Growing skills and STEM careers this National Science Week

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Media release from The Hon Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science

4 August 2022

The Australian Government is celebrating the work of our scientists this National Science Week, working to close the gender gap and inspire the next generation to be part of the highly skilled STEM sector. 

Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic made the comments at Parliament House as he marked this year’s National Science Week, which will run from 13-21 August.

“Australia is home to some of the best and brightest scientists and researchers – and it’s an incredible talent pool that we want to grow,” Minister Husic said.

“The Government is determined to address the gender gap in our science and research sectors, to ensure that girls and women can see a place in that STEM talent pool and then to take a deep breath and dive in.” 

National Science Week is a key part of the Government’s approach to science engagement and inspiring Australians to pursue a career in STEM. 

“As the new science minister I want to assure you that science is back in government. Science and the scientific community will play a vital role in guiding evidence-based policy for the Albanese government,” Minister Husic said.

Minister Husic with Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Richard Marles MP at the launch of National Science Week, hosted by Science & Technology Australia at Parliament House. Image: Marcus Strom

National Science Week features more than 1000 talks and activities around Australia, by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.

In 2022, the Australian Government is supporting 35 National Science Week projects across Australia with $500,000 of funding.

“National Science Week is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our scientists who are making our world a better place,” Minister Husic said.

“At the launch event for National Science Week today we heard from three outstanding First Nations scientists, and I acknowledge the unique perspective and knowledge that Indigenous STEM experts bring to Australian science.

“The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities to learn, work and succeed in STEM, especially here in Australia, and I’m very much looking forward to exploring how we can achieve this commitment at the Jobs and Skills Summit next month. 

“Our Government is also committed to providing opportunities to grow the research sector, such as through our $1 billion commitment to develop and commercialise critical technologies in areas like quantum via the Critical Technology Fund.  

“This is in addition to the $4 million we are providing for up to 20 PhDs in quantum research and to support universities to establish a national research and education partnership between universities.  

“Initiatives like these will help achieve our vision of a ‘brain regain’ for Australia, encouraging talented STEM researchers to stay here or return from overseas, and provide the fuel that powers the nation’s high-tech industries.” 

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Media contact:

Minister Husic’s Office: 02 6277 7070