National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each year in August since 1997, it features more than 1700 events around Australia.  Each year across Sydney, various organisations including universities, schools, research institutions, libraries and museums present events as part of National Science Week. 

The Sydney Science Festival has been developed to consolidate and amplify the promotion of National Science Week events across Sydney.  Coordinated by Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), the Festival aims to encourage an interest in science among the general public and young people, and will provide an opportunity to highlight Sydney’s scientific credentials and foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry.

Sydney Science Festival is supported by the Australian Government through its Inspiring Australia initiative as part of National Science Week.

About Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) incorporates Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory. The Museum has 25 years’ experience in running city-wide festivals such as Sydney Design and Ultimo Science Festival. 

About Inspiring Australia

Inspiring Australia is the national strategy for community engagement with science. In NSW, Inspiring Australia is delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science and the University of Sydney. Among its programs are a Regional Science Hubs strategy, community grants and  initiatives to connect more scientists with the community.