Western Australia Minister for Science and Innovation Bill Marmion
Biodiversity In The City Kicks Off A Week Of Science Celebrations
Victor P Taffa
Science and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion today launched the 2010 National Science Week at the Native Wetland, Perth Cultural Centre.
Mr. Marmion said National Science Week helped to encourage community interest in Science and highlighted its importance in our everyday lives.
“National Science Week provides a perfect platform to celebrate Australia’s talents and achievements in Science, Innovation and Technology.” the Minister said.
“Science is all around us and underpins many vital sectors in Western Australia including Mining, Radio Astronomy, The Environment, Water Conservation and Health.”
“National Science Week enables us to celebrate the integral role that science plays in shaping our society and ensuring the sustainable growth of our economy.”
“It also provides an opportunity for all Australians, including those in the community who do not have regular contact with the science world, to participate in events and activities that showcase science, technology and innovation.”
“This year is also the International Year of Biodiversity, a very fitting theme for a State known as a Biodiversity Hotspot.”
The Minister said more than 200 events were expected to take place over the next week in universities, museums, schools, science centres, libraries and local businesses throughout WA.
“I encourage all individuals, groups and communities to participate.” Mr. Marmion said.
The initiative in WA is organised by Scitech in conjunction with the National Science Week Coordinating Committee and supported by the State Government.
National Science Week is supported by the Federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. Other partners include the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Science Teachers Association.
National Science Week is held on August 14 -22, 2010.