National Science Week & Sydney Science Festival Programme 2017


Australian Museum Science Festival

Tuesday 8 August – Friday 18 August – 9.30am – 2.30pm

Australian Museum

Dedicated programming for primary and high school students on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Immersive learning in STEM focused workshops, demonstrations, and exciting talks is the focus for this year’s AMSF. The wide variety of sessions are designed and instructed by Australia’s leading science institutions including 3M, ANSTO, Macquarie University, UNSW, USyd, UTS and many others. UNSW Science will be hosting a fun filled double booth for both weeks.


Science in the Swamp

Saturday 12 August, 11am – 3pm

Centennial Parklands

Dinosaurs in the Swamp? Sharks in a Park? How does that work?
Find out at Centennial Park's festival "Science in the Swamp".

For one day, we will transform the park into a big laboratory and you will be able to experience science in all its variety, from dinosaurs to robots!

UNSW Grand Challenges: The Madhouse Effect - What is stopping action on climate change?

Wednesday 16 August, 6:30pm

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

If we know that climate change is a threat, why can’t we take action? What is getting in the way?
Our panel brings together noted US climatologist Michael E. Mann, psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky and activist Anna Rose with moderator Emma Alberici to look at complex questions about climate change. Book now!


Life On Mars: the 2020 Rover Mission

Thursday 17 August, 8pm – 9.30pm

Sydney Opera House

Is Mars the first step to humanity spreading out into the galaxy?

Join a panel of NASA scientists and astrophysicists as they discuss the potential for life on Mars.


New Scientist and UNSW Science present... Wildlife Forensics

Thursday 17 August, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Tyree Room, Scienta Building, Library Walk, UNSW Sydney

Did you know that maggots in a corpse can tell you the person's time of death?
Or that genetic fingerprinting of smuggled animals can help fight illegal trade in wildlife?
Or that, thanks to Australian research, the DNA of 200-year-old koala specimens is revealing the effects of human activity?

Join New Scientist and UNSW Science for a two-hour evening lecture and hear about the insects and animals that are helping to solve crimes, and the cutting-edge techniques used by wildlife detectives.

Women on Mars: a special event for female high school students

Friday 18 August, 9.30am – 2.30pm

Sydney Opera House

As part of National Science Week, UNSW Science will host a special event - Women on Mars - for female high school students at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 18 August.

During the day, students will hear from two NASA scientists and leading female scientists including UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston and University of Queensland cosmologist Professor Tamara Davis, as well as participate in some exciting scientific activities.

The two sets of talks will also be beamed live to schools across the country.

For more information and to register please visit the website.

The school symposium is being held in association with a major event the previous evening, 17 August, when the Sydney Opera House and UNSW Big Questions Institute will join forces to present Life on Mars: the 2020 Rover Mission.