NSW Regional Science Hubs

Inspiring Australia has established a network of NSW Regional Science Hubs comprising multidisciplinary teams to develop and deliver high-profile science events in regional NSW. Science Hubs are intended to be capacity building science and technology partnerships led by local organisations. Their programs inform community members about the exciting possibilities generated by science, technology and innovation through welcoming and entertaining events and programs, from talks and panel discussions through to artworks, citizen science initiatives, fairs and shows, maker spaces and hands on workshops.

Science Hubs strategically align existing and new community programs that communicate the value of science and techology and their benefits to the general public. By bringing scientists, research organisations and universities together with local government, museums and galleries, businesses and community groups to deliver accessible outreach programs, the Science Hub model sparks whole of community conversations about the future. All kinds of science-interested organisations come together as Science Hubs, and with the support of funding from Inspiring Australia (NSW) and other partners, work together to create exceptional community engagement experiences.

Importantly, Science Hubs plan strategically for ongoing programs of events and activities. They bring together informal science and technology networks in a region and amplify the impact of their programs. Arts organisations in particular often play a key role in developing creative approaches to program delivery.

Join the network!

Inspiring Australia would like to establish more of these strategic partnerships across the state and welcomes interest from science experts, professional organisations, arts organisations, libraries, educational institutions, industry and community groups.

The NSW Regional Science Grants program will support initiatives developed by new and existing Hubs.National Science Week is just one of many science communication initiatives NSW Regional Science Hubs support.

Download a PDF of the NSW Regional Science Hubs Terms of Reference.

For more information please contact Jackie Randles, Manager Inspiring Australia (NSW) on 02 9351 5198.

Blue Mountains Science Hub

Scientist Hamish Clarke, science teacher Kevin Joseph, Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre, Springwood Bowling Club and Springwood Neighbourhood Centre.
Lead organisation: Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre

Central West Science Hub

Dubbo City Council, Dubbo Regional Botanical Garden, Dubbo Field Naturalist & Conservation Society, River Smart Australia, Western Plains Cultural Centre and Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre.

Lead organisation: Dubbo City Council

Southern Tablelands Science Hub

Southern Tablelands Arts, Southern Tablelands Arts, Workspace 2580, Community Plus, Wollondilly Shire Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Goulburn Chamber of Commerce
Lead organisation: Southern Tablelands Arts

Far South Coast Science Hub

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, Sapphire Coast Marine Society, Bournda Environmental Education Centre, Panboola Wetlands Trust, Australian Plants Society, Conservation Management Network, Coastal Wetlands Carers Network and Mat-Sci-Tec.

Lead organisation: Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness

New England North West Science Hub

The Armidale Tree Group, Southern New England Land Care, the Catalyst Club, ICT International, University of New England, New England Regional Art Museum, Department of Education and Training,Woolbrook, Niangala and Yarrowitch Public Schools, Landcare, Uralla Shire Council, Armidale Sustainable Living Expo Group, University of New England, The Armidale Club

Lead organisations: University of New England and the Armidale Tree Group

Murray Science Hub

Murray Arts, Albury Wodonga Community College, Indigenous elders, Astronomical Society of Albury-Wodonga, AlburyCity, Rotary Club of Albury Hume, University of the Third Age, local schools, Albury Art Gallery, Astronomical Society Albury-Wodonga, Albury Sound and Lighting, The Cube

Lead organisation: Murray Arts

Central Tablelands Science Hub

Bathurst Observatory, Bathurst Library, Age of Fishes Museum Canowindra, CSU, Central West Food Technology, Geological Survey of NSW, Jenolan Caves, National Motor Racing Museum, Bathurst Lapidary Club, Bathurst Regional Council

Lead organisation: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Cowra Cabonne Science Hub

Age of Fishes Museum, The Corridor Project, Cabonne Council, Cowra Council, Dr Alex Ritchie, NSW Department of Industry

Lead organisation:The Corridor Project

Riverina Science Hub

Wagga Wagga City Library, Charles Sturt University, Eastern Riverina Science Teachers Association, Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, National Indigenous Science Education Program, Department of Primary Industries and Rotary

Lead organisation: Wagga Wagga City Library
Contact: Visit the Facebook page

Far West Science Hub

Outback Astronomy, Regional Development Australia Far West
Robinson College and representatives of Indigenous community.

