National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, 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.

Estalished in 1997, 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).

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The hero images on the National Science Week homepage feature some amazing Australian scientists/photographers.

Dr Matthew Hill

Hero_MathewHillFor his work on the development of metal–organic frameworks for practical industrial application, Dr Matthew Hill, Australian Research Council Future Fellow and leader of the Integrated Nanoporous Materials team at CSIRO, was awarded the 2014 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. Watch Matthew talk about his work.


Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

Hero_FromVideoThis image came from a video about Mr Geoff McNamara, who was awarded the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools for his contributions to science teaching and inspiring students in science – wherever their further studies and careers may take them. Watch Geoff talk about how he approaches teaching.


Science Challenge

Hero_GirlStudent100 year nine pupils got to try their hands at science and engineering projects this Monday and Tuesday (21, 22 March) as part of the second ever Salford Science Challenge. Credit: Flickr image, University of Salford Press Office.

Image modified and licensed under creative commons.


Horsehead and Flame Nebulas

Hero_David-Fitz-HenryThis image by David Fitz-Henry was a finalist in the ‘Deep Sky’ category of the 2014 David Malin Awards.

Published in an ABC Science photo gallery.


Greenland Moon

Hero_Judith_Conning This image by Judith Conning was a finalist in the 2014 Central West Astronomical Society’s (CWAS) Astrophotography Awards, part of the 2014 David Malin Awards.

Published in an ABC Science photo gallery.


Male Peacock Spider

Male Peacock Spider This image by Jurgen Otto (NSW) of a male Peacock Spider (Maratus splendens) was a finalist in the 2012 ANZANG Nature Photo Competition at the South Australian Museum. The male Australian peacock spider is expanding its colourful fan and throwing up a pair of legs, all to impress a nearby female. At less than 4 mm long, this is the smallest known species of peacock spider and has only been found in the vicinity of Sydney.

Published in an ABC Science photo gallery.
Jurgen Otto’s flickr photostream.


Up close with the penguins

Hero imageThis image by Alicia Guerrero was taken during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014.

Published in an ABC Science photo gallery.
Spirit of Mawson website.