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Media release: Science Week – discuss, create and invent (11–19 August 2018)

National Science Week 2018

The future is for everyone, and science is building the future. So engage with science, and delve into the future this National Science Week.

Victoria will lead the way when National Science Week kicks off August 11-19 – an annual celebration of scientific discovery in all its forms to engage with and commemorate the significant contributions made by Australian scientists to the world of knowledge.

“I invite all members of our Victorian community to share in, discover, and contribute to the excitement of scientific endeavour this National Science Week,” said Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria’s Lead Scientist. “Together we will explore the incredible knowledge at our disposal to shape a bright, collective future.”

Victoria’s contribution to National Science Week 2018 features more than 330 events across the state – a diverse range of activities and experiences to spark an interest surrounding scientific pursuit.

Explore the universe through ripples in the fabric of space time with the help of groundbreaking virtual reality. Encounter the tiny world of parasites at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Build a robot as part of the World Educational Robot Competition, or come face to face with robots created by the BioFab3D Centre in a theatre performance set in a laboratory at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Spot wildlife at the Coolart Wetlands in Somers. Learn how to harness brain plasticity at the new BrainPark at Monash University, the world’s first research facility to offer lifestyle and technology-based interventions for compulsive disorders including addictions and obsessive compulsive disorder. Or speculate on the future of the human species at the immersive storytelling event, Humans 2.0.

“We’re all born with a natural curiosity of the world, instinctively asking why and seeking answers to ever bigger questions,” said Dr Peter Skilton, Chair of the National Science Week Coordinating Committee in Victoria. “Whether your interest today is in the arts, humanities, technology, science, engineering, maths or elsewhere, this year’s National Science Week programme will have something special to spark the imagination and feed the curiosity of all Victorians”.

Discuss, create and invent with us, because science is for everyone.

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw a staggering 1.2 million people participate in more than 2,100 events and activities. With everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities, National Science Week is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, New Scientist and Popular Science.

National Science Week
1119 August 2018

Media contact: Annika Priest, Account Manager, Zilla & Brook Publicity
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