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    Centennial Parklands inspiring science in the community


A new network of regional science hubs has been established across NSW, and Centennial Parklands has taken on the cause to drive and promote engaging science communication in eastern Sydney.

The new ‘hub’ approach has been developed by Inspiring Australia under a National Strategy for Science Engagement.

The Eastern Sydney Science Hub, being led by Centennial Parklands, will oversee an ongoing program of events and activities to promote science to Australians from all walks of life.

Partners of the hub include:

  • Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
  • UNSW Science
  • Discovery Science
  • Fizzics Education
  • Longyard Sideshow
  • Australian Astronomical Observatory
  • Urban Beehive
  • Sydney Wildlife
  • Randwick Council
  • Sydney Observatory


Thousands of school children pass through the Parklands' education programs every year

Thousands of school children pass through the Parklands’ education programs every year


A bit about the national strategy

Australia aspires to be an innovative society with a technologically skilled workforce, a scientifically literate community and scientifically well informed decision makers. The Inspiring Australia strategy aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its uses.

To fully realise the social, economic and environmental benefits of our nation’s significant investment in science and research, we must communicate and engage the wider community in science.

The ‘Inspiring Australia’ strategy aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its uses.


Centennial Parklands’ role

In recent year the Parklands has taken a significant role in forging partnerships and providing formal and community education opportunities for the whole community.

Science in the Swamp, our annual National Science Week event, is a free community open day that brings together a collective of likeminded science and conservation organisations to provide engaging, insightful and hands-on opportunities for young and old alike!

Erth dinosaurs were a key drawcard at Science in the Swamp in Centennial Park

Erth dinosaurs were a key drawcard at Science in the Swamp in Centennial Park


The Parklands’ has also driven a leading environmental education initiative – Bush School. This program is based on research and concepts from international best practice in nature education as well as current education models such as Forest Schools and Nature Kindergartens.

Although the program has been developed and informed by international best practice it is a uniquely Australian concept in that it is based on the heritage and ecology of our unique landscape.



Not a closed membership!

We’re seeking even more ‘hub partners’ in the Eastern Sydney Science Hub. Read the NSW Regional Science Hubs Terms of Reference to learn more and contact Inspiring Australia to register your interest today.


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