National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.

Running each year in August, it features approximately 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, museums and science centres.

These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. Over one million people participate in science events across the nation.

Now into its seventeenth year, National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

National Science Week is proudly supported by the Australian Government in a variety of ways, including the provision of up to $500 000 for the National Science Week Grants Program.

Other partners include the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).

Image credits:

The hero images on the Science Week homepage feature some amazing Australian science photos and photographers. Those images and others can be found in the following photo galleries:
Astro Beauty
Incredible inner space
Celebrating an Australian astronomy star

chien_milk ductMilk duct

The red area is a milk duct surrounded by connective tissue in a biopsy from a patient with breast cancer. Connective tissue cells are green and collagen fibres are turquoise. Confocal microscopy and second harmonic generation by Arthur Chien, Ellie Kable and Dr Lilian Soon, University of Sydney. (Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility.)  Click image to enlarge.








macrophageThis colour-enhanced image shows us how an immune cell, called a macrophage, attacks foreign bodies like bacteria – or this microbead – completely engulfing it so it can be broken down deep within the cell. Scanning electron microscopy by Darren Brown, University of Queensland. (Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility) Click image to enlarge.








A galaxy in the Ursa Major cluster, and winner of the 2013 David Malin Awards.   Judge’s comments: “This is a very fine image of a very interesting galaxy, one of the best I have seen. The subtle colouration of the dust lane and bluish hue of the faint outer structures are excellent.” Image by Martin Pugh (2013 David Malin Awards).  Click to enlarge.






deep sky2‘Deep Sky’

IC2944 – Inside the Running Chicken Nebula. Image by Rakibul Hasan Syed (2013 David Malin Awards). Click image to enlarge.








firey image3000 stars exploding

The dark void here is a giant hole, more than 2000 light-years across, where the gas has been blasted away by about 3000 stars exploding or material streaming off them as ‘winds’.  Image by N McClure-Griffiths et al, CSIRO. Click image to enlarge.








‘The Dish’

Junior winner in the 2013 David Malin Awards.  Judge’s comments: “A striking and well composed night-time image of an Australian astronomical icon under the stars.”  Image by Brooke Beniston (2013 David Malin Awards). Click to enlarge.