National Science Quiz 2021


Thursday, 19 August


Online - ACEMS YouTube Premiere

As part of National Science Week 2021, ACEMS was proud to present the National Science Quiz, hosted by Charlie Pickering!

More than 1,200 people participated in the online competition as ACEMS showed the Quiz on its YouTube channel on the evening of 19 August.

The Quiz was originally scheduled to be taped in front of a live audience at Fed Square Melbourne. But Melbourne's COVID-19 lockdown shut down that plan, forcing the Centre's outreach team to pivot and create a virtual studio recording of the event.

The final results of how that came out can be seen in the video, which has now been viewed more than 4,000 times on the ACEMS YouTube Channel.

ACEMS first brought the National Science Quiz to Australia in 2016, creating three live events in the first few years. They were also hosted by Charlie Pickering.

This year, the Quiz returned with Charlie Pickering and this amazing group of panellists:

  • Professor Jared Cole, Theoretical Physicist at RMIT University
  • Alanta Colley, Comedian & Science Community
  • Dr Norman Do, Mathematician at Monash University
  • Professor Alan Duffy, Astronomer at Swinburne University
  • Dr Jen Martin, Science Communicator at The University of Melbourne
  • Catriona Nguyen-Robertson, Immunology researcher at the Peter Doherty Institute

Led by ACEMS, five other Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence joined in the effort to sponsor and help organise the Quiz. Those Centres are:

The Quiz was also funded, in part, by a National Science Week grant from the Australian Government.

ACEMS hopes that the 2021 version of the Quiz is the start of something special, and that it will be considered part of the Centre's legacy as others take the lead in putting on this event!

Meet this year's National Science Quiz online competition winner: Meghan Shaw





National Science Quiz panellist Catriona Vi Nguyen-Robertson created a song about all the facts we learned during the Quiz