[ASC-list] Sydnety - Royal Society of NSW Forum, 6 June

McEwen, Sandra SandraM at PHM.GOV.AU
Mon Jun 3 03:11:56 UTC 2013


Royal Society of NSW Forum 2013 at the Powerhouse Museum
Thursday 6 June, 6pm for 6:30pm.

"Maths and science education in Australia - is there a crisis?"

Join a debate between distinguished thinkers:


  *   Brian Schmidt, Nobel Prize winner
  *   Steven Schwartz, former Macquarie University Vice Chancellor
  *   Merlin Crossley, Dean of Science at the University of NSW
  *   Judith Wheeldon, former Principal of both Queenwood School for Girls and Abbotsleigh
Among other questions, our panellists will be asking: Will a falling focus on science and technology in education really be a problem for innovation in Australia?  Is it a matter of basic education?  Is it poor teaching?  Is there a fundamental aversion to maths and science in Australia?  Given our reliance on technology, why is there not a greater desire to utilise it and to develop it?  Is there a "science literacy" problem in Australia?  Why have we become passive about science and technology, rather than embracing it at its fundamental levels?

The forum will be moderated by Anthony Funnell, Presenter of ABC Radio National's Future Tense<http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/> and will be broadcast on RN's Big Ideas<http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/> on 17 June 2013 and included in the RN monthly education podcast EdPod.<http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/edpod/> Bring your own questions!

Coles Theatre, Level 2. $15 ($10 Powerhouse Museum Members; $5 Members of the Royal Society of NSW)  Book online<http://nsw.royalsoc.org.au/meetings_&_events/images_and_docs/Forum_Booking_Form_2013.pdf>


Please note that this message is posted on behalf of the Royal Society of NSW. Further information about the Royal Society of NSW can be obtained from its website at http://nsw.royalsoc.org.au/ . For all other inquiries contact the Society at royalsoc at royalsoc.org.au<mailto:royalsoc at royalsoc.org.au> or on 02 9036 5282.


[cid:phmemailfooter60031d]Sandra McEwen
Principal Curator,
Science & Industry
Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW 2007 Australia
T +61 2 92170579
W http://www.powerhousemuseum.com





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