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The 2009 Australian Science Festival in Canberra celebrated the International year of Astronomy and recorded another knockout year.

The festival partnered with the Cooperative Research Centres Association to create a sound program of science events and attracted delegates from across Australia. Two of the partnered events attracted high profile speakers and inspired the audience through stories of personal journeys with science.

How To Make or Influence a Million in Science created a physical and Radio National broadcast audience of over 100,000 and discussed how science can change the lives of millions, and add millions to bank balances.

The impressive panel included the 2008 Prime Ministers Prize for Science Ian Frazer, Australian of the Year Fiona Wood and moderator Robyn Williams of Radio National’s Science Show.

Hot Innovation audiences heard emerging young scientists discuss how they use their science degree as the tool to study and work in exotic locations around the world.

School students from across Australia once again attended the Australian Science Festival to a lively number of science themed shows and workshops, including the giant Daleks, Solar Flare and performances from Questacon, CSIRO and Australian Science Communicators networks.

ActewAGL’s Amazing World of Science was a again a huge hit where students got to wonder through an exhibition of interactive displays to see, touch, smell, feel and taste aspects of science.

Australian Science Festival Executive Director Mary-Anne Waldren was pleased with the outcome of the 2009 festival. “Every year we put a lot of energy into making the festival lively and engaging for a diverse audience,” she said. “This year we were more than pleased with the outcome, attracting events on sex, beer and beauty to discussions of living on Mars and forensics.

In 2010 the Australian Science Festival will be held in August with a breath of fresh ideas thrown into the model.

The program has moved away from the National Convention Centre, where it has been held for many years and Australian Science festival staff will be collaborating with some of Canberra’s prestigious venues to hold science events across the ACT region.

A major aspect of the new model will include a community and business program of events concentrating on science collaboration Ms Waldren said. “The community program will feature an exciting splash of blockbuster events, shows, speakers, hands-on activities, workshops and exhibitions at key locations,” she said.

“The business program will showcase leading edge ICT innovation, the mysterious science behind powerful intellectual creativity in the technological world that enhances business and daily lives. “And of course, you can expect our regular loved events such as Science in the Pub, and ‘science of’ series.” Keep tuned for updates on the program via

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