Ultimo Science Festival

A festival of learning, fun, and exploration.

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The Ultimo Science Festival, near Central Railway and Broadway in Sydney, NSW, is ten days and nights of serious science fun for families, for schools, for young, old and in-between, for geeks and non-geeks. There’s something for anyone who wants to expand their mind, think about the world and wonder about how stuff works and why it is so.The Ultimo Science Festival is proudly presented by the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The University of Technology Sydney and TAFE NSW. It is supported by the Australian Government and the City of Sydney.

Biolgical Exhibitions

Exhibitions and other curious takes on biology are bound to question things and help people expand their knowledge about the particular subject. 

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Powerhouse Museum

The hub for knowledge, expansion, and growth of an individual in ways that are deemed to be beneficial and possible to a large extent.

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Science Activities

Activities and other programs for the ones who love the idea of creating something new and understanding the vast domain of science.

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Ultimo Big Night of Science

The festival explodes into life on the night with the biggest bang since the Big One. Psychology, live jazz, physics, space-art, dark matter and more…. when too much science is never enough.

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Family Science Fun Day

Explore the day of fun by learning something new about science and its marvellous creations.

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The 3 Greatest Scientists of All Time


The world doesn’t remain the same when innovations keep transforming the face of it. Etching new concepts to the structure simply allows the outdated theories to fade into oblivion. People tend to forget everything they learn in the past, but the basic concepts are always entrenched to such a great extent that the masterminds behind those creations also have a special place in the brain. Scientists have contributed to the current state of things, helping people have a better view of what happens in each section of the universe. As time passes, more prodigies are being born, and new inventions are superseding the older ones. However, the legends will always hold the most esteemed positions. Let us look at some of the most outstanding scientists of all time.

1.      Albert Einstein

The precocious child that was born in 1879 in Germany went on to become the greatest scientist. During his teenage days, he wrote a paper on electromagnetic fields. The popular lore is that Einstein failed math multiple times despite his skills in the subject. This is a made-up plot that contributes to the drama of his otherwise ordinary story. In 1905, when he worked as a clerk in the Swiss Patent Office, he published some of his life-changing papers. It was one of these papers that described the equation of E=mc2. It was a relationship between energy and matter that became the prime piece of data for later inventions. Relativity theory was expanded upon in 1916 with Einstein’s findings of gravitation. In 1921, Einstein won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the photoelectric effect. By the age of 42, he had made some of the biggest contributions to science.

Albert Einstein

2.      Marie Curie

Unlike the stories of other scientists, Marie Curie’s journey was a hard one that took her years to discover the meaning of life in Paris and various scientific concepts. She was born Maria Salomea Sklodowska in 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. Marie had to go through multiple hurdles on the way to success. But her life started taking a different course when she joined a secret organization called Flying University. It was the years of struggle at the premises of this University that led her to Paris. Curie followed upon the discovery of the French physicist Henri Becquerel to eventually relate her findings to radioactivity. She was the first person to introduce this term that later turned out to be the basis of many other inventions. Curie also won a Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband and Becquerel in 1903 for their work on radioactivity.

Marie Curie

3.      Isaac Newton

This name needs no introduction because everyone is being fed with details about his inventions since childhood. He was born on December 25, 1642. His scientific achievements would take months to be listed, but his most ground-breaking works include the ones on color and light, refinement of reflecting telescopes, motion, and gravity.