You can join National Science Week even from lockdown

National Science Week

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, National Science Week from 15 – 23 August 2020 takes an innovative twist this year, offering a smorgasbord of online events designed to connect community members with cutting edge science and technology.

National Science Week typically reaches thousands of audience members at live events each August, yet with 2020 #scienceweek celebrations going online, including schools programs and public event topics ranging from bushfires, pandemics, research commercialisation and climate change to biosecurity, biology, art, ecology and nuclear science, it’s expected there will be increased engagement this year as science fans of all ages can access virtual events right around the country – even though many are themed for a specific state or city. Examples include:

·         Phasmid of the opera: performances featuring music, dance and a stick insect (Melbourne)

·       How to make a reef from music and glass (Canberra)

·         The art of event horizons (Melbourne)

·         Famous Tasmanians talk science in the wilderness (Tasmania)

·         Can you save a cartoon character from being plunged into a vat of acid? (Darwin, NT)

·         Beauty from the ashes: recovery after bushfires (Tasmania)

·         Making viruses from couscous and chook-wire (Melbourne)

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: Download the handy one-page calendar (754kB, pdf) or the full program of events (2.2MB, pdf).

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Download the NT event guide here.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The South Australian Coordinating Committee for National Science Week and Inspiring South Australia have produced a guide of the events and activities (1.3MB, pdf) that have been developed by the South Australian community.


The Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden have joined forces with ABC Radio Sydney, ANSTO, Taronga Zoo, universities, scientists and performers to deliver the Sydney Science Trail. Users can virtually explore digital exhibitions and participate in a range of engaging activities including live streamed talks and demonstrations from world-class scientists, researchers and curators. Access the program here.

For schools, the Sydney Science Trail, created in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, explores the theme of adaptation through an immersive, curriculum-linked virtual classroom. Teachers and home-schooling parents can expand their horizons with professional development courses on topics such as incorporating Indigenous perspectives into lesson plans, harnessing outdoor learning activities and many more. Students can compete against each other in ANSTO’s National Science Week Hackathon and be inspired by an incredible Women in STEM live panel. Access the schools program here.

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