Sydney Science Festival

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Discover something new in 13 days of talks, experiments, exhibitions and free events

Research institutions, cultural centres, museums and universities, will present more than 200 events exploring the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics for the Sydney Science Festival (Aug 7-19). The 13-day program will play out across 90 venues, featuring talks delivered by leading researchers, hands-on activities for families, opportunities to speak with industry experts and performances and film screenings tackling important scientific questions.

Produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Australian Museum, there’ll be a multidisciplinary line-up of presenters sharing insights and innovations. This will include Sydney Science Festival Ambassador Lisa Harvey-Smith, Indigenous astronomer Kirsten Banks, artificial intelligence expert Ellen Broad and Triple J’s approachable science guy doctor Karl Kruszelnicki.  

Launching the festival is the free evening at the Powerhouse Museum, MAASLive Lates: Science (Thu Aug 9). This after-hours event gives you the chance to chat with scientists and museum curators, see the new exhibition Human non Human and get involved in stargazing, virtual reality experiences and other workshops and experiments.  

For Super Science Saturday (Sat Aug 11) at the Australian Museum families can explore the natural world and uncover the facts like the country’s top science journalists.Then there’s more kid-friendly adventures at the Powerhouse for Big Science Day (Sun Aug 12), with coding classes and engineering challenges.

If you’re looking to laugh while you learn, join comedian and public health practitioner Alanta Colley for an informed yet hilarious portrayal of microorganisms (Aug 9-12). Those fearing the AI revolution should attend the discussion panel for Bad Robot / Good Robot (Sun Aug 12) and film buffs can head to the screening and live talks for Living Universe (Tue Aug 14).

To wrap up the festival, celebrate six generations women leading their fields at GenWomen: Scientists Smash the Glass Ceiling (Fri Aug 17) and then honour and support First Nations scientists at the MAAS Indigenous Sciences Symposium (Aug 18-19).

Some events are free, but you’ll need to book in advance for other paid activities and talks.

By: Olivia Gee

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