About National Science Week Victoria
First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Typically, 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.
In Victoria, a Coordinating Committee comprised predominantly of volunteers from various institutions, business, government, and organisations, works with the national partners to coordinate and promote Victorian National Science Week activities. The Committee’s commitment to communicating science enables National Science Week to be such a great success.
The Committee acts in an advisory role to the Royal Society of Victoria, who is the accountable body for the management of Victoria’s calendar of National Science Week events.
National Science Week Victoria Coordinating Committee members
(current June 2019)
- Dr Peter Skilton – Chair
- Ms Carly Siebentritt – Vice-Chair
- Mr Nick Besley – Immediate Past Chair
- Dr Renee Beale – Victorian Science Week Lead, The Royal Society of Victoria
- Mr Mike Flattley – Victorian Inspiring Australia Manager, The Royal Society of Victoria
- Ms Kate Barnard – Scienceworks, Museums Victoria
- Ms Jessica Douglas – industry representative
- Ms Claire Farrugia – 3CR’s Lost in Science, Science Gallery Melbourne
- Dr Malcolm Jenkins – government representative
- Dr Ann Pisarevsky – Science Teacher’s Association of Victoria
- Ms Helen van de Pol – university representative