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Community Outreach

The Faculty of Science has a proud tradition of working with the local community and is committed to ongoing engagement to benefit students, schools, parents and teachers.

We run annual activities and host exciting events throughout the year which aim to teach our young emerging leaders about the importance and relevance of science. This also gives the local community an opportunity to engage with our researchers and experience world class technology and facilities here at the University of Newcastle. Check out the fantastic activities below.

What a night!

Last night Australia’s inaugural Women in STEM Ambassador, and internationally-renowned astronomer and astrophysicist, Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith, concluded her national When Galaxies Collide tour with her final show at The University of Newcastle, Griffith Duncan Theatre.

The event was very popular with many students from local schools attending, including the winners of the ‘Name a Star’ Competition.

Lucky overall winner student Samuel Norton, pictured with Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, was delighted to have won a meet and greet with her before the show and not only that, he also won the amazing door prize of a $1000 telescope donated by Celestron! Congratulations Samuel.

The Faculty of Science is delighted to have engaged the interest of such an exceptional science communicator and scholar, who has worked and interacted with the likes of Brian Cox and Buzz Aldrin. Says A/Prof Peter Howley “We are excited to have been able to collaborate with Lisa in growing the nation’s appetite for Science and STEM here in the Hunter Region.”

Panelists Patrick Barry, Newcastle Astronomical Society, Lydia Macokatic, Newcastle Astronomical Society and Professor Colin Waters, Head of School Mathematical and Physical Sciences UON, took to the stage with Lisa to answer thought provoking questions posed by young students and adults in a QandA session. This was followed by Lisa engaging with guests and taking photos, with a book signing at the end of the night.

Lisa told us she absolutely loved Newcastle and was very happy to be here for her show finale.  What a great night!

Stay tuned and check back regularly for more exciting events from Faculty of Science.

STEM Awards and Opportunities

Key internal and external STEM-related awards and opportunities are listed here.

Year 11 Excellence Awards

The Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle is keen to encourage academic excellence in high school students. The Faculty provides an Excellence Award that recognises outstanding achievement by Year 11 students.

'Science in Practice - Developing our World'

To celebrate National Science week, The Faculty of Science held their 'Science in Practice - Developing our World' Festival on 18 August 2018. Over 400 people participated in fun and interactive activities for the whole family.



This unique program designed for HSC biology, chemistry or physics students aims to improve their skills and knowledge using a hands-on approach for selected difficult experiments and concepts.

Science and Engineering Challenge

Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a national outreach program designed to inspire students to study science and engineering.

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SMART (Science, Maths and Real Technology)

The Science, Maths and Real Technology (SMART) outreach program offers live, interactive, demonstration based science shows to schools through the Faculty of Science.

Young mathematicians

Young Mathematicians Program

The Young Mathematicians Program is a series of outreach activities that provide a supportive and non-threatening environment in which high school students can pursue their interest in mathematics.

2014 Poster Winners

National Schools Poster Competition

The National Schools Poster Competition is a fun, project-based learning activity which encourages secondary students to develop, implement and creatively report upon a topic of interest to them... for great prizes!