National Science Week is an important opportunity to enthuse, inform, engage and inspire Australians around the country about the value of science and technology, as well as acknowledge the substantial contributions of Australia’s scientists.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said National Science Week—from 12–20 August 2017—is a chance to recognise the important role of science in our agricultural industries and encourage budding young scientists.
“Science and technology are critical to Australia’s wellbeing, prosperity and international competitiveness, and it’s vital to engage the community and equip young people with the knowledge and skills of the future,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
“Technological change is transforming the way we live and work, and agriculture is no different.
“Embracing new ideas in innovation, science and research will drive the next age of economic prosperity in this country.
“Research and innovation are key to finding smarter ways to increase productivity and profitability across our agricultural industries. We must continue to innovate to be globally competitive and meet growing demand, and scientists will play a vital role in this.
“National Science Week is putting science and technology on the national stage, giving people from all walks of life and all ages the opportunity to get involved in science, meet scientists, discuss current issues and celebrate the contribution of Australian scientists.
“By showcasing Australia’s scientific achievements, we are inspiring the next generation of young scientists and encouraging young people to consider important science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in primary and secondary schools.
“Young people are well-placed to bring fresh thinking and to develop new approaches to issues facing our agriculture sector, which is why the government offers grants as part of the Science and Innovation Awards.
“I encourage people to get involved in the more than 1000 National Science Week events around Australia, delivered by schools, universities, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.”
Source: Australian Government