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Concept National Science Week (1998 - )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Festival or Event
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory


National Science Week was formed as a partnership between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Science Festival, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. The aim is to increase understanding of the role of science in everyday lives of the general community and in the future of the nation.

From their Website, February 2001: National Science Week is a celebration of Australian science and technology. Science is a vital part of our national life and National Science Week is an event for everyone. Each year, as part of National Science Week, schools, universities, societies, businesses, industry bodies and individuals pull together to take science out of the laboratories and into the community. Anyone can join in the Week - by organising an event or by attending one. Creative science-based events and activities are staged around the country as part of the week. In the past, these have ranged from a live video hook up with NASA scientists in space, to hologram making workshops, a solar boat race in Canberra and a 'Science in the Pub' outback tour. Last year, National Science Week involved more than half a million participants in 800 events - from the Top End to Tasmania - which also involved more than 350 organisations and hundreds more schools.

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Gavan McCarthy