About the competition

Hosted by Charlie Pickering, of ABC’s The Weekly Program, the National Science Quiz brings together six of Australia’s best scientists and science communicators as they battle it out for the honour to be the 2021 Quiz champions.

The best part, though, is that you can do more than just watch this online event. We’ve made this an interactive event that will allow you to test your scientific knowledge and reasoning and play along for a chance to win cash and prizes! It’s easy to join in the fun – simply click on the register to play button and enter your details to receive the event link to join the Quiz and the competition.


You must register to compete in the Quiz competition. You will be sent all the necessary information you need to get yourself ready to win.

We recommend that you have access to two devices – one to view the National Science Quiz stream, and one to submit your answers. Ensure you have a strong and stable internet connection.


Pop it in your schedules, your diary, your calendar or on any other reminder device you have. Join us on Thursday 19 August, 6pm Australian Eastern Standard Time to see our amazing panel in action and for those of you wanting to flex your Quiz brains and muscles then we invite you to play along and have a chance to win a great prize. The National Quiz streaming on ACEMS Youtube Channel.


Our enigmatic host Charlie Pickering will pose the questions to the panel. Viewers will be entertained by the panel as they ponder their answers and the person who answers correctly, and is the fastest to submit the answer in the competition event link will lead in the overall competition. We are offering cash and prizes and the top 10 will be winners!

  • $1000 cash
  • $500 cash
  • $300 cash
  • $200 cash
  • $100 cash
  • Two-year subscription to Cosmos Magazine
  • Geoscience Australia prize pack
  • Prize pack
  • Prize pack
  • Prize pack


  1. Must have fun – this is not negotiable!
  2. Multiple choice – what is a competition without multiple choice
  3. The honour system – remember you are lovers of science, no googling!
  4. It’s not about winning, it’s about bragging and that science is awesome!
  5. The fastest correct answers wins – and sorry folks prizes only available to Australian residents
  6. Only 1 answer per person, we can tell otherwise!
  7. You must submit answers via the NSQ competition event link!
  8. You must read and agree to the competition terms and conditions.

Download the competition Terms and Conditions

How to play