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Science in the community

Find out about some of the inspiring, community-based science initiatives underway in NSW
Dubbo sustainable city expo

23 July 2014
Dubbo sustainable city expo

Dubbo City Council is showcasing ideas to make it easier for people to live sustainably.


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Sarah Klistorner

22 July 2014
Communicating environmental science

Sarah Klistorner has recently joined the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as a Science Communicator. Inspiring Australia (NSW) caught up with Sarah to find out what she does and what she has planned for this role.


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26-28 August 2014
Science extravaganza in the Hunter

The Science and Engineering Challenge (the Challenge) is a national outreach program that aims to challenge students’ perspectives of science and engineering. Based at the University of Newcastle, the Challenge is now the lead organisation of the Hunter Science Hub, and will partner with more than 17 different organisations during National Science Week to deliver a science extravaganza in the Newcastle CBD.


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24 August 2014
Arts vs. science in the Northern Rivers

Many people would think that the disciplines of science and art occupy very different parts of our lives. A new initiative on the Northern Rivers, funded by the NSW Regional Science Grants program, seeks to challenge that idea and showcase the connections between these seemingly separate subjects.


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16 July 2014
Life inside an ant nest

If you've ever watched ants at work or imagined what it might be like inside an ants’ nest, now is your chance to find out more! The North West Regional Science Hub is presenting a ‘science meets art’ event over 9 weeks in Armidale.


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16 July 2014
Astronomy mentoring in Broken Hill

Communities in Far West NSW will have the opportunity to learn about astronomy from Western and Aboriginal perspectives in outback NSW during National Science Week as part of a new program established to mentor Indigenous astronomy guides in Broken Hill and surrounds.


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27 June 2014
Astronaut Chris Hadfield in Sydney for Science Week!

The former commander of the International Space Station became the coolest astronaut in the world when he recorded David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in zero gravity. Now the Canadian astronaut is making his way to Australia for the first time, visiting Melbourne Writers Festival, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum and the Canberra Theatre.


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26 June 2014
The Australian PlantBank

All of us depend on plants, without them life as we know it would cease to exist. So it's essential to the future survival of all species that we make informed decisions about the way we manage the environment and conserve the biodiversity of plant life.


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24 June 2014
2014 Scientia Lecture

Scottish geologist and TV documentary presenter Professor Iain Stewart will be the inaugural recipient of the UNSW Medal for Science Communication, established in 2014 by the Dean of UNSW Science to recognise excellence in the public communication of science.


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23 June 2014
Neural Knitworks stitch up the country

With its first Patron on board and deliveries of hand made textile neurons starting to arrive at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, the National Science Week Neural Knitworks project is now well underway.


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23 June 2014
Just add science

Australia is home to some of the world's finest examples of fossils and minerals, and a new initiative in the Central Tablelands is gearing up to present this prehistoric world to an excited audience of budding scientists and fossil enthusiasts.


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13 June 2014
Science and Indigenous culture

Imagine rural towns where the whole community comes together to celebrate local Indigenous culture, respecting the locally important sites, cultural expressions and methods of resource management and exploitation, all within an inclusive, two way learning environment.


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12 June 2014
Engaging with science

How do Australians engage with science? A new survey charts our awareness, interest and engagement with science and technology and identifies whether science is regarded as a good career option.


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11 June 2014
Little things that run the world

Imagine entering an ant’s nest; controlling workers, protecting queens and foraging for food. The New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale invites you into the world of ants during its six week exhibition: Little things that run the world.


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26 May 2014
NSW science 2014 week highlights

National Science Week (16-24 August) is fast approaching and there are hundreds of opportunities for you to get involved. Find out what the big Sydney presenters are doing, what's in store for the regions and where you might be able to join the celebration by volunteering or showcasing your own science at an expo or live presentation event.


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22 May 2014
Crafting compelling science stories

UK-based science communication expert Malcolm Love was recently in Australia to train FameLab state contestants before they battled it out in Perth at the national finals. Malcolm then came to Sydney at the invitation of Inspiring Australia (NSW) to train a group of Early Career Researchers and share scicomm tips with a wider group of science stakeholders.


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21 May 2014
Australian business incubator recognised as best in world

Leading Sydney-based technology business incubator ATP Innovations has been awarded top honours at the National Business Incubation Association awards in New Orleans, Louisiana, winning the prestigious 2014 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award at the International Conference on Business Incubation.


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21 May 2014
Chemistry in everyday life

When you look closely, you can find chemistry everywhere. This is especially true in Australia where five exhibitions about chemistry criss-cross the country with the aim to make the public more aware of the role of chemistry in everyday life addressing the role of chemistry in food and drink, using natural resources, making new materials, improving health, and nuclear chemistry.


