Sydney Science Trail
Australian MuseumRoyal Botanic Garden Sydney

Expression Of interest


As part of National Science Week, the Australian Museum (AM) and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (RBG), present Sydney Science Trail, a national contemporary science program. In 2021, Sydney Science Trail will be held online from August 14 – 22 2021. In 2020, Sydney Science Trail engaged over 48 000 visitors to its online community and education program. Experiencing highlights of the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, students, educators and the community will be able to engage with science, engineering, arts and mathematics, from their own home or in the classroom.

The AM and RBG is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for online programs aimed at intergenerational and school (primary and secondary) audiences.

The National Science Week theme for the nationwide program is Food: Different by Design. This theme is not compulsory however, we do encourage applicants to suggest how their program could link to this theme.

The online Sydney Science Trail Education Program will be hosted on the NSW Department of Education’s DART Connections platform. The online Sydney Science Trail community program will be hosted on Both programs will consist of live streamed onsite content and specially produced online content. Previous online formats include interactive websites, citizen science projects and workshop videos. Interactivity is highly encouraged in all online content.


18 January 2021Applications open
8 February 2021Applications close
12 February 2021Applications assessed
22 February 2021Successful applicants notified
8 March 2021Marketing copy and materials due
1 June 2021Content delivery
14 – 22 August 2021Sydney Science Trail


1. Creative STEAM concepts or topics

Science concepts or content within the Sydney Science Trail must have credible sources. The content should be innovative, original and offer age appropriate and/or intergenerational experiences. Experience in working with children is essential.

2. Interactive / immersive programs

Engagement and interactivity with Sydney Science Trail audiences is essential. Creating an exciting and engaging science program must be apparent in your application. Successful EOIs should be able to demonstrate an overview of the engagement you plan to offer.

3. Feasibility

Applicants must complete the EOI Response Form and include all requested information. Your application must demonstrate consideration of all aspects of pre-production and presentation of your program. Program should consider access requirements (online as appropriate) and sustainable practices or resources, in line with our

Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan 2018 – 2021 and Sustainability Action Plan.


Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The Program Selection Panel reserves the right to reject any application for any reason.

To request the EOI Response Form or if you are interested in discussing partnership opportunities please contact the Sydney Science Trail Producers at [email protected].

Disclaimer: Sydney Science Trail reserves the right to alter its program pending NSW State Government public health announcements.


Expression of Interest: Sydney Science Trail 2021

What types of sessions are appropriate?


What are some examples of previous Sydney Science Trail topics?

Who can apply?

Scientists, presenters, artists, content creators, STEAM service providers or research organisations etc. are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible you must have:

Who will be on the Program Selection Group?

The Program Selection Group will be comprised of representatives from:


Sydney Science Trail financially supports proposals from $2000 to $20,000, covering presenters’ fee, consumable materials, specialist equipment, staffing and production.

Do I need to provide budget for Marketing/PR?

No. The Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney provides support for Marketing/PR. We welcome any in-kind promotion through providers own networks.