• Hannah Phillips

National Science Week, 2018: Celebrating Science

On Thursday the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Michaelia Cash the Minister For Jobs and Innovation, Senator Zed Seselja the Assistant Minister For Science, Jobs and Innovation launched National Science Week.

This year, over 1,800 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.

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.

Science week is about celebrating these achievements and inspiring Australia’s next generation of scientists.

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.

Approximately 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations will require STEM skills.

National Science Week 2018 runs from 11 to 19 August. More information available at scienceweek.net.au.

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