Thanks to Bonnie Murthy and Anneliese Gillard for the event review.
National Science Week is Australia’s biggest science festival. During the National Science Week Event Holders’ Meeting, the Victorian committee provided background about the event from previous years, including key successful events, and provided an overview of 2015’s plans.
Nine Victorian groups have received grant support for their events in 2015, and the meeting aimed to help cross-pollinate information and ideas between event holders. A few of the grant-holders spoke about the events they will be hosting during the National Science Week in Victoria-
- Representative from IEEE Women in Engineering announced that they will be running Energized Fashion Show– a wearable technology fashion runway and hands on workshops exploring various applications of wearable technology in fashion, healthcare, occupational safety and many other fields.
- Ricketts Point in Brighton will be hold nine days of marine science activities engaging community members of all age groups. Marine Education and Science Centre at Ricketts Point will be a multi-use, environmentally friendly facility, redeveloped at Beaumaris Yacht Club just in time for National Science Week.
- Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), whose many and varied activities for National Science Week coincide with WEHI’s Centenary 2015, celebrating its 100 year anniversary. One key event that is part of Centenary 2015 is a free Art of Science exhibition that is open to the public in The Atrium at Federation Square. Other information about Centenary 2015 can be found here.
- Representative from University of Melbourne announced an Astronomy and Light Festival for National Science Week with an aim to bring science to the western suburbs of Melbourne. The event will showcase current research in the field, host talks by local leading researchers, hands-on demonstrations, telescope observing, planetarium and light room shows, and more.
The committee was firm in reiterating that inspiring Australia is particularly keen for this festival. There is a strong focus on engaging people who don’t consider themselves the usual consumers of science.
National Science Week website provides a tool kit for those interested in holding events throughout the festival and can be found here. There is encouragement and support provided from the National Science Week committee.
Australian Science Communicators encourages everyone to get out there and take part in #NatSciWk and encourage your friends and family to do so too. ASC will also help promote your events on ASC’s social channels.
You can stay up-to-date with National Science Week through following channels:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aus_ScienceWeek or #NatSciWk