National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Each year, events highlight the importance of these fields and the impact they have on the world in which we all live.
Since 1997, National Science Week has been inspiring Australians of all ages and 2022 is no exception.
In total, more than 1,000 events will take place around Australia, hosted by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.
National Science Week is a key part of the Australian Government’s approach to science engagement and inspiring Australians to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In launching National Science Week 2022 at Parliament House, Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic said it was an incredible opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our scientists.
“Australia is home to some of the best and brightest scientists and researchers – and it’s an incredible talent pool that we want to grow,” Minister Husic said.
“National Science Week is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our scientists who are making our world a better place,” Minister Husic said.
“At the launch event for National Science Week today we heard from three outstanding First Nations scientists, and I acknowledge the unique perspective and knowledge that Indigenous STEM experts bring to Australian science.”
National Science Week 2022 runs from Saturday, 13 August to Sunday, 21 August
In 2022, the government is supporting 35 National Science Week projects across Australia with $500,000 of funding. From searching for dinosaur footprints in Victoria, to conducting community hands-on experiments in Western Sydney woodlands, there’s no shortage of activity to excite curiosity.
This year National Science Week is celebrating First Nations science. A number of events showcase the deep scientific, technological and engineering insight in First Nations knowledge systems.
The schools theme for National Science Week 2022 is Glass: More than meets the eye. Teachers and students can join activities celebrating the roles glass plays in our lives – from phone screens to optical fibre to glassware in labs.
Events our department supported include:
Many of the activities are virtual. Here are just some of the inspiring online events you can join:
Find more events happening online or around your local areas on the National Science Week website.