The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) was the driving force behind the creation of the National Science Quiz in Australia in 2016. It was inspired by De Nationale Wetenschapsquiz (NWQ) which was televised nationally in The Netherlands for 25 years by VPRO, an independent public broadcasting company. The NWQ aimed to demonstrate the process of scientific reasoning in a very accessible, engaging and authentic way. With Charlie Pickering (from ABC’s The Weekly) as host, three previous live shows and an online event have been held attracting large audiences.

2022 Sponsors

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

FLEET is developing ultra-low energy electronics to manage the increasing energy consumption of computing, which at the moment uses 10% of global energy, a figure that is doubling every decade. See what we do here.

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 to meet the growing needs of our population. We are developing innovative tools and strategies to improve the productivity of plants and their resilience to heat and drought. Learn more about Plant Success here.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS)

ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

At Exciton Science, we are excited about the possibilities of transforming light into energy and energy into light. We are a collaboration of academia and industry focused on innovative research to improve solar energy technology, lighting and security systems. See what we do here.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)

The mission of OzGrav is 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. Learn more here.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS)

TMOS will develop the next generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. Our research outcomes will underpin future technologies, including real-time holographic displays, artificial vision for autonomous systems to see the invisible, wearable medical devices and ultra-fast light-based WiFi, meeting the evolving demands of Industry 4.0. Learn more here.

Australian Government Defence

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MATRIX is Australia’s residential research institute for the mathematical sciences. Bringing brilliant and creative minds together at residential research institutes world wide is the optimal way to deepen mathematical knowledge, initiate collaborations and stimulate innovative thinking. Learn more about MATRIX here.

Monash University Engineering

Monash Engineering is a global top 40 engineering school, recognised for excellence in teaching, learning, research and graduate outcomes. With over 8,000 students, 100+ partner universities and a network of more than 30,000 alumni, we’re focused on research and education that delivers sustainable global solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Learn more about studying engineering and the courses available here.