National Science Week is an opportunity for all Australians to get involved in science and this year marks the 20th anniversary of one of Australia’s largest festivals showcasing science to the community.
The week’s festivities gives the next generation of Australian scientists in metropolitan, regional and remote areas the opportunity to meet scientists, discuss topical issues and celebrate the contribution of science to Australia.
The Australian Government is supporting National Science Week by providing $500,000 to 39 projects in National Science Week grants. The grants are part of the Government’s Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically-engaged community.
In Wentworth, Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust received $12,000 to deliver its project ‘Science in the Swamp’, an exciting free, outdoor family and community event held in Centennial Park which will have a range of diverse and hands-on science activities accessible for all ages, from meeting a dinosaur to potting a plant.
Last year, a staggering 1.3 million people participated in over 1,800 events and activities. We expect even more Australians to show their support for Australian science this year.
The enduring popularity of National Science Week reflects the crucial role that science plays in shaping Australia’s destiny—by supporting our nation’s wellbeing, improving our health, building a more productive economy, and sustaining our natural environment.
The program of events will contribute to realising the vision in the Government’s National Science Statement of a society fully engaged with and enriched by science.
This means instilling a life-long passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the next generation so they are inspired to pursue careers in these fields.
More broadly, the Australian Government is investing $1.1 billion through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, with over half—$558 million—allocated to science.
A full list of events, competitions and online activities inside and outside the Wentworth electorate is available online at https://www.scienceweek.net.au