STRENGTHENING education and workplace participation science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will be just one key focus of a community science forum in Geraldton next week.
The forum, facilitated by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science Karen Andrews, will also consider the Federal Government’s response to Australian Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb’s recent report Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia's Future.
Prior to her trip to Geraldton Ms Andrews met with Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett in Perth and later convened a round table meeting to elicit views from businesses, researchers, educators and the wider community on developing Australia’s capacity in science.
Attendees are also invited to discuss ways to advance Australia’s business competiveness through science and innovation.
The forum will hear from guest speakers including WA Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken who will provide updates on the WA Science Statement and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Chief Dr Lewis Ball who will speak about the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
Member for Durack Melissa Price says all interested people and groups in the region should to register to attend the forum for have the opportunity to have their say.
“We’re seeking ideas and input across a range of areas including the support of both industry and university research and development, the development of international scientific engagement strategies and how to best boost commercial returns from Australia’s science and research,” she says.
“Through community science forums held right across the country everyone can join in a national conversation about science and learn more about our current science and industry programmes.”
The Geraldton Community Science Forum will be held on the 15th of July between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at Western Australian Museum—Geraldton.
People who can't attend the forum can lodge a submission here.