[ASC-list] The next phase for IA in South Australia

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Fri Apr 17 02:41:32 UTC 2015

Dear ASC-ers,

A tent full of butterflies, neuroscience for kids, and pop-up science at AFL games...IA SA reborn

A big day for Inspiring Australia in South Australia today with the launch of the next phase of the program.


The new $1 million state-wide initiative to inspire South Australians with their local science is being launched by State and Federal Ministers and Science Week event organisers at the South Australian Museum.

State Government, Federal Government and all three SA Universities have joined forces with the South Australian Museum to create a state-wide science-engagement program as part of the national Inspiring Australia program.

Pop-up Science at AFL Matches, navigating neuroscience for children, and fossil sieving at the Kelly Hill Caves are just some of the National Science Week projects that have received grants under the new initiative.

The team from SciWorld performing their pop-up science

The initiative will build on the success of the first three years of Inspiring Australia, which included:

  *   See the Earth's oldest animal fossils - training Flinders Ranges locals to be science communicators, working with them to develop the tourism potential of the region's Ediacara fossils - national 'Hidden Treasures'.
  *   Putting a portable planetarium on the road in the Eyre Peninsula.
  *   Putting young researchers' discoveries in the national media spotlight through Fresh Science.
Science is central to South Australia's cultural and economic future. South Australia needs a science-aware community ready to make informed decisions in a rapidly changing world, and ready to grab science-driven jobs.

The three year initiative will also:

  *   Catalyse arts, civic, community and science groups to join together in holding regional and suburban science events - from putting telescopes on streets to citizen science projects tracking plants and animals as they adapt to a changing climate.
  *   Build science event networks in regional and suburban centres.
  *   Support the creation of science clubs.
For more information about today's launch contact Andrea Murphy, Manager Communications and Marketing, South Australian Museum, 08 8207 7385, andrea.murphy at samuseum.sa.gov.au<mailto:andrea.murphy at samuseum.sa.gov.au?subject=IA%20SA%20Launch>

I think the SA program is a terrific model. What's really exciting is the level of buy-in from the three universities that gives it the chance to be truly collaborative and more than the sum of its parts.

Niall Byrne, Science in Public
On behalf of InspiringAustralia.net.au

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