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1 May 2014
New science engagement experiences for people across regional NSW

Funding of $70,000 has been allocated to a wide array of science engagement programs in NSW. From knitting neurons and star gazing to science carnivals and natural wilderness adventures, initiatives funded under the NSW Regional Science Grants Program will spark new interest in science amongst people of all ages.


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16 April 2014
Pint of science

From 19-21 May, Australia's first Pint of Science festival will host science events at three Sydney pubs, joining global colleagues in the UK, USA, France and Switzerland to present science in the pub.


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14 April 2014
First Year in Maths

Mathematics is a beautiful and elegant expression of abstract thinking and logical reasoning with many practical and important applications. It is sometimes called ‘the language of science’ as it provides the means of modelling, quantifying and understanding natural phenomena.


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14 April 2014
The protein leverage hypothesis

The Charles Perkins Centre is a newly established research hub in Sydney that seeks to better understand obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. CPC presents regular lunchtime talks in its stunning new premises at University of Sydney where you can find out about the cutting edge research underway.


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14 April 2014
National Science Week 2014

National Science Week is gearing up for its 17th year, with hundreds of new events on the agenda this August. A number of NSW projects have been awarded funding from a Federal grants pool worth $500,000 allocated to 39 projects nationally.


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9 April 2014
Neural Knitworks: craft a healthy brain

Textile artist Pat Pillai's idea to knit and weave hand made brain cells was dubbed the winning pitch at last year's Ultimo Science Festival Art & Science Soiree in Sydney.


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10 April 2014
Visualising the future of biomedicine

Many aspects of science and medicine are not only impossible to observe, but also difficult to imagine when described with words alone. Visualisation is a powerful tool for presenting ideas about science and medicine.


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3 April 2014
Bees lead the way for Sydney scientist

The recent NSW FameLab finals event saw 10 early-career researchers take the stage at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, to explain their work – in three minutes or less – to a general public audience.


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12 March 2014
Marine science reveals underwater secrets

Sydney Harbour is an Australian icon that is admired, cherished and part of our everyday life. But rarely do we look below the surface where kelp forests, sweeping seagrass meadows, rocky reefs and sponge gardens provide food and shelter for an astonishing array of creatures. Now you can discover some of the Harbour's underwater secrets with an expert marine scientist from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.


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11 March 2014
Sciencengage

Sciencengage is a national database of science engagement activities. It's a platform for you to tell the world about who you are engaging, where, why and how in science and technology. At the same time, you’ll be contributing to a comprehensive national database of science engagement activities.


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10 March 2014
Grants to build stronger science networks

Are you willing to join or start a Regional Science Hub in your community? Inspiring Australia NSW is extending its network of organisations committed to creating opportunities for more people to discover the wonders of science through the 2014 Regional Science Grants program.


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10 March 2014
Panboola Bioblitz

The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (ALCW) will hold its second community Bioblitz at the Panboola Wetlands on the Far South Coast of NSW on the weekend of 11-12 April.


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10 March 2014
Kickstart on the road comes to Armidale

High school students in regional NSW will have the chance to kick start their science studies when the outreach team from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science visit Armidale in May.


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4 March 2014
Hot stuff at the Powerhouse

The revolutionary HotHouse event series is about innovative solutions for positive change, comprising big ideas, music, projection art, quickie interviews, full speed presentations from inspirational change makers and an engaging workshop from the founder of U.LAB.


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4 March 2014
Science of Doctor Who on stage

Have you ever wondered if all that timey-wimey stuff was actually possible? That’s the question posed by the new show The Science of Doctor Who, presented by RiAus in association with BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand.


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13 February 2014
Adam Spencer: promoting the importance of maths

The University of Sydney's appointment of well-known media personality and pure maths graduate Adam Spencer as its Mathematics and Science Ambassador addresses widespread concern amongst teachers and academics about high school students studying less mathematics, despite aspiring to careers in science and technology.


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12 February 2014
NSW Regional Science Grants now open

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has announced funding of $70,000 for the NSW Regional Science Grants program, increasing support to regional communities wishing to celebrate science through public programs and events.


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11 February 2014
Science communicators' national conference

Australian Science Communicators (ASC) is a network of people working in science and technology communication across Australia and overseas. This year’s annual conference in Brisbane marked 20 years since the organisation was created in 1994, providing a forum for practitioners to come together, share ideas and learn from past experience.


