News Archive

Science in the community

2016

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

30 November 2016
Year round science grants announced

Families across New South Wales will again be wowed by the wonders of science in a diverse range of community-led events in 2017. Inspiring Australia NSW has awarded more than $80,000 in funding to a network of Regional Science Hubs to host activities and events throughout the year that engage their local communities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). A total of 102 new events will be held across the year in Sydney, the Hunter, Illawarra, Far South Coast, Riverina, Central West, New England/North West, Northern Rivers and Southern Tablelands.
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30 November 2016
Citizen science funding boost

From classifying galaxies to counting koalas across the country, recording rainfall or even your own sleep habits, citizen science projects give Australians the chance to contribute to scientific research. The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt has announced $4 million worth of Citizen Science Grants over four years to support more opportunities for the public to collaborate with researchers on high-quality, nationally important research projects. Citizen science is a great way for the general public to help scientists conduct real research as participants learn scientific skills including observation, recording and analysis.
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30 November 2016
Woodlands Week

In October and November, the New England and North West Regional Science Hub presented Woodlands Week, a series of community events in Armidale that celebrated the science of the region's woodlands, the most common vegetation community in the New England region. Scientists, artists and the public combined to explore different aspects of woodlands: birds, nocturnal creatures, ants, plants and insects. The school community joined the fun by participating in the Far Out Science Film Festival organized by the University of New England.
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30 November 2016
Feeding the world

From February to May 2017, six Sydney researchers will present free monthly talks that look at sustainable food production as part of the first in our Inspiring Science series of short talks at Ultimo Library. Meet some of Sydney's up and coming early career researchers, including Young Tall Poppy winners, and others who are leaders in their fields. Each session runs from 6-7 pm on the second Wednesday of the month and includes presentations from two researchers followed by questions. These family friendly events presented in partnership with City of Sydney Libraries, are suitable for audiences with little scientific knowledge.
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30 November 2016
Cultivating 21st century minds

Today's world is fundamentally changing in the face of disruptive innovation, dynamic data and digital technology. Australians must think differently about the skills we need to succeed in the future, and how we can work together to create a capable workforce. Working in partnership with business, government and educators, PwC has invested $2.5 million in the 21st Century Minds accelerator program to rapidly scale and accelerate 20 of Australia's most promising science, technology, engineering and maths education initiatives.
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30 November 2016
National Science Week 2017

As the end of the year approaches, we urge you to put these event dates into your diary! National Science Week 2017 will run from 12-20 August. Sydney Science Festival will run from 10-20 August with expressions of interest to participate open from 1 February to 10 March 2017. A second round of Inspiring Australia (NSW) event funding targeting Science Hubs will be announced in late February 2017, and the National Science Week federal grant recipients should be announced around that time as well. Next year's National Science Week schools theme is Future Earth and schools' grants will be announced in April 2017.
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30 November 2016
Centre for STEAM launched

As tomorrow's thinkers, innovators and leaders, young people across Australia will be the focus of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences' (MAAS) new Centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). The Centre for STEAM sees MAAS collaborate with a range of corporate and education partners, including Microsoft and Western Sydney University, to deliver a range of STEAM based initiatives that improve the accessibility, quality and creativity of learning opportunities for teachers, parents and the young people themselves.
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30 November 2016
World Changing Ideas Summit

BBC Future presented its first World Changing Ideas Summit in Sydney on 15 November to a full house, bringing high profile British radio and TV presenters together with international and local scientific experts for a full day gathering in Darling Harbour. Among high profile speakers were BBC broadcaster and author Michael Mosley, former NASA astronaut Ron Garan and UNSW academics Professor Veena Sahajwalla, newly appointed Science Dean Professor Emma Johnson and Black Dog CEO Professor Helen Christenson.
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30 November 2016
New STEM grants for schools

New Inspiring Australia funding has been announced by the Australian Government to help foster STEM innovation in schools, particularly through participation in events and competitions. The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competition package is worth $4 million and aims to support young Australians to develop skills and potential career opportunities in a field of STEM by participating in conferences, competitions and other STEM-related events. Schools can apply for funds of $1,000 to $20,000. Funding will also soon be announced to support Maker Projects in schools.
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19 October 2016
What's your story?

