SMaRT innovations at museum exhibit

Some of UNSW SMaRT Centre's manufacturing and built environment innovations are being be featured in a new exhibition called "Spark" at the Australian Museum.

Do the 'virtual tour' of Spark

The Museum's new Spark Exhibition features various Australian innovations around sustainability that are helping to address some of the issues impacting climate change and to learn about cutting-edge technologies and time-tested approaches created by Australian innovators to protect our planet.

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The UNSW SMaRT display: image credit Anna Kucera

At an event to launch the exhibition, Veena joined Rae Johnston and Sam Mostyn AO in discussion to uncover how Australia can take the lead in being more sustainable following the Museum's inaugural Talbot Oration by Professor Tim Flannery.

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Of the exhibition, the Museum says: "Australia has a long history of developing amazing ideas. From First Nations innovators to the inventors of Wi-Fi, our thinkers have led the way. And now, they're taking on one of our greatest challenges: climate change."

"In this new showcase, learn about inventions and innovative approaches offering positive solutions to the climate crisis. See some of the technology and practices Australians are working on to reduce pollution, create affordable and clean energy, support the richness of plant and animal life, and ensure a liveable future for all."

As one of 10 displays as part of the exhibition, the museum says of SMaRT's 'Building smarter' display: "With increasing populations and sprawling development, we need to be looking at more sustainable ways of building. Engage with exciting new materials that revive waste and reduce emissions: tiles made from broken glass and textile scraps, as well as environmentally-friendly concrete and ‘green steel’."

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Do the 'virtual tour' of Spark

Exhibition information

Opens 3 June 2021

Hintze Hall, Australian Museum

General admission to the Australian Museum is free for adults and children, for a limited time.

Opening hours are 10am - 5pm daily.

Visitor map 

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 Images credit Anna Kucera