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11 February 2014
Chief Scientist calls for smart science

Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, has launched an essay series entitled 'Australia 2025: Smart Science', in which 12 senior figures will describe how their discipline can contribute to the Australia of the future.


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10 February 2014
Print your own robot and other awesome adventures in 3D printing

From scientists to school students, 3D printing captures the imagination of all who hear about it, and everyone wants to learn more. A new science outreach program developed in Wollongong now provides hands on adventures using 3D printing technology.


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31 January 2014
dLab wins Creative Communities grant

Based on its delivery of a suite of successful science outreach initiatives funded by Inspiring Australia, digital media organisation dLux media arts has won $600,000 funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.


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30 January 2014
Art science & technology residencies

Culture at Work Art is calling for applications to its 2014 Science Research Residencies. Artists are also invited to propose exhibitions for the program of Art Science Technology Exhibitions at the Accelerator gallery.


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30 January 2014
Circus, clowning and science

In May 2014, Sydney’s Seymour Centre will be present Squaring The Wheel as part of its Arts Education Program. This award winning clowning show from the Adelaide Fringe Festival combines science with theatre using an amazing contraption that is built before your eyes.


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6 December 2013

Photonics: the new enabling technology

On Friday 22 November, the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) hosted a showcase to present the latest developments in photonics. The event, entitled Photonics and Optics: Pivotal technologies for the 21st Century Australia, provided an opportunity for more than 300 industry representatives, teachers and members of the general public to learn about some of the innovative photonics research being performed at CUDOS.


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6 December 2013

Hackathon showcases Australia’s environmental data

On Friday 29 November, NICTA staged its first ever ‘envirohack’, bringing together over 100 programmers, researchers and computer scientists in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra who used some of Australia’s largest and most important environmental datasets to create fabulous environmental apps.


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4 December 2013

Little Scientists

Little Scientists is a not-for-profit initiative designed to facilitate children's curiosity for science, mathematics and technology through age-appropriate, fun and playful experiments in their early years. Its overarching goal is to improve access to high quality education for all children from an early age and to ensure the competitiveness of the country’s workforce in the future, especially in scientific, engineering and technical occupations.


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4 December 2013

Fact or fiction?

You may like your sci-fi films and you may love science, but are you confused about what is science fact and what is science fiction? According to a survey conducted by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, it seems that a lot of us have been watching too much Dr Who and not enough Dr Karl.


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27 November 2013

Insight Radical: where art meets science

An art exhibition inspired by the work of scientists working at Melbourne’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology is now on show in Sydney at MCLEMOI Gallery in Chippendale.


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25 November 2013

Science for a better life

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Bayer Group is touring a large-scale multimedia exhibition to more than 30 countries, including Australia. Science For A Better Life showcases scientific innovations and highlights the importance of science education.


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22 November 2013

The science of digital storytelling

For the past 18 months, young people in Wagga Wagga and Wilcannia have been getting hands on with science, art and technology by participating in a project run by dLux media arts.


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13 November 2013

Awarding young creativity will transform medicine

The Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize is awarded for creative biomedical research excellence with the aim of keeping the best young bioscience brains here in Australia. Founders Mathew Vadas and Neil Lawrence established this award to nurture creativity.


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7 November 2013


Science inspires, so don't let your art rule your head

In his forward to The Best Australian Science Writing 2013, musician and performer Tim Minchin argues that great science writing is the art of communicating that ''awe of understanding'', so that we readers can revel in the beauty of a deeper knowledge of our world.


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7 November 2013


Facing the divine

Vere (Faith) is a new play by John Doyle about a physicist at the peak of his career who is presented with a shattering prognosis. The tensions between believers and non-believers are explored when Vere turns not towards God, but to his own sense of wonder at the universe.


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5 November 2013


Inspiring Australia’s Expert Working Groups

The Inspiring Australia framework was developed to create a broad strategy for working together on improving science engagement in Australia. It operates on many levels to ensure that all those working in science, technology, engineering and maths can ensure widespread appreciation of the value and importance of our work to Australia’s future. A number of Expert Working Groups have also made recommendations.


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5 November 2013


Australia’s biggest science festival comes to Bathurst

The Australian Museum is set to tour its annual science festival to Bathurst on the 12-13 November, offering a unique and engaging line up of hands on science activities for school audiences and the general public. Thanks to support from generous sponsors, all activities to be presented as part of the regional tour will be free!


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5 November 2013


Watt the?

The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival uses electric vehicles as a platform for engaging audiences in a range of fun and informative science, technology, engineering and mathematics based activities.  The event is designed to display the value of science literacy, research, and innovation in building an informed community and vibrant future that responds to global challenges.


