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Australian Science Festival shuts down

By johnboy - 13 April 2011 12

The website for the Australian Science Festival reports the sad news that the festival will from the end of April be singing in the choir eternal:

It is with deep regret that we would like to inform you that the Australian Science Festival will not take place this year due to circumstances beyond our control.

We would like to sincerely thank all our partners and participants for the wonderful support they have given the festival and the ASF Limited over the past 19 years.

We have delivered an amazing number of inspiring events and become a beacon for science communication in the ACT and in Australia.

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Australian Science Festival shuts down
creative_canberran 11:44 am 14 Apr 11

Deref said :

🙁 Imagine what it could be if all the money wasted on the sports industry was spent on the Science Festival!

The irony of course is now more than ever, its science that is building Athletes than the raw hard work and determination once required. Science developing crazy detailed dietary plans for athletes, to the point of testing athletes weekly to analyse nutrient balances. Science develops clothing and accessories to enable high performance and stamina, the the point of being banned.

Onceler 10:29 am 14 Apr 11

What’s science ever done for us, anyway? 😉

Alien Fiend 8:58 pm 13 Apr 11

Deref said :

🙁 Imagine what it could be if all the money wasted on the sports industry was spent on the Science Festival!

Heard the Chief Minister on the radio this evening saying the festival was allocated around $1 million for three years and the organisers didn’t want to go through a government procurement process. I’d like to bid please – in fact I’ll do it for half that.

RedDogInCan 4:49 pm 13 Apr 11

johnboy said :

Nah they had daleks for last year’s science festival!

And the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that…. In fact they have pulled out the same old props for every science festival I can remember.

“due to circumstances beyond our control.” usually means one of two things – they couldn’t get insurance or the major sponsor pulled out. Given the fairly lacklustre festivals of the past couple of years I would speculate that it was the later.

georgesgenitals 4:16 pm 13 Apr 11

alaninoz said :

Deref said :

🙁 Imagine what it could be if all the money wasted on the sports industry was spent on the Science Festival!

+1 I’m all for support of sports that encourage public participation as it may improve the health of the population, but government funding of professional sport just encourages people to become spectators. An understanding of science, in the broad sense, is important as it underpins a lot of economic success. Something that may spark an interest in science should be supported.

+1. Well said.

alaninoz 4:12 pm 13 Apr 11

Deref said :

🙁 Imagine what it could be if all the money wasted on the sports industry was spent on the Science Festival!

+1 I’m all for support of sports that encourage public participation as it may improve the health of the population, but government funding of professional sport just encourages people to become spectators. An understanding of science, in the broad sense, is important as it underpins a lot of economic success. Something that may spark an interest in science should be supported.

KB1971 3:19 pm 13 Apr 11

EvanJames said :

What a shame. That festival grew from nothing to something amazing due mostly to the hard work of the people behind it. In fact, from dim memory, it was one lady?

My wife is into science a bit & we have been to Stromlo observatory a couple of times for the open night. It was great, the people were friendly & quite talkative. Pity it was in August…….

EvanJames 2:59 pm 13 Apr 11

What a shame. That festival grew from nothing to something amazing due mostly to the hard work of the people behind it. In fact, from dim memory, it was one lady?

johnboy 2:40 pm 13 Apr 11

Nah they had daleks for last year’s science festival!

KB1971 2:39 pm 13 Apr 11

RedDogInCan said :

“due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Dr Who finally tracked down the Darleks that had been hiding in Canberra?

Thats the Sci Fi Freaks festival……….

Deref 2:33 pm 13 Apr 11

🙁 Imagine what it could be if all the money wasted on the sports industry was spent on the Science Festival!

RedDogInCan 2:01 pm 13 Apr 11

“due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Dr Who finally tracked down the Darleks that had been hiding in Canberra?

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