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National Science Week 2021 celebrates food and beverage production

National Science Week

In its 25th year, National Science Week 2021 will begin this weekend, recognising the achievements of Australia’s scientific community – including those related to food and beverage production.

Throughout the week, universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and other organisations across the country will deliver a range of in-person or online events, ensuring everyone can participate regardless of COVID-19 restrictions. 

National Science Week 2021 aims to spark the imaginations of the next generation of budding scientists, according to minister for Industry Science and Technology Christian Porter. 

“This year’s National Science Week continues its tradition of excellence and I encourage all Australians to jump online and check out the range of opportunities to get involved,” Porter said. 

“Whether it’s Dinner with Dinosaurs in South Australia, ExBEERimental Science in Hobart, or testing your science knowledge in our national science quiz (nationally online), there are events to suit all ages and interests. 

ExBEERimental Science in Hobart, a live-streamed beer tasting event, will take place on Wednesday 18 August at Shambles Brewery. Four Australian independent breweries will each craft an experimental beer and delve into the science behind brewing and beer. 

“Of course, National Science Week is also an important opportunity to thank our extraordinary scientists and researchers for their hard work and their efforts to inspire and encourage the next generation of Australian leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” 

Specific events have also been organised for students, with the 2021 school theme Food: Different by Design providing insights into topics such as food production, sustainable agriculture, biosecurity, food technology and laboratory-developed foods. 

The federal government has provided almost $500,000 to support public science projects as part of the National Science Week Grants, announced earlier this year. 

National Science Week 2021 will run from 14 to 22 August. 

More details, including a full list of events is available at https://www.scienceweek.net.au/ 

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