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The Sydney Science Festival 2017 kicks off next week (Tuesday 8 to Sunday 20 August 2017) with a stellar line up of science events for all ages in venues across Sydney.

An action-packed 13 days of events, Sydney Science Festival is a hands on science experience featuring some of the most exciting names in science today, including Sydney Science Festival Ambassador and UTS forensic scientist, Professor Shari Forbes, U.S. climatologist Michael E. Mann,climate advocate Anna Rose, wildlife forensic scientist Rebecca Johnson, and an exciting line-up of NASA experts including astrobiologist Dr Abigail Allwood and Mars Exploration Program scientist Dr Mitch Schulte.  

Highlights of the 2017 program include:

  • MAAS DIY Day (Sat 19 Aug) – Celebrate the ingenuity of the maker community at the Powerhouse Museum for a full day of making, breaking and fixing. Learn to revive broken electronics at the Repair Café, share and learn skills from weaving to ceramics to leatherworking, or check out the showcase of Young Creator Conference projects, as well as the unique creations of the Festival’s DIY Day partners, including Microsoft, Art Cycle, Makerspace &company, Mathworks Australia and many more.
  • Your Brain on Fake News (Sat 12 Aug) – “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Is that true? As the whirlwind of social media and 24-hour news cycles gets faster and faster, how can we expect our human minds to keep up? Find out from a panel of psychologists and technology experts including Jocelyn Brewer (creator of Digital Nutrition), Alessa Teunisse (PhD candidate at Macquarie University exploring the psychology of gullibility), Dr Joanne Orlando (leading analyst, advisor and media commentator on children and technology), and Dr Celine Van Golde (part of the University of Sydney’s Post Truth Initiative).
  • Family Science Sunday (Sun 13 Aug) – The Powerhouse Museum will buzz with science action during Family Science Day. Featuring interactive science shows and demonstrations, there will be plenty to do and see that will spark scientific curiosity in all members of the family, from solving a mystery as a MAAS Junior Detective, to joining the Museum’s space guide on a mission to Mars and meeting the Mars Lab’s robotic rovers: Mawson, Continuum and MAMMOTH.
  • Forensic Lab Tour (Sun 13 Aug) – The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and University of Technology Sydney team up to bring you the ultimate forensic experience– an exclusive tour of the UTS Science Crime Scene Simulation Lab followed by a viewing of The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Ask Dr Karl (Tues 15 Aug) – Don’t miss Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Triple J presenter Zan Rowe presenting a live version of their high-rating Ask Dr Karl national radio show. The session will include plenty of time for audience questions, so bring your best ones with you!
  • Snitch Hunt (Tues 15 Aug) – Step into the shoes of a data analyst and dig into metadata sets to catch a snitch in this hands-on workshop. Learn to piece together data including IP addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and location data to reconstruct whole personal identities through data correlation.

Now in its third year, Sydney Science Festival is produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and the Australian Museum as part of National Science Week, in partnership with Inspiring Australia. The Festival aims to encourage an interest in science among the general public and young people, and provides an opportunity to highlight Sydney’s scientific credentials and foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry.

The full Sydney Science Festival program is available online at For more information about National Science Week events visit

Science fans can make the most of the Festival by purchasing one of two Festival Passes:

  • Science Festival Pass allows science lovers to enjoy free entry to other events worth over $200, for only $35.
  • Science Festival Premium Pass boasts additional benefits to events worth over $370, for only $60.

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