Inspiring Australia works with scientists around the country to create memorable events and activities designed to engage everyday people with science, technology and innovation. Our programs include presentation skills training for researchers and whole range of entertaining and educational experiences from theatrical performances and citizen science, to community festivals and artistic collaborations that bring science and technology to life and tell intriguing stories about the amazing things that scientists do.

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19 October 2016
Exploring the climactic anomaly

In a sequel to a science-art collaboration devised in 2009 entitled, Ten Trenches, geomorphologist Dr Tim Cohen and his artistic director brother Dr Michael Cohen led around 1000 people out into the paddocks of the historic Bundanon Homestead for The Medieval Bundanon. Part of Siteworks, an annual event that brings scientists, artists and community voices together to share ideas, this unique performance invited the audience to sit around a deep trench at dusk and contemplate the Medieval Warm Period (950 -1250 AD).

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19 October 2016
World changing ideas summit

BBC Future is the BBC's platform for the insatiably curious, making you smarter every day via in-depth coverage of science, health and technology. Its inaugural World Changing Ideas Summit supported by Inspiring Australia will take place in Sydney on 15 November. Take the opportunity to explore the latest ideas and trends in technology, science and health through fascinating discussions with a range of Australian and international experts.

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19 October 2016
Inspiring Science at the library

For the past two years, Inspiring Australia has presented regular talks at Ultimo Library, with two early career researchers invited each month to share their knowledge with community members. These events are popular with both the scientists involved and library patrons, who appreciate the opportunity to discover the relevance of science to everyday life. We are now seeking researchers to present as part of our 2017 season, with free presentation skills training to be provided in February 2017.

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19 October 2016
Community attitudes to genetic testing

Are you curious about some or all of your genes? What would you use your genetic information for? Would you trust it? Would you share it? A team of Australian researchers wants to know your views. The Genioz project aims to understand Australians' views and expectations of new tests that provide people access to their own genetic information. Traditionally, genetic testing has involved looking at a person's DNA, one section at a time. Now 'personal genomic tests' can look at many thousands of genes at the same time.

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19 October 2016
Four Winds BioBlitz

The Four Winds BioBlitz will be held in Bermagui in partnership with the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness. The project aims to raise community awareness of the ecological assets from Gulaga to Mumbullan NSW by creating art in response to place, its stories and heritage. This will happen through a series of international, interstate and local artist residencies, artists working in schools, commissions of new music and three Creative Field Study programs.

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19 October 2016
Go Wild in the Garden: it's a real buzz!

The Murray Science Hub is ushering in Spring with a hands on approach to environmental education with Go Wild in the Garden, a fun and informative way for the whole family to learn about pollination and its vital role in the natural world. Participants get to make their very own Pollinator Inn with acclaimed sculptor Joanne Diver sharing information on how community members can help encourage our native pollinators to get wild in their own gardens.

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19 October 2016
Young Tall Poppy NSW winners

The Tall Poppy Awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. From the development of new solar technologies to the targeted delivery of medicines, a number of bright young scientists have been awarded for their work at the cutting edge of research whose long term reach is limitless.

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Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools
Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) is a national program funded by the Australian Government and managed by CSIRO. SMiS is designed to change perceptions of what STEM professionals do and to make their skills and careers relevant for young and curious minds. The program connects school teachers with volunteer STEM professionals who agree to visit the school a couple of times each term to share their love and knowledge about their area of expertise.

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12 September 2016
National Science Week 2016 a huge success

There were more than 440 high quality science engagement events delivered by New South Wales stakeholders across the state during National Science Week 2016, among 1800 events nationally. Large scale, week-long celebrations were held in the Hunter, the Riverina, on the Sapphire Coast and in Sydney, with the second Sydney Science Festival running for ten days and delivering more than 100 events organised by 63 partners.

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12 September 2016
Ghostings at Siteworks

Everything that has happened leaves traces. Buried pasts, half-remembered stories, hidden life and cryptic clues – especially in the earth. Ghostings is the theme for Siteworks, Bundanon’s annual spring event supported by Inspiring Australia, that this year lifts the veil to uncover what lies within, including by digging deep in time to explore the sediments and floods of the Shoalhaven River.

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12 September 2016
Mental illness: there’s an app for that

As technology advances, so does its potential use in health care. Data analytics, smartphones, social media and sensors are now being used to both detect poor mental health and successfully deliver interventions. This raises an important question. Do we really need to be physically face-to-face with people to provide quality mental health care?

