CSIRO celebrates National Science Week

By August 13th, 2010

To celebrate National Science Week 2010 (14-22 August), CSIRO is staging events across the nation designed to both showcase its accomplishments and inspire members of the public to begin their own journeys of scientific discovery.

According to a recent independent survey of public attitudes to science, around 22 per cent of Australians are very interested in science, and 65 per cent are somewhat interested.

National Science Week aims to ensure more Australians are well informed about the contributions Australian scientists make to the nation and the world.

National Science Week events being hosted or co-hosted by CSIRO include:

• National Science Week at Discovery Canberra (Canberra, 15-22 Aug 10)
CSIRO’s Discovery Centre in Canberra is home to a range of great science events across National Science Week 2010.

• The Sounds of Science (Canberra, 15 Aug 10)
The history of Australia’s scientific achievements – to music!

• Charles Darwin and Voyage of the HMS Beagle (Canberra, 16 Aug 10)
A special talk by the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society in celebration of National Science Week.

• Discovery Science Writers Series: Writing for a young audience (ACT, 18 Aug 10)
Editors of four educational resources discuss making science fun on the page or screen for a young audience.

• Canberra Family Science Spectacular (Canberra, 20-22 Aug 10)
CSIRO Discovery Centre presents three days of free fun activities for your whole family.

• A window on our wildlife (Canberra, 10-12 Aug 10)
The CSIRO Australian National Wildlife Collection hosts tours of the collection and its facilities as part of the Australian Science Festival and National Science Week

• Double Helix events (Tasmania)
Looking for kids’ activities that inspire and educate as well as being entertaining? Try the programs run by CSIRO’s Science Education Centre in Hobart. There’s a huge range of topics to explore.

• Great Big Science Gig 2010 (National: 10-22 Aug 10)
 Join the Great Big Science Gig crew during National Science Week for inspiring,  unconventional science, presented cabaret-style.

• Exhibition of marine biodiversity images (ACT, 21 May – 31 Aug 10)
 A photographic exhibition of Australian marine biodiversity at Questacon in Canberra.