National Science Week 2014 begins in the ACT

Canfan 13 August 2014

National Science Week in the ACT will launch amidst fire and ice at the Shine Dome on the 14th of August, starting a week-long celebration of science.

Now in its 17th year, National Science Week is Australia’s largest festival offering over 1,300 events around the country reaching more than 1.4 million people throughout the week.

In the ACT, residents can choose from a program of more than 50 events, including guided nature walks, entertaining panel discussions, behind the scenes tours and explosive science shows.

The week begins with a new family event, Science in ACTion, which will give visitors the opportunity to get hands on with local science, technology, engineering and mathematics organisations.

Science in ACTion also includes an engaging speakers program including the Australian Federal Police Canine Unit, eminent local scientists, an astronaut and a popular crime fiction author.

Other events during the week include an enjoyable evening discussing sexual strategies in the wild, the latest in dementia research, a sports themed SciNight, and the popular Geoscience Australia Open Day.

The week ends with an evening with international YouTube stars along with astronaut Cmdr Chris Hadfield, who famously sang David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on the International Space Station.

“This year’s program really offers something for everyone and really reflects the incredible diversity of talent we have here in the ACT,” says Dr Merryn McKinnon, Chair of the ACT National Science Week Coordinating Committee.

“It’s completely organised and run by a group of committed, enthusiastic volunteers all around the country so it truly is a community celebration of all things science”.

National Science Week is proudly supported by the Australian Government, as well as partners CSIRO, Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC. In the ACT, National Science Week is proudly supported by the ACT Government.

National Science Week 2014 will run from 16-24 August. Event details can be found at or stay up to date by following us on or @nswk_ACT on Twitter.

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