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12 September 2016
App brings Australian Megafauna to life

Visitors to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan can now find giant, extinct creatures lurking amongst the plants thanks to a new app created for National Science Week and supported by Inspiring Australia. The Jurassic Garden AR app is free to download and easy to use, with QR code markers found in the Connections Garden to indicate where the creatures are found. The app was developed in the lead up to National Science Week and is now available to all.

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12 September 2016
Exploring embedded systems

Mad Maker is a fun and engaging online challenge launched by the University of Sydney last year and targeting Year 9 high school students. It is the brainchild of electrical and information technologies engineer, Dr Abelardo Pardo, who says that the six-week program is about teaching participants in fun, engaging ways about embedded systems and their use in everyday life.

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12 September 2016
Summer school for science teachers

Back by popular demand, the National Youth Science Forum’s National Science Teachers Summer School will again be delivered in January 2017 in collaboration with the Australian National University. The program offers participating teachers the opportunity to engage in a professional dialogue about teaching and learning and to explore methods of engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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25 July 2016
Spin Coherence and Decoherence

How do you make a great science documentary? Inspiring Australia and OzDox have joined forces to bring award-winning filmmakers Sonya Pemberton (Jabbed), Isabel Perez (Redesign My Brain), Alan Erson (Getting Frank Gehry) and Gisela Kaufmann (Shark Girl) together with scientists Professor Andrea Morello (The Quantum Around You) and Associate Professor Darren Curnoe (How did we get here?) during Sydney Science Festival. Discover how these story tellers craft entertaining and memorable stories from highly technical, scientific information.

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25 July 2016
Drones, Droids and Robots in the Hunter

Hunter residents will get a chance to glimpse into the future as the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub offers events each day in National Science Week. The newly named Hub is a ‘one-stop shop’ where the community can find out about all the wonderful science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) events and activities in the Hunter. The dynamic week starts with the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival on13-14 August and concludes with the annual Hunter Science Festival at the Newcastle Museum on 21 August, with all kinds of activities in between.

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25 July 2016
Indigenous Science Experience

The Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern is a celebration of Indigenous and Western science and Indigenous youth and Elder achievements. Part of the Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week, the four-day event at the Redfern Community Centre will demonstrate the value of traditional and contemporary (customary) Indigenous knowledge in science and technology and the relevance of science to our everyday lives.

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25 July 2016
AFR Innovation Summit in Sydney

There is no doubt that innovation is having a 'moment' in Australian political and business discourse. But if we are to successfully transition Australia's economy for the future, we need more than a moment, and more than a buzzword. With this in mind, the Australian Financial Review is proud to announce its inaugural Innovation Summit, due to take place 17-18 August at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf, as part of Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week, supported by Inspiring Australia.

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25 July 2016
Sapphire Coast Science Festival

Science is on the menu again on the Far South Coast of New South Wales this August to celebrate National Science Week 2016. Running from Saturday 13 August through to Sunday 21 August, the week begins with a community celebration at the new Tura Library. All are invited to share the launch of a new app and recording platform for the Atlas of Life at this event where you will discover how to edit film footage from the Great Barrier Reef.

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25 July 2016
Riverina Science Festival

2016 marks the third year in a row that the Riverina Science Hub will celebrate National Science Week with a jam packed festival in Wagga Wagga! This year's program kicks off on Saturday 13 August with a scientific Water Bug Investigation. Throughout the week there will be a whole range of hands on activities, performances, talks and film screenings appealing to audiences of all ages.

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Theatre and hands on discovery in the Illawarra
The Wollongong Botanic Garden with The Eaton Gorge Theatre Company is set to entertain and inspire the community during National Science Week with its new show, The Ghost of Courtney Puckey - Salt Maker Salt Maker Extraordinaire! Join Courtney Puckey on a theatrical walk through his estate in North Wollongong and feast on a salth-themed dinner. The Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium will also welcome more than 1300 students and there are interesting talks on offer for grown ups as well.

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25 July 2016
Music video promotes women in engineering

When people think engineering, they often picture construction sites and hard hats, and that perception puts a lot of people off. Engineering is more than that. Eight top universities - led by the University of New South Wales - have launched a song and music video by Australia's twin-sister DJ duo NERVO to highlight engineering as an attractive career for young women.

