National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.
Science Week is designed for everyone – it’s definitely not restricted to schools and universities – with events and activities and talks and shows for every age group.
It 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 become fascinated by the world we live in.
For more detail see About.
National Science Week is held in mid August each year. The dates for the next couple of years are:
- 2013: 10–18 August
- 2014: 16–24 August
You can search for events using the Event Diary.
Putting on an event is a great way to get involved in National Science Week (although there are lots of other ways to participate, such as going to an event – see Get Involved for more details).
There is clear and useful information online about how to organise your own event, but the first step is to work out what you’d like to do, and what you might need to make that happen – see Organise an Event for guides on how to run a public event, how to generate publicity and a bunch of helpful templates that show you how to do things such as write press releases, book an advertisement or get yourself on local radio.
If you are planning your own Science Week event, get in contact with the Science Week Coordinating Committee in your state or territory.
You need to register on this Science Week website as an event organiser – then you’ll be able to upload and manage your event details (see Register an Event) onto the diary for everyone to see.
If you’re a teacher, a pupil or a parent wanting to present a Science Week event at your local school, have a look at the Schools section in this website for suggestions. There are many ideas for events to run in your school and some advice to assist you.
It may also be a good idea to contact your local representative of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).
ASTA also provide grants of up to $500 for schools to hold National Science Week events.
Australians interested in running a science event or activities for their local community (though not for events with largely school-based audiences) can apply for a National Science Week grant.
Applications for grants are generally requested in October or November for the year following, and the announcement of who has been successful is made early in the year of the event.
There are $500 000 in grant funds, with $450 000 still available for the 2013 competitive grant round. The reduced amount is because in 2012 there were two grants awarded to run over three years, and each of them will receive $25 000 in 2013.
You can apply for a grant of between $2000 and $25 000 to support your event.
For the latest information see Grants.