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 Alice Springs desert SMART EcoFair 2017 has received $20,000 in funding. The EcoFair 2017 will involve a series of community events in Alice Springs, featuring keynote science communicators, desert scientists, ecologists, renewable energy experts, Indigenous land managers and sustainable tourism operators,” Senator Scullion said.
“Events will include school hands-on activities, science quizzes, film screenings, workshops, panels, presentations, community information stalls, and a science of gardening workshop with ABC Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis.
“Funding of almost $20,000 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. In 2017, HealthLAB is expected to travel from the Tiwi Islands in the Arafura Sea across to west Arnhem Land.
“HealthLAB is an interactive and educational travelling health programme which measures risk factors for chronic diseases from a mobile laboratory and educates people about positive lifestyle choices and taking ownership of their health.
“The Darwin Insect Festival has received funding of $2700. The Darwin Insect Festival will be a half-day community festival with information stalls and activities celebrating the diversity and importance of insects in the environment.”
Science Week activities are run across the country to help inspire Australia’s next generation of scientists and increase community awareness of science in everyday life.
National Science Week will run from 12-20 August. More details on the week, including a full list of grant recipients, are available at www.scienceweek.net.au