Indigenous science, a ‘rock’ musical and pests in the pantry: Science Week celebrates science diversity

26 Feb 2016 Media release

Citizen science projects, art-science collaborations, and a singing palaeontologist are among the recipients of 41 grants totalling $500,000 to help bring National Science Week 2016 to life this August.

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the recipients in electorate, joined by Professor Flint, the singing palaeontologist and students at Magill Primary School in Adelaide

National Science Week would give people from all walks of life opportunities to meet scientists, do science, discuss hot topics and celebrate the contribution of Australian science to society, culture and economy.

From examining pests in Perth’s pantries; to a HealthLAB touring the Territory; from citizen scientists saving Nemo; to celebrating Indigenous science in Redfern – Science Week activities would help to inspire Australia’s next generation of innovators and increase community awareness of science in everyday life.

“Science is critical to Australia’s wellbeing, prosperity and international competitiveness, so it’s vital to engage the community and equip young people with future-focused knowledge and skills,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Australian Government has committed $1.1 billion through the National Innovation and Science Agenda to incentivise innovation and entrepreneurship, and promote science, maths and computing in schools.

“The diversity of topics covered by the grants just shows the breadth of Australia’s strength in science, from exploring the medical potential of Top End tropical parasites, down to our expertise in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.”

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year a staggering 1.3 million people participated in over 1700 events and activities, including local science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities.

National Science Week will run from 13-21 August with more details available