New Scientist Prize for Science Writing


SciSoc is pleased to unveil a shiny new competition we’ve created in collaboration with NewScientist! If you like science and want a shot at sharing in $2,500 of cash prizes and being published on, read on.

Science is everywhere in our society, powering technological innovation and helping us understand the universe. But many people find it too complex to really grasp. Good writing about science can change that, bringing it to life and letting the public share in the sense of wonder that scientists experience in their work. The inaugural New Scientist Prize for Science Writing is encouraging Australian students to write up to 1000 words about a scientific issue. You could explore your own research or that of an academic here at Sydney, or unleash a fiery opinion piece about the controversial place of science in modern society.

So what’s in it for you? 1st prize wins $1,500 cash and will be published on 2nd prize is $750 and 3rd is $250; all three winners will also land a one-year subscription to New Scientist magazine. Entries are open from August 14 until September 24.

Interested? Everything you need to know is online at Good luck, and happy writing!


2010 BuckyBall – Tickets on Sale!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is finally that time of year again for your friendly SciSoc Team of Awesome to proudly present the 2010 BuckyBall. So put your lab coats and goggles on hold for a fantastic night of great food and flowing drinks in a sparkly venue for all science students, enthusiasts and friends!

The theme for the 2010 BuckyBall is Around the World. What Phileas Fogg took 80 days to do, we’ll do our best to cram into a single night! While the dress code isn’t compulsory in any shape, colour or flavour, it is certainly an excuse to throw on the kilts, kimonos, kurtas and kokoshniks that you’ve have been hiding in the back of that closet… Of course, there will be prizes for the best dressed individual and group!

When 7:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday, 21 August 2010
Where Sydney Marriott Hotel
36 College Street, Sydney (Map)
(2 minutes from Museum Station)
Cost Access: $95/Non-Access: $115
Includes canapes, 3 course formal dinner, unlimited wine/beer/soft drinks.
Check out the mouth watering menu selection!
Booking See I Want A Ticket!

I Want A Ticket!

Hurry! 2010 Buckyball is 70% sold out! Tickets are on sale now at the following times and locations:

  • SciSoc Bookstore 10am – 2pm, Mon – Fri in Room 481, Level 4, Carslaw Building
  • SciSoc BBQ 12pm – 1:30pm, Wed Week 3, in front of Chemistry Building.
  • Online payment option is coming soon!

Table Arrangement

Tables are arranged to seat a maximum of 10 people.

To check the table plan, start a table or hop onto a friend’s table, please visit the SciSoc Bookstore during opening hours or find us at the Week 3 SciSoc BBQ.

Menu Selections

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SUMS Puzzle Hunt

SciSoc is counting down to the 2010 ΣUMS Puzzle Hunt, brought to you by the Sydney Uni Mathematics Society!

The mathematically squeamish among SciSoc members should be glad to know that the SUMS Puzzle Hunt is not a contest full of maths problems! The puzzles are aimed at a general audience, with styles ranging from word, picture, cryptic and logic to a whole lot more!

Get into teams of up to 5 for an intense week of puzzle solving, beginning on Monday, 2 August 2010! There will be HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS worth of prizes for the top three ranking Australian teams, with first place to take home $300 and plenty of mystery bonus prizes!

Register now plus check out last year’s puzzles on the SUMS website!

When Monday, 2 August 2010
Where SUMS website

2010 Trivia Night

Got brains? Never fear, Trivia Night is here!

Join your hosts with the most – Felix, Bashar and Dalibor for a night out that is so HOT, it’ll denature your enzymes!

Come along and prove (or disprove) that science students really do know stuff. So round up your friends (in tables of 6) and brush up on your trivial knowledge to battle it out for $2000+ worth of prizes!

When 7:30pm-9:30pm, Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Where Manning Bar
Cost $12 (Access)

$18 (Non-Access)

includes two drinks and pizza/pide

Tickets are on sale NOW at the following locations:

  • Week 6: 12:00pm-2:00pm Monday-Friday, Manning Rd
  • Week 7: 12:00pm-2:00pm Monday-Tuesday, Manning Rd
  • Week 7 BBQ

As always, profits will be donated to SciSoc’s Charity of 2010, CanTeen. So rest assured that you are procrastinating from studying for quizzes and doing assignments for a very good cause!

2010 Careers Fair

The largest careers event at the University of Sydney brings together diverse recruiters from many fields to talk directly with students about public and private sector graduate opportunities.

Come along to explore your career option and enter the Optiver Competition to WIN a travel voucher valued at $7000! Just pick up an Optiver T-shirt from the SciSoc Bookstore and wear it to the Optiver stand at the 2010 Careers Fair.

Optiver is a global leader in derivatives, shares and bonds trading on the Australian, Asian, European and US exchanges. They offer a thriving work environment for science students majoring in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science or information systems, where you will be challenged, rewarded, mentored and developed.

Full list of recruiters

When 12:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Where Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall