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National Science Week at the State Library

Date: 12 August 2018 to 19 August 2018

Science Week 2018

Game Changers and Change Makers - celebrating and exploring science, innovation and technology.

National Science Week is an annual festival of science that takes place in August each year. This celebration aims to raise the profile and increase the public understanding and public appreciation of science, innovation, engineering and technology, and their role in maintaining and improving our society, economy and environment.

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Free access to science related eResources

CSIRO Publishing Journals - presenting the latest research by leading Australian and overseas scientists and covering a broad range of subjects.

Natural Science Collection - includes the Agri & Env, BioScience, and Earth, Atmospheric & Aqua Databases and provides full-text titles from around the world including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications and more.


Young Faces of Science

When: Daily until Friday 17 August
Two sessions per day: 9.30 to 10am and 11.30am to 12pm
Where: Science Lounge, glass foyer

Stop by the Science Lounge and meet some of the emerging faces of science whose research is leading us into exciting undiscovered realms of possibility and potential.

Collected science

When: Thursday 16 August at 2pm
Where: Science Lounge, Ground Floor, Glass Foyer

Join our Explorer in Residence, Professor Thaddeus Plumkin, along with a Collection Historian, as they share some of our many intriguing collection stories illustrating science, innovation and technology. Suitable for an adult audience.

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IGNITION - Moon rocks, space debris and scientific frontiers

When: Thursday 16 August at 6pm
Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building

Join Dr Jeanette Dixon as she takes you on a journey into space - and the opportunity to get up close and personal with real life moon rocks! Refreshments will be available.

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Reclaiming the fact

When: Friday 17 August at 2pm
Where: Centre of Democracy, Institute Building
Presenter: Matt Richardson, Founder, Wise Youth Ed

As automation, climate change and fake news emerge as major influences on democracies this century, it has never been more important, or more challenging, to engage and inform our citizens. In 'Reclaiming the Fact' science communicator and activist Matt Richardson shares the challenges and solutions in building a knowledge-powered democracy and informing citizens to demand better policy.

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When: Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August from 12 to 4 pm
Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building
Suitable for ages 12+

Enter the exciting world of science through the eyes of filmmakers from around the world. Continual loop throughout the day. Suitable for ages 12+.

On Sunday, join John McCluskey-Garcia for Grown Up Storytime, and enjoy his selected readings from the science-fiction classics, War of the Worlds at 2pm and Alien at 3pm.

Big Science

Supported by:

Inspiring Australia

Also thanks to:

ArtLab, Bureau of Meteorology, UniSA, Citizen Science, Stuart Blair, Starship Mawson, Australian Submarine Corporation, History Trust of SA, Kersbrook Hill Wine, Ibis Hotels, Adelaide Central Plaza, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences University of Adelaide, RiAus, Reading Companions Australia

More events

Past events

Discover science at the Library

When: Sunday 12 August from 11am to 3pm
Where: Various
Cost: Free

Come join us at the Library for all things science. There's something for all ages from talks on Citizen Science, space, weather forecasting, SciFi and TinTin to SCINEMA, fun trails with our Explorer in Residence, storytelling, activity tables and even a close encounter with moon rocks.

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From Submarines to Satellites

When: Sunday 12 August at 1pm
Where: Jervois Room, Mortlock Wing
Presenter: Dr Jeanette Dixon AM

Dr Jeanette Dixon AM will take families on a journey into space to learn about:

"The Importance of Man-Made Satellites for Humans on Earth, Researching Life in Space on the International Space Station-the Largest Artificial Satellite, and Gaining Essential Knowledge for Future Manned Missions to Mars and Back to the Moon"

The session will feature colourful images, fascinating facts, family group activities, and fun quizzes.

Big data and shrinking democracies

When: Monday 13 August at 2pm
Where: Centre of Democracy, Institute Building
Presenter: Joshua Fanning, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, CityMag

The Washington Post's mantra reads: "Democracy dies in darkness" and yet their unrelenting spotlight on the want-to-be autocrat Trump is simultaneously driving their revenue machine. The media's business model is built around numbers - more readers = more money and readers can't get enough of Trump. Join publisher of CityMag, Josh Fanning as he takes you 'behind the paywall' and walks you through the basics of the media's business model and how - despite all the trouble its caused - data and the Internet can strengthen the democratic process.

Collected science

When: Tuesday 14 August, meet at 12.45pm
Where: Science Lounge, Ground Floor, Glass Foyer

Discover the science of conservation on a special behind-the-scenes tour of Artlab. Return to the Library and join our Explorer in Residence, a Collection Historian and special guest Dr Jeanette Dixon AM as they take you on a journey through time, sharing collection stories of science, innovation and technology. Suitable for adult audience.

Twilight science

When: Tuesday 14 August at 5pm
Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building
Aimed at 18 to 30 year olds

Come along for a fun filled evening of wine and science. Listen to our panel as they discuss science from different perspectives - wine, weather, archival stories and a Moon rock. Welcome glass of wine on arrival.

Event MC: Marshall Cowan

Panel members and their topic:

  • Dr Jeanette Dixon, University of Newcastle - NASA's amazing moon rocks
  • Paul Clark, Kersbrook Hill Wines and Cider - The science in your glass
  • Carolyn Spooner, Librarian, State Library - Collection science stories
  • Dr Mika Pearce, Bureau of Meteorology - Science of weather

Democratic digging: community archaeology and citizen science

When: Wednesday 15 August at 2pm
Where: Centre of Democracy, Institute Building
Presenter: Dr Adam Paterson, South Australian Maritime Museum

Ever wanted to take part in an archaeological dig? Then this is the talk for you! Join Dr Adam Paterson for a revealing discussion about community approaches to archaeology, how they have been applied in the past and new projects.


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