A $1.4 million state-wide initiative to inspire South Australians to enjoy, engage, do, and be inspired by SA science

Embargoed, Inspiring Australia

Launch today, 11 am, 17 April 2015, South Australian Museum with State and Federal Ministers and children’s activities on the lawns.

  • From the ancient rocks of the Flinders Ranges to the mysteries of the Southern Ocean;
  • From the chemistry of wine to the engineers who keep our submarines hidden;
  • From life-creating research into fertility to life-saving stem cells;
  • From growing wheat with less water to farming tuna;

Science is central to South Australia’s cultural and economic future. South Australia needs a science-aware community ready to make informed decisions in a rapidly changing world, and ready to grab science-driven jobs.

The State Government, Federal government, all three SA Universities and the South Australian Museum have joined forces to create a statewide science-engagement program as part of the national Inspiring Australia program.

The three year initiative will:

  • Boost National Science Week activities in South Australia
  • Catalyse arts, civic, community and science groups to join together in holding regional and suburban science events – from putting telescopes on streets to citizen science projects tracking plants and animals as they adapt to a changing climate.
  • Build science event networks in regional and suburban centres
  • Support the creation of science clubs.

The program will build on the success of the first three years of Inspiring Australia which included:

  • See the Earth’s oldest animal fossils – training Flinders Ranges locals to be science communicators, working with them to develop the tourism potential of the region’s Ediacara fossils – national ‘Hidden Treasures’.
  • Putting a portable planetarium on the road in the Eyre Peninsula.
  • Creating 3D virtual tours of the 30,000 years old art and mining areas of Koonalda Cave on the Nullarbor.
  • Putting young researchers’ discoveries in the national media spotlight through Fresh Science.

Media contacts

Andrea Murphy, Manager Communications and Marketing, South Australian Museum, 08 8207 7385; +61 475 834 072, andrea.murphy@samuseum.sa.gov.au

Lydia Hales (Science in Public), 03 9398 1416, lydia@scienceinpublic.com.au