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The College of Sciences and Engineering are proud to continue a long tradition of engagement with the community.

We are a key partner in the national science engagement initiative Inspiring Australia which takes a local action approach to holding events and building networks around the country.

One such event is National Science Week, an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, maths and innovation, held in August, and co-ordinated by volunteers in each state.

In Tasmania, we have a great track record of events, participation, and community awareness. The Festival of Bright Ideas is part of National Science Week and takes a hands-on approach to showcasing Tasmanian science and innovation.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, maths and innovation.

It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.

National Science Week is Australia’s largest community festival with more than 1000 events, activities, talks and shows being held around Australia each year.

In Tasmania, the community comes together to throw a huge science party with more than 150 events being held all over the state each year.

National Science Week is coordinated by the Tasmanian Science Week Coordinating Committee (TSWCC), made up of volunteers and science engagement professionals from a variety of organisations. The University of Tasmania is proud to host Science Week in Tasmania, working in partnership with Inspiring Australia, Tasmanian Government and more than 100 other organisations to deliver a diverse and robust program of events each year.

Key initiatives of the TSWCC in Science Week include

The Festival of Bright Ideas (FoBI) is Tasmania's premier science festival.

Held in Princes Wharf 1 on Hobart's waterfront, the festival showcases and celebrates Tasmanian science and innovation in National Science Week.

We have so much science and innovation to be proud of in Tasmania, contributing to our economic and social success, our international reputation and indeed our quality of life. FoBI provides an opportunity for all Tasmanians to explore what is happening in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in our own back yard, to engage directly with scientists and innovators, and to learn and be inspired.

FoBI is a fun, interactive festival that includes an expo filled with hands-on STEM activities, a workshop program providing opportunities for more in-depth engagement and learning, and a main stage program hosting diverse and exciting presentations.

The Festival of Bright Ideas hosts student audiences on the designated Schools Day, and also caters to the general public.

FoBI is supported by Inspiring Australia, University of Tasmania and Tasmanian Government with additional sponsorship from a range of local organisations.

Visit the FoBI Facebook page

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Bayne
Inspiring Australia Manager
+61 3 6226 6716

Inspiring Australia is the Australian Government’s national strategy for engaging communities with the sciences.

In recognition of its commitment to outreach, the University of Tasmania is working in partnership with the Tasmanian Department of State Growth and the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science to deliver the Inspiring Australia program in Tasmania.

Read more about Inspiring Australia