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25 July 2016
Manufacturing success with AMSIIntern

Australia's national, all-discipline, multi-sector postgraduate internship program,

AMSIIntern, is using research and innovation to transform NSW industry. From big business to SMEs, access to specialised research expertise is giving local companies, such as Omni Tanker Pty Ltd the leading edge. Discover how AMSIIntern helped the chemical tanker manufacturers find their perfect partner and engineer their way into the European market.

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27 June 2016
Science at the Local

What does science have to say about zombies? And why do we need to sleep? Springwood and Winmalee Neighbourhood Centres are inviting all Blue Mountains residents to the next Science at the Local event at Springwood Sports Club on Sunday 24 July from 2:30 pm. First, Dr Luke Hesson, a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Australia and a Senior Genetics Scientist at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology will discuss the science of zombies. Then, Dr Kerri Melehan, a sleep scientist who works at the Royal Prince Alfred Sleep Unit and Sydney University will talk about why all animals, including humans, sleep. This event is brought to you by the Blue Mountains Science Hub and planned for Sunday 24 July at the Springwood Sports Club.

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27 June 2016
Zoom into the microworld

The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility has created MyScope™ Outreach, a free e-learning resource for peopled aged 8 years and upwards. This interactive, virtual microscopy experience went live in April 2016 at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC that attracted around 300,000 participants. It the includes hands-on activities and provides an array of samples to explore, from everyday bugs and objects to forensic evidence. Through MyScope, users of all ages will discover the fundamentals of optics and microscope.

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27 June 2016
Inspiring Australia festival grant recipients

This year a number of event presenters have been successful in securing Inspiring Australia grant funding towards their Sydney Science Festival events. The Executive Committee National Science Week funding allocation is designed to extend audience reach and this year will support activities presented by two medical research institutes, talks and panel discussions across Sydney, community events and two film screenings. Find out more about the successful grant recipients and check out the full Sydney Science Festival program at www.sydneyscience.com.au.

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27 June 2016
Male Champions for Change in STEMM

With support from the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick has established a Male Champions of Change in STEMM group to advance women in science technology, engineering, maths and medicine. This disruptive plan was unveiled at the Science in Australia Gender Equity Symposium held in Sydney on Friday 24 June. The initiative will enlist the most powerful executive men as advocates to recognise women as experts and ensure their access to equal pay, progression and participation in the field of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

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27 June 2016
Sydney Science Festival

With over 100 events, the second Sydney Science Festival program is now online! The ten-day celebration to mark National Science Week 2016 runs from 11-21 August. Across Sydney, there will be dozens of talks by world-leading researchers, hands-on workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and more. Walk through a dinosaur garden, get face-to-face with scientists at the forefront of their fields, have a laugh with friends and be inspired to learn more about the amazing world around us. It’s the second time that Sydney’s science community have joined forces to present their annual National Science Week events under a citywide banner and this year there are more than 50 presenting partners involved.

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27 June 2016
Dr Ellen Jorgensen visits Sydney

The founder and Executive Director of GenSpace, a community lab in Brooklyn that is dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology, will be visiting Australia as a National Science Week 2016’s international guests. Dr Ellen Jorgensen is passionate about increasing science literacy in both student and adult populations, particularly in the areas of molecular and synthetic biology. She will be involved in four Sydney Science Festival events including a biohacking forum at ATP Innovations, a senior schools program at the Royal Botanic Gardens, a seminar for science communicators and a public lecture at UTS. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the global biohacking revolution and get innovative new ideas for your outreach and engagement programs.

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24 June 2016
River Journey

River Journey is a "science meets art" exhibition designed to stimulate a national conversation about the importance of rivers and wetlands. Funded by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week 2016, the projects aims to tackle one of Australia’s most pressing and ongoing environmental issues exploring the science of rivers, deploying artists' interpretations as a critical interface between science and the public.

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24 June 2016
Capturing the Cosmos at Astrofest

Hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) the inaugural Sydney Astrofest is a free event for the whole family at the University of Sydney planned for Saturday 30 July 2016. Together with a host of Australian research organisations, science outreach initiatives, astronomy societies and many others, CAASTRO has designed an exciting program of free events including night-sky telescope viewing, a Planetarium and more.

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10 May 2016
Bringing science and technology to life

Communities across NSW will have new opportunities to participate in an exciting range of science, technology and innovation outreach initiatives to be delivered by Inspiring Australia’s network of Regional Science Hubs. More than $80,000 in grants has been awarded to projects that will engage communities in science and technology through festivals, workshops, theatrical performances, citizen science and more.

