Joint Media Release with Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs And Innovation Senator the Hon Zed Seselja
National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.
This year, over 1800 events are registered online with activities being held across Australia, with a focus on the crucial role that science plays in supporting Australia’s well-being, improving our health and boosting our prosperity.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, encouraged Territorians to get on board and celebrate science.
“There are many opportunities to make exciting discoveries during Science Week. Events in our local area include tonight in Palmerston where two NASA scientists will do a presentation on searching for life on other worlds,” Senator Scullion said.
“I am pleased to see that SCINEMA, the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere, is running in Ngukurr all this week, with a different screening each week day after school at the Ngukurr School Community Education Centre.”
“Head to The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) this Friday and Saturday for Megafauna: In The Shadow Of The Great Beasts, visual theatre based on the MAGNT’s megafauna collection. The Coalition Government provided funding of $17,600 to MAGNT for this event.
“Centralians celebrated National Science Week last weekend with the Alice Springs desert SMART EcoFair 2018, which included keynote science communicators, desert scientists, renewable energy professionals and health experts in a series of community events. I was pleased that the EcoFair received $20,000 in funding from the Federal Coalition Government,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator Michaelia Cash said Australia is home to world-leading scientists, universities and research institutes.
“Our scientists have been responsible for some of the greatest discoveries of the modern era, from penicillin and the bionic ear to the world’s first artificial pacemaker,” Minister Cash said.
Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja said National Science Week is about celebrating these achievements and inspiring Australia’s next generation of scientists.
“Science, technology and innovation are key drivers of the Government’s plan for a stronger economy. They help generate jobs and higher living standards for all Australians,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.
In 2017-18 the Government invested $10.3 billion in Australia’s research, science and technology capabilities, underscored by a $1.9 billion investment to update our National Research Infrastructure in this year’s budgets.
For further details and find NT events visit: www.scienceweek.net.au