National Science Week 2023 at Museums Victoria

National Science Week 2023 at Museums Victoria

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Posted 2023-07-31 by Jenfollow

Sat 12 Aug 2023 - Sun 20 Aug 2023

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Celebrate National Science Week with Museums Victoria from 12-20 August 2023. A jam-packed schedule of science and technology activities, exhibitions and education programs awaits. Science on Show is a special occasion event that is free to attend with museum entry on Saturday 12 August from 10am to 3pm. See here for the full program on the day. The link will give you the timeframes and different areas on the ground level where you'll find these events. There are a few. You'll see some of the rarest and most fascinating species displayed, hear from scientists as they discuss unique collections, and get to create your own Marvellous Megafauna World, Microbat, Triceratops Mask or Sea Bunny to take home while learning about endangered species and the places they call home. Find out how some of the amazing marine life adapt and survive in the deep. Learn how nature formed our ancient rocks and minerals and the science behind their unusual appearance, and a whole lot more.

For the Sat 20 Aug from 10am-3pm events, See here for the full program. Get a sneak peek at the latest palaeontological discoveries never-before shown in public, presented by Museums Victoria’s palaeontologists. Discover the world of insects and get a close look at rare and unusual specimens. From model making to taxidermy, see how art and science give life to mounted animals. There's a bite-sized science session (12 noon and 1pm) for children aged 6-12 for 10-15mins followed by a Q&A. Keep in mind spaces are limited at this Curiosities of the Desert and X-Ray Superpowers event where they'll tell you how they can see inside dragons and 3D print them. As you can see, there's so much to challenge and excite the mind, you just can't afford not to attend.


There are also ticketed events like Wonders of the Deep Sea on Wed 16 Aug from 6-7.15pm which is available online and in-person. Your Speaker will be Dr Timothy O'Hara, Senior Curator, Museums Victoria Research Institute. He will describe how the team studied the vast, mysterious ecosystem and the ancient volcanic seascape they mapped in detail around Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean, for the first time.

Another exciting Speaker event on Sat 19 Aug from 12noon-1pm that is ticketed is the Future Forums: David Suzuki in Conversation . Renowned environmentalist and scientist, David Suzuki, joins forces with multi-award-winning ABC journalist and presenter, Natasha Mitchell, to discuss the current state of our planet and the importance of human intelligence in shaping a thriving future. An exclusive event for Now or Never , Dr. Suzuki will appear live via video link from Canada to deliver a keynote address that highlights the profound significance of this moment in time for the future of life on Earth. Audience members will have a unique opportunity to participate in a live Q&A session with Dr Suzuki; a chance to engage directly with this influential figure and gain valuable insights into the pressing environmental challenges we face.


This event is like opening Pandora's Box. If you clicked on the Now or Never event, you'll see it leads to a large-scale new festival that runs from 17 Aug-2 Sep at the Melbourne Museum Plaza. Follow the given link for tickets to a cutting-edge program of events where you'll experience a new realm of wonderment. A place where world-renowned musicians, artists and other curious beings come together to challenge conventional expectations and push us to the edge of our potential. The Program of Events also includes events held at other venues like the Immigration Museum where there'll be a conversation about Building Cities on Colonised Lands .

You can also enter Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown with Dr Tanya Hill back at the Neversphere, Museum Plaza on Sun 20 Aug at 6.15pm. Go Beyond the Screen on 19-20 Aug to embark on a trip to the future where interactive VR gaming brings first-of-its-kind digital immersive experiences to life. Watch games in action and speak with developers about the ways that video games can help us understand the world’s most pressing issues and build a better tomorrow. If it all sounds too exhausting you can enter the Neversphere and recline on beanbags and gaze upon a larger-than-life program of films curated by the Melbourne Planetarium. Follow the link for showtimes.


However if you're ready to party, head to the Royal Exhibition Building for Now or Never Festival's cutting-edge program of live music events featuring local artists and international headliners. See here for the full program and your tickets. We have meandered off to the Now or Never event - like I said, Pandora's Box (however they're intertwined); but to bring you back to the activities at the Museum, there's the STEM Workshop: Energy is a Superpower which is a ticketed event that explores the many forms of energy we employ to power our lives. Do note this workshop is for girls and non-binary people aged 10-12**,

There's so much more to explore; head to the website and discover them all for yourselves. From Endless Universe; Tiny Tours; Secrets of the Sea 3D; Planetarium Nights (for adults only with a stellar lineup of full-dome film screenings); Lightening Room and more - like Exhibitions and Education Programs. There are also short videos where you'll discover the secret to being strong, the impact of technology and social media on our brains, and dare I say more. Plus there's reading material where the lid will be lifted on the good, the bad and the ugly of plastic and our addiction to it, plus a few other interesting subjects. Engage, immerse and interact will Science Week and be gob-smacked and mind-blown.



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