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10 May 2016
Support for Sydney Science Festival events

Sydney Science Festival runs from to 11-21 August 2016 as part of National Science Week. The NSW Inspiring Australia and National Science Week Executive Committee is offering up to $5,000 to organisations that intend to present large scale public events that have the potential to attract at least 500 people. Application are via expression of interest and close on Monday 23 May 2016.

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10 May 2016
Join Australia’s longest running science festival

The National Science Week website is now accepting event submissions and all are encouraged to join the fun. Last year saw more than 1700 events presented across Australia and organisers are hoping to attract even more participation this year. Anyone is welcome to host an event, whether it be for the general public or held in a workplace or school. All you need to do is log your event on the national calendar. You’ll then get a chance to have your event promoted as part of a national publicity campaign.

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10 May 2016
Australia’s first Regional Innovation Week

In mid April, the Sapphire Coast Science Hub presented a week long Innovation Festival in the Bega Valley, the first of its kind in regional Australia. Organised by IntoIT, a local not for profit dedicated to promoting technology fuelled business growth in the region and supported by Inspiring Australia, the Festival attracted business owners and starts ups from across NSW and the ACT, with delegates coming together to find creative ways to boost local skills and jobs.

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10 May 2016
Successful STEM skills forum in the Hunter

A highly successful Leveraging a STEM Workforce conference was held at Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday 13 April. Among keynote speakers were the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, and local start up star Chris Sharkey, who joined a range of presenters and around 200 national education, industry and government representatives.

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10 May 2016
Field Day at Bundanon

As the lead organisation of the Shoalhaven Regional Science Hub, Bundanon Trust was proud to again host its second Bundanon Field Day on 7 May 2016. This unique event provided community members and visitors from outside the region an opportunity to experience the science, art and natural beauty of the Bundanon landscape with its historical relationships to the Shoalhaven River and the surrounding environment.

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10 May 2016
New England tackles the future of agriculture

The first in a series of four Science in the Club events to be held in Armidale and presented by the North West New England Regional Science Hub takes place this week with a stellar panel. Join Dr Sonja Dominik, a quantitative geneticist with CSIRO, MP Tony Windsor, the Independent for New England, John Finlayson, a beef producer and Nuffield scholar and Assoc. Prof. Andrew Robson, an agricultural spatial researcher at UNE for a robust discussion about agriculture on Wednesday May at 6:30pm

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10 May 2016
Inspiring Science at Ultimo Library

This Wednesday 11 May at 6pm, two chemistry researchers from the University of Sydney are on the bill at the regular Inspiring Science free monthly science talk presented in partnership with City of Sydney Libraries. First Dr Jacek Kolanowski will explain how today’s contrast agents are improving disease diagnosis. Then Dr Elizabeth New invites you to get hands on with some of the fluorescent compounds that shine light on the world around us.

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10 May 2016
Science at the Local

Community members in the Blue Mountains are encouraged to attend the next free Science At The Local event to be held at 2.30 pm on Sunday 15 May 15 2016 at the Springwood Sports Club. Dr Elizabeth New, an award-winning lecturer in the School of Chemistry at Sydney University, will talk about the effects of stress on the body. Then Michael Gillings, Professor of Molecular Evolution at Macquarie University, will discuss the evolution of gut bugs.

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10 May 2016
Pint of Science ready to go

From Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 May, Sydney’s Pint of Science festival is taking over five, inner city Sydney pubs to present a total of fifteen science events. Scientists across a range of disciplines will talk to these themes: Our Body; Atoms to Galaxies; Beautiful Mind; Planet Earth; and Tech Me Out. With tickets just $5, organisers expect to attract a full house for this growing festival that is now presented in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth.

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10 May 2016
International conference win for Sydney

Despite fierce international competition, Sydney continues to be Australia’s leading host city for international medical and technology conferences. The latest bid win is for Sydney to host the 2020 meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. This seven-day event is expected to generate $19 million in direct expenditure for NSW and attract 4600 of the world’s top clinicians, physicists, engineers and biochemists to Sydney to explore life-saving technologies.

