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Sydney Science Festival

Super Science Saturday at Australian Museum-min-min (1).jpgSydney Science Festival

Date: 8-20 August 2017


Twitter: @SydScienceFest


Price: Various /

Science Festival Pass: over $200 worth of events for only $35 / Science Festival Premium Pass: over $370 worth of events for only $60

Venue: Various /

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The Sydney Science Festival 2017 program has been released, featuring a stellar line up of science events for all ages in venues across Sydney from Tuesday 8 to Sunday 20 August 2017.

An action-packed 13 days of events, Sydney Science Festival is a hands on science experience featuring some of the most exciting names in science today, including Sydney Science Festival Ambassador and UTS forensic scientist, Professor Shari Forbes, U.S. climatologist Michael E. Mann, climate advocate Anna Rose, wildlife forensic scientist Rebecca Johnson, and an exciting line-up of NASA experts including astrobiologist Dr Abigail Allwood and Mars Exploration Program scientist Dr Mitch Schulte.

“The 2016 Festival attracted over 60,000 participants, reflecting growing public interest in science. With a range of international and Australian experts on this year’s extensive program, and 175 registered events – an increase of 50 from 2016 – the Festival just gets bigger and better each year and I encourage Sydney to get involved in the activities and learn more about the wonderful world of science” said Minister for the Arts, The Hon. Don Harwin.

Now in its third year, Sydney Science Festival is produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and the Australian Museum as part of National Science Week, 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 partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry.

“Each year the Sydney Science Festival brings together experts from all disciplines to explore what new things we’re learning about the world around us. I’m also very pleased that this year the Festival will be co-produced by MAAS and the Australian Museum for the first time, allowing us to reach more visitors of all ages,” said MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees.

“The future is here, and we need to increase our knowledge and understanding in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM),” said Director and CEO of Australian Museum, Kim McKay AO. “Those who understand science are more productive, and think critically. We’re committed to helping students discover just how exciting, interactive and practical science can be.”

There’s so much to do for school groups at the Australian Museum where students will take a hands-on approach to science as they meet the experts, ask the hard questions, try some experiments and get excited about the future of science. The Science Festival Schools Expo takes over the Australian Museum from 8– 11 and 15–18 August.

On Thursday 10 August, celebrate the launch of the Festival after-hours at MAASive Lates: Science at the Powerhouse Museum. This free event is your chance to see the Museum in a whole new light and tour exhibitions, speed meet scientists, drive a Mars rover, escape into virtual reality and more.

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