National Science Week

The Casey sign post with a circular solar halo around it
Sun dogs and a solar halo at Casey (Photo: Ian Phillips)
The red weather tent and mast with instruments tethered to the iceBook produced by the Australian Science teachers Association to celebrate the International Polar YearThrowing boiling water into the air to create instant snow

National Science Week 2017

We invited the public to dive into the weird and wonderful world of Antarctic krill with the Division’s first ever Facebook Live tour. We appeared at the Festival of Bright Ideas in Hobart giving families an opportunity to get up close and personal with krill, scientists and Antarctic transport. Antarctic scientists also presented at a number of public events talking on a range of subjects including oceans and ice, women in science, whales, and krill. 

National Science Week 2016

The theme of this year's National Science Week was drones, droids and robots. Antarctic experts tweeted over four days on innovative uses of this technology in Antarctica.

National Science Week 2015

Icy Tweets was back in 2015, with scientists and expeditioners sharing their stories of work and adventure, and answering questions from the public. Two schools videoconferences also gave students the opportunity to talk to people working in Antarctica, and explore the themes of the International Year of Light.

National Science Week 2014

Antarctic expeditioners tweeted live from Antarctica during National Science Week 2014. Dr Mark Curran was also available, tweeting from Australia about his recent deep field expedition to Aurora Basin and answering questions.

Schools had the opportunity to participate in videoconferences live to Antarctica, and posed some interesting questions to current expeditioners.  

National Science Week 2013

Antarctic scientists took to Twitter for National Science Week 2013. We handed the keys of our Twitter account over to a different scientist each week day of National Science Week, to share their day with the tweeps (Twitter people) of Australia and the world.

National Science Week 2012

In 2012, our Science Week focus was on the second SIPEX voyage; Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment (SIPEX-II) in the sea ice zone off East Antarctica. The first voyage (SIPEX) conducted between September and October 2007, studied the relationships between the physical sea ice environment and the sea ice biology, particularly the algae and krill under the ice.

National Science Week 2011

In National Science Week 2011, we invited Australians to explore Antarctica's microscopic world through our online gallery of images. There's a tiny universe of plants and animals in the oceans surrounding the icy continent, and otherwise ordinary objects look quite amazing under the Australia Antarctic Division's electron microscope!

National Science Week 2010

As part of National Science Week the Australian Antarctic Division featured fascinating images of creatures from the bottom of the Southern Ocean in its public display area. Visitors marvelled at the diverse array of invertebrates collected from the Antarctic ‘benthos’ or sea floor, including sea stars, sponges, crustaceans and worms. They had the opportunity to learn more about the scientific research undertaken by the Division, including research on ocean acidification, climate change, marine biodiversity and the impacts of humans on the Antarctic environment.

National Science Week 2009

The Australian Antarctic Division joined the celebration of science, engineering, technology and innovation with an informative display of Antarctic atmospheric phenomena in its visitor’s centre. The display included stunning images of the aurora australis (southern lights), sun dogs, solar halos and rarely sighted high altitude clouds, and graphics showing dust from a meteor explosion west of Davis station. Click here to see our National Science Week 2009 Antarctic display [PDF].

National Science Week 2008

During National Science Week 2008, the Antarctic Division ran a competition to guess the lowest surface temperature recorded at Dome A.

National Science Week 2007

Antarctic Science - A resource book of ideas for teachers

This 47 page resource book was produced by the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) to celebrate the International Polar Year. It provides information, online resources, classroom activities, experiments and photographs.