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5 November 2013


Winners NSW Science & Engineering Awards

NSW Governor, Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO handed out trophies to prize winners across eight categories during the 2013 NSW Science & Engineering Awards ceremony at NSW Government House, Sydney, on Friday 1 November.


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9 October 2013


Try your hand at videoconferencing

ClickFest is a video conferencing festival that highlights the diversity and scope of video conferences available to schools across Australia. Offering free or reduced cost sessions to schools, ClickFest is a great opportunity for teachers to give videoconferencing a go. Karen Player from Australian Museum gives the low down.


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8 October 2013

Innovating the marketplace with stem cells

Commercialisation and clinical use of stem cells is one of the most anticipated fields of medicine, considered globally to have great economic and social potential. However, the excitement around stem cell applications has been severely stunted by ethical, immune and safety concerns, leading to a population wondering ‘what happened to the stem cell promise?’

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1 October 2013

Artists and scientists working together
How can artists collaborate effectively with scientists? Vicki Sowry from the Australian Network for Art adn Technology has years of experience and recently shared some wisdom at the Ultimo Science Festival. While Vicky's tips have the artist in mind, they are also of value for the scientific collaborator.

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26 August 2013

Chief Scientist calls for a national STEM strategy
Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb has released a position paper calling for a national strategy to guide Australia's advancement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

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26 August 2013

Looking back at I F****** Love Science Live!
When Science Alert joined forces with the I F****** Love Science (IFLS) Facebook page to  announce the IFLS Live! party in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum, fans were falling over themselves to get tickets.

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23 August 2013

Fine weather and lots of fun on the Sapphire Coast
Over two weekends during National Science Week, the Far South Coast was abuzz with community science activity, much of it generated by the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, a long-term project uniting the community with scientists to explore, learn and record the natural world.

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8 August 2013

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer launches National Science Week 2013
With 300 events on offer in NSW to celebrate National Science Week, NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Mary O'Kane today urged everyone to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of science.

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8 August 2013

Nominations now open for 2013 NSW Science & Engineering Awards
The NSW Science and Engineering Awards recognise and reward the state's best and brightest innovators and researchers.

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8 August 2013

Ignite your imagination
Among 300 NSW events is the Australian Museum Science Festival that will welcome more than 5000 students through its doors over the next two weeks.

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6 August 2013

Stunning projections set to illuminate Wagga Wagga Council Chambers
Young people in Wagga Wagga have been learning about the art and science of light and image making. Now their creations will come to life using large-scale projections that will transform the walls of Wagga Wagga Council Chambers.

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6 August 2013

Experience Indigenous science at Redfern Community Centre
Come and experience the science of Aboriginal culture by attending a seminar series on Saturday 10 August and a free Family Science Fun Day on Sunday 11 August.

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20 July 2013

Charcoal Night: drawing the night skies
The night sky was the star attraction when students and staff from Albury Wodonga Community College journeyed overnight to the Great Aussie Holiday Park, Wymah, to participate in three informative presentations about the night sky, part of a collaborative project titled 'Charcoal Night.'

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17 July 2013

Talking with trees - exploring SMART trees from the inside out!
Students and artists will come together with scientists and musicians in Armidale to explore the potential of SMART trees.

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17 July 2013

Lismore Sustainability Festival
Science teachers at Lismore High School have been connecting with teachers from other schools in the region to ensure that as many students as possible attend its popular Sustainability Festival that will be held during National Science Week.

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21 June 2013

Our place: building an atlas of biodiversity in the far South Coast of NSW
Passion is the driver for this community project that explores and maps the natural environment of NSW far south coast.

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20 June 2013

Far out: bringing science to the people of Northern NSW

There are many opportunities for people living in Northern NSW to participate in a broad range of accessible science engagement activities thanks to scientists and students from the University of New England in Armidale.

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13 June 2013

NSW Regional Science Grants Announced
The 2013 NSW Regional Science Grants program creates a network of enduring local partnerships throughout NSW. Funding of $40,000 has been allocated to nine community partnerships that have each agreed to act as Regional Science Hubs.

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12 June 2013

NSW Regional Science Grants Announced
NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has announced that funding of $40,000 will be distributed to a new network of Regional Science Hubs.

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Border Stargaze: showcasing the Milky Way in Albury Wodonga

The Border Stargaze is a great example of how a small initiative developed by enthusiastic locals has blossomed into an annual festival that now attracts hundreds of people, including astronomers from all over Australia.

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30 May 2013

The Dream of the Thylacine

A family theatre show that presents an ode to hope when reality may be elusive.

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