National Science Week 2016

National Science Week week is Australia's annual celebration of science. 

Now entering its eighteenth year, National Science Week has well and truly cemented itself as one of Australia’s largest science festivals, with last year’s programme offering over 650 events throughout Australia, reaching an audience of well over a million.

In 2016, National Science Week events will be held between 13 - 21 August. During the week, events will be taking place right across Australia - from Dubbo, Davenport, Darwin and everywhere in between! Events will offer an array of activities with everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities.

Each year, National Science Week aims to reach as many Australians as possible with positive messages about the impact that science has on our lives, economy, society and our world.

What's happening in my area?

There are hundreds of events taking place across the country during National Science Week 2016. Below are just a few examples. For details about the events taking place right across Australia, visit

In New South Wales, dozens of talks and events will be taking place, including events at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Sydney and Powerhouse Museum, with other events happening across the state - from the Hunter Region to Barham.

Five previous contestants of our science communications competition, FameLab, will be inspiring people to see the world from a new perspective at Chatswood Library during National Science Week 2016. Head along on Tuesday 16 August to see them! Find out more about FameLab in the section below.

In ACT, you can discover connections between art and science in the National Gallery of Australia’s collection by joining a guide-facilitated tour at 11am every day during National Science Week.

In Victoria, you can see English physicist Professor Brian Cox present his new show, 'A Journey into Deep Space', at The Plenary - MCEC, South Wharf. You can also join the Australian Science Communicators Victorian branch and other science-enthusiasts for the pre-National Science Week open mic and networking night to hear about local events.

In Western Australia, the Perth Cultural Centre is set to come alive at the annual Perth Science Festival to mark the launch of National Science Week. Or you can head to a science fair at Bush Heritage’s Hamelin Station Reserve to meet the ecologists and scientists working in Shark Bay, participate in a guided wildlife tour, or learn how to weave a traditional Malgana basket!

The SCINEMA International Science Film Festival will be showcasing from of the best and most diversity of science films from across the globe during National Science Week. Find a venue near you.

These are just a few of the events that are taking place across the country. Make sure you head to the National Science Week website to find out more!


Read about new perspectives on science in the British Council blog

For fresh perspectives on science, education and culture around the world, check out the British Council blog, VOICES.

Recent blog posts on the topic of science include:

Find out more about our science communication competition, FameLab

FameLab is an annual competition sponsored by the British Council and held as part of the Cheltenham Festivals. Since its birth in 2005, it has grown into the world’s leading science communication competition and has seen more than 7,500 young scientists and engineers participate in more than 32 different countries.

The prestigious competition aims to discover charismatic, up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective in just three minutes. It aims to find the best science communicators to represent their country at the FameLab International final in the UK, and open doors to global opportunities in science communication!

This year, Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from The University of Adelaide won the Australian competition with her brilliant horror-film tale of parasitoid wasps that are saving our potato crops. Erinn is researching parasitoid wasps (Microgastrinae) whose larvae consume their host caterpillars, making them useful as biological control agents. They can reduce caterpillar pests in crops such as potatoes without affecting the ecosystem, resulting in fewer insecticides and more environmentally sustainable crop production.

“It was a huge privilege to be able to represent Australia at the international FameLab competition this year. We have world class scientists and science communicators in this country and being able to share the wonder of science with people is an amazing experience,” said Erinn. 

You can watch footage from the 2016 National Final at the Western Australian Museum here or find out more about FameLab here.