FAQ

What is National Science Week and who is it for?

When is National Science Week?

Where can I find events in my area?

I’d like to get involved – how do I put on an event?

I’m putting on an event – how do I get it in the event diary?

Can you provide some ideas for events we could present at school?

How can I apply for a National Science Week grant to help fund an event?

 


What is National Science Week and who is it for?

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.

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When is National Science Week?

National Science Week is held in mid August each year. The dates for the next few years are:

  • 2014: 16–24 August
  • 2015: 15–23 August
  • 2016: 13–21 August
  • 2017: 12–20 August
  • 2018: 11–19 August

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Where can I find events in my area?

You can search for events using the Event Diary.

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I’d like to get involved – how do I put on an event?

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.

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I’m putting on an event – how do I get it in the event diary?

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.

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Can you provide some ideas for events we could present at school?

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.

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How can I apply for a National Science Week grant to help fund an event?

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.

You can apply for a grant of between $2000 and $25 000 to support your event.

For the latest information see Grants.

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