Lead organisation: Outback Astronomy
Contact: Linda Nadge

Snowy Region Science Hub

Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Monaro Regional Library, Snowy Hydro and the Snowy Monaro Regional University Centre.

Lead organisation:Snowy Monaro Regional Council

Illawarra Science Hub

Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium, Illawarra Astronomical Society, Eton Gorg Theatre Company and University of Wollongong's ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

Lead organisation: Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

Shoalhaven Science Hub

Bundanon Trust, University of Wollogong, South East Local Land Services, Landcare Australia, Greening Australia, Bomaderry High School, Nowra High School and St Michael's Primary School

Lead organisation: Bundanon Trust

Hunter Innovation and Science Hub

Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, Science and Engineering Challege, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Museum, University of Newcastle, Engineers Australia (Northern Division, Hunter Branch), Hunter Wetland Centre, Australian Science Innovations, Engineers Without Borders, Scientists in Schools, Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Wetlands Environmental Education centre, OzGREEN, Hunter Local Land Services, Regional Development Australia – Hunter, Geological Survey of New South Wales, Australian Industry Group, Cessnock City Council and Muswellbrook Rotary Club.

Lead organisation:Science and Engineering Challege

Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub

Tabbil Forest Design, Dungog Community College, Williams River Catchment Landcare Group, Dungog Shire Community Centre

Lead organisation: Dungog Community College

Mid North Coast Science Hub

Charles Sturt University, Mid Coast Connect, Macleay Valley Education and Skills Forum, Melville High School, Aldavilla Primary School, Kempsey High School, Kemsey Shire Council, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Mid North Coast Local Health District, Hastings and Macleay Valley Aboriginal Education Consultative Groups

Lead organisation: Charles Sturt University

Northern Rivers Science Hub

Rous Water, Lismore City Council, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, North Coast TAFE, Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens,EnviTE, Far North Coast Weeds, Richmond Landcare, Friends of Koala, Arts Fabrika, Back Alley Gallery Artists, Lismore City Council, Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens and North East Waste.

Lead organisation: Lismore City Council
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Western Sydney Science Hub

Penrith South Public School, CWA Penrith, National Parks and Wildlife Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney, Penrith Regional Gallery, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith City Council and Celestino.

Lead organisations: Penrith South Public School and Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
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Macarthur Science Hub

The Australian Botanic Garden, Royal Botanic garden Sydney, Centennial Parklands, University of Sydney

Lead organisation: The Australian Botanic Garden

Hawkesbury Innovation and Science Hub

One Giant Leap, Hawkesbury City Council, Hawkesbury Model Air Sports, Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Lead organisation: One Giant Leap

Southern Sydney Science Hub

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sutherland Shire Council, local artists Pat Pillai and Rita Pearce, ANSTO, Gymea Tradies

Lead organisation: ANSTO

Eastern Sydney Science Hub

The Australian Botanic Garden and Centennial Parklands, Randwick Council, Sydney Observatory, University of New South Wales

Lead organisation: The Australian Botanic Garden and Centennial Parklands

Northern Sydney Science Hub

CSIRO, Willoughby City Council Library, Macquarie University, Laboratories Credit Union , National Measurement Institute, Australian Astronmical Observatory, Northern Beaches Council, Ku Ring Gai Council, scientists Yianni Mentis, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Ryde Council, Ryde Chamber of Commerce and Mosaic Multicultural Centre.

Lead organisation: CSIRO

Inner Sydney Science Hub

Particiants in Sydney Science Festival representing Sydney's broader STEM community

Lead Organisation:Inspiring Australia (NSW)