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10 May 2016
Forum on Clean Energy Finance and Investment

UNSW Australia and the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney will co-host a conference on Friday 20 May on accelerating global investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. Speakers will include senior government leaders and experts in the areas of finance, policy, economics, law, business and academia, across four panels covering political perspectives arising from the Paris Agreement, early-stage investment in clean technology, energy productivity and renewable energy deployment. RSVP essential by Friday 13 May.

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1 April 2016
Have your say on innovation in NSW

How do you think the NSW Government could improve the innovation ecosystem? As part of its preparations towards an Innovation Policy, the NSW Government has launched a consultation process so that business, industry, research, not-for-profits and NSW citizens can have a say on how we can boost innovation in NSW. This is a chance to have your say. The consultation is open until 15 April 2016.

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1 April 2016
What does it take to build a knowledge nation?

In the next decade, data, technology, science and engineering will continue to transform the global economy. So what must Australia do to capitalise on the changing technological landscape and ensure the country's prosperity into the twenty-first century? Knowledge Nation is an upcoming innovation summit that will explore these issues and more.

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1 April 2016
Creating the future workforce

Regional Development Australia Hunter, a member of the dynamic Hunter Science Hub, is planning a one-day conference entitled Leveraging a STEM Workforce for the Future. The conference, to be held on 13 April at Newcastle City Hall, will examine the benefits of education and industry partnerships. It’s the first regional conference of its kind that will bring together teachers and industry to highlight the benefits of a STEM-skilled workforce.

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1 April 2016
Developing 21st Century Minds

In a world increasingly dependent on science and technology, Australia is facing a tough new challenge: building an innovation nation, starting with our kids. To address this issue, consulting firm PWC has developed the 21st Century Minds (21CM) Accelerator Program to grow and scale Australia’s best STEM education initiatives. Find out more about this unique accelerator program that is helping twenty STEM education initiatives make more impact.

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1 April 2016
Pint of Science returns

Pint of Science is an international science festival that runs in 50 cities across the globe from the 23-25 May 2016. The festival hosts some of the world’s best scientific researchers in local pubs, allowing people from non-scientific backgrounds to get face-to-face with researchers. This year Pint of Science will be held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, Perth and Canberra.

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1 April 2016
Will 2016 be your Eureka year?

Winning a Eureka Prize can be a life and career-changing event. The 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prize finalists and winners continue to excel – receiving widespread media coverage, major grants, institutional awards and further recognition in the months following the Award Dinner. It's time to start thinking about your entry or nomination. Are you Australia's next science star? Nominations must be in by 6 May 2016.

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1 April 2016
Prime Minister’s Prizes reward teachers

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for outstanding science teaching? Encourage them to apply for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, Australia’s pre-eminent awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching. From scientific researchers to creative teachers, these prizes are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of Australian innovators. Nominations close 28 April 2016.

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1 April 2016
Reaching new audiences in the Illawarra

It’s all systems go at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium with a refurbishment completed and a host of new public programs on offer. The lead organisation for the Illawarra Science Hub, the Centre will this year extend its audience reach by presenting events for both the seniors community and those in the 18-35 age group. Find out what’s coming up in the coming months.

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1 April 2016
Hub in the pub!

The Riverina Science Hub based in Wagga Wagga has begun its exciting 2016 science engagement program with a sold out Nerd Nite event. Community members will have more entertaining and educational experiences to choose from throughout the year that are presented in non-traditional venues including pubs, wineries, on-bus seminars, in the natural environment and at a brewery. Get involved in this exciting series of science experiences.

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1 April 2016
Walk the walk and talk the talk

Community members in the Northern Rivers region are invited to participate in a new series of immersive Science Walks/Science Talks. Targeting a number of different audience groups, the Science Walks/Science Talks series presented by the region’s Science Hub builds on the success of Lismore’s popular Northern Rivers Arts Vs Science Festival. Everyone in the region is welcome to attend.

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1 April 2016
Exploring STEAM with VIVID Sydney

VIVID Sydney runs from 27 May to 8 June and is world renowned for its spectacular sights and sounds. There are also dozens of talks targeting the creative industries on the Vivid Ideas program and many exciting science, technology and innovation ideas up for discussion, including Inspiring Australia’s Neural Knitworks presenting a fascinating discussion about the social brain.

