Standing up for Canberra

Bringing Science to the Australian Capital Territory

The ACT’s National Science Week will kick off on 13 August and give Canberrans the opportunity to take part in many exciting events.

The ACT received $54,272 in funding out of a national pool of $500,000 and will run the following projects:

  • Canberra Family Science Spectacular
  • Hosted at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, all of Canberra's science institutions come together to provide free hands-on experiments through the   Experiment-a-thon. The exhibition will house reptiles, a petting zoo, a billy-cart competition and provide tours of Australia's national facilities.
  • Who could you be?
  • Exhibited at a local venue in Canberra this project allows viewers to effortlessly control and embody a virtual character and effectively adopt  a  new skin or Avatar. The project will also tour through schools using a portable version of the system.
  • SCINEMA Festival of Science Film 2010
  • SCINEMA explores the latest collaborations between science, film and art in over 500 cities and towns across Australia, showcases the latest in science and natural history filmmaking at screenings in museums, theatres, libraries, schools and universities. This project includes a Student Science Film Competition which celebrates the International Year of Chemistry.
  • Facial Reconstruction in the National Portrait Gallery
  • Adults will be guided through the main stages undertaken in a facial reconstruction with interactive demonstration sessions held in public view in the main foyer.

Kate Lundy, Senator for the ACT, Gai Brodtmann, Member for Canberra and Andrew Leigh, Member for Fraser welcomed the grants and reiterated the importance of National Science Week, saying it brings science to all Australians, regardless of where they live.

An estimated 1.6 million people across Australia took part in the 2010 Science Week activities. Organisers want this year to be even bigger.

More than 1,000 National Science Week events will be held across Australia. For more information,