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Explore and discover the wonders of science

Explore and discover scientific innovation and inspiration as National Science Week kicks off across Tasmania.

Exhibitions, expos, performances, talks, hands-on demonstrations, displays, workshops and festivals are being held across the State showcasing the many wonders of science.

“National Science Week is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing advances the world of science has and continues to make in our society,” Professor Brian Yates, Executive Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering, said.

“Science plays a crucial part in our everyday lives, and the week allows the public to explore and discover how, where and why science, across its many disciplines, makes a difference.

“Our researchers and scientists are again proud to be a part of this celebration as they engage audiences in discoveries and innovations which shape our world.”

Events including BeakerStreet@TMAG, Young Tassie Scientists and Festival of Bright Ideas (Saturday, 18 August) are among the 2018 highlights, along with key events including:


·        Health Box Stories. Take the opportunity to contribute to the Tasmanian medical science and health conversation with Health Box Stories. Enter the recording booth and tell your personal health story. Stories will be used to create a series of educational podcasts, allowing you to make an impact on your community. (13 – 17 August, 9.30am-1.30pm. Ground Floor, LINC Hobart, 91 Murray Street).

·        Mt Pleasant Observatory and Grote Reber Museum Open Day. Learn about the science of radio astronomy and the history of Grote Reber, experience the telescope and control room and view the 26m dish antenna in action. A great day for the family with tours, 3D movies and face painting. (Sunday 19 August, 10am- 4pm. Mt Pleasant Radio Telescope and Grote Reber Museum, Denholms Road, Cambridge).

·        Robocup Junior – Tasmanian Finals. Students from across the State have designed, built and programmed robots to compete against each other at soccer and dance performances and rescue scenarios. (Saturday, 25 August, 10am – 4pm. Stanley Burbury Theatre, University’s Sandy Bay Campus).


·        Observing our Oceans: High-tech solutions for a hostile environment. Join a panel of experts to learn how the ocean is measured, the technologies used, and what those measurements reveal. (Wednesday, 15 August, 6-7.30pm. Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, University of Tasmania Newnham Campus).

·        Interactive Citizen Science Workshops: Deciphering the warnings of our sentinel seabirds. Join Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) scientists for an interactive workshop and learn more about how plastic pollution affects seabirds (Friday 17 August. 9am – 5pm, University of Tasmania Newnham Campus).

·        Big Day of Science. Find out about the science that supports our everyday lives. Meet the experts and enjoy lots of entertainment and activities for the kids including crazy scientists shows and the spiders’ exhibition (Saturday 11 August, 10am-4pm, QVMAG).

North West

·        Sustainable agriculture for the future. Join Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) scientists for two lunchtime live streams and Q&A about the future of agriculture. (NB: The event is also being run statewide). (Monday, 13 August, 12-1pm; Wednesday, 15 August, 12-1pm. More details at

·        Circular Head Science Gig 2018 – Game Changers. This popular event returns for 2018 with challenges for students from Kinder to Grade 10, along with interactive displays and presentations (Monday, 13 August, 5.30-8pm, Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre).

National Science Week (Tasmania) is supported by Inspiring Australia, the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government.

For event details and program guide visit

Published on: 10 Aug 2018 3:17pm