National Science Week: national grants

The Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science supports National Science Week through an annual competitive grants program.

The winners of the 2018 National Science Week grants have been announced by Assistant Minister for Sciences, Jobs and Innovation Senator the Hon Zed Seselja.

The successful 2018 projects in South Australia are:

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival Community Program
The Royal Institution of Australia

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2018 showcases a selection of science features, shorts, documentaries, animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world.

SCINEMA culminates in a Community Screening Program during National Science Week, where schools, councils and community groups anywhere—from a school gym in Geraldton to a library in Lismore—can register to host their own free screening of a curated SCINEMA film playlist.

Frontiers of Science
State Library of South Australia

Frontiers of Science: a suite of science and technology themed activities and events at the State Library of South Australia. Find out about the science between the scenes that the State Library uses to preserve history.

Meet some of today’s innovators, futurists and young faces of science. Meet the game changers and change makers of the past through the ‘time capsule’ of State Library heritage collections and stories.

Southern Cross Outreach Observatory Project (SCOOP)
Muhammad Akbar Hussain

An observatory on wheels will head to regional South Australia, and Northern Territory in August 2018.

Southern Cross Outreach Observatory Project is a mobile astronomical observatory taking science engagement to regional communities. This mobile observatory is designed to travel far and wide, and is equipped with computerised telescopes for solar viewing and night time astronomy.

In the shadows of our prehistoric past
Michael Mills (Heaps Good Productions)

Palaeontology meets music and theatre in a series of performances in key locations in regional and metro Australia, exploring their history through the arts and sciences.

The people of Winton walk in the shadows of the dinosaurs that lived there millions of years ago. Those in Parachilna, the Flinders Ranges, step amongst the slime-prints of the first large animals found on Earth, the Ediacarans. And what we now know as Coober Pedy was once the prehistoric Eromanga Sea.

In the shadows of our prehistoric past is a storytelling experience that travels to the locations where the prehistoric stories have been revealed and reveals the science.

Kids Navigate Neuroscience
Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino, University of Adelaide

Why does food not taste good when we have a cold? How do neurons communicate? What does the brain look like up close? Come meet your brain and find out.

In this fun and interactive children’s event, held in the Adelaide Medical School at the University of Adelaide, kids (aged 6 to 11) will explore how the brain and nervous system work in a fun and hands-on way by participating in a series of interactive neuroscience exhibits created by faculty and students at the University of Adelaide.


Applications for the 2018 National Science Week Grants have now closed.