Every year, science lovers around the country celebrate this fascinating field with a week-long celebration. National Science Week features thousands of events around Australia, delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.
We deeply value science at the Authority - it underpins everything we do. We work alongside some of Australia’s leading scientific organisations to ensure the Reef remains healthy for future generations, and use the best available knowledge to manage this natural wonder. This year, National Science Weeks features a mix of in-person and online events, virtual tours and DIY Science. Although it may not be currently possible to attend an in-person event for many people around the country, there are plenty of incredible online events happening during National Science Week. We’ve rounded up our favourites below.
Sunday 15 August, 5.00 - 6.00pm
Australia’s First Nations Peoples have the longest continuing culture on Earth, passing on the lessons of land, sea and sky to future scientists through stories, song and dance.
As the 2021 Sydney Science Festival Ambassador, Corey Tutt will deliver a keynote address celebrating the breadth and depth of knowledge of our first scientists – from bush medicine, astronomy, engineering and forensic science to chemistry, land management and ecology. With knowledge acquired through Community consultation, he will introduce the audience to boundary-pushing scientists, both past and present.
Thursday 19 August, 11.00am
Excessive CO2 emissions isn’t just an atmospheric problem, it’s changing the chemistry of our oceans and impacting ocean life. Join Australian Institute of Marine Science Senior Principal Research Scientist Dr Katharina Fabricius for a special webinar to learn about ocean acidification and how we can help mitigate it.
Thursday August 19, 5.30 - 7.15pm
Join award winning undersea illustrator Kirsten Carlson for an art-science workshop. Kirsten's enthusiasm for learning and her scientific background provide much of the inspiration for her work. She crafts stories – both written and visual – about nature using creativity, science, and her imagination.
Saturday 14 August – Sunday 22 August, multiple sessions
What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used as bush medicine? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60 000+ years of Indigenous culture? Find out the answers to these questions and more during the Indigenous Science Experience Online.
The Indigenous Science Experience Online will consist of a series of workshops and webinars that will run through National Science Week. The sessions will showcase a wide range of Indigenous and Western STEM presented by Indigenous secondary students, Elders and community members and STEM outreach providers from various organisations.
Thursday 19 August, 7.30 - 8.30pm
Have you ever wondered which Sci-Fi films are more fiction than science? Film legends, Jay Katz and Miss Death will be joined by scientists and film-buffs from the Australian Museum Research Institute to debunk the premise of some of the world’s most loved Sci-Fi films.
Join their experts in palaeontology and marine biology as they dissect the science behind your favourite films featuring terrifying reptiles, beasts and prehistoric creatures in this free, online event.
Saturday 21 August, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Healthy oceans are fundamental to a healthy planet. From phytoplankton, the tiny ocean plants that produce the oxygen we breathe, to the rich diversity of other ocean plants and creatures, we depend on our oceans to survive and thrive.
Globally-renowned ocean defender Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is clear: saving the oceans is key to fighting the climate crisis. Join Elizabeth Johnson and leading Australian marine scientist Emma Johnston to explore how these issues are playing out in Australia and internationally, the future of the oceans in the age of climate change, how to mobilise support for a Blue New Deal and how women leaders are pioneering global climate action.
Science is predicted to bring more human progress in the next 50 years than the previous 400 combined. Take the short quiz created by the University of Adelaide to discover your future career in science. What science careers match your everyday interests? How can you turn these interests into a career?
Friday 3 September, 6.00 - 8.30pm Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville
Celebrate National Science Week with a special ter-REEF-ic Trivia Night brought to you by Museum of Tropical Queensland and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Hosted by energy expert and science communicator Dr Joel Gilmore, you’re up for an unforgettable evening of mind-boggling, jaw-aching, simulated science-silliness.
Uncover some wonderfully weird and wacky facts with snack-sized talks by Townsville’s leading reef scientists and test your knowledge with six rounds of fun-filled science trivia with great prizes up for grabs.