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The University of Melbourne's annual Science Festival is hosted by the Faculty of Science as part of National Science Week. Now in its ninth year, the Festival showcases the latest in STEM research across the University's faculties, schools, institutes and centres.

In 2023, we explored the theme of “Collaboration-Innovation-Impact” through public lectures and panel discussions, expert-led masterclasses, and an expo with interactive displays and hands-on activities. Led by the Faculty of Science, with contributions from the Faculty of Engineering and IT, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts, our diverse events demonstrated how science crosses disciplines, and that through collaboration we can change the world for the better.

We recorded a selection of these events for you to watch in your own time. So set a reminder for next year’s Science Festival (12-16 August 2024) and pass the popcorn!

2023 Science Festival Highlights

Acknowledgement of Country

The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the unceded land on which we work, learn, and live: the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong peoples (Burnley, Fishermans Bend, Parkville, Southbank and Werribee campuses), the Yorta Yorta Nation (Dookie and Shepparton campuses), and the Dja Dja Wurrung people (Creswick campus).

Indigenous Australians have been custodians of the lands and waterways of this country for thousands of years. As Australia’s first scientists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have deep and enduring knowledge of the land, waters, and skies. We pay respect to Elders past, present, and future, and acknowledge the importance of Indigenous knowledge in the Academy. As a community of researchers, teachers, professional staff, and students we are privileged to work and learn every day with Indigenous colleagues and partners.

Missed out on previous years' events?

Or just want to relive the excitement? Watch older Science Festival recordings here in your own time. More will be added soon.

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About Science Festival

Since 2015, the University of Melbourne has celebrated National Science Week with an annual, week-long Science Festival, showcasing the latest in STEM research across our faculties, schools, institutes and centres through free public events.


Amber Kerwin
Science Festival Program Coordinator