How we're celebrating National Science Week 2020

Thursday 13 August 2020

It's National Science Week from 15-23 August 2020

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is proud to celebrate National Science Week.

National Science Week is an annual event celebrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and promoting innovation and creativity.

This year’s theme is Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans and features the establishment of the Blue Economy CRC. From the oceans to our skies, we're taking this opportunity to showcase interesting individuals, teams, technologies, and ideas.

Throughout the week, we'll bring you some of the latest news and research from our talented students and researchers.

You can also take part in a National Science Week activity - with online events, virtual tours, and DIY science experiences running all across Australia this August. From pub trivia to treasure hunts, there's something for everyone. To browse all events visit

Here's a snapshot of some of the activities you can get involved in.


Strike a pose for Canberra's own #SatelliteSelfie

Have you ever taken a selfie from space? What if you could take one from space? Wonder no more, because during National Science Week this August everyone in the ACT will find out!

A satellite will fly over Canberra and the surrounding area, including Queanbeyan, Googong, Tharwa, Yass, Murrumbateman, Sutton, Royalla, and Bungendore to capture a large image of our capital. The satellite will have three flyovers: on Monday 17, Wednesday 19, and Friday 21 August between 10am and 11am. 

Here at the College, we’re encouraging staff and students in red to wave at the satellite from around the Engineering and Computer Science precinct.

We hope to see you out there wearing your College red!

More information: National Science Week Satellite Selfie


Join ANUSA for a Women in STEM panel featuring Catherine Ball

The ANU Students Association (ANUSA) are holding a Women in STEM panel, 7-8:30pm on Wednesday 19 August. The panel includes a line-up of female-identifying academics and researchers from the ANU and wider research community in the ACT, who will share their experiences as women in STEM, give advice to aspiring female scientists, and discuss how gender inequality in STEM can be addressed.

The event features College expert Associate Professor Catherine Ball, from our new Research School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, who is a leader on the topic of diversity and inclusion.


Try rocket science in a bottle with ANU Rocketry and Robogals

Join Robogals Canberra and ANU Rocketry to explore the science of rockets with simple household items. Tune in on Sunday 16 August for the Rocket science in a bottle demonstration, to learn about propulsion, thrust, and chemistry plus receive a step-by-step guide to try it at home.


Dive Deep with Robogals Canberra 

Come and explore the ocean in the Diving Deep with Robogals Canberra challenges. From 15-29 August, Robogals Canberra has five challenges for schools and young scientists in line with the Deep Blue theme. Discover the importance of the ocean in our daily lives.


Fight pandemics in a Health Hackathon by the ANU Student Association

The Health Innovation Hackathon: Fighting pandemic runs from 8-15 August, and is a collaboration between the Joint College of Science Representatives and ANU Humanitarian Innovation Society. 

This week-long event challenges teams to solve contemporary scientific and humanitarian problems through an interdisciplinary approach. The program features mentored workshops, and a cash prize for the winning pitch to the public and panel of judges.


Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing