Michael Ferguson,Minister for Science and Technology
Thousands of Tasmanian students have helped kick off National Science Week with hundreds of exciting events in Tasmania this morning.
Bringing together great minds, big ideas and a thirst for knowledge, Australia’s largest science festival makes the interesting, the perplexing and the fascinating accessible to everyone.
With the Festival of Bright Ideas open to everyone tomorrow, it is a chance for all to see how science impacts our daily lives and how it will shape our future.
While National Science Week officially runs from 10-18 August 2019, events will continue throughout the month with some 200 engaging and fascinating events right across the state, including some to mark the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
This year we are excited and honoured to welcome Tasmanian born and raised Nobel Laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, as the inaugural Patron for Tasmanian National Science Week. As the first woman in Australia to receive a Nobel Prize, Prof Blackburn is an inspiration for current and future generations of Tasmanian scientists and innovators.
Tasmania is a world-recognised home to a vibrant and diverse science research community, ranging across areas such as Antarctic, Southern Ocean and marine studies, information and communications technology, food science, agricultural, aquaculture and fisheries, and radio astronomy.
The full program of Science Week events can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au