National Science Week Wrap: The Biggest National Science Week Ever


Jayne Fenton Keane

September 2, 2013

A big thank you to everyone in Queensland who contributed to National Science Week (NSW). Here’s what we know so far about how the festival went nationally.

  • More than 1850 events held across the country in National Science Week that were attended by almost 1.6 million people, making this the biggest and busiest National Science Week ever.
  • There were 820 Brain Break workplace morning teas celebrating science, school science fairs, huge public science festivals and national speaking tours as well.
  • Apple Australia featured National Science Week in the iTunes U, state governors opened events, Professor Fiona Wood did 21 interviews that were played on 150 stations and Alicia Hurkmans spent an hour on-air with Dr Karl talking about the Week on Triple J.
  • This year’s citizen science project Explore the Seafloor has been a phenomenal success, with over 230,000 images being processed and submitted to marine scientists in August.  It’s not too late to join in: while all 150,000 sea urchin images have been completed, there are still another 70,000 kelp ones left to do before the project closes on Monday. The scientists behind Explore the Seafloor are thrilled with how well it’s going and how generously the community have volunteered their time to assist with this important research.

  •  Science Poetry Competition received  137 entries Australian Poetry  Judging will take place in September.  The winner will receive $1000 and an invitation to attend the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on 30 October. The winning poem will also be reproduced on the cover of the menu at the dinner.

I look forward to reading the poem at the dinner. Good luck to those that entered and don’t forget to help the kelp!

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