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As part of National Science Week, the Australian Museum and The Royal Botanic Garden will present the Sydney Science Trail, a national contemporary science program delivered online as a virtual experience. Experiencing highlights of the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden via an illustrated digital trail students, educators, and the public will be able to explore highlights of both institutions from their own home or classroom.

Designed to stimulate young peoples’ interest into the rewards of scientific enquiry, Sydney Science Trail celebrates the achievements of the science community and promotes the significance of applied STEAM within the Australian community.

From 15 August - 15 September, audiences will be able to access a platform with a wide range of online content and activities. The theme for 2020 is ‘Adaptation’ and will feature areas including First Nations science, climate change, environmental science, and biodiversity.

The illustrated digital trail will house a series of hotspots that will give participants access to:

  • live stream panels with experts
  • live science shows
  • at-home science activities
  • citizen Science activities.

Science Journalism at Sydney Science Festival
Science communication is at play with elephant toothpaste and chemistry action at Sydney Science Festival 2018. Image: Sarah Wilson
© Australian Museum


The Sydney Science Trail offers organisations, companies, and educational and research institutions the opportunity to showcase and promote their work, ideas and latest innovations. The aim of the Sydney Science Trail is to:

  • encourage engagement with STEAM
  • link science concepts to everyday life through engaging online content
  • provide information through which participants can extend their learning.

We are inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from organisations, businesses and science education providers who wish to participate in the Sydney Science Trail. We seek content creators whose work connects to STEAM areas and who have experience in delivering STEAM experiences digitally.

Digital formats

Content must be available in a format that can be embedded into the Sydney Science Trail website. Please find some suggestions below:

  • pre-recorded videos
  • images
  • audio sounds
  • blogs
  • digital games
  • live panel sessions.


The Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens will provide up to $2000 per successful applicant to develop and deliver creative content.

Key Dates

  • Tues 19 May 2020 Applications open
  • Mon 1 June 2020 Applications close
  • Tues 2 June 2020 Applications assessed
  • Wed 3 June 2020 Successful applicants notified
  • Mon 6 July 2020 Content delivered
  • Sat 15 August – Tues 15 September 2020 including National Science Week (online).

Key Criteria

  1. Presentation of creative STEAM concepts or topics.
    Science concepts or content within the trail must have credible sources. The content should be innovative, original and offer age appropriate and/or intergenerational experiences. Experience in working with children is essential
  2. Interactive/ immersive opportunities for Sydney Science Trail visitors.
    Your application must demonstrate an overview of the engagement you plan to offer, and draft examples of the materials that will be presented. Successful EOIs should be able to offer activities invite and hold visitor interest for up to 5 minutes.
  3. Feasibility
    Applicants must complete the EOI Response Form and include all information as requested. The program should consider access requirements and sustainable practices or resources, in line with our Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan 2018–2021 and Sustainability Action Plan.


Successful EOI applicants require the following:

  • One-page Creative Brief addressing the Key Assessment Criteria
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • ABN
  • Public Liability Certificate (minimum $20 million).

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The Selection Panel reserves the right to reject applications for any reason.

Contact us

Australian Museum

Tori Tasker

Creative Producer, Science, Engagement and Events

E: Victoria.Tasker@austmus.gov.au

Royal Botanic Gardens

Christian Eckardt

Education Team Leader

E: Christian.Eckardt@bgcp.nsw.gov.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Organisations, businesses, science community groups and science education service providers who are part of Greater Sydney’s science community and would like to present their work to an interested audience.

In 2020 the Sydney Science Trail is an online, virtual experience. The Sydney Science Trail is part of National Science Week activities presented by the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Sydney Science Trail website will allow participants to explore a range of digital content in a variety of formats.

The Sydney Science Trail Schools Program will be delivered in partnership with the NSW Department of Education through their online portal, DART.

The Sydney Science Trail will be online from Saturday 15 August until 15 September 2020.

The Selection Panel will be comprised of representatives from:

  • Australian Museum - Public Programs | Engagement, Exhibitions & Cultural Connection
  • Royal Botanic Gardens - Community Programs | Science, Education and Conservation
  • Royal Botanic Garden – Education | Science, Education and Conservation.