Science Week on ABC


ABC marks National Science Week (13-21 August 2016) next week with a selection of programming highlights, including Dr. Brian Cox on Q&A.

Our Focus: Science includes Catalyst showcasing a game-changing new Australian device that aims to help the paralysed walk again, to Playschool’s “Let’s Experiment” to a live Facebook experiment.

Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director said: “The ABC is pleased it can play a role in building interest in and engagement with Australia’s scientific community. The ABC’s science programming is of both wide and specialist appeal, educating and informing Australians about scientific news, research and innovations and also assists Australians engage in social and political processes related to science.”

“ABC’s Our Focus aims to highlight issues, ideas and events throughout the year that are important to the national conversation and present them to our audiences across all ABC platforms. The week commencing 13 August will focus on Science Week and we hope it will be interesting and informative for the ABC audience.”

There is also featured programming on ABC Radio.



Nano – 8.20pm Sunday – Friday on ABC2
Six short science programs looking at modern science issues, from drones and DNA to breast milk and caffeine.

The Science Of Doctor Who – Sunday 14 August 7.30pm on ABC2
Like all great science fiction shows there are kernels of truth and nuggets of science facts scattered throughout the incredible Doctor Who Universe. In this special we explore these dynamic moments.

Q&A – Monday 9.35pm on ABC
Professor Brian Cox joins the panel along with Greg Hunt, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and Lily Serna, a mathematician with an unrivalled passion for education and for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advocacy.

Catalyst – Tuesday 8pm on ABC
The game-changing new Australian device that aims to help the paralysed walk again. Plus a unique interactive journey inside the human body to better understand disease.

Forces of Nature with Brian Cox – Tuesday 8.30pm on ABC
Explore what lies behind the most startling sights on Earth.


A curated iview collection will house a bespoke compilation of science-themed programs.

During National Science Week, the ABC is home to fascinating stories and extraordinary achievements.

For more information visit the ABC’s dedicated site at or join the conversation: #ScienceWeek


Help save Australian wildlife! Wildlife Spotter, the ABC’s Citizen Scientist project aims to assist researchers by identifying wildlife captured in roughly a million images taken all across Australia by automated cameras.

ABC Splash
A collection of videos and supporting materials on robotics in everyday life for students and teachers. Plus, Design a Car for the Future competition

Facebook Live Event
Love watching a watermelon bound by rubber bands explode? Then join Dr Karl and Ruben Meerman (aka the Surfing Scientist) for a one-time only Science Week spectacular live Facebook event at noon on Friday 19 August.

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