EcoFair wins National Science Week Grant

National Science Week Grants have just been announced. ALEC is a very proud recipient for desertSMART EcoFair 9th-11th August 2013.

See desertSMART EcoFair mentioned in Minster Bowden’s media release below

Showcasing science for National Science Week

15 Feb 2013

From dinosaurs to the desert, there will be something for everyone at National Science Week this year, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, said today.

Mr Bowen today announced the successful 42 projects to receive a total of $500 000 in Government funding from the Inspiring Australia program for National Science Week 2013.

“National Science Week, held in August each year, is a great opportunity to showcase the latest in scientific research through innovative engagement with the community,” Mr Bowen said.

“With events in every state and territory, I encourage all Australians to get involved and participate in National Science Week later this year.”

This year, the traditional knowledge of Indigenous Australians is a rich theme in Science Week, with events to be held in locations such as Redfern, Arnhem Land, Perth and the Murchison in Western Australia.

“National Science Week 2013 will demonstrate how traditional knowledge dovetails with modern perspectives of science,” Mr Bowen said.

“For example, at the Ancient Science Festival on the banks of Herdsman Lake in Perth, Elders will share their cultural knowledge alongside environmental scientists giving their western science perspective.”

Representatives from remote Indigenous communities will travel to Nhulunbuy in Eastern Arnhem Land for the Sharing the Knowledge Science Festival, and Elders from across Australia will travel to Redfern in Sydney to share their stories with audiences in the Indigenous Science Experience.

“Last year, more than 1.4 million people participated in over 1 000 National Science Week events across Australia, and I expect this year to be even bigger and better,” Mr Bowen said.

Other Science Week events funded by the Government include:

  • A film featuring Dr Karl Kruszelnicki about the possibility of multiple universes that will screen in an inflatable bubble-like theatre in Melbourne;
  • A travelling dinosaur road show touring 10 small regional centres across NSW and Victoria;
  • The desertSMART EcoFair, Central Australia’s premier sustainability festival, which will engage NT locals and visitors on the sciences involved in building a sustainable future in the arid lands;
  • SciWorld Sunday, a hands on science fair in one of South Australia’s largest rural towns, Mount Gambier; and
  • Supermarket Science, which will be held at three Canberra shopping centres and will demonstrate fun experiments using basic materials from the shops.

For more information on National Science Week from 10-18 August visit:

Media contacts: Minister’s office 02 6277 7580.

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