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1 April 2016
Inspiring science

The next monthly Inspiring Science free talk at Ultimo Library from 6-7pm on Wednesday 13 April features two inspiring women researchers from University of Sydney. First Dr Camilla Whittington will discuss the bizarre sex lives of male sea horses and then Dr Tanya Latty will explain how the swarm intelligence seen in bees, ants and even slime moulds can inform technology design. Bookings essential.

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1 April 2016
For women in science

The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships provide four outstanding early career researchers with $25,000 for a one year project. Winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for childcare costs, conference & travel costs or indeed whatever they may need to continue their research. National Fellows must be within five years of their PhD for research at an Australian or New Zealand academic or research institution. Applications close 12 April 2016.

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1 April 2016
Are you a Young Tall Poppy?

Nominations for the 2016 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are now open! The awards celebrate the achievements and hard work of early career researchers in all fields of science, including mathematics. Nominees must be no older than 35 years, and have worked for less than 10 years as post-doc. Winners are selected based on their research achievements and passion for communication and community engagement. Do you know someone who could qualify? Applications close Monday 11 April 2016.

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1 April 2016
Breathing new life into marine environments

Human activities are contributing to degradation of habitats that are essential for global biodiversity. Loss of ecologically important plant and animal species, such as kelp, seagrasses and oysters, mean that we are also losing valuable ecosystem services that are the biological foundation of our estuarine and coastal systems. This event at SIMS on 16 April will explore how Sydney researchers tackle some of the complex challenges facing our local marine environments.

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1 April 2016
Inspire students to pursue STEM careers

Share your love of science and maths by volunteering for CSIRO’s Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program. There are more than 100 teachers across NSW who would like to welcome a scientist, mathematician, engineer, or ICT professional into their classrooms. If you can spare an hour or two a couple of times a term to share what you know and love about science, teachers would love the opportunity to collaborate with you.

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1 April 2016
Developing Indigenous scientists

The Science and Engineering Challenge wants to inspire more Indigenous students into STEM careers. While there’s been strong growth in Indigenous admissions to its home institution, the University of Newcastle, in recent years, the share of enrolments in science and engineering is well below that of other degree areas such as education and arts. The Challenge hopes to close this gap through an Indigenous Science Communication Scholarship. Pledge your support to the crowdfunding campaign now!

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1 April 2016
FameLab: NSW Finals

On 7 April thirteen top young scientists will join ABC's Natasha Mitchell live on stage at the Powerhouse Museum, with short, sharp tales of science. Each researcher will explain complex concepts in just three minutes, armed with only their wits, charisma and props. Every presentation will be judged according to the golden rule of FameLab's 3Cs: content, clarity and charisma. The NSW winner will compete in the FameLab national final at the Western Australian Museum, Perth in May. The Australian winner will go on to the FameLab international final at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK in June. Keep up with all of the action by following @auBritish on Twitter and Instagram using #FameLabAus

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

7 March 2016
Inspiring Australia’s future directions

The National Innovation and Science Agenda released in December 2015 is designed to boost innovation, including through increased community engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths. So where does Inspiring Australia sit within this new agenda and how do our activities align with the new national policy directions?

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7 March 2016
2016 NSW Regional Science Grants program

The NSW Regional Science Grants program was established in 2013 to create a network of Science Hubs and support their activities. There are now 22 Science Hubs across New South Wales and these partnerships are having a huge impact on regional communities. If you have an idea for an event that explores science, technology, engineering and maths and are willing to work with others as Science Hub, please consider submitting an application by 4 April.

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7 March 2016
Inspiring Science: Infectious Maths and Mean Plants

Each month Inspiring Australia and City of Sydney Libraries join forces to bring you free talks by Sydney’s leading early career researchers. The next session is at 6pm on Wednesday 9 March at Ultimo Library. Discover how mathematics can help predict patterns in infectious diseases with Dr Deborah Cromer and why the meanest plants are the most capable of protecting themselves against plant-eating animals and tough conditions with PhD candidate Floret Meredith.

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7 March 2016
A Smarter Australia

We hear much about the importance of transitioning to a high-tech knowledge economy. There is some good news: at the end of 2015, New South Wales was the leading state in Australia on all key economic indicators. To look to the future, Engineers Australia is holding an Innovation and Education Forum in Sydney on 10 March to which all are invited.

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7 March 2016
Transforming education with 3D printing

3D printing is proving to be one of the most adaptable and innovative technologies of the 21st century, with diverse applications spanning medicine, engineering, art, design and even the domestic realm. This evolving technology is also being used in the education sector, transforming the STEM curriculum and creating powerful learning tools. Find out how to use this technology to inspire your students.

