A national strategy for engagement with the sciences
Australia aspires to be an innovative society with a technologically skilled workforce, a scientifically literate community and scientifically well informed decision makers. The Inspiring Australia strategy aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its uses.
Developed in consultation with the science community, the Inspiring Australia Strategy identifies the need for national leadership, a national strategy and targeted national programs to strengthen the broad and diverse science engagement scene in Australia.
Unlocking Australia’s Potential
This new grants program provides a total of $5 million to 63 projects to increase Australians’ interest and involvement in science, including a focus on youth, Indigenous Australians and regional communities.
National Science Week
Australia’s annual celebration of science attracts more than 1.4 million people of all ages to over 1000 events across the length and breadth of the nation.
Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
Australia’s most prestigious awards for excellence in science research and science teaching are a key part of the Inspiring Australia strategy to recognise and tell the story of Australia’s achievements.
Science and the media
Five projects are underway to provide media skills for scientists, to host topical science forums for the media, to develop resources for working journalists, to support professional development in science journalism, and to develop a focus on ‘science in the media’ in schools.
Developing the evidence base
Three projects are underway to audit and collate data on science engagement activity and best practice, and to develop evaluation tools.
Science and society
The strategy recognises the importance of broadening society’s understanding of the value of science and research. Initiatives such as Science Meets Parliament, hosted by Science and Technology Australia, and the Human Dimension National Forum, hosted by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, contribute to this.
Inspiring Australia officers, located in each state and territory, are co-funded by the Australian Government in partnership with state and territory governments and local institutions.
These officers play a key role in enabling a ‘national framework – local action’ approach in support of the strategy. These officers are helping to:
- align local and national strategies
- strengthen science communication networks within states and territories
- identify partnerships and linkages to address priority needs and communities
- build year-round opportunities for targeted audiences
To get involved or learn more, contact us at Inspiring Australia Northern Territory.