August is Science Month at the Australian Museum.

Thursday 6 August 2015, Sydney, Australia: The Australian Museum puts a spotlight on science for the month of August with a series of events surrounding National Science Week. From science legend, Robyn Williams AM, delivering the Annual Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) Address to an expedition in the Simpson Desert and the return of the Australian Museum Science Festival, August celebrates all things science.

“For over 150 years, the Australian Museum has played a leadership role in scientific research and education.
In August we highlight science with programs for primary school students right through to our nation’s best scientists with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, Australia’s premier science awards”, Kim McKay AO, Director & CEO of the Australian Museum said.

Highlights include:

Annual Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) Address – Thursday 6 August
ABC Radio National science legend, Robyn Williams AM, will deliver the second Annual AMRI Address ‘The First Forty Years of The Science Show’. Williams will also be presented with the 2015 Australian Museum Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of advancing public knowledge, communication and understanding of science.

Australian Museum Science Festival (schools) – Tuesday 11 to Thursday 20 August
The Australian Museum Science Festival now in its 18th year will deliver a range of science activities, experiments, talks and forums to highlight the importance of science, the environment, light and optical technologies in our lives.

Science Festival Saturday (public) – Saturday 15 August
Featuring hands-on workshops, science shows, exhibition stalls, roving scientists, live animals and more. The day is family friendly and aims to instil a passion for exploration and discovery.

UNSW Women in Science Leadership Symposium – Friday 14 August
The Australian Museum’s Kim McKay will chair the symposium which includes Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, Dr. Rebecca Johnson. A role model for female scientists, Johnson has been the force behind establishing the Australian Museum Centre for Wildlife Genomics and leading the charge to map the koala genome.

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes – Wednesday 26 August
Recognising the best of the best in Australian science, the winners of the 26th annual Australian Museum Eureka Prizes will be announced at the prestigious Award Dinner. Sixteen prizes will be presented for excellence in Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Communication and Journalism, and School Science.

Simpson Desert Expedition – Throughout August
In partnership with Australian Desert Expeditions, AMRI scientists will explore the vast Simpson Desert studying the many varied native and introduced species and climates. The team will use camels as a low impact way of conducting surveys and documenting the last remaining areas of high quality wilderness left in Australia.

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