[ASC-list] New ED for Science Olympiads, Rio Tinto Big Science

Toss Gascoigne director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Thu Feb 5 01:03:13 UTC 2009

New Director for Australian Science Innovations

Australian Science Innovations, organisers of the Australian Science  
Olympiads and the Rio Tinto Big Science competition in schools, today  
(Thursday) announced the appointment of a new Executive Director.

Mr Toss Gascoigne will take up the position immediately.

ASI Chair Mark Toner said his organisation was delighted to appoint a  
person with the skills and experience of Mr Gascoigne.

“Toss played a prominent role in science advocacy at FASTS (the  
Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies), he  
has worked in education, and he has wide experience in science  
communication,” Dr Toner said.

  “These skills are a perfect fit for our organisation.”

  Dr Toner said ASI played a vital role in spreading the story of  
science through the Rio Tinto Big Science competition and the  
international Olympiad program.

  “Australia needs a steady supply of young people interested in  
careers in science, technology, engineering, and medicine,” he said.

  “Our job as an independent, non-profit organisation is to excite  
them to the rich possibilities and immense personal satisfaction  
science can offer.”

  ASI sponsors include the Commonwealth Government Department of  
Innovation, Industry, Science and Research; Rio Tinto; Monash  
University; the Australian National University and Merck, Sharp and  

  “This support allows 40,000 students in Australia to participate  
every year in ASI’s national problem-based science competition, Rio  
Tinto Big Science,” Dr Toner said.

  “It will also help Australia defend its proud record in the Science  
Olympiads later this year, when our teams go head-to-head with teams  
from over 50 other countries at competitions in Chemistry (Cambridge,  
UK); Biology (Japan) and Physics (Mexico).”

For interview:         Mark Toner 0401 994 211

                     		Toss Gascoigne 0408 704 442; (02) 6125 9647

  Mr Toss Gascoigne
  Executive Director
  Australian Science Innovations
  Box 7251 Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610
  P.  (02) 6125 9647
  M.  0408 704 442
  F.  (02) 6125 9646

  In partnership, ASI delivers the Australian Science Olympiads, Rio  
Tinto Big Science and LABLINKS.

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