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National Science Week 2024 receives $500,000 to inspire careers in science & innovation

National Science Week 2024 is a step closer, with the Australian Government awarding $500,000 in grants to support 32 public science projects right across the country.

The National Science Week Grants provide funding of between $2,000 and $20,000 to support individuals and organisations to deliver community science events.

The 2024 school theme for National Science Week is Species Survival – More than just sustainability. 

The theme aims to highlight the importance of science and innovation in ensuring the survival and thriving of different species in an ever-changing world.

Minister for Industry and Science, Hon. Ed Husic said Science Week is important in sparking lifelong curiosity in science that can inspire career choices of the next generation.

“National Science Week is one of my favourite annual events, showcasing excellence in Australian science and inspiring young Australians to see themselves in the STEM careers of the future.”

“We’re aiming to make STEM more diverse and inclusive – I’m so pleased to see our emerging First Nations scientists in regional and remote communities getting involved.”

Many of the projects funded this year will support diversity and inclusion in science.

Melbourne’s La Trobe University will present The Martian Garden, where participants will learn about the importance of STEM in industries such as agriculture, space and food. 

Centennial Park will host Science in the Swamp – Dinosaurs & Superpowers to showcase Sydney’s biggest science institutions and grassroots community science organisations.

Vision Australia will present Welcome to the World of Dinosaurs, an inclusive online and in-person program designed to make the fascinating world of palaeontology accessible to individuals of primary and high school age who are blind or have low vision.

The University of Tasmania presents the Young Tassie Scientists, a group of early-career researchers who volunteer their time to share their passion for science with audiences across Tasmania.

They focus on raising public awareness of local Tasmanian science research and highlighting local career opportunities through engaging interactive presentations and hands-on activities.

Sea Country Stories is a showcase of the extraordinary contributions that Indigenous science provides to oceans and coastlines. 

The Telethon Kids Institute will present its second annual Broome STEM Festival, to highlight scientists from the Kimberley region of WA and to promote science as a potential career opportunity.

National Science Week 2024 will occur from August 10 to 18.

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