Events can be in-person or online talks and demonstrations,
behind the scenes tours or do-it-at-home experiences
We encourage creativity and innovation when planning an event. There are no restrictions in terms of topics, audience, venue or format - we only ask that your event seeks to fulfil the National Science Week objectives to promote and encourage interest in science, engineering, mathematics, technology and innovation; and communicate the relevance of them in everyday life.
National Science Week is an opportunity to reflect on the life saving work done on our behalf by STEM professionals, especially the medical researchers and health professionals combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Science Week events in 2020 were mostly held online, and we also shared activity ideas for people to do at home or in their neighbourhood.
We’re amazed by the creative ways that event holders celebrated science last year. And we’re hoping that 2021 will be able to be a mix of online and in-person events.
The Event Holder’s Guide (560 kB, pdf) sets out all of the steps in staging a public event for Science Week, including planning, event objectives, budgeting, venue considerations, insurance, promotion and media, as well as post event cleanup and evaluation.
Our Disability Inclusion Guide (1.9 MB, pdf) will help all event holders to make their events more accessible for audiences to join in.
The Science Week Library Activities booklet (6 MB, pdf) was published in 2018 and it helped to more than double the number of events held by libraries. It has case studies, suggested activities and heaps of inspirational resource ideas.
The Early Childhood Activities booklet (5 MB, pdf) features case studies of successful events as well as detailed instructions for other activities suitable for running in early childhood centres, playgroups or at home.
The Science Week character colouring sheets (698 kB, pdf) are able to be used at a colouring station for young children at any event.
The Business and Industry Science Engagement Pack (1 MB, pdf) has case studies and hints & tips for assisting organisations to create and hold Science Week events.
Once you’ve decided what you’ll be doing be sure to register your planned event on our website (even it’s not for other people to come along to – just mark it as “private”).
Handcraft events like Neural Knitworks can be combined with a talk by a local expert or playing a podcast to provide an up-to-date scientific perspective.
Knitworks is a yarn crafting event to create model neurons while discussing neuroscience and brain health.
Aside from making neurons there are different kinds of yarning events possible including crocheting coral reefs, knitting oil spill rescue jumpers for little penguins, knitting temperature blankets and scarves, and creating mathematical models.
Our free pub trivia kit (776 kB, pdf) has 100 questions and some games. The questions are arranged into ten themed sets of ten questions each. The questions and games are for adult audiences.
Register to receive a free Brain Break morning tea kit and hold a Science Week event in your workplace or school. We’ll send you quizzes, activities to try and a poster and coasters to make your event look the part. Be sure to get creative with your science baking and snacks!
Our Event Publicity Guide (296 kB, pdf) has all the steps for you to maximise your chances of attracting an audience and gaining media coverage. We also have media alert (147 kB, docx) and media release (147 kB, docx) templates and a sample media alert (148 kB, pdf) and sample media release (148 kB, pdf).
Our publicists produce a series of media releases through the week including for each of the states and territories, as well as event highlights for Indigenous, arts, environment, entertainment, food & wine and technology rounds.
Our guide to writing great event descriptions will help you to attract more media attention and a bigger audience.
The only way to really know what your audience thought of your event is to ask them. Evaluation can help you to refine your event for next time, better target audience promotion and help to secure funding support.
Our evaluation kit has templates of paper-based surveys for a variety of events and audiences, as well as suggestions for online surveys, observations and audience bean polls.
A successful event is typically the result of careful planning and preparation.