Much more than trivia!

Inspired by the popular De Nationale Wetenschapsquiz in The Netherlands, Australiaʼs National Science Quiz covers all areas of science with approximately 40 thought-provoking questions to test your knowledge and skills.

Watch our teams go head to head with only 30 seconds to solve the challenging and fun scientific problems using reasoning, knowledge, and perhaps a lucky guess or two!

The fastest team or individual to submit the most correct answers will walk away with the cash prizes, trophies and the title of National Quiz Champion. Competitors are also encouraged to submit their own question to challenge our audience.

Inspiring the next generation of young Aussie scientists

From quantum computing and AI to electronics and semi conductors; aerospace and automotive engineering to biotech and robotics; climate change and agriculture to renewable wind and solar energy — our future depends on science.

For the first time in 2023, secondary schools can enter teams and compete for a $1,000 cash prize and the prestige of 12 months bragging rights as Australiaʼs champion science school.

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The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) were the driving force behind the first National Science Quiz in 2016. Since then, it has become a flagship event on the Australian scientific calendar and part of the annual National Science Week – attracting thousands of competitors in the live audience and online around the country.

Quiz Partners and Sponsors

The world needs plant success

ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture

Global demand for plant production is at an all-time high, but climatic changes and decreasing arable land threaten our ability meet the growing needs of our population. The CoE for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture are developing tools and strategies to improve the productivity of plants and their resilience to heat and drought.

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Engineering our quantum future

ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS)

The EQUS mission is to engineer the quantum future by building quantum machines that harness the quantum world for practical applications. Working with partners in industry to translate our discoveries into practical applications and devices, EQUS are solving the most challenging research problems at the interface of basic quantum physics and engineering – as well as training a new generation of scientists in cutting-edge research, innovation and entrepreneurialism.

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Taking care of what nature does best

ARC Centre of Excellence for Synthetic Biology (CoESB)

For thousands of years we have used microbes to create bread, wine and cheese. Now synthetic biology goes one step further, engineering ways to convert biomass from agriculture or waste streams to biofuels, bio plastics and other high-value chemicals. CoESBʼs goal is to provide 21st century solutions to global agricultural, food production, manufacturing, healthcare and environmental challenges.

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A new age of discovery

ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein produced one of the greatest intellectual achievements in physics, the theory of general relativity. Today, OzGrav aims to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, and to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe.

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Bringing brilliant and creative minds together


As Australiaʼs leading residential research institute for mathematical sciences, MATRIX brings brilliant and creative minds together to deepen mathematical knowledge, initiate collaborations and stimulate innovative thinking. Since 2016, MATRIX has stimulated international collaborations through 66 weeks of residential research programs across the spectrum of the mathematical sciences, attracting over 1100 scientists from 40 countries.

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Australiaʼs national science agency


Since it began as the Advisory Council of Science and Industry in 1916, the CSIRO has advanced Australia with a range of inventions and innovations that have had significant positive impact on the lives of people around the world. Today, more than a century later, Australia continues to benefit from the CSIROʼs commitment to being at the forefront of scientific innovation and technology – at home and abroad.

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Optimisation for industrial transformation


The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA) connects industry with world leading researchers and talented students to advance an industry-ready optimisation toolkit while developing a highly skilled workforce of change agents for industrial transformation.

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Realising the potential of data

Melbourne Centre for Data Science (MCDS)

Data touches every aspect of our daily lives and holds potential for big (and lasting) change. Built out of a joint collaboration between Statistics and Computer Science, the MCDS aims to promote and engage in fundamental and interdisciplinary research, teaching and leadership in Data Science for the benefit of society.

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Connecting people, resources and opportunities

Australian Data Science Network (ADSN)

The field of data science is fast-moving; demand for data science capability and capacity is exploding; and there is increasing interest not only in individual groups but also in collective and national profiles. Thatʼs why the Australian Data Science Network (ADSN) was established – to enhance and expand opportunities and outcomes for everyone involved in data science research and training. LEARN MORE

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Whatʼs next awaits

RMIT University

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Established in 1887, it is one of Australiaʼs original tertiary institutions with its origins in delivering high quality education to the working people of Melbourne. Today, 136 years later, RMIT has three campuses and two sites in Australia, two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. It is ranked #1 for graduate employment and #3 for its environmental, social and economic impact.

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Towards a sustainable energy future

ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx)

The team at ACEx aspire to a future where all types of light transform into renewable energy. A future where light powers our world. ACEx is a collaboration between Australian universities and local and international partners to research better ways to manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials.

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An extreme commitment to world class research

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX)

Climate extremes already affect us all. From our health, soil and water, and agriculture to our infrastructure and energy and financial security – the global and Australian economy faces significant risks. CLEX research programs focus on 4 core areas – weather and climate interactions, attribution and risk, drought and ocean extremes; all of which is underpinned by their efforts to improve climate modelling that analyses the extremes of the past to better predict the future.

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Advancing electronics for a decarbonised world

ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET)

FLEET addresses a grand challenge: reducing the energy used in information technology, which now accounts for 8% of all electricity used on Earth. As the world decarbonises and renewable energy sources become the norm, FLEET is ensuring Australia is at the forefront of the new scientific fields of topological electronics, atomically thin materials, exciton condensates, and non-equilibrium phenomena.

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Supporting space habitation

ARC Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space (P4S)

P4S was established in 2022 with a mission to create on-demand, zero-waste, high-efficiency plants and plant products to address grand challenges in sustainability for space and on earth. In particular, to support an established presence on the moon by 2028 and the subsequent crewed missions to Mars that will follow. Significant advances in plant, food, and sensory science; process and systems engineering; law and policy; and psychology are expected to deliver transformative solutions for space habitation – and create enhanced plant-derived food and bioresources to capitalise upon emergent and rapidly expanding domestic and global markets.

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