National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. It is an initiative from the Inspiring Australia strategy, which was developed by the Australian Government to increase engagement and interest in the sciences. 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.
Seeking to consolidate and amplify National Science Week events across Sydney, Sydney Science Festival was initiated in 2015 by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in partnership with Inspiring Australia. The Festival aims to encourage an interest in science among the general public and young people, and provides an opportunity to highlight Sydney’s scientific credentials and foster important partnerships between the city’s key community, tertiary institutions, research organisations and industry.
As part of National Science Week, Sydney Science Festival aims to:
- Motivate and inspire young Sydneysiders to study and practice science
- Increase appreciation and recognition of science in Sydney
- Create an engaged and involved city
- Stimulate collaboration and partnerships
- Support creativity and excellence in science engagement