From 10-18 August, the University of Sydney is showcasing the wonders of science on campus and beyond to mark National Science Week, Australia’s annual celebration of science.

Some of the highlights are listed below. You can also discover what’s happening at a national level by visiting the campaign website.


Incredible Inner Space: an exhibition of fascinating microscopic images at Customs House

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18 July - 30 August

Incredible Inner Space is an exhibition that presents images, sculptures and movies collected from the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility labs around Australia.

These incredible images reveal the unseen beauty in the microscopic world around us. Even more than that, each image is part of a quest for knowledge and has a unique story to tell.

Curator Dr Jenny Whiting from the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility headquarters at the University of Sydney says that this exhibition highlights the very latest research and everyday wonders.

"Microscopy enables innovation and discovery in areas as diverse as medicine, engineering and archaeology. Come and discover sustainable future materials, inspirational structures, and advances in global healthcare and agriculture in ways you've never seen before," she said.

Dates: 18 July - 30 August
Times: Weekdays 8am - midnight | Saturdays 10am - midnight | Sundays 11am - 5pm
Venue: Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney
Cost: FREE

View the gallery.

Enjoy a free lunch and win prizes at the Science Society Brain Break trivia

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Thursday 8 August

Science students are invited to participate in Brain Break Science Trivia hosted by the University of Sydney’s Science Student Society. Come along for free lunch and win prizes while you meet and beat other students.

Date: Thursday 8 August 2013
Time: Choose from either 12-1pm or 1-2pm
Venue: New Law Foyer, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue
Cost: FREE

Register now via the SLAM lunches registration form.

Hands on science at the Australian Museum Science Festival

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Saturday 10 August

The Faculty of Science will be participating in the Australian Museum Science Festival, a hands on event open to all ages that kicks off with Science on Saturday, a free, public science exhibition that takes place on Saturday 10 August.

The Science Festival continues over two weeks, with a three-day high school program (13-15 August) and a three-day primary school program (20-22 August).

The School of Biological Sciences will host a booth at Science on Saturday and during the high school program, offering an exploration of the biological sciences from cells to whole animals. Participants will interact with live organisms, preserved specimens and plants in pieces.

The School of Psychology will also host a booth at Science on Saturday and return for the primary school exhibition dates. Participants will see and interact with demonstrations of perceptual illusion, lie detection and eyewitness memory.

Find out more.

I F****** Love Science

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Monday 12 August

Missed out on tickets for the I F****** Love Science party at the Powerhouse? Don’t worry, you can join the fun via live streaming to catch Australia’s favourite 'science guy', Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, together with some of the world's most popular science presenters.

This event, hosted by the IFLS founder, Elise Andrew who lives in Canada, sold out in 45 minutes! It features Elise with a stellar line up of science YouTubers including Derek Muller (Veritasium) and Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy), Carin Bondar (Wild Sex), Henry Reich (Minute Physics), Mitchell Moffitt & Gregory Brown (ASAP Science), Destin Sandlin (Smarter Every Day).

Check the IFLS website for details.

Governor Brisbane’s Parramatta Observatory: archaeology, artefacts, and his 'Catalogue of Stars'

Wednesday 14 August

Join us to celebrate National Science Week with an illustrated presentation by Anne Bickford, historical archaeologist, to hear about the universally famous Parramatta Observatory.

Anne Bickford is an alumna of the University of Sydney and a professional archeologist who has spoken and published widely on historical archaeology, heritage conservation and museum studies. She was Curator of Applied Arts at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (now The Powerhouse Musuem). Anne also project managed and directed the research and excavation of the First Government House Site in Sydney, the largest archaeological excavation in Australia.

Price: Free but seats are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

More information.

Sydney Science Forum public lecture: Surviving the Game - the Psychology of Gambling

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Wednesday 14 August

Sydney Science Forum presents a special National Science Week lecture: Surviving the Game: the Psychology of Gambling - Skill, Luck & Myth.

Many Australians gamble in some form at least once a year, whether it’s an occasional flutter at the races, buying a lottery ticket, playing the pokies or a night out at the casino. How many of us know our chances of winning, chase our losses or end up losing more than we can afford?

Presented by Professor Alex Blaszczynski from the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. Professor Blaszczynski is also Director of the University of Sydney’s Gambling Research Unit and Director of the Gambling Treatment Centre.

Date: Wednesday 14 Aug 2013
Time: 5.45PM - 6.45PM
Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Cost: FREE

Learn more.

Inner space: visualising the earth, mind and body

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Thursday 15 August

Sydney Ideas and Inspiring Australia present Inner space: visualising the earth, mind and body, a discussion around how techniques for visualisation continue to revolutionise science and medicine when used in anatomy and pathology and applied to data and complex systems. Join Professor Ian Hickie and Professor John Crawford from the University of Sydney and Dr Kate Patterson from the Garvan Institute at this National Science Week event.

Date: Thursday 15 Aug 2013
Time: 6-7.30 PM
Venue: New Law Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue
Cost: FREE

Learn more.

Win an underwater camera as you participate in citizen science

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Millions of seafloor images taken by an ocean-going Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) called Sirius are the focus of this year’s national citizen science project for National Science Week.

The AUV belongs to the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and is being used around the country as part of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

Explore the Seafloor will make use of crowd-sourcing for marine research as citizen scientists are invited to take part in this huge project. Register online to be allocated a series of photographs from under the ocean and help map the location of kelp and sea urchin populations. You’ll be tracking how these organisms respond to changes in the oceans.

Associate Professor Stefan Williams said that the AUV surveys marine habitats by taking high-resolution, stereo images of the seafloor at sites all around Australia.

"These images are collected on an annual basis and help scientists to monitor and understand changes in habitats," he said.

Participating citizen scientists will also have the chance to win an underwater camera!

Learn more.

The Great Australian Science Byte

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Why did Fosbury flop?
Why are zombies like the 'flu?
What does cancer have to do with immortality?

Find out with the Great Australian Science Byte, a five-week, online competition that teaches participants how to explore real, modern, data-rich science. Explore scientific ideas and learn some real data skills by working through challenging questions on this web-based system. The Science Byte is open to anyone wanting to investigate current scientific ideas.

Registrations open 11 August.

Pick up your free copy of the Sydney Morning Herald

On Friday 9 August, catch the National Science Week editorial feature in the Sydney Morning Herald! Free copies will be available at various points on campus.