is an initiative of the National Science Week Victorian Coordinating Committee, an Australian Government program supported through the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education at Questacon. Knowing what great events happen and the dedicated people who make them happen, we wanted to extend the reach of such events by making who and what we know accessible to all Victorians, in whatever form that might take – a comedy show, a rock gig, a quiet dinner, a speed-dating event or select activities happening at or available to travel from a great science centre or museum.

Growing from this Australian Government program, we work with other Government departments at Federal, State and local levels, Statutory authorities, tertiary, secondary and primary educational institutions, all kinds of media organisations, non-government organisations, commercial entities and family and community groups. We will work with anyone who supports the premise that solutions to Australia’s and the world’s environmental and health problems, are going to come from having bright brains working quietly and systematically to find new ways for us all to live and work, informed by discussions about options with all our communities. We are committed to helping scientists and their communities get together to learn from each other.

We also like to celebrate, particularly during Science Week, the role that cutting edge science plays in pushing us out of our comfort zones and stimulating and challenging us to think differently about how we have come to view the world and the way it works.

The National Science Week Victorian Coordinating Committee’s Victorian partners are CSIRO Education, Museum Victoria, Science Teachers Association of Victoria, the Victorian Government Department of Business and Innovation’s Science and Community unit and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Key Victorian sponsors are the City of Melbourne and the Queen Victoria Market. Associates and members include ANZAAS, Australian Skeptics (Victorian Branch), Mathematical Association of Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, RMIT University, The Royal Society of Victoria, University of Melbourne, Victorian Institute of Chemical Sciences, Young Australian Scientists, and Young Australian Skeptics. All funds and contracts are managed through CSIRO Education.