Minister launches National Science Week

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos has officially launched the 20th anniversary of National Science Week at the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet event at Parliament house.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. This year, over 2000 events were registered online with activities being held across Australia. These allow Australians to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, conduct their own experiments and celebrate the importance of science.

The school theme this year is Future Earth. This will focus on Australia’s sustainability science and highlights issues unique to our region.

The Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet is a program to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a sustainable development plan for Australia to 2050.

The Plan was presented to Minister Sinodinos as he launched National Science Week 2017, by students and teachers of schools involved in creating it.

Minister Sinodinos said he was delighted to launch his first National Science Week.

National Science Week provides a valuable opportunity for all Australians to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, do science and celebrate its discoveries and impact on our society.

The Australian Government provided $500,000 in grants to 39 National Science Week projects this year. They include communications training for female scientists, coding workshops for young people, and educational activities relating to Indigenous science.

The week’s festivities aim to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and increase community awareness of science in our everyday lives.

For a full list of events near you visit:

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