Tasmania’s National Science Week Launch

Media releases, National Science Week

Media release posted on behalf of the Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee

National Science Week Launch: 10am, Friday 11 August

The Hon Michael Ferguson will be joined by an array of esteemed Tasmanians to launch National Science Week in Tasmania and formally open the 2017 Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards at the Festival of Bright Ideas (FoBI) schools day.

Joining the minister will be:

  • Dr Stephanie Downes, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Centre (ACE CRC).
  • Andy Baird, Chair of the Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee and Deputy Director of Engagement at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Jeremy Just, explosive live science performer

National Science Week:

Tasmania is punching above its weight with more than 120 National Science Week events statewide. That is more events per capita than any other state! Key events include a Night at the Museum in Launceston, BeaketStreet@TMAG Australia’s first pop-up science bar, and Young Tassie Scientists visiting schools across the state. We are even being visited by big names such as Dr Karl and Costa Georgiadis!

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw a staggering 1.3 million people participate in over 1,800 events and activities.

Andy Baird said, ‘Science takes us into the realms of new discoveries, new inventions, and new ideas. It can save lives, create lives, and be ever playful.’

‘We can gaze into the sky and see a world we didn’t know existed. We are looking at other dimensions of time when we look up through a telescope’, he said.

‘Science complements so well the other human endeavors, including the arts and humanities, and because it is highly collaborative in practice, at its best it works beyond borders and in spite of nationalities, race, religion or creed.’, he said.

Festival of Bright Ideas (FoBI):

FoBI is a spectacular of interactive science experiences for all ages and interests brought to Tasmanian’s by the world-leading Tasmanian science community. It is a community focused festival that aims to ignite and inspire an interest in science through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and maths, and everything in between.

FoBI Organiser Sarah Bayne said ‘Tasmania is home to some of the best scientists in the world, who are undertaking internationally significant research in all sorts of areas including marine science, agriculture, astronomy, medical science, IT and innovation and many more. Their work is often veiled in mystery, at FoBI the veil is lifted’.

FoBI gives the local community a unique opportunity to gain insight into this marvelous world of curiosity, endeavor, innovation and achievement in a hands on, fun and interactive way,’ she said.

‘Our primary aim is to celebrate science, to celebrate the scientists that work to improve all of our lives and to inspire a new generation of science enthusiasts and problem solvers, so we can look forward to a bright future,’ she said.

This year the FoBI program will include dynamic live science shows by Jeremy Just, the ABC’s Lish Fejer and Science Showoffs’ Dr Graham Walker. There will be special presentations by inspired futurists Future Crunch and author and farmer Matthew Evans. More than 40 organisations will be demonstrating all sorts of science, technology, engineering, maths and innovation. The program includes workshops and tours. There is something for everyone at FoBI.

Find out more about FoBI: www.festivalofbrightideas.com.au

Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards:

Now in its second year, the Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards recognizes Tasmania’s best and brightest working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). In addition to the Premier’s Tasmanian STEM Researcher of the Year Award, the Minister’s STEM Innovation of the Year Award and the Tasmanian STEM Teacher of the Year Awards, two new awards will be added in 2017 recognising a Tasmanian Young Researcher of the Year and a Tasmanian STEM Communicator of the Year.

The Tasmanian STEM Awards are supported by the Tasmanian Government, Inspiring Australia, the University of Tasmania and Engineers Australia.

Launch details:

Where: Green Room, Princes Wharf No. 1, Castray Esplanade, Hobart

(Enter via back entrance).

When: August 11, 10.00 am

Contact: Zoe Kean, zoe.kean@outlook.com, 0406 629 736

The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, NewScientist and Popular Science.

National Science Week 2017 will run from 12-20 August. Event details can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au