Inspiring science in the Mid West

Science Partnerships Catalyst Carmen Smith from Scitech, visited the Geraldton community this week to promote the achievements and opportunities relating to science, STEM and innovation in the Mid West.

Scitech, through the Inspiring Australia program has been supporting Scinapse as a Regional Science Hub, which has partnered with regional organisations to deliver a range of fantastic science events over the past year.

Inspiring science in regional Western Australia.
Inspiring science in regional Western Australia.

These include GovHack, Astrofest, Film Harvest films ‘Honey’ and ‘Life off Grid’, ‘Research and Innovation in a Changing Climate’ Nature Symposium, Leaning Tree Community Fair, Geraldton Science Festival Community night, Preparing Children & Teens for the 21st Century with Dr Judy Willis, SciFilm Competition, Coder Dojo and the Threatened Species Forum.

Ms Smith said Geraldton played a critical role in promoting science engagement in regional Western Australia.

“The energy that exists within Scinapse is infectious,” she said.

“The work that is being done to build the network and capacity within the community for meaningful engagement and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, maths and innovation is truly commendable.

“Scinapse in Geraldton plays a critical role within the regional science hub network in Western Australia, and we are thrilled to continue to support the growth of Scinapse and the valuable work you are doing for the Midwest region in Western Australia.”

Inspiring Australia is keen to support growing partnerships between Scinapse and regional stakeholders with the ‘lunch and learn’ meeting sparking new ideas to communicate science.

Ron Shepherd from the Department of Fisheries said he wanted to see better engagement with researchers that come to Mid West.

“A lot of amazing research happens here that the community doesn’t get to hear about, it would be great to see that knowledge shared through more community forums and citizen science engagement,” he said.

“The Mid West hosts globally-significant science, technology and engineering projects, yet there is a need and opportunity to better link professional research to education and wider public engagement.”

Scinapse Committee Chair Emma Jackson said: “It was great to see so many regional organisations come along and excited to support more science events and activities in Geraldton.”

If you would like to find out more about Scinapse, and upcoming science events visit their website at http://scinapse.org.au/.

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