Three Territory projects have received funding from the Coalition Government to help Territorians celebrate National Science Week, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced today.
“The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) has received funding of $17,600 to produce visual theatre based on the MAGNT’s megafauna collection including marsupial lions and tigers, mega-crocs and Dromornis, the biggest bird that ever lived, “Senator Scullion said.
“Public performances and hands-on arts-science workshops will take place at MAGNT in Darwin during National Science Week 2018, which runs from 11–19 August.
“The Alice Springs desert SMART EcoFair 2018 has received $20,000 in funding. The EcoFair 2018 will involve keynote science communicators, desert scientists, renewable energy professionals and health experts in a series of community events as well as a BushWok Cookoff with local produce and bushfoods, and a visit from Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis.
“Funding of $19,958 will go to the Menzies School of Health Research for its HealthLAB, a mobile laboratory that brings health science and scientists to the broader public in communities around the Territory. During National Science Week 2018, HealthLAB will travel from Darwin to the Tiwi Islands, and across to Nhulunbuy and the East Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala.
“HealthLAB will be staffed by a range of scientists and health professionals who will educate participants on the science behind the inner workings of their bodies, ways to reduce their risk of chronic disease, and career pathways in science.
“It’s great that Territorians will have the chance to explore the fascinating facets of science, helping them appreciate its contribution to our everyday lives, our wellbeing and prosperity,” Senator Scullion said.
The three Territory projects are amongst 45 organisations to receive over $600,000 through the 2018 National Science Week Grants, with hospitals, art galleries and sports stadiums amongst the more unusual venues for the science engagement events, activities and competitions.
Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja congratulated the grant recipients, welcoming the diversity of activities that will be offered during Australia’s largest celebration of science.
“This year’s grants recipients have exhibited tremendous creativity in offering such an exciting range of activities to engage people of all walks of life and in all corners of Australia with science,” Senator Seselja said.
“Funded activities will take place across Australia, from the Tiwi Islands to Hobart, Collie to Mount Isa, and these will be just a small selection of what’s on offer during National Science Week.
“I’m delighted to see many of the grant recipients incorporating Indigenous STEM knowledge into their projects, and others that encourage girls and young women to get involved in science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.
“I encourage all Australians, regardless of age, background or location, to explore the fascinating range of science on offer, from robots and virtual reality to explorers and fossils.”
The Australian Government awards National Science Week grants of between $2,000 and $20,000 each year. Grants are highly competitive and support a spread of projects across Australia and across a variety of scientific fields.
More details on National Science Week, including a full list of the National Science Week Grants recipients, are available at http://www.scienceweek.net.au/2018-national-grant-recipients/