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The POPSICULE is an open, community-based interdisciplinary platform created by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University. 

The POPSICULE community explores the CULTURAL MEANINGS OF SCIENCE with the aim to better understand how pop cultural narratives about science have affected the public discourse and understanding of science, and thus our science-society relationship.

We offer lectures, symposia, courses, public events, spectacles, field trips, publications, films and more.

The Science in Popular Culture and Entertainment Hub of the Australian National University

If you are an academic, artist, science communicator, student or maverick, join us in discovering, inspiring and exciting the public imagination about science!

Explore our platform to find out more about our research and public events, creative science communication products and collaborative adventures at the science-culture interface! 

The POPSICULE provides exciting opportunities and resources for students and anyone interested in investigating science in and as popular entertainment and popular culture.


Don’t miss our upcoming online event!


Discover our ‘ULTRA-PERCEPTION: Science goes pop’ project in our brand-new work-in-progress video!

Now online! Explore our new “Science. Art. Film.” program on the website of the National Film and Sound Archive – and register now for our exciting upcoming events!

2024 PROGRAM: Jaws (1975) + Panel – Wednesday 28 February, 6pm Black Orpheus (1959) + Panel – Wednesday 27 March, 6pm Vesper (2022) + Panel – Wednesday 17 April, 6pm Interstellar (2014) + Panel – Wednesday 15 May, 6pm Chappie (2015) + Panel – Wednesday 5 June, 6pm