Ministerial release: Science projects to inspire Australians

Inspiring Australia

Media release from SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

Australians will be able to take part in hands-on local science activities thanks to a $5 million grant from the Gillard Government for Inspiring Australia projects across the country.

Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today announced the 63 successful applicants for the Australian Government’s Unlocking Australia’s Potential grants.

“The projects are aimed at developing greater interest in science, especially for those who might have missed out on the opportunity to engage with science before,” Senator Evans said.

“We’re rolling out a diverse range of local projects set to inspire and engage Australians in science.

“People will have the chance to become part of nation-wide research projects, such as helping to build up complete pictures of our marine life, whales’ migration paths and the paths and landing places of meteors.

“These community-based science projects will build a more complete picture for our scientists and researchers and help the community feel part of science in the making.”

The grant recipients, including museums, universities and Indigenous organisations will use their knowledge and skills to put science firmly on Australia’s agenda and inspire Australians to take up science at school and university.

Other projects announced today include robotic workshops for future young engineers across rural Queensland, the development of a free Apple/Android app that will help people identify native creatures and a two-day camp for 30 young refugee migrants to inspire them to pursue science at school.

“The Gillard Government recognises the importance of science to our economic prosperity and that is why we have maintained our record investment,” Senator Evans said.

“Science is central to driving innovation and lifting Australia’s productivity, competitiveness and wealth.”

The grants are part of the $21 million Inspiring Australia initiative. Fifty-two of the projects have a major regional focus.