National Science Week is an annual celebration of Australian developments in science and technology. Organisers this year expect over one million people to participate in a program of 1000 National Science Week events.
This week we are featuring documentaries and TV covering a range of scientific fields: astronomy, radiophysics, robotics, genetics and geophysics.
Two of the featured titles are from key science week supporters: CSIRO and the ABC.
CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency and has been producing documentaries, educational and training films since 1949.
The ABC produces Catalyst, the weekly science program broadcast on ABC1 since 2001.
Catalyst follows in the tradition of the ABC’s earlier Towards 2000. Later magazine-format programs covering the latest scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations include Beyond 2000 (1985–99; reporter Amanda Keller is pictured above left) and Beyond Tomorrow (2005–07).
The 15th National Science Week runs between 11 and 19 August. For more information on events see the Science Week website.