The State Government, through JTSI, supports and facilitates a range of science engagement initiatives in Western Australia.
WA Science Ambassadors
JTSI encourages outstanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to be WA Science Ambassadors, inspiring and engaging others with STEM. Ambassadors include Premier’s Science Award winners who have been recognised as the State’s top STEM researchers, educators and communicators. To learn more about our Ambassadors, and to engage them for your initiative or event, visit the WA Science Ambassadors Directory on this website.
The Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor Peter Klinken, and Nobel Laureates Professor Barry Marshall AC and Dr Robin Warren AC also act as ambassadors for Western Australian science and undertake a variety of science engagement activities as part of their roles. Visit the Chief Scientist of WA page on this website for more information on Professor Klinken's activities. For more information about the Nobel Laureates visit their website at the Office of the Nobel Laureates in Western Australia.
Scientists and research institutions that receive funding through JTSI undertake science engagement as one of their activities.
Scitech is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to increase awareness, interest, capability and participation by all Western Australians in STEM. The State Government has supported Scitech to the value of $139 million since its establishment in 1988 and currently funds approximately 50 per cent of its operations. Scitech reaches over 500,000 people annually. JTSI manages the State Government’s investment in Scitech, including $41.5 million from 2013-18. A commitment has also been made to provide Scitech with $25.8 million from 2018-21.
For more information, visit the Scitech website.
National Science Week
National Science Week (NSWk) is Australia's largest annual celebration of science and technology.
This year NSWk will run from 11-19 August 2018. Hundreds of science events and activities will take place across the State, including the Perth Science Festival at the Claremont Showgrounds on 18-19 August and the Premier's Science Awards presentation ceremony.
Other Western Australian events include the following, which were awarded a 2018 National Science Week Grant:
- Change makers: Climate science and adaptation, Perth Metro, City of Gosnells
- Goodness: Science, Sustainability and Innovation Festival, Greater Geraldton, Pollinators
- Minibeasts in MyCity, Perth Metro, Western Australian Museum
- 8 Cool Ways Science Benefits Rural Communities, Collie, Ngalang Boodja Council
- A Celebration of Science – Community Expo, Perth Metro, Australian Association for Environmental Education (WA Chapter)
- Wandjina – Sounds of the Universe past and future, Gingin, Gravity Discovery Centre
- The Innovators' Tea Party, Perth Metro, The Innovators' Tea Party Inc.
- Big Day Out 2018 – Scitech Visit, Perth Metro, Leading Youth Forward Inc.
The State Government supports NSWk in Western Australia in a number of ways, including through Scitech, which leads coordination of the initiative in the State.
For more information about the initiative at a national level, visit the National Science Week website, and for information about NSWk in Western Australia, contact Scitech.
Particle: Science News WA
Particle delivers creative and engaging digital science content and news through multiple social media channels. It is managed by Scitech and communicates and promotes Western Australian science to the wider community and the world. Particle was launched in February 2017 and replaced Scitech’s original science news publication ScienceNetwork WA.
For more information, visit the Particle website.