I’m delighted to launch National Science Week, Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.
The Turnbull Government is supporting National Science Week with $500,000 under the National Science Week Grants Program.
Established in 1997, National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists.
We are committed to supporting Australia’s great scientists and researchers.
By showcasing Australia’s scientific achievements, we want to inspire the next generation of young Australians to be excited about the opportunities of being engaged in science.
Running from 13 to 21 August, National Science Week features more than 1600 events, with diverse topics like astronomy at Uluru, a science film night in Antarctica and an information session with Adelaide’s Australian Wine Research Institute.
One of the highlights of this year’s National Science Week program is the ABC’s citizen science project ‘Wildlife Spotter’ spotting quolls, mallee fowl, Tasmanian devils and many more animals captured in roughly a million photos taken across Australia by automated cameras.
Other events will be delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres and are expected to attract 1.3 million people across the country.
This year’s ambassadors include Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple, and MASH actor and science advocate Alan Alda, who are spreading the message on the benefits of science to the future of our community and economy.
National Science Week partners include CSIRO, ABC and the Australian Science Teachers Association with sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Network, New Scientist and Popular Science.