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7 March 2016
Patternation in Science and Art

Nuclear instrument scientist Dr Helen Maynard-Casely recently left the lab and entered the arts studio as a guest presenter for the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre’s Patternation exhibition. Dr Maynard-Casely is herself a collector of patterns, in a slightly different way to the artists, through her work with crystallography at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

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7 March 2016
Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Are you Australia's Next science Star? Entries for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open. Winning a Eureka Prize can be a life and career-changing event, and the 2015 Eureka Prize finalists and winners have continued to excel – receiving widespread media coverage, major grants, institutional awards and further recognition in the months following the Award Dinner. The Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science communication and school science.

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7 March 2016
Improve Your Media Metrics With Fresh Science

Have you got some interesting research results, a discovery or invention, still early-career and curious about how publicity to get for it? Fresh Science is a national competition that finds researchers with discoveries, helps them find the key, compelling ‘story’ in their research and then puts them in the spotlight, showcasing them to the public and the media.

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7 March 2016
National Science Week Schools Grants

Schools can apply for up to $500 to cover funds for National Science Week activities. This year’s schools theme is Droids, Drones and Robots and as always, a resource book with lesson plans and activities will be available in the next month or two. The closing date for applications is 22 April. There are lots of ideas for what you can do to celebrate National Science Week in your school on the campaign website so do consider joining the celebrations alongside teachers and students from across Australia.

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7 March 2016
National Citizen Science Project

Each year National Science Week presents an online project that’s built and produced by the ABC and widely promoted in TV commercials and online. The ABC is now on the hunt for its 2016 activity. Projects must be based on real science and provide activities that can be done entirely online by non-science-trained people from around 8 years and older. If you have an idea that might fit the bill, please submit your EOI by 15 March to

Kylie Andrews

7 March 2016
Inspiring 21st Century Minds

PWC’s 21st Century Minds (21CM) Accelerator Program is designed to unearth, grow and scale Australia’s best STEM education initiatives focused on building Australia’s pipeline of innovators and problem solvers. Inspiring Australia is a collaborator in this national initiative and looks forward to working with the first twenty projects selected to be part of this exciting program to help them grow and scale their activities.

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27 January 2016
Sydney Science Festival 2016

Expressions of Interest are now open for Sydney Science Festival 2016 that will run from 11-21 August, with eleven huge days of talks by some of the world’s best researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions, family events and panel discussions.

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27 January 2016
Science in the Club in Armidale and beyond

The New England North West Regional Science Hub based in Armidale is planning a new series of Science in the Club events for 2016. Four big ideas in four nights that will bring scientists, politicians, farmers, philosophers and Australian citizens together to debate big ideas.

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27 January 2016
Bega Valley’s big innovative week

NSW’s Bega Valley is set to hit an innovation high point in 2016 that proves once again that you don’t have to live in a big city to be part of Australia’s ideas boom nor to help progress scientific and creative advancement.

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27 January 2016
Getting the balance right with SAGE

Most science disciplines continue to be dominated by men in senior positions, despite the fact that roughly equal numbers of men and women study science and start science careers. Not only is this inequitable and unfair, the loss of women from science also represents a very substantial cost to Australia in training, talent and opportunities for scientific innovation.

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27 January 2016
Mapping out Australia’s STEM education programs

With the momentum around developing educational programs that direct students towards careers in science technology engineering and maths (STEM) growing, it’s timely that a national Index has been developed to map out the reams of Australian programs and resources available.

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27 January 2016
Bringing science events to regional NSW

Inspiring Australia (NSW) will provide NSW Regional Science Hubs $40,000 towards a number of new science engagement programs. Eight grants worth $5,000 each will go to support the delivery of community events that particularly target those in the 18-35 age bracket.

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27 January 2016
Science at the Local

With a grant worth $5,000 from Inspiring Australia (NSW), Science at the Local, the popular bimonthly science event held on Sunday afternoons at Springwood Sports Club in the Blue Mountains, will continue in 2016. In addition to presenting a full program this year, the organising team plan to also launch a series of science podcasts.

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27 January 2016
Government announces National Innovation and Science Agenda

“Welcome to the Ideas Boom,” said Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when launching the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) in December 2015.

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