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Funding for National Science Week events announced

Each year, the Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee and Inspiring Australia award seed grants to Tasmanian-based events held during National Science Week. The University of Tasmania is a major sponsor of National Science Week and every year its staff either create their own events or participate in larger activities such as the Festival of Bright Ideas.

Two 2018 projects with heavy ties to the University have been awarded grants of up to $500 to support their activity:

Health Box Stories

Seonad Madden, Research Assistant in the School of Health Sciences, plans to create a phone box-style booth designed to record the health stories of every day Tasmanians. She will work with several teams across the University to bring the project together. The booth will be available to the public in a central location during National Science Week this August, and will be followed by a documentary podcast series covering the stories collected. Information will be provided to the public in regards to the project when they visit the Box.

Observing our Oceans: High-tech Solutions for a Hostile Environment

The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) will bring back its popular series of talks which have been a highlight of the festival for the last few years. The talks will centre on changes occurring in the ocean and atmosphere.

The University of Tasmania will host the talks at its Sandy Bay and Launceston campuses with IMAS as a supporter.

Dates, times, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks.

For a full list of winners, please visit

Contact Jenni Klaus, Science Engagement Officer, College of Sciences and Engineering, if you have any questions on 6226 2373 or email

Published on: 10 May 2018 11:23am