Pop-up science festivals, an astronomical observatory on wheels, and Future Earth innovations are among 39 projects funded in the 2017 National Science Week grants rounds.
The successful projects will share in $500 000 and were announced by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO on 9 February 2017.
National Science Week is supported by the Australian Government through the Inspiring Australia Initiative that is proudly led by Questacon.
Now in its 20th year, National Science Week is an opportunity for people across Australia to meet scientists, discuss hot topics and celebrate the contribution of Australian science to society, culture and economy. National Science Week activities help to inspire Australia’s next generation of scientists and innovators, and increase community awareness of science in everyday life.
In 2017, National Science Week continues to ensure that science is accessible for all Australians. Inclusive events include science workshops designed for people with intellectual disabilities, a suite of Indigenous science initiatives, sessions for people with different cultural and language backgrounds, coding skills workshops for youth on the autism spectrum, activities highlighting female role models and encouraging girls to participate in science, and DIY science film nights for even the remotest locations
National Science Week activities are run right across the country in metropolitan, regional and remote areas in every state and territory.
National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. In 2016 a staggering 1.3 million people participated in over 1800 events and activities, including local science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities. National Science Week will run from 12–20 August 2017. More details including descriptions of all of the projects are available at www.scienceweek.net.au.