SCIENCE has been vital for WA's development and will underpin the state's future.
That is the message WA Chief Scientist Peter Klinken will promote at a public lecture at UWA's Albany Centre this week when he speaks about the state's science priorities.
The science priorities are five key areas of science in which the state excels.
These areas include the mining and petroleum sector where science has assisted in the development of processing methods to harness the state's natural resources as well as the agricultural sector, especially in regards to dry-land farming.
WA also has a strong base in medical research and translation as a result of industry, government and university collaboration, as well as terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity research and radio astronomy research.
Prof Klinken says there are wonderful opportunities for WA to be a world leader in technologies across all of these sectors and paramount to state’s success will be a clear vision for science, investment and planning.
Prof Klinken is highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia.
His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that supresses the growth of tumours.
Prof Klinken's speech will start at 5.30pm on Wednesday 22 July at the UWA Albany Centre at 35 Stirling Tce, Albany.
Tickets can be purchased online here or in person on the day.