2022 National Science Week

National Science Week (13–21 August) is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology—an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the contribution of scientists and get hands on with science activities.

This year, National Science Week was launched by Queensland’s National Science Week ambassador Dr Ken-Dutton Register with a series of fun experiments and display stands in the Queen Street Mall.

The Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Hugh Possingham travelled to Cairns, Kuranda and Mackay to participate in various engagement activities with Engaging Science Grants recipients, researchers, students and the community.

Professor Possingham spoke at the International Science & Eco Fest in Cairns where he discussed sustainability and the importance of science and mathematics for the state. He also led two bird walks with the community, highlighting bird species and the benefits of getting Queenslanders involved citizen science projects.

Professor Possingham was one of many leading Queensland scientists who ‘took over’ the National Science Week Twitter account for one day during science week.

To end the official National Science Week activities, Professor Possingham participated in the STEM community event, Unearthed in Mackay, including leading a bird walk.

The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist promoted Queensland researchers working in conservation and sustainability on social media and in a new activity book for primary school students that was launched during National Science Week.

Additionally, the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist organised for a number of scientists to speak about their research and careers at schools to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.

Science week events and activities were promoted widely through the media, and our social media channels and What’s happening in Queensland Science newsletter. You can subscribe to the newsletter to keep up-to-date with the latest science news and events.

You can join the annual science celebration each August by visiting the National Science Week or Inspiring Australia Queensland websites to find out more about science week activities offered online or in your own local area.