Western Australians are set to take part in Australia’s biggest celebration of science, technology and innovation as part of National Science Week.
The week aims to acknowledge the contributions of local scientists and educators, encouraging an interest in science among the public.
It also aims to inspire young people to pursue and study and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Hundreds of events will take place across WA, including the Perth Science Festival to be held at the Perth Cultural Centre on August 12-13.
More than 25,000 people took part in last year’s festival.
Science Minister Dave Kelly will officially launch National Science Week in WA at an event at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
He said the week provided the ideal opportunity for people to engage with science.
“Despite our small population, WA has a strong history of scientific achievement, particularly in the fields of medical research, agriculture and environmental management, radio astronomy, and resources,” Mr Kelly said.
Mr Kelly also said it would help improve employment in WA.
“Science and technology are central to diversifying the State’s economy and creating the jobs of the future, with about 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations requiring STEM skills,” he said.
“A State STEM Advisory Panel, chaired by the Chief Scientist, has been tasked with coming up with a State STEM strategy to ensure our local workforce is equipped with the skills needed by the modern economy.”