Sydney Science Festival
Time Out says
Discover something new in 13 days of talks, experiments, exhibitions and free events
Each year during National Science Week, Sydney research institutions, cultural centres, museums and universities present a massive program of events exploring the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics for the Sydney Science Festival. The 13-day program will play out across multiple venues, with major hubs at the Australian Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Highlights for the 2019 festival include an evening of stargazing and music in Centennial Parklands (Aug 17), a day in the research lab of PlantBank at the Australian Botanic Garden (Aug 16), and a discussion about the future of the Australian Space Agency (Aug 10). We'll also see some big brainy names, like funky dresser Dr Karl Kruszelnicki of Triple J fame and math tutoring superstar Eddie Woo taking part in panels throughout the festivals run.
To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, Dr Karl will be teaming up with comedian-turned-mathematician Adam Spencer for the Al - Zr of the Periodic Table talk at Sydney University’s Great Hall (Aug 14). And if there’s such a thing as a math heartthrob, Eddie Woo is it. This year for Sydney Science Festival, Woo is leading the Hidden World of Math as part of his mission to get all of us to appreciate math a little more at the Big Science Day at the Powerhouse Museum (Aug 11).
Pay respect to our one true god – the internet – and hear about its unsung heroes at Women and the Internet, an all-female panel discussion at Town Hall (Aug 14). It’s based on a new book by Claire Evans, the writer and lead singer of the pop duo Yacht who will be leading the panel celebrating the ladies who helped build the internet.
Some of the events in the full program will be free, but you’ll need to book in advance for other paid activities and talks.