NSW scientists celebrate start of National Science Week

12 August 2011

NSW Launch of 2011 National Science Week

Hundreds of scientists converged on Martin Place today to celebrate the start of National Science Week, which begins tomorrow and runs until Sunday 21 August.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O'Kane joined the group of scientists to preview events taking place across NSW as part of National Science Week.

Today's launch event in Martin Place included appearances by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, a chemistry cook, a mathematics comedian, the Australian Museum's life-sized puppet Winny the Dinosaur and the Mars Rover Robots.

"National Science Week celebrates the work of the Australian science community and recognises the important role that scientists, engineers and mathematicians have in helping the community tackle the big challenges facing the world," Mr Stoner said.

"We rely on innovation and research to create smarter, more productive industries, drive our economy and generate jobs.

"Scientific advances have wide-reaching impact and application in every aspect of our lives, from finding cures for disease or developing new technologies for communications and infrastructure, to making energy sources cleaner and more efficient.

"Today the public joined our NSW scientists to celebrate the start of National Science Week and find out more about the plethora of science events taking place over the next ten days.

"The NSW Government is proud to be supporting 18 science events with a total of $96,000 through the Government's Science Exposed program.

"Science Exposed encourages community involvement in science events and gives children and young people more opportunities to engage in science activities to promote the exciting opportunities of science-based careers.

"Scientific skills are increasingly needed in a wide range of careers from ICT and engineering to medicine and agriculture, so it is crucial we encourage and inspire our next generation of scientists," Mr Stoner said.

2011 is the International Year of Chemistry. Around one million Australians will take part in events as part of National Science Week, with 160,000 students taking part in school activities.

For a full list of NSW National Science Week events visit www.scienceweek.net.au/events/.