scienceXart – Science competition. Submissions close 28 June.

What is scienceXart?

scienceXart is a competition hosted by the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Chemistry to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table and the centennial celebrations of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Students are invited to create an artwork with a short description to address the relevant competition theme:

PRIMARY SCHOOL (Foundation – Year 4)
‘Things are made of stuff, stuff is made of chemicals’

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Year 5 – Year 8)
‘The elements in everyday life’

HIGH SCHOOL (Year 9 – Year 12)
‘Alternative representations of the periodic table’ 

The competition has been developed in close partnership with the Academy’s education experts and the Australian Science Teachers Association to establish clear curriculum links and align closely with learning outcomes. 

Who can enter?

The competition is open for all Australian school-aged children from primary to senior secondary school, with three distinct age group categories (Primary, Middle and High School). Entry is free, and each school can contribute five entries per category.Entries must consist of a digital image submitted via an online application form.

What’s the prize?

Winners and highly commended entries will be showcased in Paris at the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress. Additional prizes to be confirmed and announced.

Key dates and details

April 29 – Submissions open.

June 28 – Submissions close.

July 8 – A selection of entries to feature in a special showcase during Academy activities at the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Paris.

August 10 to 18 – Competition winners publicly announced as part of the Academy’s National Science Week activities.

Want to know more?

Head to and sign up to our mailing list for a competition pack and to keep up-to-date with future announcements. 

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