Technologies and is holding events in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie.
  • Victoria – Australian Skeptics ask ‘Why is it so?’ at Scienceworks on Saturday the 21st talking about the science behind the paranormal.
  • WA – The Perth Zoo (and you all know I’m a fan) is running A to Zoo which is designed especially for the little ones.

The best way to find events in your area is through the Events Map. You can use it to search for dates, locations or types of events.

Living in the middle on nowhere I have to enjoy much of this vicariously, and get jealous of all the cool things you can do in cities.  So go to an event in your area then come back and tell me about it!

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