National Science Week 11-19 August 2012

National Science Week 11-19 August 2012

Queensland Minister for Science Ros Bates

Queensland Minister for Information Technology Ros Bates

Queensland Minister for Innovation Ros Bates

Queensland Minister for Arts Ros Bates

Discover Queensland Secrets At National Science Week

Victor P Taffa

Did you know that the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine was developed in Queensland?

Or that Queensland was in a race with NASA to develop the world’s fastest jet, the scram jet?

Or those Queensland researchers had made a major breakthrough in developing a needle-free vaccine that could save millions of lives in the developing world?

Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ros Bates wants Queenslanders to be aware about the quality of scientific endeavour in Queensland.

“My advice during National Science Week (11-19 August) is to check out the science happening in your area you’ll be surprised at what you find.” Ms. Bates said.

“National Science Week is all about celebrating the work of our scientists who work tirelessly to improve the prospects for our economy, our health and well-being, our natural environment, and our community.”

“People don’t often appreciate the quality of science being undertaken in our universities. They think all the best science happens overseas. This is not the case. A lot of great science is happening in Queensland, with our scientists marking out a reputation for themselves worldwide.” Ms. Bates said.

“We are renowned for our scientific research on tropical diseases and potential new medical drugs sourced from our natural environment, mining technologies, wireless communications and remote sensors, the civilian application of unmanned aerial vehicles, nanotechnology and bioengineering, and biofuels derived from algae and sugar waste.”

Ms. Bates said Queensland researchers were global leaders in finding the underlying mutations associated with pancreatic cancer as well as improving the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

“Queensland hosts some of the world’s largest mining and minerals research programs.” Ms. Bates said.

“Our scientists and engineers are producing new building materials involving fibre composites, and are at the forefront of human identification technologies known as biometrics that will improve security in public spaces.”

Ms. Bates said Queensland agricultural scientists were developing a cattle tick vaccine with the potential to reduce the need for pesticides in the beef and dairy industries and subsequently decrease production costs by about $175 Million p.a.

“Queensland is home to some of Australia’s finest research institutes, including the Queensland Brain Institute and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.”

“The Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland is at the cutting edge of research into brain plasticity, exploring the capacity of the brain to reprogram itself and thus deal with illnesses like stroke, brain tumours, dementia and anxiety disorders.”

Ms. Bates said researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, one of Australia’s largest medical research institutes, were investigating the genetic and environmental causes of more than 40 diseases as well as developing new diagnostics, treatments and prevention strategies.

“This is just a small snapshot of science in Queensland I encourage you to check out some of the amazing research happening in your area during National Science Week.” Ms. Bates said.