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Science Week

Join us for the annual celebration of science and technology! It's a chance for everyone to see science, talk about science and do science – this year, from the comfort of your own home, through various online live streams and virtual programs.

Immersive Science IV (SciVR): Science Champions

Science in VR

Friday 21 August 7.45pm – 9.00pm (adult)
Saturday 22 August 11.15am – 12.00pm (family)

The Universe is waiting to be discovered! From special global events using dozens of telescopes to daily monitoring of the radio sky in Australia, experience it through SciVR, an immersive astronomy experience enabled through virtual reality.

Discover and learn about extreme and advanced space science and the research that fuels it; explore the origins of mysterious and energetic phenomena, tracking events as they occur. What are Australian researchers discovering right now? Through the immersive medium of virtual reality, Dr Rebecca Allen and A/Prof Alan Duffy will share research to reveal more about the nature of these extreme and transiting objects. People participating in the streamed event can have access to the presenters for in-depth Q&A using #AskSciVR.

Download the App

SciVR is a free downloadable app available through Google Play Store and Apple Store. We recommend downloading it onto your smartphone for paired use with the VR headset; however you may still watch and listen to the livestream on any device. If you have already downloaded SciVR then please check that it has been updated with the latest version.

Please note: the app is also available for large tablet devices such as iPads but will not be compatible with the VR headset.

VR Headsets

We are offering a limited number of free VR headsets that can be used with your smartphone to fully experience the virtual reality element of the event. As the headset works with any smartphone, there will be a limit of one pair per household. You will be able to keep the headset after the event so that you can keep exploring the SciVR app.

To pick up your free VR headset, please visit your nearest Ryde Library Service branch and bring proof (printed or electronic) of your booking. While stocks last.

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival


Saturday 1 August – Monday 31 August 2020

SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere showcasing the best in science cinema from around the world, from dramas to documentaries, animations or epic natural history. It's a celebration of the power of the moving image to inspire the young, satisfy the curious, explain the baffling and ask the impossible.

Sign up to SCINEMA today and enjoy this year’s selection of over 60 amazing science films for free during the month of August, in support of National Science Week. All you need is a screen and access to the internet – you can turn every night into science movie night!


Urban Farming: A Landfill into an Oasis

Urban Farming

Saturday 1 August – Monday 31 August 2020

Join us for an informative talk via Zoom with Donna Houston, an urban and cultural geographer from Macquarie University! Discover some innovation examples of how city planning is changing to better suit the needs of humans and nature, and learn the answer to questions such as: Can a river have rights? How do we turn landfills into an oasis? Are cities friendly to pollinators?

If you are a member of Willoughby, Northern Beaches or Ku-ring-gai Libraries, you can watch the award-winning documentary “Brooklyn Farmer” for free via Kanopy from 15 August to 22 August before joining our evening talk with Donna.

Nature Drawing for Beginners

Nature Drawing

Tuesday 18 and 25 August, 10.00am to 11.00am
Tuesday 1 and 8 September, 10.00am to 11.00am

Learn to draw nature with Sydney based artist Angus Fisher, known for his precise and intricate observations of the natural world! Perfect for beginners, these classes will be livestreamed over four weeks through Zoom, and will also include weekly course material. Classes are hosted by Willoughby Library.

Citizen Science Project

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Interested in volunteering and helping scientists to learn more about our environment? Then Citizen Science is the thing for you!

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection program, and provide to be very important by creating additional data sources.

Citizen-science projects may include wildlife-monitoring programs, online databases, visualization and sharing technologies, or other community efforts, and cover a wide variety of topics.

Little Bang On Demand

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Conduct experiments at home with your young scientist through Little Bang Discovery On Demand.

This hands-on program will allow your child to combine everyday objects and experiences with genuine scientific enquiry methods over four fun-filled sessions. Recommended age is 4 years and over.

Last updated on 6 August 2020