Science Alive! was launched in 2006 by the SA Coordinating Committee of National Science Week. It was a single day event in a modest 2,400 m2 space. Today it’s held over two full days, spans 17,000 m2 of the Adelaide Showground and attracts an audience of over 30,000, including a special preview day for local schools. We still have a strong relationship with National Science Week, Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, and continue to share many goals.

This year we expanded interstate, and held an inaugural event in Geelong, Victoria. And our Adelaide event is bigger and better than ever before with over 60 interactive exhibits that are fun and educational for all ages. South Australia’s Science Alive! is the largest single interactive mobile science exhibition in Australia. The event helps to build our community’s awareness of the scope and importance of science and technology in our everyday lives, celebrate South Australia’s successes, and inspire future generations of science and technology professionals.

There’s no better event to experience first hand all fields of science and technology – Science Alive! really is all kinds of awesome.

Science Alive! is a long-standing partner of National Science Week and participate as part of the event each year.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running every August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres. These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. Over one million people participate in science events across the nation.


Established in 1997, National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.


Brian Haddy, Event Director

Brian Haddy has been the Event Director of Science Alive! since the inaugural event in 2006. He loves nothing better than “organizing stuff” and has spent almost his entire working life in the not-for-profit sector doing just that. Before taking on the role with Science Alive! Brian was for a time the Deputy General Manager of the former Investigator Science and Technology Centre and for 12 years he managed the community science organization SciWorld that continues to carry on The Investigator’s outreach role in schools and the wider community.

This year Brian was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to science education. Thousands of families have been exposed to science and technology like never before, as a result of his commitment and passion to science education.